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.

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

Other free numbers include 0500 numbers.

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.

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.

Recent history

0800 numbers were introduced during 1985. The 0808 prefix was added in 1997 to provide additional freephone capacity.

0808 0xx xxxx numbers replaced old 0321 xxxxxx numbers between 1998 and 2000.

0808 9xx xxxx numbers were originally introduced for flat-rate dial-up internet access.

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