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Hi, Are 0300 numbers free from a BT landline?

edited 15 December 2017 at 4:01PM in Phones & TV
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edited 15 December 2017 at 4:01PM in Phones & TV
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  • victor2victor2 Forumite
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    Same rate as a regular landline starting 01 or 02.
    0300 Numbers

    0300 telephone numbers, part of the 0300 range, have been allocated to public sector bodies and non-profit organisations such as charities.

    The Ofcom website gives guidance on who is eligible to use 0300 numbers.

    0300 numbers are non-geographic, giving your business a valuable UK-wide presence. They work in the same way as 08 numbers, but with one big, and customer-tempting, difference: the cost of calling them.

    Customers only pay the same amount as a landline call to a 01 or a 02 number. And the price is the same for calls from mobiles. 0300 numbers are included in any discount schemes or inclusive call minutes that you may already have with landline or mobile phone operators.
  • Thxs.

    You would think they were free as similar to 0800.

    I wonder if many people are caught out?
  • edited 15 February 2011 at 10:14PM
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    edited 15 February 2011 at 10:14PM
    0700 numbers most certainly aren't free either (can be up to 51.062p/minute depending on the 5th, 6th and 7th digits).
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • BuzbyBuzby Forumite
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    I don't see why any number OTHER than 0800 could be assumed to be free - 0808 and 0500 are also free when dialled from a landline but if you were unaware of this then the free call would be a bonus. I think the expectation is if you make a call, it will be chargeable!
  • I don't agee. I think most people would assume an 0X00 format number is free.
  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    The scammers dumping their 0700 CLIs on you will love you!

    No, don't tell me, you think they're mobile numbers so you call them back from your mobile out of you 'free' minutes.
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • Heinz wrote: »
    The scammers dumping their 0700 CLIs on you will love you!

    No, don't tell me, you think they're mobile numbers so you call them back from your mobile out of you 'free' minutes.


    Sorry I don't understand what you mean?

    I started this thread because I wasn't sure if 0300 were free or not. I thought 0300, 0800, 0800 and any other number of that format were free.

    Sorry for being ignorant
  • edited 19 February 2011 at 5:13PM
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    edited 19 February 2011 at 5:13PM
    Apart from the most commonly used freephone numbers (0500, 0800 and 0808), 00800 (international freephone) and a variety of others are also free* to call:

    999, 111, 112, 116xxx, 07600xxxxxx, 076232xxxxx, 076593xxxxx, 076596xxxxx, 076599xxxxx, 118399 and 118712 (some of these are inactive or have no active numbers but they are designated as 'No fee' numbers or number groups).

    * From landlines and some mobile networks (999 and 112 are, of course, free from all landlines and mobile networks).
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • sickersicker Forumite
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    The reason for 03 numbers is that they have run out of 01 and 02 numbers, so they are charged at the going rate. I get all geograhical , 0845 & 0870 numbers free (up to 59 minutes, hang up and dial again) by paying BT a amall monthly premium. Well worth it as far a I'm concerned.
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