How often do you think about your own business telephone number? Or for that matter, do you ever think about the number you’re just about to call?
Today, thanks to an explosion in telecoms business usage and the opening up of the market there has been a huge increase in the range and type of telephone number you can apply. Is there a difference to a telephone installation Manchester for instance to the rest of the country? In fact the whole business of telephone numbers has become so complex that we thought this week we’d show you a general picture of what’s available along with approximate costs. Don’t forget though that even these costs can often vary depending on who your phone systems provider is. You may get some calls free as part of your package while other people are paying for the same thing. And don’t forget that calls from mobiles are generally higher.
Number Description Cost from landlines
Starts With per minute (approx)
01 Geographic numbers for up to 9p
02 specific parts of the UK
03 UK-wide numbers up to 9p
07 Mobile numbers 6p – 32p
070 Personal or ‘follow me’ number 4p – 65p
0800 Freephone service Free
0843 Business rate numbers 1p – 13p
0845 Business rate numbers 1p – 12p
0870 Business rate numbers up to 12p
0871 Business rate numbers 11p – 15p
0872 regulated by PhonepayPlus
09 Premium rate numbers 9p – £2.95
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101 Police non-emergency number 15p (total cost per call)
111 Non-emergency medical advice Free
118 Enquiry directory numbers 50p – £4.00
999 Emergency services Free
Obviously some numbers, such as Freephone could be a real boon for your business, especially when you rely on customers calling you. So you could of course have a Freephone number for marketing calls whilst still having a conventional geographic or a business number for your routine business calls
To understand all the wider ramifications you obviously need expert advice from an expert organisation such as LB Telecom, that fully understands every tiny peculiarity of ‘The Numbers Game’.
Because apart from clearing up all the confusion concerning costs, when you talk to LB Telecom you can choose a telephone system that cuts straight through the lot of them. LB Telecom’s ‘Horizon’ is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system that allows you to make calls using a broadband connection and with it you get FREE CALLS to any UK landline or UK mobile. In addition, all the new hardware is free to new customers (subject to T&C’s) and because it’s Internet based and not static telephone line, even installation costs are considerably lower. Ask LB Telecom about the low fixed monthly fee. And if you move, expand, multi-site, or retrench then Horizon will simply adjust with you.
Right now couldn’t be a better time to contact us because we’re offering a FREE HORIZON HOSTED SYSTEM TRIAL.
So why not talk to us and see how we can help you choose the right numbers or the right systems that will save you money and help your business grow. Just call us on 0845 296 2261 (don’t worry it isn’t a premium rate number) or reach us via our contacts page.