Depending on current load and situation, however, the call could potentially be connected to any station in Sweden.Calls to this number are charged according to the same rates as any other national calls.
This experience tested and proved the value of the program and Orange County immediately activated the 3-1-1 number for governmental customer service.
In the United States, 311 was sometimes used as a fictitious area code in Bell System advertisements depicting telephones; often the phone in the advertisement would bear the specific number Area Code 311 555-2368.
This fictitious phone number was used in the 1979 horror film When a Stranger Calls; in the opening of the television series The Rockford Files; in the 1984 film Ghostbusters; and on two episodes of the second season of the TV series Mission: Impossible: episode 22 titled "The Killing" (on the killer's phone) and, fourth season, episode 12, titled "Time Bomb" (on a phone at a nuclear plant in a fictitious country).
Once Bitten (1985 film) 311 555-2368 was also used in numerous episodes of The Bionic Woman as the private phone number of Jaime Sommers in her coach house.
At the end of a 1963 episode of Route 66, titled "Kiss the Monster, Make Him Sleep," Linc calls his estranged father at a number having area code 311. This area code is also used as the area code for Sunnyvale, California (which is actually 408) in the 1983 movie War Games during the "war dialing" sequence where the main character is searching for a video game company's modem pool.
Historically, the 311 code was used by some telephone companies for testing purposes.