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tomasz
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non geo numbers from abroad
Apr 16th, 2004 at 12:00pm
 
Can anybody tell me why some companies give geographic numbers for access from abroad?

I recently found a company that gives its 0845 number if you want to phone them from abroad.
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Re: non geo numbers from abroad
Reply #1 - Apr 21st, 2004 at 6:39pm
 
???  I guess that some uninformed jobsworth at the company thought it would cost the callers less !?
I think that a lot of those that expect overseas call traffic (export sales, emergency call centres) have now realised it costs more to call the "Non-Geo" numbers.
Every time I call an 0845 or 0870 number now, I push to get a "Geo" number to use when I go to Germany on business.

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Reply #2 - Apr 27th, 2004 at 12:58pm
 
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I guess that some uninformed jobsworth at the company thought it would cost the callers less !?


Uninformed jobsworth is right- it often does. Non-geo UK numbers often incur a premium when dialled from outside the UK- assuming it's accessible at all. Calling +44 870 and +44 845 is bad enough- +44 70xx is astronomical.

When I phone a US 'toll-free' number '001 800...' I get a warning telling me it's not toll-free, but I still get through, and it doesn't cost me more than any other call to the US.

BTW, using Free World Dialup, I can phone US toll-free numbers for free via my broadband connection, and people outside the UK can call freephone numbers as 44 800 - for free- as well.
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