Quick Dial Numbers, Not Just 911

Any cellphone, home phone consumers are able to dial three digits to reach the special three digit servers.

211 – Health and Human Services

The implementation of 2-1-1 nationwide is being spearheaded by the United Way and specialized information and referral agencies to provide the following informational services: Basic Human Needs: food, clothing, shelter, rent assistance, utility assistance and financial assistance.

  • Basic Human Needs: food, clothing, shelter, rent assistance, utility assistance and financial assistance.
  • Physical and Mental Health Challenges: health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.
  • Employment Issues: job training, job placement, transportation assistance and education opportunities.
  • Challenges Facing Older Adults and People with Disabilities: adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, home health care, transportation and homemaker services.
  • Needs of Children, Youth and Families: child care, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services, legal services and counseling.
  • Desire to Help: volunteer opportunities and ways to donate.

311 – Government and non Emergency Information

311 is a general phone number for government information and non-emergency services (services depending on area).

  • Provides the public with quick, easy access to all local government services and information while maintaining the highest possible level of customer service.
  • All calls are answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Immediate access to translation services in over 170 languages is available.
  • File complaints about broken streetlights, potholes, barking dogs and housing-code violations, etc.
  • Get information on office hours, street sweeping, snow plowing or any other town service.

411 – Directory Assistance

  • 4-1-1 is the telephone number for local directory assistance in the United States and Canada.

511 – Traffic & Weather

(depending on area).

  • Traffic
  • Weather conditions
  • Public transportation (including schedules, routes, fares and park and ride lots)
  • Carpool, vanpool and rideshare referrals
  • Bicycling information and more.

611 – Customer Support

  • For customers of some telephone companies in Canada and in the U.S.,
  • 611 is the abbreviated dialing telephone number used to report a problem with telephone service, or with a payphone.
  • Many wireless phone providers also use 611 or *611 as a general customer service access number; most do not count calls to 611 against the minutes in subscribers’ calling plans, or assess any extra charges for 611 calls.

711 – Telecommunication Relay Service

  • In Canada and the U.S., the 711 telephone number is used for the Telecommunications Relay Service to translate from TDD for the deaf to speech, and vice versa. The relay service allows deaf people to converse with thehearing over the phone through an operator. 711 is one of eight N11 codes for abbreviated dialing in the North American Numbering Plan. In the U.S., every phone company is required to connect persons who dial 711 to a TRScall center from a working number.

811 – Call Before You Dig

  • One Call notification centers are available for homeowners or professional excavators to help locate underground facilities prior to any outdoor digging, including with a shovel.
  • To encourage excavation notification, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established and adopted the number 811 as the National Call-Before-You-Dig number.

911 – Emergency Services

  • The use of this number is for emergency circumstances only, and to use it for any other purpose (including non-emergency situations and prank calls) can be a crime.

Other Special Numbers

  • 0 – Operator assistance
  • 00 – Long-distance operator assistance
  • 011 – International Access Code. (For all destinations outside the NANP)
  • 01 – International Access Code using operator assistance. (For all destinations outside the NANP)
  • 10x xxxx – Used to select use of an alternative long-distance carrier
  • 830 or 958 or 9580 or 998 – Returns the number on the line via a recorded voice (in some areas)
  • (Area Code) + 555-1212 – Non-local directory service
  • *51 and 1151 A history of unanswered calls on a telephone number, useful for those who are not Caller ID subscribers.
  • *57 and 1157 Used to “trace” harassing, threatening, abusive, obscene, etc. phone calls, and keep results of trace at phone company.
  • *66 and 1166 To keep retrying a busy-line (see also Called-party camp-on)
  • *67 and 1167 Caller ID Block
  • *69 and 1169 Call Return caller may press ‘1’ to return call after hearing number
  • *70 and 1170 Cancel call waiting on a call-by-call basis
  • *71 and 1171 Three way calling, which lets a person talk to people in two different locations at the same time.
  • *74 and 1174 Speed dialing, which allows someone to quickly dial any of eight frequently called numbers using a one-digit code, from any phone on their line. *75 allows a total of 30 speed-call numbers.
  • *82 and 1182 Releases Caller ID block on a call-by-call basis