Premium rate phone number are expensive and they are not included in phone contract allowances for landlines and mobiles, meaning you’ll have a big bill at the end of your call.
Plus, for many of them, while you sit on hold your call is costing you and they are getting rich for it.
For every phone call received to a 084 number, the owner of the number makes money so, not only are you having to folk out for the call, they are earning off your time!! They get about 2p per minute which does sound a lot but, if they take a lot of calls a year, it soon adds up!
However, there are ways that you can get around paying for these types of calls so you can call premium numbers for free.
There are SO Many Numbers – What are They?
The costs to call each of the numbers (if they are not included in your free allowance) varies depending on whether you are calling from a landline or mobile. Each network provider also charges a different amount for connection and the cost per minute too!
Numbers to Avoid
These calls will not be included in your inclusive allowance.
The 0843/4/5/0870 are usually numbers for large and small businesses for their sale or customer services enquiries.
0843 / 0844 – from a mobile you’ll be paying up to 41p per minute, depending on your network provider, and up to 13p per minute from a landline.
0845 – some landlines include these numbers in their free minutes but most of them don’t. From a mobile, you’ll pay up to 40p per minute and up to 12p from a landline.
0870 – some landlines include these numbers in their free minutes but most of them don’t. From a mobile, you’ll pay up to 40p per minute and from a landline you’ll pay 12p per minute plus a connection fee.
070 – it’s NOT a mobile number! It’s a “personal number”. They are set up as a follow me service, allowing the owner of the number to divert the call from another number. They could be used when someone is selling a car (for instance) and doesn’t want to give out theur private mobile number or by sole traders who want to manage their calls. They could also be used by scammers so be careful.
You can be charged up to £1.50 to call this number from your mobile! Plus connection charges! From your landline, you’ll pay up to 65p per minute plus a connection fee.
0871 / 2 / 3 – from a mobile you’ll be paying up to 40p per minute, depending on your network provider and you’ll pay up to 15p per minute calling from a landline, plus the connection fee.
118 – why not just use a phone book, or Google? To use directory enquiries, you’ll be paying a fair bit per minute, plus a connection fee and if you ask the operator to put you though you’ll pay the same amount even if you’re transferred to a local number!
You’ll look to pay up to a massive £4 for a connection and up to £5 per minute for the call!!
09 – avoid!! This is a Premium Rate Number used for competitions, TV voting, horoscopes, chat lines, recorded information and professional advice! You could pay up to £2.95 per minute for this call from a landline and up to £3 per minute from your mobile.
Numbers to Be Wary Of
0800 / 0808 / 0500 – they are free from a landline (yay!) but you have to pay if you’re calling from a mobile (up to 40p per minute).
07 – it’s a mobile number which is included in your inclusive minutes if you are calling from a mobile but you have to pay up to 32p per minute if you call from your landline or 40p per minute if it’s not in your inclusive mobile minutes.
Numbers That Aren’t So Bad
01 / 02 – they are local and national numbers that would be included as part of your allowance. If you pay for calls, you may pay up to 40p per minute from a mobile. From a landline, you’ll pay up to 9p per minute and there is normally a connection fee.
03 – they are not location specific (non- geographical) and cost the same amount as 01 and 02 numbers.
Call Premium Numbers for Free
Most landline or mobile providers give you inclusive minutes so, making calls to numbers starting with 01, 02 or 03 are included in your package and you can make these calls for FREE.
If you don’t have a free allowance, you will be charged for the calls but it will be a huge amount less! It will be the same cost as calling a normal UK landline.
Check Your Bill or Letter
If you have a letter or bill from the company you want to call, a have look at the small print. A lot of letters shows a number to call from abroad (just the geographical 01 or 02 number). If not, check their website, it may just be listed there.
The number will show as +44 then the number. Just remove the +44 and add a 0 (zero) then make the call.
Say No To 0870
This website lists alternative geographical (01, 02 or 03) numbers. Either search by company name or search by the premium rate number and it will give you a new number to call.
New numbers are added by users of the site so some may not work, but every time I’ve tried it’s been spot on.
If you find a number or company that’s not listed – and you have a normal phone number for them – add it to the site for others to use.
If you’re looking to avoid getting charged to call a “free” phone number from your mobile, try 0800 Wizard.
Whether you want to do a search online, or want to download the app, 0800 Wizard can search for a geographical properly free phone number for you.
This may make you smile….. one man, annoyed of receiving PPI cold calls, bought his own premium rate phone number for less than £20! Although, Phone Pay Plus, who regulates premium numbers, do not recommend people setting up their own 0871 numbers, they are a little money earner.
For every call he got from the cold callers, he was earning 7p per minute. In August 2013, it was reported that he has earnt £300 in receiving phone calls!
What the Future Holds
It’s not all bad news and things will start to get a little better when making calls to premium rate numbers.
From June 2015, premium rate numbers will be capped and the organisation who manage the phone number will have to openly advertise how much it costs to make the call.
Also, calls to 0800, 0808 and 116 numbers will become free to call from a mobile as well (they are currently free from a landline).
However, if you follow one of the options above, it doesn’t matter if the cost of the line has been capped, as you’ll be able to call for free anyway 🙂
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.