Phone Scam or just clever ££££

It’s not a scam. Personal Numbers (starting 070) were introduced back in the late 90s and allow you to route calls to a landline or mobile (and often international numbers as well) free of charge. They’re handy if you live in an area where your mobile doesn’t work and you’re too much of a cheapskate to divert your calls to your mobile. At the time they were introduced they cost about the same to call from a landline as calling a mobile number. Since then the cost of calling mobiles has dropped but the cost of calling personal numbers hasn’t. The called party doesn’t receive any revenue from the number but their number provider makes a nice profit.

Ofcom regulations state that from 1st September 2007 anyone calling an 070 number that will be charged at over 20p/minute must hear a pre-call announcement advising them of the charges. Most telcos haven’t introduced this yet but BT has.

If you tell the person concerned that they’re probably losing business because people are hearing this message every time they call them then they’ll possibly do the right thing and publish their actual number.

There’s one member on here that I avoid ringing whenever possible as I know it costs me 50p/minute to do so.

Posted under Mobile Phones, Telecoms

Posted by Alec at 2:50 pm, September 19, 2007

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