Siri for dumb phones
Dialing X-1-1 for help
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 11:02
Siri still not in your life? For dumb phone wielding citizens it might be beneficial to know that Denver offers several phone services that allow you to connect with real people to find answers to questions?
Need to find a food or clothing bank? A shelter? Legal assistance? Help paying your bills or finding subsidized spaying/neutering? Look no further than 2-1-1 by United Way. Dialing 2-1-1 on your phone connects you to people who can refer you to different resources that we might all need at some point in our lives.
But, say you aren’t so much in need of social assistance but have questions or comments for the city? Anything from business licensing, foreclosures, records, weather, to reporting anything else that you want them to know. That is where 3-1-1 chimes in. Dialing 3-1-1 allows citizens to connect to services offered by the city of Denver.
Finally, dialing 5-1-1 gives you travel information for Colorado including road conditions, traffic, and airport conditions. It’s a must know for everyone hitting the slopes this season.
If you want to make some home improvements, Dial 8-1-1 and the city will send a locator out to mark things—like underground lines, pipes, and cables—below your house, so that you can safely dig.
After dialing that sequence of numbers you might be inclined to see what dialing 4-1-1, 6-1-1, and 7-1-1 will get you. Depending on your carrier you’ll find anything from yellow pages, your carriers own resource help center, or a horrible squeal. Either way, for those that still haven’t upgraded to a smart phone or want help through a landline these are useful to keep in mind.