free 0800 & 0808 calling from mobiles for everyone from 1 July 2015
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free 0800 & 0808 calling from mobiles for everyone from 1 July 2015

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Found 28th Apr 2015
Free will mean free from 1 July 2015 on mobiles too

Many organisations use Freephone numbers – starting 0800 or 0808 – for people to contact them. Historically, these calls have generally been free when dialled from a landline, but mobile users are usually charged for calling them.

From 1 July 2015, as part of the UK Calling changes, all numbers starting 0800 or 0808 will become free for consumers to call from mobile phones, as they are from landlines.

At present, calls to Freephone numbers from mobiles typically cost between 14p and 40p per minute.

This change only affects 0800 or 0808 numbers.

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Good! It's well overdue

Good to hear, but note that Giffgaff don't charge to call 0800 or 0808 numbers - I've been with them for a couple of years and they've always been free!
Heat added
Edited by: "sjs31" 28th Apr 2015

How long before they shift these to 0845 and charge.

Its currently free on EE and was free on my previous T Mobile sim only.

Regardless, Hot

Original Poster

MajesticUnicorn

Its currently free on EE and was free on my previous T Mobile sim … Its currently free on EE and was free on my previous T Mobile sim only.Regardless, Hot



is this part of the package that you have with EE ? , I have EE and was told its not free
Edited by: "batista" 28th Apr 2015

What about 0500 numbers?

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Dominatez

How long before they shift these to 0845 and charge.



I've always assumed it's the mobile network pocketing the full amount. Not the recipient

Thanks for the good info

Dominatez

How long before they shift these to 0845 and charge.



0800 numbers are actually meant to be free to dial, and organisations who have 0800 numbers use them precisely for that reason.

So this is free as in I can have zero credit on my phone and make calls to 0800 numbers or
'free' as in from my inclusive allowance?

slliw

So this is free as in I can have zero credit on my phone and make calls … So this is free as in I can have zero credit on my phone and make calls to 0800 numbers or'free' as in from my inclusive allowance?



Interesting question but I'd say part of your monthly fee or top up card pay for you being able to connect to their network, 999 being the obvious exception, they're not really free it's more like an automatic reverse charges.
Edited by: "AlanClarke" 28th Apr 2015

Original Poster

slliw

So this is free as in I can have zero credit on my phone and make calls … So this is free as in I can have zero credit on my phone and make calls to 0800 numbers or'free' as in from my inclusive allowance?


excellent question, I'd be interested to know, because from phone boxes I think you can call Freephone numbers without any credit

but I have a feeling as poster of post 13 says, it will probably come out of your inclusive mins

qw3rtyhhng

What about 0500 numbers?


Think about it...

afly

CommentI've always assumed it's the mobile network pocketing the full … CommentI've always assumed it's the mobile network pocketing the full amount. Not the recipient



You are correct its the operators biggest form of charges. When ofcom announced these will be free thats when we started to see mobile networks increasing there tarrifs as an attempt to recoup the loss.

Think its time to finally get rid of the landline, its been connected for years, the only time it gets used is for making calls to "free phone numbers" as it costs considerably more from the mobile.
Incidentally the only calls I ever receive on the landline are nuisance calls so seems like the ideal time to disconnect it now.

batista

is this part of the package that you have with EE ? , I have EE and was … is this part of the package that you have with EE ? , I have EE and was told its not free



On all EE 'Extra' plans its included.

My network Three has done this for quite a while but about time on all other networks hooray....

Khairul

0800 numbers are actually meant to be free to dial, and organisations who … 0800 numbers are actually meant to be free to dial, and organisations who have 0800 numbers use them precisely for that reason.



Ok then. Lets see how many move to 0300 numbers which are free and that costs us as they are not on the list of freebies for mobiles.

Or you could install 0800 wizard now....

Dominatez

Ok then. Lets see how many move to 0300 numbers which are free and that … Ok then. Lets see how many move to 0300 numbers which are free and that costs us as they are not on the list of freebies for mobiles.



03 numbers are not free. They are charged the same as 01/02 so do come out of inclusive minutes if you have them.

But why do you think organisations will switch from their freephone number?

Heat added from me too OP. A great find.

Just get the app weQ4u

Free is free with giffgaff, regardless of credit, I wreckon this will be the same across all the networks.

About time!

Dominatez

Ok then. Lets see how many move to 0300 numbers which are free and that … Ok then. Lets see how many move to 0300 numbers which are free and that costs us as they are not on the list of freebies for mobiles.



Why would they switch? It's no benefit to them, quite the opposite. Unless you're suggesting the networks will bribe them to change.

