0800 and 0808 Numbers

Freephone numbers

In the UK, 0800 numbers and 0808 numbers are intended to be free to call and generally remain so from landline telephones including payphones.

The cost of calling an 0800 number or 0808 number from mobile phones varies, with most operators charging for such calls.

0800 and 0808 number call costs

0800 numbers and 0808 numbers are freephone, meaning that there is normally no cost to call them from landlines.

Calls from landlines to numbers starting 080 are free, but calls from mobile phones are usually chargeable and not included in call allowances or bundled minutes.

Calling fromTypical cost
Mobile phone15p - 25p per minute

Prices for residential customers and intended as a guide only.

0808 80x xxxx numbers are for helplines and are usually free from mobile phones as well as mobiles.

0808 9xx xxxx numbers are for dial-up internet access and may be chargeable in some circumstances.

Costs for calling 0800 and 0808 numbers change in summer 2015 - for more advice, visit UK Calling.

History and notes

Recent history

19850800 numbers introduced for BT's freephone services
19970808 prefix introduced to provide extra freephone capacity
19990808 9xx xxxx numbers assigned for dial-up internet use
2000Old 0321 xxxxxx freephone numbers move to 0808 0xx xxxx
2017Old 0500 xxxxxx freephone numbers move to 0808 5xx xxxx

All numbers beginning with '080' are freephone numbers. This includes numbers starting 08000, 08001, 08002, 08003, 08004, 08005, 08006, 08007, 08008, 08009, 08080, 08081, 08082, 08083, 08084, 08085, 08086, 08087, 08088 and 08089.