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Avoid 0845 telephone number charges

Updated on July 3, 2011
Charges: Phone bills cost more to ring 08 numbers
Charges: Phone bills cost more to ring 08 numbers

Many large companies use telephone numbers that cost more to call from mobiles and landlines than ordinary numbers do.

These numbers include those that begin 500, 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871. Regular land line numbers that correspond to specific regions in the UK begin with 01, 02, or 03. For example, 0117 for the Bristol area code, 0207 for London, 02476 for Coventry, 0115 for Nottingham.

The telephone numbers that companies use cost more to call from a lanline or mobile. These can cost up to £1 a minute in some cases.

But few people know that it is possible to connect to the same office by using a regular land line number. Fewer people have the time to research and find what that regular land line number is. But by using a regional dialling code number people that call 0845 numbers and the like can save hundreds of pounds a year on their phone bills. Hundreds of pounds simply buy dialling a different number.

These large corporations do not want people to know that there are alternative numbers that they can use. This is because the companies receive extra revenue from everybody who rings the 0500, 0870, 0845, 0844 and even 0800 numbers.

One website that has led the way in revealing alternative phone numbers to ring in order to avoud expensive hidden costs is .The website received excellent reviews in the national media in the UK for helping consumers stand up to the expensive telephone chargers in the UK.

The simple and basic website has a feature that allows people to type in the name of a company or an 08 number. The online tool then searches through a large database of companies and returns an alternative to the 08 number. The user then has the satisfaction of being able to ring the real land line number knowing that they are dodging a charge of up to a few pounds for calling.

Just some Companies that use 08 numbers

  • Alliance and Leicester
  • Boots
  • British Gas
  • Currys and PC World
  • Laura Ashley
  • Royal Mail


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      vernon 4 years ago

      Thank you for the effort that you have taken to inform the public of the Rip Off Britain scenario.where the gullible are taken advantage of by those that have no conscience at all.

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      Simon 6 years ago

      Great article and even now at the start of 2012 still more and more companies use these numbers.

      Very few people I know realise these cost a fortune from mobiles, they just dial them and never check their bill.

      I needed to call debenhams earlier, 0844 again and no email address on their website. I found a 01823 landline number on saynoto0870.

      Too many people don't think or care about the cost, even in these times when they have less money.

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      Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

      Yeah that's a great idea. When the calls are for pyschic chat lines or dating numbers the charges are always printed. But when it's everyda companies that have provided people with a service it's a bit unfair. Especially when the landline numbers are still available to use.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      I think the non disclosure is found in both countries.

      It seems to me that the governments should protect the people by making it required to have these charge lines identify themselves before anyone can start getting charged. The announcement would then be followed by a choice of accepting or rejecting the call.

      Just a thought


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      Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

      Opinion Duck, I hope that it doesn't spread to the states/ The worst part is that in teh UK many people don't know that they are being charged more than usual to call these numbers.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      Interesting, I hope that it doesn't spread to the States.


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      Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

      onceuponatime66, few people do know that they don't have to ring expensive numbers. I didn't know until a few months ago. Could have saved a bit on phone bills!

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      rich_hayles 7 years ago

      Good info Rick.

      I haven't called a land line number in about a year now, but this is good for those still using them.

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      Wow, I had not one clue about those phone numbers - thanks for the information.