0300 numbers were introduced by alphaTALK as an alternative number for organisations, who wish to offer their consumers a single, trusted point of contact. The cost of calling 0300 numbers is the same as calling a standard landline number, be it from a landline or mobile. All phone numbers starting with 03, including 0333, 0330 and 0300 (0345 and 0370 too) numbers will always cost exactly the same rate as a local call (now known as standard rate call) to dial.
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You can even think of them as truly local rate because of this, the confusion is created because of some telephone operators, such as BT, offer and bundle a number of free inclusive call minutes for their customers. These inclusive minutes allow for local calls to be made at no extra charge; in other words, they’re free.
As before, 0333, 0330 and 0300 numbers cost exactly the same as a local rate call. Therefore, if calling a local rate number is free for you, then calling a 0300 number will be free as well. If your mobile operator, such as O2 or Vodafone, also provides you with inclusive call minutes, then calls to 0300 numbers will also be free.
If you do not receive inclusive call minutes as part of your landline or mobile package, then calls to 0333, 0330 or 0300 numbers will only ever cost as much as a local rate call, such as 0207 for London or 0161 for Manchester.
We at alphaTALK are able to offer 0300 numbers for charities and non-profit organisations and 0330 numbers for businesses and everybody else. According to Ofcom, in 2012, over 92% of adults in the UK owned or had regular access to a mobile phone, with the number increasing all the time. Give your business or organisation a distinct advantage when it comes to customers or clients having fewer barriers to call you.
0300 Numbers summarised
What are 0300 numbers? Originally made aware by Ofcom in 2007 across the United Kingdom. 0300 numbers were usually utilized by non-profit organizations, charities and public support services. Profit made by the communication charges helped to pay for the operator’s wages and other related issues. For closure, 0300 numbers were provided to helping causes due to these key reasons:
- Diverse – Much like the common UK freephone number – 0800 numbers – 0300 numbers are non-geographic. They don’t have any affiliation with a specific region or city and are inclusive and approachable to everybody. For this reason, charities have used 0300 numbers.
- They’re Not Free – 0300 numbers do cost money to call, saving time for charities to take bank account information by just charging a premium rate instead. At the very least, connection costs can help to fund building costs and paid breaks for those who give up their time to help others.
- Cost efficient – Whilst 0300 and 0330 numbers provide a small return in profit, they also are cheap enough to avoid cost being a barrier. The affordability of 0300 numbers – usually charged at a standard network rate – allows the prefix to remain inclusive to all types of callers. Since 0300 numbers are used for charitable causes, vulnerable members of society must be able to access them. Ofcom has helped to standardize these costs by limiting the network providers that won’t be able to charge more to call 0300 numbers than regular 01 or 02 lines.
- Easy to remember – It’s important that callers are able to remember a helpline’s number. Alphatalk has easy to remember 0300 numbers available for connection today.
If you’ve got any questions about our 0333, 0330, or 0300 numbers, the staff here at alphaTALK would love to hear from you. You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0800 093 2193. Alternatively, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.