OFCOM to introduce new 03 numbers from 2007 and changes to 084/087 numbers

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Ofcom will introduce new UK-wide 03 numbers from early next year. Calls to 03 numbers will cost the same as calls to geographic numbers, and be included as part of any inclusive call minutes or discount schemes for geographic calls. This will apply to calls from any line. No revenue sharing will be permitted on calls to 03 numbers.

The introduction of 03 numbers will enable organisations to offer consumers a single national point of contact without making additional charges for the service. This should give consumers confidence about calling 03 and Ofcom expects public services and many others to view 03 numbers as more appropriate than chargeable 08 numbers.

084 numbers down to a lower rate of 5p* per minute.
087 numbers up to a higher rate of to 10p* per minute.
From BT lines.

No more 070 personal number allocations from end of 2007. New numbers may be on 06. 07 to only be used for mobile numbers.

01/02 numbers are not changing.



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