It’s been 8 months since we wrote about OFCOM’s announcement to standardise call costs for 0845 and 0800 numbers. At the time of their announcement, calls to 0800 and 0845 numbers from mobile phones were extortionate; varying from 14p to 35.8p per minute depending on the number you are ringing, the time of day and the carrier you are using. Well 8 months on and… it’s still the same.
With the delay in this stardardisation becoming implemented, it has forced more and more people to start looking for alternatives. There are now numerous apps on all the different app markets that offer the ability to call some 08 numbers as standard rates, and for those who pay for minutes within their contract, these call will come straight out of there. All of this is unlike calling 08 numbers from your mobile where they do not come out of your contracted minutes and costs are added on to your monthly phone bill at high rates.
Apps such as ‘0800 Buster’ and ‘0800 Wizzard’, are either free or seriously cheap so OFCOM needs to get its act together to begin introducing their proposed standardising of these call costs.
Where do we Stand Now
OFCOM’s latest word on this is that the changes will be made in June 2015 and that the changes will be “the biggest for UK telephone customers”… Well we certainly think so!