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    • Ypaymore
    • By Ypaymore 28th Aug 14, 9:49 AM
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    Ypaymore
    18185/1899/18866 no longer offer calls to 03 numbers.
    • #1
    • 28th Aug 14, 9:49 AM
    18185/1899/18866 no longer offer calls to 03 numbers. 28th Aug 14 at 9:49 AM
    Just been testing them out and you get announcement saying they no longer offer calls to 03 numbers. This is now confirmed on there site.
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    • SpanishBlue
    • By SpanishBlue 20th Sep 17, 1:19 PM
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    SpanishBlue
    I find that - perhaps when the called party answers immediately - you don't hear the initial message, even if it is enabled.

    Anyone else ?
    Originally posted by polymaff
    Yes, same here if the call is answered promptly.
    • grai
    • By grai 20th Sep 17, 6:04 PM
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    grai
    Yesterday they finally updated their website (so have 1899).

    If you use the 18185 prefix you are charged 1.5ppm

    Use the 0808 number it's 2ppm (up from 1ppm)

    In both cases you are charged a connection fee of 4p, not the advertised 5p.
    Originally posted by SpanishBlue
    do you have to register to dial 18185?
    I'm suddenly getting charged 2p a minute after dialling 08081

    This means that altho still quite cheap my bill has doubled - is there still a way to get charged 1.5 per minute?
    • TCA
    • By TCA 20th Sep 17, 6:17 PM
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    TCA
    If you're using either number I think you're registered already.

    Calling a UK landline is now cheaper using the 18185 prefix from a landline (1.5p per minute) than using the freephone number from a mobile (or from a landline).
    • littlemoney
    • By littlemoney 21st Sep 17, 5:57 PM
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    littlemoney
    As I get mobile calls to land lines for 3p a minute on my pay as you go sim from Three I have to guess how long my call will be very short calls are cheaper on my mobile. If I think it will be a 3 minute call or more I use 18185 otherwise my mobile. I have found that with caller ID on phones sometimes the 18185 calls can show as international calls and some people don't answer them.
    • grai
    • By grai 22nd Sep 17, 2:49 PM
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    grai
    I'm dialling 18185 but getting unobtainable - what's the actual number you dial to get to the 1.5p a minute calls?
    • TCA
    • By TCA 22nd Sep 17, 3:20 PM
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    TCA
    You dial 18185 directly followed by the number you want to call. Don't pause in between.
    • brewerdave
    • By brewerdave 23rd Sep 17, 10:21 AM
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    brewerdave
    I'm dialling 18185 but getting unobtainable - what's the actual number you dial to get to the 1.5p a minute calls?
    Originally posted by grai

    Have you registered for an account ???

    EDIT -Who is your phone rental with? Many telecom providers disallow the likes of 18185.
    • grai
    • By grai 4th Oct 17, 1:52 AM
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    grai
    EDIT -Who is your phone rental with? Many telecom providers disallow the likes of 18185.

    virgin
    • brewerdave
    • By brewerdave 4th Oct 17, 6:29 AM
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    brewerdave
    EDIT -Who is your phone rental with? Many telecom providers disallow the likes of 18185.

    virgin
    Originally posted by grai
    Virgin don't allow the use of "18185" -you have to use the 08xx route.
    • blackanchorage
    • By blackanchorage 26th Oct 17, 2:25 PM
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    blackanchorage
    South Africa fixed line prices 18185
    Just gone up from 3p to 11p/minute! No customer service to ask why, or complain to, as far as I can see.
    • SpanishBlue
    • By SpanishBlue 26th Oct 17, 2:50 PM
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    SpanishBlue
    They can charge what they like. If they get uncompetitive which it looks like they are, people will simply stop using them.

    By the way, if you use the freephone 0808 number, a call to a South Africa landline is 8p a minute.
    • blackanchorage
    • By blackanchorage 26th Oct 17, 2:56 PM
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    blackanchorage
    Yeah, much more likely to try skype first now.
    • redux
    • By redux 26th Oct 17, 4:38 PM
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    redux
    Given that there seems to be gradually increasing dissatisfaction with 18185 rates creeping slowly upwards, I thought I might remind folks of my posts on here from May 2016 and earlier

    I switched to a VoIP provider when 18185 put call charges up last year.

    Since then spending is about a sixth of what it was before, now heading for about £5 a year instead of about £30

    The main phone is a cordless extension and base unit which does both landline and VoIP calls, bought secondhand 3 or 4 years ago for about £30. Some mobiles can also use VoIP, and I have some free calls there.
    Originally posted by redux
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