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Prince Edward Island has 2-1-1 ghosts? Telephone circuit vampires? Man, those 902ers... --Charlene.fic 03:52, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

"In the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, for unknown reasons, when 2-1-1 is dialed it causes a busy signal to occur, and the dialer's telephone line will "go dead" for several minutes afterward."

No idea if this unsourced info is still current or useful. has 211 reserved as an information number, not a test code, at the current time. It was common for telephone companies to set aside blocks of numbers, not just the standard 958-xxxx and 1-959-xxxx "plant test" exchanges (which are still reserved in most area codes) but often others such as 320-xxxx (Bell Canada, now reclaimed as a standard exchange) and 999-xxxx (various cities) for test purposes. Usually most of the block of 10000 numbers was wasted, except for a few which provided telephone installer tests such as ringback numbers (call it, hang up, your 'phone rings), automatic number announcement circuits (which tell you your own number, handy when installing multi-line 'phones), milliwatt test (just a continuous test tone) or loop around (a primitive conference call bridge). It was not uncommon for 211 or 311 to be used in this manner in areas where there were no community info or municipal service entities claiming the number. The test numbers varied from one locality to another, often changed and were pretty much always unpublished. Odds are, this number was once used for test purposes (hence the weird response) but it's likely that a test number in 2006 might not still be a test number in 2013 as numbers outside the standard 958/959 block are reclaimed for other purposes, like 2-1-1. K7L (talk) 18:02, 20 May 2013 (UTC)


HawkerTyphoon. You are erasing more up-to-date information. Do you have a reason?

my cell phone has 300 speed dial slots. what happens when i try to use the number i stored in spot two hundred and eleven? 19:57, 29 August 2007 (UTC)