Telephone Number Information01/02 Geographic Numbers These are standard UK local area codes such as 0203 London, 0121 Birmingham. We have over 350 different area codes available, each area has at least 1000 numbers to select from. You can use different local area codes to appear “local” within your advertisements target market.
03 UK Wide Numbers These numbers were brought in to replace the 0870/0845 number ranges to help stop the price confusion for consumers. Calls to these numbers are charged at the same rate as 01/02 Standard numbers and are included in all bundled free minutes on all mobile/landline networks.
0843/0844/0845/0870 Special Rate Services General business use numbers, these numbers cost up to 6p/minute to call at anytime. Do not use this type of number if you want to increase the number of calls from consumers.
0871 Premium Rate Services These cost 10p/minute to call and are now classed as Premium Rate Numbers the same as live chat and date services and many 09 Adult services. These numbers generate you an income of up to 8p minute, however before you operate any service you must register with the premium rate regulator: http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/Register-as-a-Service-Provider.aspx
Do not use this type of number of you want to increase the number of calls from consumers/businesses.
07 Personal Numbers These can be used to provide a follow me service. For example you could place an advert online such as eBay or a forum without having to provide your actual home or mobile number, without any costs to yourself.
0800 Freephone The best way of attracting more calls to your business/organisation. We recommend these types of numbers to all our customers. Show your customers you want their business by allowing them to call you for free.
What’s important to you ?
As a business all you really want is the phone to ring, i.e. you want more enquiries about your products or services, hopefully converting these into sales. Actually it doesn’t really matter to you what kind of telephone number you use. The best strategy we recommend is operating a few different numbers and measure your results. Clearly if you are selling to the general public, use 0800 Freephone numbers and 01 local area codes in targeted geographic areas / regions.
If you advertise in say The Worcester Herald newspaper, use an local 01905 Worcester telephone number in your advert.
Run the same advert in the Yorkshire Evening Post, based in Leeds use a 0113 Leeds telephone number.
Please use as many telephone numbers as you need, try to use a different telephone number in each advert. This method will allow you on a weekly or monthly basis to see exactly what response rates each form of advertising is generating. To say it’s a “numbers game” is a terrible pun, but use our free numbering service for your benefit.