How much do your phone calls really cost?

0800, 0870, 0843, 0845, 0844, 0871, 0333, 0345, 0300 - there are so many new types of phone numbers, that it's become confusing and difficult to know how much they cost to call.

This guide reflects the cost of calling common UK phone numbers from all UK phone providers, including mobiles.

Important Update:

From 1st July 2015, the cost of calling 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers changed.  Calls are now made up of an “Access Charge” and a “Service Charge”.  Click here for more information on how this affects you.



01 & 02 geographic numbers

These numbers relates to specific locations in the UK and are used for business and residential lines. Eg. Bournemouth is 01202, Plymouth is 01752 and London is 020.

How much do calls cost? Typically, calls are charged between 1.5 and 4.5p per minute depending on the time of day (plus a call set-up fee) and are usually included in free call packages.

03 numbers

The new 03 ‘UK Wide’ numbers are used by businesses, charities, and other non-profit making organisations, such as the BBC, RSPCA, Ofcom and a number of government departments as an alternative to 08 numbers. The ranges include 0300, 0303, 0330, 0333, 0344, 0345, and 0370.

How much do calls cost? Calls cost no more than a national rate call (the same price as calling an 01 or 02 number) Calls can cost up to 4.5p per minute, but are normally included within free calling packages.

07 mobile numbers

How much do calls cost? Calls to mobiles are charged between 6p and 18p per minute and are not normally included in free calling packages. Calls from mobiles vary depending on the calling plan chosen and are often more expensive than calls from landlines. Calls between mobiles are often included on free call packages.

070 personal numbers

These numbers are different from mobile numbers – they are more (very!) expensive to call. They are often used as a ‘follow me’ service where calls are diverted to another on busy or no answer. Some small businesses and sole traders use these numbers to make it easy for them to manage calls.

0800 and 0808 Numbers

Businesses of all sizes use 0800 numbers to help promote their product or service, as research shows that 85% of people know that dialling an 0800 number is free to call from a landline.

How much do calls cost? Calls are free of charge from all UK landlines and, now also from mobiles too.

UPDATE: From 1st July 2015 calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers became free to call!  Read more here.

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Chargeable 08 Business Numbers

These are used by businesses and organisations for sales, enquiry and customer service lines and for some pay as you go internet access services.

We have created an online tool to find out exactly how much the Service Charge is for every 084, 087 or 09 number – click here to search for the exact cost of calling these numbers


084 Numbers (0843, 0844 and 0845)

How much do calls to 084 numbers cost? Calls are charged from 1p up to 7p per minute, plus your phone provider’s access charge.

087 numbers (0870, 0871, 0872)

How much do calls cost? Calls cost from 6p up to 13p per minute (plus your phone provider’s access charge). Services provided on these numbers are regulated by Phonepayplus to provide additional protection for callers.

09 Premium Rate Numbers

09 numbers are mainly used for paid for services such as international dial-around services, competitions, TV voting, horoscopes, adult chat lines and professional advice lines. You can bar calls to 09 numbers, as you can with other numbers. These numbers are also regulated by Phonepayplus.

How much do calls cost? Calls can cost between 10p and £1.50 per minute, plus your phone provider’s access charge.

Source: Ofcom