Chambers of Lawrence Power have produced what we hope is a useful guide as to what telephone number leads to what call charge.
Calls to 01 and 02, locations in the UK, typically cost:
Calls to 03 numbers are used by many businesses and cost no more than calls to 01 or 02 numbers.
030 numbers are often used by not-for-profit organisations and public bodies. Again, calls to 030 numbers cost no more than 01 and 02 numbers.
This is the mobile number range and calls to mobiles usually cost:
A call to an 070 number, a “follow me” number, costs more than calling an 07 number. 070 numbers are regulated by PhonepayPlus, which regulates premium rate or phone-paid services in the UK. Calls usually cost:
Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are usually free from landlines but when calling a freephone number from a mobile you must not include the first zero.
0843 and 0844 numbers usually cost:
0845 numbers usually cost:
0870 numbers usually cost:
0871, 0872 and 0873 numbers (regulated by PhonepayPlus) usually cost:
For directory enquiry numbers (regulated by PhonepayPlus) a one off charge can be between 50p and £4 and the added cost per minute can be up to £5 from mobiles or landlines.
09 numbers (regulated by PhonepayPlus) are known as premium numbers and are often used for competitions and TV voting. It is important to note that you can prevent 09 numbers being dialled from your phone. Your provider’s customer service team can usually block these numbers for you so do contact them. Calls usually cost:
To call 101, non-emergency police number, costs 15p per call from a landline or mobile.
To call 111, non-emergency medical advice number, is free from a landline or mobile.
Please note that the prices above are approximates and are by no means definitive. What you are charged can very much depend on who your provider is, what time of day you are calling and so on. Any queries then do call Ofcom.
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