UK TELECOMS WATCHDOG Ofcom is proposing that mobile phone call charges be altered in order to simplify users' lives.
The regulator has launched a consultation on mobile phone call charges that has a focus on numbers beginning with 03, 08, 09 and 118, digits that are usually associated with businesses, organisations and directory enquiry services.
Confusion arises, said Ofcom, from the fact that these numbers need to become standardised and simplified, which makes us wonder why they are different in the first place. Anyway, the really important part of the consultation is the fact that Ofcom wants 0800 numbers to be free to ring from mobile phones, just like they are from landlines.
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said, "There is clear evidence of widespread uncertainty and confusion about the cost of calling these numbers. Consumers need to have far more transparency about the price they are going to pay for calls so that they can make more informed choices and so competition can work more effectively."
Ofcom's idea of clarity might not be everyone's cup of tea, so we'll try to detail its suggestions as simply as possible. The regulator wants to keep all 01, 02 and 03 numbers as geographical identifiers, 07 as mobile numbers, 0800 as free calls, 0843/4 and 5 and 0871/2 and 3 numbers as low cost business numbers and 090/ 091/098 as premium rate, higher cost wallet gougers.
Got that? µ
But it's not yet available here in Blighty
We're not sure this is what The Maybot had in mind
Typical politicians - meme, meme, me
But it keeps the juicy details firmly under wraps