8/13/2008 1:15:00 PM
Vodafone increases call charges for 08 numbers
Vodafone has increased the amount it charges customers for calls to 08 numbers.
From 1 September, Vodafone customers will have to pay 20p per minute – an increase of 5p per minute – to call numbers starting in 05, 080, 084. Calls to 0871 numbers will go up from 25p per minute to 35p per minute.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said: ‘We do not believe that the minimum call charge changes will have a significant impact on our customers.
‘This year is the first year we have revised prices for over 2 years. Regulatory pressures and interconnection costs also have an influenence.’
In June, Ofcom set out proposals saying that 08 numbers should be treated the same as all landline calls, with the cost of calling 0870 numbers brought into line with geographic numbers.
Consumers keen to avoid paying extra for calls to 08 numbers have been turning to websites such as ‘Say no to 0870’ which lists alternative geographical numbers for businesses.