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03 Numbers For Business - Same Cost as 01 and 02 numbers and No Revenue Sharing

by Jo Shaer, on May 7, 2013

Further to my post on the irritation that is the cost of 0844 numbers and yesterday's on 0800 numbers for business, I received another unsolicited email on the subject of phone numbers:

03 numbers for business

Good morning Lollipop Local,

I recently came across your website and I am wondering if you have ever thought about getting an 03 phone number?

Or have even heard about them?

There's a good chance you may not have heard about 03 numbers so allow me to explain:

With 03 numbers you get all the benefits of a virtual number - instantly re-routable, call statistics etc - but they cost exactly the same to call as any standard landline number. Local calls are local rate, national calls are national rate. They are the "fairest" type of virtual numbers.

Calls to these numbers are included in mobile phone bundled minutes. 08 numbers get charged at up to 25p a minute.

You can choose a highly memorable number such as 0333 1234567.

They are cheaper than you think. There is no set-up or connection charge, just a small monthly cost

Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority
for the UK communications industries, say that they introduced these UK-wide 03 numbers to allow organisations to have a single national point of contact without consumers having to pay extra to call them.

Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls whether the call is made from a mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone.

No Revenue Sharing on 03 numbers

Best of all, revenue sharing – where the dialled party can receive a share of what the consumer pays to make a call – is also not allowed on calls to 03 numbers.

How do you feel about 0300 numbers? I noticed that my electricity company are now using an 0345 number rather than 0845 or 0844 as they previously used. I would always use Say No To 0870 to find a proper landline number to call so that I did not have to pay.

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