Ofcom has today confirmed that from July 1st freephone calls from mobiles will actually be free, this means that from the start of next month you will be able to call numbers starting with 0800 or 0808 from your mobile device completely free.
This is part of a ruling that has been set by the UK independent communications regulator that states all networks must follow the guidelines.
You should have already received a text from your provider that outlines the changes. Some carriers might also be making 116 numbers free too.
All telephone services will also have to be clearer as to how much they charge for calls to premium phone numbers like ones that start with 084, 087, 09 and 118, with providers being forced to show the cost of the call, describing how much is an access charge that has been set by the provider and how much that is paid to the owner of the number.
“Next month we’ll see the biggest changes to telephone calls in over a decade. Together we spend around £900 million a year on these calls, so it’s important that people understand the cost before they pick up the phone,” said Shron White, chief executive of Ofcom.
“From 1 July, callers will be able to see how much they’re paying and where their money is going.”
You can find more details at ukcalling.info.