09 June 2007

Say no to 0870 Numbers


There is a growing increase of companies in the UK opting to use 0870 numbers (and similar). Usually to hide their geographical location and appear more national and in doing so get a commission on the phone call, so there is no incentive to advertise their geographical numbers.

However, if like me you are out and about and using your mobile, you probably have a price plan that includes a bundle of talk time which don't include 0870 numbers in the pricing plan.

This site is great as it lists many well known companies, and their equivalent geographical numbers so you can dial the geographical number, save on the cost of the call and also use them as part of your price plan on your mobile if you have that kind of price plan.

TIP: don't forget to Dial 141 first as some companies won't answer if they see the incoming call is UK based.

1 comment:

Jack said...

I didn't realize this until recently, but most free call packages don't include calls to 0870 or 0845 numbers, and these codes are increasingly being used by all sorts of companies (even bike mail order companies). In many cases the company will get a share of the revenue made by each call, so it's not hard to see why they're becoming ever more common.
In most cases though, those companies also have so-called geographical numbers (e.g. 0141 for Glasgow or 0800 numbers in UK), although they keep them quiet. That's where this site Say No To 0870 comes in. They have a searchable database of geographical numbers for a massive range of organisations. So if you're tighter than a duck's ringpiece, like me, it's a useful site.