Weenie Beenie

Why would they switch? It's no benefit to them, quite the opposite. … Why would they switch? It's no benefit to them, quite the opposite. Unless you're suggesting the networks will bribe them to change.



It's a possibilty that the networks will offer an incentive to the larger businesses with high traffic and i don't see that business refusing.

For all those suggesting companies will switch to 0845 or 0300 numbers, just stop!
You could be MPs with amount of rubbish you're talking.

A company makes no money from 0800 numbers; most pay large amounts to actually have 0800 numbers. It costs them money (*sort of).
Mobile operators also state that they make no money* from 0800 numbers, and they only charge users as they are charged the full amount by BT as the UK's network operator (*whether they do make money or not, is for debate).

Everyone in the country, companies and consumers alike will be welcoming this change. The only unhappy people will be BT and their shareholders, who currently sell the 0800 numbers to the companies and also sell the rights to call it to the mobile companies. (I predict a rise in the wholesale line rental price on about 1st July 2015).

Edited by: "lanc1979" 28th Apr 2015

Cheers OP

lanc1979

For all those suggesting companies will switch to 0845 or 0300 numbers, … For all those suggesting companies will switch to 0845 or 0300 numbers, just stop!You could be MPs with amount of rubbish you're talking.A company makes no money from 0800 numbers; most pay large amounts to actually have 0800 numbers. It costs them money (*sort of).Mobile operators also state that they make no money* from 0800 numbers, and they only charge users as they are charged the full amount by BT as the UK's network operator (*whether they do make money or not, is for debate).Everyone in the country, companies and consumers alike will be welcoming this change. The only unhappy people will be BT and their shareholders, who currently sell the 0800 numbers to the companies and also sell the rights to call it to the mobile companies. (I predict a rise in the wholesale line rental price on about 1st July 2015).



Why will BT and their shareholders be unhappy about this change in particular?

qw3rtyhhng

What about 0500 numbers?


0500 numbers are not part of these changes and calls from mobiles to these numbers may still be charged for. Ofcom has decided that the 0500 number range will be withdrawn from use in 2017.

lanc1979

For all those suggesting companies will switch to 0845 or 0300 numbers, … For all those suggesting companies will switch to 0845 or 0300 numbers, just stop!You could be MPs with amount of rubbish you're talking.A company makes no money from 0800 numbers; most pay large amounts to actually have 0800 numbers. It costs them money (*sort of).Mobile operators also state that they make no money* from 0800 numbers, and they only charge users as they are charged the full amount by BT as the UK's network operator (*whether they do make money or not, is for debate).Everyone in the country, companies and consumers alike will be welcoming this change. The only unhappy people will be BT and their shareholders, who currently sell the 0800 numbers to the companies and also sell the rights to call it to the mobile companies. (I predict a rise in the wholesale line rental price on about 1st July 2015).



Worthwhile adding that BT charge a surcharge for calls to 0500, 0800 0808 and 00800 numbers originating from payphones - this is quite a hefty 79p per minute that the provider has to pick-up along with the actual call cost (and I speak from experience)

I can't believe nobody hasnt heard of say no to 0870 or weQ4u

stelol

Just get the app weQ4u



Someone with a brain!!:)

Finally..this has been well overdue.

Thanks OP, heat added. Cheers

benjammin316

Good! It's well overdue



0800 Numbers used to be ALWAYS FREE from Mobile Phoned since wayyyyyyyy back from pre-Millenium! (mid-90's & earlier still?), up until say 2004/2005 or so?, & then BAM!!, One2One (later to be then known as T-Mobile) slapped on a 10p per minute charge from that point on ..... (& I was with them a while too?, both during, & after the 0800 freebie calls from phones as well?).

zerocrop

Why will BT and their shareholders be unhappy about this change in … Why will BT and their shareholders be unhappy about this change in particular?



Cos BT is a massive Company that STILL luvvvvvvvvvvv's to make big money ..... lol. :-)

itsdavidjones1984

I can't believe nobody hasnt heard of say no to 0870 or weQ4u



SayNoTo0870 I personally use regularly!, but kinda pointless redirecting it as something thats ALWAYS been 'free' via non-mobiles anyway?.

Bit like saying free O2 SIM Cards via O2 Website, & free O2 SIM Card in Store at O2 Shop, other then the 'delivery method', whats the difference .....

Dominatez

It's a possibilty that the networks will offer an incentive to the larger … It's a possibilty that the networks will offer an incentive to the larger businesses with high traffic and i don't see that business refusing.



Exactly? .. who the hell knows via closed doors what REALLY goes down at those pow wow 'meetings' .....
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