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Different Telephone Number Options In UK

Jan 14, 2008
If you are thinking of starting a business in the UK, there are several different options when it comes to the type of phone number that you choose. In the US, businesses are usually given phone numbers that have the same properties as residential numbers (the notable exceptions being toll calls and 1-800 toll free calls). In the UK, business owners can choose a phone number type based on their individual needs.

The type of phone numbers to choose from are the 0800 and 0808 numbers, the 0844 Rate 5ppm numbers, 0845 numbers, 0870 numbers, 0871 Rate 10ppm numbers, UK Regional numbers and Premium rate numbers.

Many Businesses take advantage of these phone numbers as they can be very cost effective, which is every businesses main priority.

0800 and 0808 numbers are also known as free phone numbers. This means that the person who calls the number will not be charged for the time spent on the phone. Depending on what calling company you choose to go with, this can be available both with and without various services.

0844 Rate 5ppm numbers are numbers that charge callers 5ppm. This rate can change depending on the telephone service company that the caller uses. The owner of the phone number gets paid for each call to this type of phone number. Like the 0800 and 0808 numbers, depending on the service provider, this revenue can be gained with services as well as without services.

0845 numbers are "faux" numbers. The caller calls the 0845 number and then that call gets rerouted to any number the owner chooses. The person who calls the 0845 number only gets charged for a local call and the business owner can be pretty much anywhere in the nation and still stay in touch with his/her clients.

0870 numbers are phone numbers that charge the caller the standard fee for the national rate calls (which varies, but is typically 7 1/2 ppm during the peak times, 3 1/2 ppm during the off peak times and 1 1/2 ppm on the weekends). The phone number's owner will receive payment for each call that he/she receives, and will receive this payment both with and without services.

0871 Rate 10ppm numbers are numbers that charge the caller 10 ppm all the time, no matter what time the caller dials the number or the caller is calling from. The owner of the number gets a share of the revenue earned by this fee and they get this portion both with as well as without services.

UK Regional numbers are simply standard UK phone numbers. These phone numbers can be received and sent to any UK telephone number, mobile phone and sometimes even to international numbers. UK regional numbers are only available with services.

Premium rate numbers charge the people who call them between 10p and 1.50 per minute. The owner of the phone number receives the money earned for each minute spent on the phone with the caller, but these numbers are only available with services.

The type of phone number you choose will largely depend on the type of business you plan to run and how much money your company wants to spend on the monthly telephone bill.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For telephone services, he recommends Telecoms World, one of the UK's leading suppliers of business phone services.
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