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250 Area Code - Location, Time Zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

State British Columbia
Timezone Pacific
Is Area Code 250 Toll Free? No
Major Cities Castlegar, Courtenay, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kimberley, Merritt, Nanaimo, Nelson, Parksville, Penticton, Port Alberni, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Terrace, Trail, Vernon, Victoria, Williams Lake

Area code is a three-digit number that represents a certain area or location, a country or a region. Sometimes we feel bothered whenever there's an unfamiliar number pops up on our phone screen. There nearly 400 area codes used in NANP so it's understandable if we don't recognized them all. We discussed one of these area codes below.

What is area code 250 and where is it coming from?

The 250 telephone area code was created in 1996 as a split of area code 604. In 2008, area code 778 was created as an overlay of area code 250. In 2013, area codes 250, 604 and 778 was overlaid by the area code 236 and is required a mandatory 10-digit dialing. For these overlay numbers, a 10-digit dialing is required because there's a great possibility that in the same geographic area two homes may have different area code but can have a 7-digit telephone number.

Major cities or places in British Columbia within area codes 250 and 778 and 236 serve the larger communities of Castlegar, Cranbrook, Courtenay, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kimberley, Kelowna, Merritt, Nelson, Nanaimo, Parksville, Penticton, Port Alberni, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Terrace, Trail, Victoria, Vernon, Williams Lake along with many smaller communities throughout British Columbia.

Is area code 250 a scam?

Any number can be used for scams even if it is duly registered. Due to the rising users of mobile phones scammers are also getting their way up to lure victims. Even area code 250 can be used and linked to scammers. To avoid these kind of people, do not take calls from numbers you don't recognized. Their tricks might cause you hefty bucks or might even compromise your personal information. Do not give in easily whenever you encounter one of these people.

How do I block calls originating from area code 250?

If you want to stop getting bugged with calls from unknown numbers, here's how you can stop it:


  • Go to your recent calls and click "details".
  • Then click "block number" to finish the process.


  • The process is somehow similar to the Android users,
  • Go to your recent calls and click the "i" with a circle around it.
  • Then scroll to the bottom and click "block this caller" to finish it up.

Is area code 250 toll free?

There are only few numbers in North American Numbering Plan that are toll free numbers and area code 250 is not one of them. Any calls performed with area code 250 applies sufficient charge depending on the duration and location. Cost of charge depends on your telecommunications company that provides you service. You may contact your telecommunications provider to know more about this matter.

In conclusion

Always remember not to carelessly take calls from unknown numbers. If you don't recognize the caller better not answer it. If the caller is a family or someone you knew, they will eventually leave a message, a voice message or sms about their concerns.



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