I was wondering if anyone has been able to send a text message to a short 5 digit number. What I was trying to do was get the bus schedules for a certain stop from Translink in Vancouver. The sign said text the stop number (51547) to 33333, but when I press send it says "Number not in use". I have the nokia 1112 phone.
Probably the same problem I had trying to call in a traffic jam to "AM730, all traffic, all the time" using their special #730 number. I think the numbers only work on certain big networks like Telus and Rogers that have a list programmed in, so they know which "regular" number to re-route the call to. Even though we use the Rogers towers, our provider is Ztar, who probably doesn't know about those "special" local pound and short numbers.
I finally figured out how to send a text message with the stop number to TransLink. I type the stop number into the message and then when it asks for the number I enter +33333 the key is the + symbol which I enter by holding down the 0 key. I believe the + is some sort of GMS standard symbol and apparently is needed for the message to send. I tried this on a Samsung A-437 phone.
I use PCan with a nokia 1208. When I first tried this about 2 months ago it didnt work. But about a month later(in July) I tried it again and it worked. All subsequent attempts worked as well. The weird thing is that PCan didn't charge even a single penny in those messages I sent/received. I thought the standard carrier rates do apply, as posted on translink's ads....
Oh, and I didnt put a plus sign in front of the number...
Maybe the phone added it for me somehow, or maybe not...i'm not sure.
I think this may be one of those 'magics' result from some kind of bugs in roger's internal infrastructure.
Has anyone have this working for Nokia 1600? I'm also in Vancouver and tried texting +33333, but haven't had any success yet.
I got an email reply from Speak Out:
SpeakOut Wireless unfortunately does not support this service.
But I'll keep trying. If it had worked for someone here in Vancouver, it should have worked for me... I'll post back when I have more results.
Update: it only worked for me once also. I always get an error that the message won't send. I've tried the plus sign with and w/o. Plus, they charged me money from my account for such failed attempts :(.
I thought there was something wrong with my phone because I dropped it on the floor before sending the txts to the "Next Bus" service. I can send/receive txts to normal numbers though.
I have a nokia 5200. Maybe this would work better on an older model?
March 15, 2008
I sent an e-mail to TransLink (Vancouver transit) asking if they had a "long-code" equivalent. This is their reply:
"Unfortunately we do not have any provisions for supplying Next Bus information to a long code. Perhaps you could express your interest, and that of others I assume, to your carrier to participate in the national short code program offered through the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) so we could offer the service to you."
The official stance from Speak Out is that they do not support it. I don't think there's been an official consensus from Speak Out users as to whether any of our number tricks work.
I think that the solution would be for TransLink to make the service available via a normal phone number rather than waiting for every carrier to enable the short code.
I've set up a normal phone number for non short code access to TransLink's Next Bus service as described here:
I'm surprised that TransLink still hasn't added such access, but hopefully we can spur them to do so.