Non Geographical Numbers charges are changing from 1st July 2015
The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has issued new regulations pertaining to the price of calling non-geographic numbers.
Non geographic numbers, which start with 08, 09 and 118, are used extensively everyday by the majority of the population however charges for calling these numbers vary and are difficult to ascertain for consumers. These latest regulations are designed to demystify these charges and accord greater transparency for all involved.
Free now actually means free for 0800 or 0808 numbers, often called freephone numbers they currently cost mobile users anywhere from 14p to 40p per minute. These charges have now been eradicated for the consumer with calls to these numbers to be from mobiles as well as landlines.
The charges structure for numbers starting with 084, 087, 09, 118 will cease to be bundled and instead will be comprised of;
- An access charge for this service set by the originators phone provider.
- A service charge for the rest of the service set by the phone provider ending the call for the business operating that number and providing the service.
Costs will be set out in the following format “Calls cost xx (xx per minute) plus your phone company’s access charge” on the consumers bill however, it will be shown as one single charge.
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