How to get 0845 number?

Expect to pay 8-15p/minute for incoming calls if you want to divert an 0845 number to a mobile.

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Posted by Alec at 3:26 pm, January 10, 2007

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  1. Alec added on  January 10th, 2007 at 15:42

    You can do anything with telecoms if you try hard enough. Yac Call Manager’s a good service – but they charge 16.5p minute to divert an 0845 to a mobile and £10/month line rental http://web5.yac.com/CallCentre/Introduction.do
    There’s plenty of other providors with slightly less polished services that can divert an 0845 to a mobile.

    Probably the cheapest way would be to find a phone package that does cheap (or free) calls between a landline and mobile on the same package, maybe Virgin/NTL or BT Mobile do something like that. You could then route the 0845 to your landline and divert the landline to the mobile for free – possibly. Some of these packages may not offer the same reductions for diverted calls as for direct dialed though – you’d need to check.

    There’s also various devices that can route an incoming landline call to an attached mobile. If you had a second SIM on a plan that allowed free calls to mobiles on the same plan then the diverts wouldn’t cost anything. Have a look at http://www.burnsidetelecom.com/site.php/00241.html

  2. Alec added on  January 10th, 2007 at 15:44

    The 0845 provider would charge you Craig unless you pointed the 0845 at your landline and diverted that to your mobile – in which case your landline service provider would charge you.

  3. Alec added on  January 10th, 2007 at 18:18

    Fair point Julian. I can think of plenty of reasons NOT to have one actually – there are a lot of people who won’t ring 0845 or 0870 numbers because in a lot of cases it costs them more than ringing a normal landline. There’s other people who won’t ring them because they expect to be greeted by a recorded announcement and a long wait.

    If you’re looking to attract business from your local area then a normal landline number is probably the best bet.

  4. Alec added on  January 10th, 2007 at 19:48

    Something like 3p/minute incoming on an 0800 at the moment (routed to a normal number) – not bad really when you consider the impression it creates. Still costs people extra if they’re calling from a mobile though – which has always p’d me off.

    We only have the 0845 number because it’s totally resilient – if the number it’s pointed at has a problem, or we’re working from different locations, I just reroute the number instantly. As long as the company that hosts the number has one of its switches working then we’re always in business. I’d use one for the number we use on ‘Network’ but 0845 numbers aren’t normally included in ‘free’ minutes for mobiles so it would cost ou all money to ring us.

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