Not all calls made are free of charge. If you’ll be contacting to 08 numbers, there’s no need to for you to fret as the cost will be clear to you. Gone were the days when you don’t have any idea about the cost of your phone call. This has been possible by the tips that “Ofcom” has made.
Many people make calls to ‘service numbers’ daily. With this, it’s just right for them to know the exact charge they have to spend. Good thing this will now be possible starting July 1, 2015. Before making a call, callers will know how much they will pay for it. And on your bill, the ‘service charge’ and the ‘access charge’ will be clearly indicated.
Access Charge + Service Charge = Total Call Cost
Your phone service provider will get the ‘access charge’ you pay. One the other hand, the ‘service charge’ will go to the firm that you’re calling to. Take note that contacting 0800 & 0808 is cost-free for landlines and mobiles.
Current Call Costs
0800 & 0808 = For landlines, it is free of charge. The usual charge for some mobiles will be 7p-40p/min.
01 & 02 (geographic numbers) = There will be a call set-up fee that needs to be compensated aside from 9p/min for landlines and 8p-40p/min for mobiles.
03 = These are included in free mobile and landline packages contrary to 0800 & 0808. The typical charge for these will be around 01 or 02.(03 telephone numbers are charged at standard landline rates)
0845 = It will cost 5p-40p/min for mobile phone users. A set-up fee along with 1p-12p/min will be paid by landline users.
0870 = Mobiles are charged 5p-40p/min, while landlines are billed as much as 10p/min aside from the set-up fee.
0871/2/3 = For mobiles, 5p-40p/min is the charge. For landlines, 11p-15p/min is the cost along with a set-up charge.
09 = 9p and £1.69 is the usual fee for each minute. But in some landline service providers, £2.95 every minute is the charge. Furthermore, 75p up to £3 every minute is the expected fee for mobile users.
118 = 50p up to £4 one-off charge is anticipated to landline and mobile phone users. Not only that, there will be an extra payment that may reach up to £5 per minute.
These are the current charges that you need to remember. However, it may be a little confusing on your behalf for sure. This is where Ofcom’s presentation of clear charges comes into play.
Calling all businesses.
If you are a business owner, it is crucial that you are fully mindful of what the approaching Ofcom legislation will imply to you, especially if you make use of a 08, 09 or 118 number. Making use of these numbers needs you to follow some crucial steps which are:
Step 1. Call your telephone service provider to have this matter discussed. Ask how it will influence your company, whether it can do bad or good.
Step 2. Confirm all the fees by asking your TCP.
Step 3. After that, analyze if the fees are reasonable enough. If not, then it is time to shift to another phone service provider.
Step 4. Make sure that the expenses for calls being shown are fair enough. You’re able to do this through reviewing several materials and also advertisings. Ofcom will agree with this:
‘Calls cost up [or XP per minute] and your phone company’s access charge’.