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Cheapest way to call 0870

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Phones & TV
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nutmegmannutmegman Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Phones & TV
Hi,

What is the cheapest way to call 0870

I have BT line with primus option 2 CPS and have signed up with 1899

Any ideas
:beer:

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  • https://www.18185.co.uk is the cheapest,also for UK Mobile Calls.
  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    Comparisons (for BT Together customers) between BT and 18185 for 0870 & 0845 calling.

    As will be seen below, using the 18185 prefix from a BT landline now only results in a saving on the 'per minute' cost of evening 0845 calls (of ½p/minute) and, taking into account 18185's 5p 'startup fee' as opposed to BT's 3p 'call set-up fee', you may consider it's just not worth the hassle and use BT for all such calls (dial a 1280 prefix if you use a CPS provider).

    However, 18185's cable users' freephone 0808 1 703 703 gateway number (which can also be dialled from a BT landline) is, at times, now the cheapest way to call 0870 numbers:


    0870 - excluding 0870 09, 0870 185, 0870 187 and 0870 188 numbers for which BT charges 4.95p/minute Weekdays, 2.49p/minute Evenings and 2p/minute Weekends.

    Weekdays

    BT-----------3p 'set-up fee'-++ 7p/min
    18185--------5p 'startup fee'-+ 6p/min
    08081703703--4p connection----+ 5p/minute (but website, wrongly, states 3p/minute)

    Evenings
    BT
    -----------3p 'set-up fee' ++ 3½p/min
    18185--------5p 'startup fee' + 4p/min
    08081703703--4p connection____+ 5p/minute (but website, wrongly, states 3p/minute)

    Weekends

    BT
    -----------3p 'set-up fee' ++ 1½p/min
    18185--------5p 'startup fee' + 2p/min
    08081703703--4p connection----+ 1p/minute


    0845

    Weekdays
    BT------3p 'set-up fee' ++ 3p/min
    18185---5p 'startup fee'-+ 3p//min

    Evenings
    BT
    ------3p 'set-up fee' ++ 1p/min
    18185---5p 'startup fee'-+ ½p/min

    Weekends
    BT
    ---_--3p 'set-up fee' ++ ½p/min
    18185---5p 'startup fee' + ½p/min

    Remember though that, although BT prices rarely change, 18185's can (and do) change more frequently - so always check the the MSE UK Callchecker.
    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.
  • paylesspayless Forumite
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    If you use a lot of 0870 it might be work looking at o2 contracts ... a standalone new contract might not stack up as worthwhile just for this, but if you get better deal ( retention) or use as part of your normal mobile ( assuming all calls within allowance) , it works out well... I never call 0870 from a landline always from a o2 mobile
    Any posts on here are for information and discussion purposes only and shouldn't be seen as (financial) advice.
  • barjam_2barjam_2 Forumite
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    here is bt's to compare with 18185 bt gives different prices for 0870 no.s where as 18185 doesn't so if you compare the two then you can pick and choose which provider for which 0870 no. you want to ring (hope that made sense)


    BT Together Customer Prices


    *********Daytime Evening Weekend

    0845---- --3.00 1.00 1.00
    0870
    7.51 3.75 1.50
    0870 09--- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 185-- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 187-- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 188-- 4.95 2.49 2.00

    *********
  • payless wrote:
    If you use a lot of 0870 it might be work looking at o2 contracts ... a standalone new contract might not stack up as worthwhile just for this, but if you get better deal ( retention) or use as part of your normal mobile ( assuming all calls within allowance) , it works out well... I never call 0870 from a landline always from a o2 mobile

    But O2 have just started charging people with payg inclusive minutes to call 0844/0845/0870 numbers,and increased the rates. So their is a good chance contracts will follow in due course.:eek:
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  • Barjam wrote:
    here is bt's to compare with 18185 bt gives different prices for 0870 no.s where as 18185 doesn't so if you compare the two then you can pick and choose which provider for which 0870 no. you want to ring (hope that made sense)


    BT Together Customer Prices


    *********Daytime Evening Weekend

    0845---- --3.00 1.00 1.00
    0870
    7.51 3.75 1.50
    0870 09--- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 185-- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 187-- 4.95 2.49 2.00
    0870 188-- 4.95 2.49 2.00

    *********

    The 0870 numbers you refer to with lower rates eg 0870 09 are internet access numbers,not day to day 0870 numbers.

  • Not a lot of good if its not listed,as 1000s of them are not, as they grow quicker then bineweed.
  • 0870 really winds me up, I want to deal with the company or have to choise yet I have pay over the odds to calls them.....GRRR
    :beer:
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