< thread note > No I'm not a bot, nor do I have anything to do with the company I'm posting about, just trying to be informative to those that may not have heard about it < / thread note >
This site lists alternative (geographical) numbers for 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 dialling codes.
You can type in either the name of the company you are calling or the number you are dialling and search for either a geographical or freephone (0800 & 0808) alternative number.
Charges for the above numbers are as follows..
0844 - Up to 5p per minute, with a 5p minimum charge, for BT customers (source)
0845 - Callers will usually be charged a low-call rate, around 3.5p/min - 4.5p/min. Mobile networks may charge their callers more. (source)
0870 - Callers will usually be charged around 6.9p/min to 8.9p/min depending on their service provider. Mobile networks may charge their callers more. (source)
0871 - Callers will usually be charged 10p/min fixed rate. Mobile networks may charge their callers more. (source)
There are obvious savings to be had particularly as a lot of the companies keep you either on hold or in a queuing system so even if there is not a freephone number listed in many cases dialling a UK geographical number we still see yourself making a saving.
This is also extremely useful if your on one of the many talk plans offered by phone companies where you can dial UK geographical numbers free of charge.
Whilst on the subject, do MPUK have an alternative geographical number?
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