Standard landline rate numbers
What are 0333 numbers?
An 0333 number is a special type of landline-rate phone number used by businesses, government, healthcare services, charities and other organisations.
Unlike traditional landline phone numbers, 0333 numbers are not linked with specific locations and there is no easy way to tell where an 0333 number is operated from. However, the cost to call an 0333 number within the UK is always the same as calling a local or national landline number.
Organisations use 0333 numbers for added flexibility in how they handle incoming calls and as a way of advertising a single, national contact number that isn't associated with any one town or city.
0333 number call costs
0333 numbers, and all other numbers that start with 03, cost the same to call as a normal local or national landline.
Are 0333 numbers free to call?
0333 numbers are not freephone numbers, but they can often be called for no extra charge. If your phone tariff offers inclusive calls to landlines, all numbers starting with 03 will also be included on the exact same basis.
Telephone numbers starting with 03 were introduced during 2007, as a caller-friendly alternative to more expensive business rate numbers such as 0845 and 0870.
All '03 numbers' work in the same way and are charged at the same rate. This includes 03330 numbers, 03333 numbers and all other numbers that start with the digits 0333, regardless of how the number is displayed or what the following digits are.
It is a legal requirement that calls to 03 numbers are always charged at the same rate as calls to normal landline numbers starting with 01 or 02. If you are overcharged, you should make a complaint to your phone company.