Cost of Phone Calls in the United Kingdom
Let’s demystify the confusion around call charges and telephone numbers. The cost of calling a phone number depends on your phone provider.
But, you can check the rates for making a telephone call from a landline to mobile cost on the table of minimum and maximum call charges below.
You’ll find the current rates for all the most popular numbers such as 0345, 0800, 0808, 0845, 0870, 03 number charges, and others.
Important: You should check with your phone provider to see if you get free calls to some numbers as part of your call package.
Whether you use a landline or mobile, and the digits that the number starts with, also affect the tariff. This help guide on the cost of phone calls is also available in Welsh language (costau ffôn a rhifau ffôn).
These United Kingdom telephone rates are approximate, and calls from payphones may cost more. Furthermore, you should check with your phone provider if you are phoning from overseas.
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Are You Forced to Call 0845 Numbers?
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has owned up to operating close to 200 premium rate phone lines.
It means millions of jobseekers and elderly folk are being forced to call 0845 numbers to get benefits, advice, or to apply for a crisis loan.
DWP’s admission at having “no alternative geographic numbers” for the 0845 lines it operates caused a fury among Government ministers and financially vulnerable groups.
Note: Further advice on Ofcom billing and charges 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 Comparison
|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 16 pence||3p to 65 pence|
|03 / 0345||UK-wide numbers||up to 16 pence||3p to 65 pence|
|030||Not-for-profit organisations, charities, and public bodies||up to 10 pence||3p to 40 pence|
|07||Mobile numbers||10p to 20 pence||3p to 65 pence|
|070||Personal or ‘follow me’ numbers regulated by Phone-paid Services Authority||50 pence||86 pence|
|0800 / 0808||Freephone service||Free||Free|
|0843 / 0844 / 0845||Business rate numbers||up to 7 pence (+ access charge*)||up to 7 pence (+ access charge*)|
|0870 / 0871 / 0872 / 0873||Business rate numbers regulated by Phone-paid Services Authority||up to 13 pence (+ access charge*)||up to 13 pence (+ access charge*)|
|09||Premium rate numbers regulated by Phone-paid Services Authority||up to £3.60 (+ the access charge, + 5p – £6/ call)||up to £3.60 (+ the access charge, + 5p – £6/ call)|
|101||Police non-emergency number||Free||Free|
|105||UK-wide power cut helpline||Free||Free|
|111||Non-emergency medical advice||Free||Free|
|118||Directory enquiry numbers regulated by Phone-paid Services Authority||up to £3.65 per 90 seconds plus your phone company’s access charge||up to £3.65 per 90 seconds plus your phone company’s access charge|
|999||Emergency services (e.g. police, ambulance)||Free||Free|
Are 0345 Numbers Free on O2?
According to the 02 website, the cost of making a phone call to 03 or 070 numbers will be the same as other standard fixed line numbers (e.g. starting 01 or 02).
But, despite including them in minutes and texts as part of the tariff, there may be times when the bill is higher than expected. One reason could be that some charges may have occurred outside the monthly tariff allowance.
What is an 0808 Telephone Number?
In the United Kingdom, dialing code 0808 numbers are those which begin with the 0808 prefix. Like 0800 call charges, they are national non-geographic freephone numbers. So 0808 is a free number when called from a UK landline or mobile phone.
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?
In fact, 0844 call charges from mobile can be double the 0845 cost. This is because the cost of 0844 numbers is ‘Fixed Rate’ non geographic.
The caller pays the fixed call price of up to 7p 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 short YouTube video explains more about OFCOM UK calling charges and the cost of calling service numbers in the United Kingdom.
Disclaimer: 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 dialing a phone number from a landline or mobile.