MSE News: Did you know 0844 numbers can cost double 0845 ones? Don't get fleeced by p

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Former_MSE_Helen Posts: 2,382 Forumite
edited 20 August 2013 at 5:25PM in Mobiles
"MoneySavingExpert.com is warning people to check which 08 numbers are free to call and which will cost an arm and a leg..."
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Did you know 0844 numbers can cost double 0845 ones? Don't get fleeced by premium rate calls

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  • fionajbanana
    fionajbanana Posts: 1,611 Forumite
    I think its a disgrace that 0800 numbers are not free on mobiles - apart from Childline and another charity.

    Some people only have a mobile and some companies have a 0800 number for customer services etc.

    Thank goodness for Saynoto0870.com!
  • Herbalus
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    I think its a disgrace that 0800 numbers are not free on mobiles - apart from Childline and another charity.

    Some people only have a mobile and some companies have a 0800 number for customer services etc.

    Thank goodness for Saynoto0870.com!

    Exactly. I thought the whole point of 0800 was that they were free.

    Especially irksome when aforementioned companies have 5 minutes of trite waffle before you can actually speak to someone.
  • Wywth
    Wywth Posts: 5,079 Forumite
    edited 20 August 2013 at 4:34PM
    Am I right? The government wants to ban traders from giving out (to consumers):
    0845 numbers that cost 2.04ppm
    0870 numbers that cost 7.95ppm

    and force them to use instead:
    geographic numbers (or numbers that charge the same) that cost 7.95ppm
    mobile numbers that cost up to 11.3ppm

    (All costs relate to calls from a BT landline where the call is chargeable and do not include the connection charge which would apply equally)

    That's really cracking down. Well done DC & co!

    Or are 0845 & 0870 numbers going to be allowed to remain as they cost no more than a geographic number?

    When this story first broke about 2 weeks ago, some sources were claiming this to be the "beginning of the end" for 084 and 087 numbers.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10226085/Premium-rate-customer-service-phone-lines-to-be-banned.html
  • Herbalus
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    Wywth wrote: »
    So the government wants to ban traders from giving out (to consumers):
    0845 numbers that cost 2.04ppm
    0870 numbers that cost 7.95ppm

    and force them to use instead:
    geographic numbers (or numbers that charge the same) that cost 7.95ppm
    mobile numbers that cost up to 11.3ppm

    (All costs relate to calls from a BT landline where the call is chargeable and do not include the connection charge which would apply equally)

    On mobiles the saving will be considerable if you don't use saynoto0870.com. Compare 0845/0870 for 20p per minute with geographic and mobile numbers that are included in my monthly allowance. With more and more people not having landlines anymore this is a move that will benefit a lot of people.
  • mattytun
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    Thank goodness for Saynoto0870.com!
    Can't sleep, quit counting sheep and talk directly to the shepherd :cool:
  • jhp
    jhp Posts: 2,342 Forumite
    Would this not be better off in the homephone section ?
    Given that the title refers to when dialing from a Home Phone !!!

    Calls to both 0844 and 0845 numbers from mobiles are both normally expensive.
  • Wywth
    Wywth Posts: 5,079 Forumite
    Herbalus wrote: »
    On mobiles the saving will be considerable if you don't use saynoto0870.com. Compare 0845/0870 for 20p per minute with geographic and mobile numbers that are included in my monthly allowance. With more and more people not having landlines anymore this is a move that will benefit a lot of people.

    Calls from mobiles will cost considerably more!

    I thought we all knew that nowadays?
  • lee111s
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    There's an iPhone app called weQ4u which is awesome. You put the number in you want to call and if it's in their system then they dial an 03 number which is free from your phone. Additionally, if you're put into a queue you press the buttons it advises and they call you back when you get through! There's only been one or 2 numbers that haven't worked in the 6 months I've had it. It also tells you how much you've saved, I'm up to over £50 now!!
  • NiftyDigits
    NiftyDigits Posts: 10,459 Forumite
    I think its a disgrace that 0800 numbers are not free on mobiles - apart from Childline and another charity.

    Some people only have a mobile and some companies have a 0800 number for customer services etc.

    Thank goodness for Saynoto0870.com......
    .....and Giff Gaff. :D
  • sdduk
    sdduk Posts: 1,408
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    My doctors are 0844 and there is nobody that can convert it to normal number
    I think its a bloody cheek that they make money off of sick people
    I can't just walk in and make an appointment because the doctors are
    over a mile away and i don't drive

    Used weq4u, 0800buster, Saynoto0870.com and none have a prefix number for them.
    Nobody is Perfect. I am Nobody, therefore I am Perfect.
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