This site helps you find alternative inclusive or geographic rate 01, 02 or 03 numbers or free 080 numbers to call those businesses and organisations.Additionally, there are a number of phone providers offering cheaper calls to standard telephone numbers (those beginning with 01, 02 or 03).
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Calls to 084 and 087 numbers incur an additional Service Charge paid to the benefit of the called party and their telecoms provider.
Organisations using these numbers are effectively being subsidised by this call revenue.
While this is generally fine for chatlines, recorded information lines and entertainment services such as voting on a TV show, it is quite inappropriate for customer service lines, sales lines, government departments, health services and financial services to use these types of number.
Calls to 084 and 087 numbers incur both an Access Charge of up to 15p per minute from landlines or up to 45p per minute from mobiles and a Service Charge of up to 7p per minute for 084 numbers or up to 13p per minute for 087 numbers.
On the other hand, calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are usually inclusive within a call plan else charged at "geographic rate".
Calls to 080 numbers are free from landlines and (from 1 July 2015) free from mobiles.
Since 2009, BT and some other phone providers have included calls to 08 numbers in their call plans, but this only applies to certain packages or at certain times of the day. Many companies also advertise a separate number that can be used when calling them from abroad. There is usually nothing to stop you using this number from the UK (as it is a normal rate telephone call), and will be included in any inclusive minutes provided by your landline or mobile phone provider.
In some cases, however, you may need to withhold your CLI in order to make the connection.