When you make a telephone call to a service number – one beginning 08, 09 or 118 – it’s not always clear how much it will cost.

That will soon change, under a new system that will make the cost of calling service numbers clear for everyone. It affects all calls from consumer mobiles and landlines to 08, 09 and 118 numbers and will have an effect on how you might want to use them in your business.

How it works now

You sometimes see information about the cost of calls, which looks something like this:

“Calls cost 20p per minute from a BT landline. Other landlines may vary and calls from mobiles may cost considerably more.”

This makes it hard to know the cost, unless you happen to be calling from a BT landline.

How it will work in future

From 1 July 2015, the cost of calling service numbers will be made up of two parts:

  • An access charge: This part of the call charge goes to your phone company, charged as pence per minute. They will tell you how much the access charge will be for calls to service numbers. It will be made clear on bills and when you take out a contract.
  • A service charge: This is the rest of the call charge. The organisation you are calling decides this, and will tell you how much it is.

For more information, please visit here.

I believe the only 08 number you should look at using is 0800, however, you should always offer a standard, geographical or standard cost number as an option.


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