0844 Numbers

Special rate numbers

What are 0844 numbers?

An 0844 number is a type of phone number commonly used by businesses.

0844 numbers usually cost more to call than regular local or national landline numbers and are not linked to any particular location within the UK.

Businesses typically use 0844 numbers because:

  • They generate income which subsidises the cost of running contact centres
  • They allow incoming calls to be easily rerouted or distributed across multiple locations
  • They are location-neutral and can help imply a national presence rather than a local one

0844 call costs

From BT lines, 0844 number call costs vary but should not be more than around 6p per minute. Calls made using other operators or mobile phones usually cost more.

Calls to 0844 numbers are not normally included in talk plans or free call allowances.

Calling fromTypical cost
Landline5p - 13p per minute
Mobile phone20p - 40p per minute

Detailed tariff information by operator...

Prices are for residential customers as of September 2014 and intended as a guide only. Connection fees and minimum charges often apply. Calls to some 0844 numbers may be charged at a flat fee per call rather than per minute.

Find out more

0844 number call charges change in summer 2015. Visit UK Calling for details.

0844 numbers include all UK phone numbers beginning 08440, 08441, 08442, 08443, 08444, 08445, 08446, 08447, 08448 and 08449.

For other numbers, see: '08' numbers overview | UK phone numbering guide