Along with roaming charges, calls to 0800 numbers from mobile phones have long been a contentious issue in the UK and soon, these look set to be scrapped as Ofcom continues to simplify mobile call charges.
In a report titled ‘Simplifying Non-geographic Numbers‘ Ofcom details how calls to numbers beginning with 03, 080, 0845, 0870, 083/4, 0871/2/3, 09 and 118 will change in the future.
These numbers are generally used by people to call businesses to get information, make payments and vote for who is going to win Britain’s Got Talent. If the report is passed, the changes will mean that calls to 080 and 116 numbers will be free from all telephones, whether landline or mobile as well as:
– 03: to become the only non-geographic number range linked to the price of a call to a geographic number (i.e. the 01/02 number ranges)
– Revenue sharing ranges: (084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers -where a portion of the retail charge is passed back to the receiver of the call) are to have a common simplified structure.