MSE News: Phone charge shake-up will cut bills, Ofcom says

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"The price consumers pay to call 08, 09 and 118 numbers is set to be made clearer under new Ofcom rules..."
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  • WywthWywth Forumite
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    You can usually find geographical numbers beginning 01 or 02 when calling companies.

    ... or 03 numbers which should also be charged at the same rate :)
  • BuzbyBuzby Forumite
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    'Clearer' and OFCOM is an oxymoron.

    As for making it clearer - we now have to understand the 3 different elements at go to making up the call charge.

    Clear as mud....... :)
  • zerogzerog Forumite
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    So now like Ofgem they are going to force a "standing charge" on ALL phone calls? Grrr :mad:

    Why can't there just be 3 rates per minute for all numbers - free, cheap (01,02,03,0845,0870) and expensive (0844,0871), and separate charges only for proper premium numbers (09) and international calls.
  • amiehallamiehall Forumite
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    Wywth wrote: »
    ... or 03 numbers which should also be charged at the same rate :)

    These 03 numbers that are supposedly better than 08 are excluded from my home phone call package. 0800, 0845 and 0870 are included. They're also not included from my mobile and they don't often have a true "geographic" alternative. So yeah, I'm not that enthusiastic about the "benefits" of 03 numbers.
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    jhpjhp Forumite
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    edited 16 April 2013 at 6:13AM
    amiehall wrote: »
    These 03 numbers that are supposedly better than 08 are excluded from my home phone call package. 0800, 0845 and 0870 are included. They're also not included from my mobile and they don't often have a true "geographic" alternative. So yeah, I'm not that enthusiastic about the "benefits" of 03 numbers.

    Who are you with then that dont include them ? Whoever they are they breach Ofcom rules by not including them.


    "Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls."

    http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2009/09/what-are-03-numbers/
  • edited 16 April 2013 at 6:39AM
    billsavingsbillsavings Forumite
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    edited 16 April 2013 at 6:39AM
    amiehall wrote: »
    These 03 numbers that are supposedly better than 08 are excluded from my home phone call package. 0800, 0845 and 0870 are included. They're also not included from my mobile and they don't often have a true "geographic" alternative. So yeah, I'm not that enthusiastic about the "benefits" of 03 numbers.

    Are absolutely you sure they are not included ? Given that various suppliers i have seen advertising say they are.

    EG. Taking a quick sample BT,Talk Talk,Virgin Media, O2 and Voda all say they are.
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    billsavingsbillsavings Forumite
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    edited 16 April 2013 at 6:32AM
    zerog wrote: »
    So now like Ofgem they are going to force a "standing charge" on ALL phone calls? Grrr :mad:

    No only chargeable non geographical type calls will be affected and the Overall price won't change, but the way it is displayed will.

    Currently unless your with BT it can be difficult to work out non geographical charges, some suppliers charge 100% more then BT Eg Virgin. Ofcom think if people can easily compare prices, it will encourage both phone companies and service providers to compete over rates.
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    The giffgaff mobile network has always had 0800 numbers as freephone numbers. As far as I'm aware they are the only ones who do.

    It would be nice for others to follow suit, particularly for those who haven't got a landline (or nearby phone box) and expect to be on hold for a long time.
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  • EricMearsEricMears Forumite
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    The aspect that annoys me most is that some organisations insist on describing an 0845 number as a 'local rate' call.

    BT (& presumably most other carriers) abolished the difference between local calls and trunk calls many years ago.

    Whilst BT (& some others) include 0845 numbers in their 'inclusive' packages, many carriers don't. Thus I'd be charged for ringing their 'local' number but not for calling a landline several hundred miles away.
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    As all 08 numbers ultimately end at a normal phone number, why can't Ofcom just compel all advertising for an 08 number to give an equivalent 01, 02 or 03 number as well and let the customer decide which number to use and decide for himself whether he wants to be ripped off or not?
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