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 free from most landlines, but currently chargeable from many mobile phones.

SupplierCost
BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media landlinesFree
ThreeFree
GiffGaffFree
Vodafone14p per minute
O220p per minute
EE, Orange and T-Mobile20p per minute

Costs to the nearest penny on the most recent tariffs, as at April 2014. Older tariffs may vary.

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.

All 0800 and 0808 numbers will become free to call from all landlines and mobiles from the end of June 2015.

What area uses 0800 and 0808 numbers?

0800 and 0808 are not 'area codes' and are not linked to any specific location. Calls to an 0800 or 0808 number are routed to wherever the number's owner chooses, which can be anywhere in the country or even overseas.

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.

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