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What is an 0845 number?

26/09/2013 16:55


If you have never used an 0845 number before, you probably don’t really know what one is or how it is different from an 0800 number or an 0844 number. You probably think that all numbers beginning with 08 are the same. Well, they’re not.

There are, however, similarities. 0845, 0800 and 0844 numbers are all non-geographic numbers. This means that they are not connected to any geographic area – apart from the UK. So, if you phone a number beginning with 08, they could be based in London, Inverness, Penzance, Cardiff, Belfast or anywhere in between.

All of them can also be pointed at existing landline or mobile phone numbers. However, after that there are key differences.

0800 numbers are freephone numbers – it is free for someone to call an 0800 number if they are calling from a landline. The recipient of the call pays for the call.

0844 numbers are revenue sharing numbers – the caller pays more to call them, and the recipient gets a rebate on the call, so they make money on the phone calls they receive.

0845 numbers are between the two. 0845 numbers are often called lo-call or low call numbers, because it only costs a low amount for someone to call it – the cost of a local call. The recipient of the call doesn’t pay to receive the call, but also doesn’t make any money from the call.

It therefore benefits both you and your callers, is quick and easy to set up, and makes you appear to be a national company – even if you are not! For more information about 0845 numbers, please visit our website.

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