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Is 0844 premium?
Nov 12th, 2009 at 6:41pm
 
Hi

I have been complaining to a supplier that I will not ring their 0844 premium rate number. They are claiming that 0844 is not premium, but a National rate number. What is the situation with this please?
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Re: Is 0844 premium?
Reply #1 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 6:53pm
 
Numbers beginning 0871 and 09xx are classified as "Premium Rate Services" and are regulated by PhonepayPlus.

Numbers prefixed 0844 also carry a subsidy to the receiving party. This fits the dictionary definition of a "premium", hence I believe that 0844 number are premium rate.

But what does "national rate" mean? To me, they use these terms to pretend that there is no premium.

A national geographical call doesn't carry the subsidy of a 0844 call, hence call charges are greater.

You might be interested in document 180805 from Trading Standards Institute:

http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/business/tradingstandards/detail.aspx?ref=180805&cl...
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Reply #2 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 7:51pm
 
Thanks for your help.
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Reply #3 - Nov 12th, 2009 at 7:56pm
 
As Dave says, the term "Premium Rate Services" (PRS) has some formal status as it is declared in the Communications Act 2003 with reference to the services delivered on number ranges designated by Ofcom to fall within the self-regulation of PhonePay Plus.

Calls to 0844 and 0845 numbers are subject to revenue sharing and attract a premium charge in effectively the same manner as those to PRS, however they are not designated as being used for PRS.

Other terms have no such formal and general definition over which to have an argument.

"national rate" has been used by BT to describe the rate applicable to calling geographic numbers not designated as "local" to a particular caller. At one time this did apply to calls to 0870 numbers, but never 0844. At this time "local rate" applied to calls to 0845 numbers. The distinction between "national" and "local" rate disappeared in 2004. Ofcom has introduced the term "UK rate" to apply to that applicable to calls to geographic numbers.

Some providers use the wholly misleading term "lo-call" with reference to calls to 0844 and 0845 numbers. This reflects the fact that the premium charged on these calls is "lo"wer than that on calls to PRS numbers. The term is however used to imply that the cost is low in absolute rather than relative terms.

In the absence of any regulation covering the charge made for calling 0844 and 0845 numbers (except those applicable to BT because of its unique status), or of the manner in which the charge is declared by users of the numbers, one may describe it in any way that does not fall foul of the restrictions imposed by Trading Standards or the ASA. I personally describe the charge as being a premium rate, although always without placing this in parentheses, as it is not a formally defined term. It reflects the simple reality that the rate charged includes a premium element.

(Perhaps someone better versed in such matters would like to collate and polish these comments and update the relevant Wikipedia entry for the UK.)

My advice to Biscuity is to put aside semantic argument so as to get the true point across. The user of the 0844 number benefits from the revenue sharing process at the expense of callers (unless the Telco is being allowed to rip-off both parties). If they are content with that, then they owe callers an explanation of why their service by telephone warrants a charge. If unaware of this, perhaps having been misled by their provider, they should be invited to verify the truth of the situation and then come back with a comment about what they are going to do about it.
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Reply #4 - Nov 13th, 2009 at 8:58am
 
Excellent info thanks. I have managed to create a useful reply to Tooled-up's customer service & asked them to suggest why I must pay a premium fee to complain about a product that I bought from them that fell to bits.
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Reply #5 - Nov 13th, 2009 at 11:18am
 
Biscuity wrote on Nov 13th, 2009 at 8:58am:
Excellent info thanks. I have managed to create a useful reply to Tooled-up's customer service & asked them to suggest why I must pay a premium fee to complain about a product that I bought from them that fell to bits.

You are right to complain, but the geographical number for them is listed in our database should you need to make contact.  Wink
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Reply #6 - Nov 13th, 2009 at 11:20am
 
If you are referring to tooled-up.com, this is a trading name of Lee Industrial Ltd & yell.com give a geo number 020 8805 3535 for them.

Hope this helps.
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Reply #7 - Nov 13th, 2009 at 6:37pm
 
Thanks, but I'm at the point where I'm making a general principle.  Smiley
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Reply #8 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 7:04pm
 
Biscuity wrote on Nov 13th, 2009 at 6:37pm:
Thanks, but I'm at the point where I'm making a general principle. Smiley


No harm in doing so but many of the companies who use these numbers seem to lack of any sense of what is morally right or just in terms of how they interact with their customers.

If they didn't suffer from such a failing then by and large they would not usually have acquired an 084/7 number in the first place.

One can sometimes get a little further with an organisation like a council where those who have the final say on these matters (i.e. the councillors) may not be the same as those who initially selected the 084/7 number and railroaded it through under delegated authority in the first place (i.e. the usually overpaid permanent senior staff of the council).
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Reply #9 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 9:37pm
 
NGMsGhost wrote on Nov 16th, 2009 at 7:04pm:
If they didn't suffer from [a lack of any sense of what is morally right or just in terms of how they interact with their customers] then by and large they would not usually have acquired an 084/7 number in the first place.


This is an easy assumption to make about any organisation and it could be founded on one of many different tests, as most organisations are amoral in their nature. Few organisations would be found to be morally sound if subjected to a very close examination of every policy decision taken with reference to customer contact.

There will be many cases where 084 numbers were adopted with the very best of intentions on the basis of the best advice available - assurances from those offering to provide them. We know that these are frequently misleading or downright dishonest.

As a campaigner, I reject this council of despair. I believe that it is worth engaging with those who use revenue sharing numbers in the hope of instigating change. If not, then we are simply a bunch of moaners who expect to achieve nothing positive.

(This familiar exchange between old friends is repeated for the benefit of new members who may not have read it before.)
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Reply #10 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 10:07pm
 
SilentCallsVictim wrote on Nov 16th, 2009 at 9:37pm:
As a campaigner, I reject this council of despair. I believe that it is worth engaging with those who use revenue sharing numbers in the hope of instigating change. If not, then we are simply a bunch of moaners who expect to achieve nothing positive.


But I don't have the time or energy to complain about all of the misuses of these numbers to the misusers in question and usually when I do I am met with a stonewall of lies that indicates total complicity with the telephone supplier who converted the organisation to one of these numbers.

I do usually try to take action.  For instance on today finding an 0844 number listed by Clarks Shoes on their website for their Dorking branch I Googled for "Clarks" "Dorking" and "01306" and was rewarded with the geographic 01306 phone number for the branch on a website about properly fitted shoes for children.  I then used the number in question to contact the store and also added the number to the database on this website.  Later whilst speaking to their head office (oddly it still uses a geographic number) about why a shoe I had carefully tested in store in Dorking had severely blood blistered my heel after only one day's very modest walking in it despite carefully test wearing it in the store and rejecting five other shoes of the same size I did also mention my displeasure at the store having 0844 numbers only to be met with the usual lies that it was only a "low cost call".  On quizzing the woman further she actually knew all about it being excluded from call packages and it was self evident I would be wasting my time to write to the main board directors of Clarks about this matter.  A view I also reached after noting that my blistered back of my foot misery was caused by a Clarks shoe Made in India where the Made In India was cunningly hidden on the back of the tongue of the shoe below the lace up area. Angry Angry Angry
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