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What are 03 Numbers?

February 22, 2018
by
Nicola Amis

Introduced in 2007,
the 03 Number range that was launched by Ofcom and is charged at the same
rate as an 01 or 02 local number. The local rate charge is applicable if the call is made from a UK landline and becomes a free call from a mobile phone
(using inclusive minutes bundle).

 

Why have 03 numbers
been introduced?

A survey polled by
YouGov highlighted that 49% of mobile users were not aware of the costs to call

. In June 2014 the EU Consumer Rights Directive
will govern the move to 034 and 037 numbers for fairer call charges for
landline and mobile phone users.

 

How are calls to 03
numbers free from my mobile?

Mobile users are
generally setup with a mobile rate plan which includes an 'inclusive minutes
bundle’. The amount of minutes in a bundle can vary but include calls to
. The 03 number range is now included in this band so are classed as
a local rate number.

Business 03 numbers

What is the cost to
call 03 numbers from a PAY-AS-YOU-GO mobile without inclusive minutes?

Calls from a PAYG
mobile phone will be charged at the local ‘basic rate’ which can depend on the
provider. An example is Vodafone with a 30p per minute charge to any UK number
starting 01, 02 or 03.

 

Are 0300 numbers
just for charities?

can only be given to charities in the UK. The same rates apply with
calls from a UK landline 01 or 02 number at ‘basic rate’ and free from a
mobile within the 'inclusive minutes bundle’.

 

Do 0300 and 0800
offer the same benefits to the caller?

Any number with the
prefix 03 is included in mobile minute bundles; outside of bundles they are charged at local rate. Any number starting 0800 are always free to call.

 

Benefits of an 03 number?


from customers and gives your business a professional image. With more and more
people doing away with the traditional landline, potential new customers will
appreciate you providing them with a mobile friendly number to contact;
enabling you to appeal to a wider audience, not just your local area.

 

How much does an 03
number cost a business?

Packages start from
just £1.99 per month and we have a range of packages to suit your business
needs. 

Are memorable 03
numbers available?

Yes. Our Platinum
Package offers memorable numbers with repeat digits and, with our advanced Number Search tool, you’ll have access to over 250,000
available numbers on our database to

Switch to 03 Numbers

Should I switch from
my 08 number to an 03 number?

  • Do
    you use an 087 or 084 number for customer care lines and complaints services?
  • Are
    a high volume of calls to your company from mobile phones?
  • Are
    you a registered charity?
  • Does
    it appeal to your business to have a mobile “Freephone” number for your target
    audience?
  • Do
    you provide a freephone number for sales and a different price point number for
    after sales?

 If you have answered YES to any of the above, then call one of our team now on 0800 774 7772