6/11/2008 11:39:00 AM
Ofcom pressures networks on 0870 numbers
Ofcom is pressuring the networks to include 0870 numbers in bundles with inclusive voice minutes.
Many businesses and organisations use 0870, which are non-geographic telephone numbers, so as not to give away their business location.
The numbers used to be covered by mobile deals offering free calls to landlines, but at the start of the year the networks started charging customers to call these numbers.
Ofcom has now set out proposals saying that the numbers should be treated the same as all landline calls.
An Ofcom spokeswoman said: ‘Ofcom’s proposals seek to ensure that the cost of calling 0870 numbers is brought into line with geographic numbers.
‘They are also designed to strengthen consumer protection and provide clarity so that people are aware of the costs of calling these numbers.’
Separately, Ofcom has also published a consultation setting out proposals to improve consumer protection for calls to the most expensive 08 numbers (0871 numbers) by bringing these within the remit of the premium rate services regulator PhonepayPlus.
Both consultations are due to end on Monday.