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Telephone Rates: UK Phone Call Charges

What is the rate for call charges and phone numbers in the United Kingdom? The list of different UK telephone rates continues to grow.

CALL CHARGES GUIDE: This guide helps to demystify the confusion.

Check the rates for making a telephone call from a landline or mobile on the table of minimum and maximum call charges.

Find the current rates for all the most popular numbers such as 0800, 0808, 0845, 0870, 03 and others.

Check with your phone provider to see if you get free calls to some numbers as part of your call package.

The cost of calling a phone number depends on your phone provider.

Whether you use a landline or mobile, and the digits that the number starts with, also affects the tariff.

These United Kingdom telephone rates are approximate and calls from payphones may cost more. Check with your phone provider if you are phoning from overseas.

Note: Further advice is also available at the Office of Communications. Ofcom is the independent regulator and authority for most communications industries in the United Kingdom.

Free Landline and Mobile Calls

Number Starts With Description
Cost from Landlines Per Minute (approximate) Cost from Mobiles Per Minute (approximate)
01 / 02 Geographic numbers for specific parts of the UK up to 13p 3p to 55p
03 / 0345 UK-wide numbers up to 9p 3p to 55p
030 Not-for-profit organisations, charities and public bodies up to 10p 3p to 40p
07 Mobile numbers 10p to 20p 3p to 55p
070 Personal or 'follow me' numbers regulated by Phonepay-paid Services Authority 4p to £3.40 (+51p per call*) 30p to £2.50 (+51p per call*)
0800 / 0808 Freephone service Free Free
0843 / 0844 / 0845 Business rate numbers up to 7p (+ access charge*) up to 7p (+ access charge*)
0870 / 0871 / 0872 / 0873 Business rate numbers regulated by Phonepay-paid Services Authority up to 13p (+ access charge*) up to 13p (+ access charge*)
09 Premium rate numbers regulated by Phonepay-paid Services Authority up to £3.60 (+access charge, + 5p to £6 per call) up to £3.60 (+access charge, + 5p to £6 per call)
101 Police non-emergency number 15p (total cost per call) 15p (total cost per call)
105 UK-wide power cut helpline Free Free
111 Non-emergency medical advice Free Free
112 Emergency services Free Free
116 Freephone numbers Free Free
118 Directory enquiry numbers regulated by Phone-paid Services Authority up to £5 (+access charge +up to £6.98 per call) up to £5 (+access charge +up to £6.98 per call)
999 Emergency services Free Free

Callers Also Ask About...

How Much Does it Cost to Call 0845?
The 0845 number is widely-used in the United Kingdom. In fact, 0845 call charges can cost more than 10p a minute for landlines in some cases. But, a few providers include it in their inclusive call packages alongside 01 and 02 minutes.

Do You Pay for 0844 Numbers?
Phone call charges for 0844 from mobile can double 0845 number costs. This is because 0844 numbers are in fact Fixed Rate non geographic. The caller always pays the fixed call price of up to 5p per minute when calling 0844. That occurs from anywhere around the United Kingdom.

Is an 0844 Number Free from a Landline?
The 0844 number holder does not pay anything to receive the call while your 0844 is forwarding calls to your landline.

Is Voicemail Free on Vodafone Contract?
The call is free for 'Pay monthly' customers who call from the United Kingdom. Standard call charges apply for 'Pay as you go' customers or those calling from abroad.

Note: The telephone call prices are indicative only. It is not a definitive list of phone call charges. Some external factors influence the cost of making a phone call in the United Kingdom. Please check with your provider before you dial the phone number from a landline or mobile.

Phone Call Charges from Landlines and Mobiles in the United Kingdom