778 Area Code Comes To Sooke


This isn’t really news, the 778 area code has been province-wide since July 4, 2007, but I don’t get the impression that it was well publicized when the numbers actually started to appear earlier this year.

Most Sooke residents will recognize that this blog is named after the long-time three-digit telephone exchange for Sooke, 642. That got slightly more complicated when ten-digit dialing came in last year, requiring everyone to dial 250- before the seven digit local number. When I moved to the Island four years ago, only having to dial seven digits was such a novelty – ten-digit dialing had been in effect on the Lower Mainland for quite a few years.

The 778 area code, which was previously only in the greater Vancouver area, is now split across the whole province as mentioned above, but it seems that they’ve only run out of 250- numbers this year. So, it’s entirely possible that a local business or residence (including mine) might get a 778 number when installing new services or getting an additional line. In my case, I got the 778 number when I switched to Shaw Digital Phone.

I’ve seen at least one new business (EdGe Restaurant) which has a 778 as well. Obviously, local 778 calls are not long distance. You’ll be able to tell if the call is long distance if, after dialing the number, you’re prompted to hang up and dial a 1 before trying again, much the same as dialing a long-distance 250 number to up-island or interior of BC locations.

So, don’t be afraid to call those 778 numbers, or pick up the phone when you see them on your caller-ID.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Published by Tim Ayres

Tim Ayres is a Sooke and Victoria BC REALTOR®, with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. Tim is actively involved in helping clients buying and selling real estate in the southern Vancouver Island region. Tim is an active member of the Victoria Real Estate Board and served seven years (2009-2015) as a director, including serving as President in 2014.

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