Ofcom’s new 03 ranges are known as UK-Wide Numbers.
These have been introduced as an alternative to traditional 08 numbers (such as 0870 and 0871) to restore public confidence in Non Geographic Numbers.
030 Numbers Only for Public Sector, Not-for-Profit Bodies and Registered Charities
033 Numbers Can be used by any Organisation or End User
034 Numbers End Users can migrate from their equivalent 084 Numbers
037 Numbers End Users can migrate from their equivalent 087 Numbers
UK-Wide 03 numbers cost the caller the same to dial as standard Geographic (01/02) numbers and are included in any landline and mobile call packages, which are especially useful for mobile users as latest figures show around 40% of all calls in the UK, are made from mobile phones.
Existing 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 numbers can apply for new 03 numbers that match their existing ranges. For example if you have a number such as 0870 123 4567 this can be replaced with the number 0370 123 4567.
If you operate in the Public Sector we can provide you with Ofcom’s new range of 0300 or 0303 numbers. This may be prevalent to Doctors Surgeries for example as the Department of Health is currently considering a ban on the use of 0844 and 0845 numbers by the NHS. To apply for this range the organization will need to pass Ofcom criteria, which can be found on the Ofcom Website.
For more information on any of Ofcom’s new UK Wide 03 Numbers call Absolute Numbers to discuss your exact requirements.