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NOV 2015: THE INFORMATION BELOW WAS CORRECT WHEN FIRST PUBLISHED BUT IS NOW OUT OF DATE AND WILL BE UPDATED VERY SOON ; WE ARE WAITING FOR A FULL UPDATE FROM OFCOM, WHICH WE HOPE WILL ADVISE THE VERY LATEST CALL COSTS.  THANKS TO IAN FOR FLAGGING.

In this age of communication,there are so many types of phone numbers it can be hard to know what you are really paying for each call. Fortunately,Ofcom (the UK communications regulator), have produced a handy guide to phone numbers and their typical call costs, to clear up any queries you may have. We've summarised it below, so you can see at a glance approximately how much it costs you to talk.

Typical UK call costs (based on Ofcom Data - July 2014)
Number Prefix Telephone Number Type Approx.  Cost From a Landline Approx.  Cost From a Mobile
01,02 Geographic Up to 9p per minute 8p - 40p per minute
03 UK Wide Geographic Up to 9p per minute 8p - 40p per minute
030 Not for Profit Organisations Up to 9p per minute 8p - 40p per minute
07 Mobile Numbers 6p - 32p per minute 8p - 40p per minute
070 Personal Numbers 4p - 65p per minute 30p - £1.50 per minute
0800,0808 Freephone No Charge 7p - 40p per minute
0843,0844 Chargeable Business Rate 1p - 13p per minute 5p - 41p per minute
0845 Chargeable Business Rate 1p - 12p per minute 5p - 40p per minute
0870 Chargeable Business Rate Up to 12p per minute 5p - 40p per minute
0871/2/3 Chargeable Business Rate 11p - 15p per minute 5p - 40p per minute
09 Premium Rate 9p - £2.95 per minute or per call 75p - £3.00 per minute or per call

Did you know that businesses can no longer charge you premium phone rates when calling customer service? Financial services such as Banking and Insurance companies are currently exempt from this law, but this is expected to change shortly. Read More...

 

This information on this page acts as a guide only, and should not be used to make financial calculations. Actual call costs will vary based on many factors, including time of day, service provider, and call set up fees. Always contact your service provider for a definitive call cost calculation.  Published 4th March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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