Say No To Premium Rate Numbers
Most of us when dealing with a variety of business and services have to use 0845, 0870, and other premium rate numbers. These can be very expensive, and they are simply trying to earn money from you for calling them. Recently many doctors surgeries have been using these numbers so that they can earn extra money through what are known as “revenue sharing numbers”.
Here is a video from the BBC talking about this very problem:
When calling a company up for example you will see that they may possess one of the many prefixes to their phone number that means you are going to be charged. (List available here) There is a very easy way to avoid these charges.
“How to beat premium-rate telephone numbers”:
The one website that you need is SayNoTo0870.com all you need to do is type the phone number into their search function and you will most likely get an alternative number to dial that will not cost you a ridiculous amount!
If you have any issues with premium rate phone numbers you can make complaints directly to OfCom who are the independent regulator and competition authority for UK communication industries. Or you can go to PhonepayPlus who are the regulators for phone-paid services in the UK. The PhonepayPlus website also provides a search engine for premium rate numbers so that you can identify one on you phone bill for example.
If you have an iPhone there is an app that will find you alternative numbers for you!! Its simply called 0870. Within two weeks of its release in 2009 it was estimated that it had saved people £267,000 (Read More Here).
I hope this helps you all!!