|Call costs:||Free to call|
|Similar numbers:||0500, 0800, +800|
What are 0808 numbers?
Numbers starting with 0808 are freephone numbers and cost nothing to call in the UK.
Freephone numbers allow callers to ring an organisation at no charge, with the cost of the call paid for by the organisation receiving the call. Common uses for them include:
- Sales and customer service lines
- Charity and government helplines
- Access to prepaid calling cards
0808 number call costs
Numbers starting 0808 are free to call from all landlines and mobile phones in the UK
Prior to 1st July 2015, most mobile networks charged for calls to 0808 numbers. This is no longer the case, as new regulations introduced by telecoms regulator Ofcom have made all calls to such numbers free from mobiles.
Calling freephone numbers from payphones
Some 0808 numbers may not be accessible from BT payphones.
Organisations have to pay a significant surcharge when they accept incoming calls to their 0808 numbers from payphones. As a result, some choose to block such calls instead of paying the surcharge.
The 0808 number range was introduced in the late 1990s, to complement the existing 0800 prefix.
All numbers starting 080 are free to call and have the same technical features. This includes 08080 numbers, 08081 numbers, 08085 numbers and all other numbers that start with the digits 0808, regardless of how the number is displayed or what the following digits are.
Recent history of 0808 numbers
|1997||0808 prefix introduced to provide extra freephone capacity|
|1999||0808 9xx xxxx numbers assigned for dial-up internet use|
|2000||Old 0321 xxxxxx numbers move to 0808 0xx xxxx|
|2015||0800 and 0808 numbers become universally free to call from mobiles and landlines|
|2017||Old 0500 xxxxxx numbers move to 0808 5xx xxxx|