Simplifying non-geographic numbers – change of implementation date

Start: 19 January 2015 Status: Closed End: 20 February 2015

This document is a statement confirming a change in the implementation date for the introduction of the new rules governing Freephone (080 and 116) and revenue sharing number ranges (084/087/09/118).

In December 2013, Ofcom decided to change the regulation of Freephone and the revenue sharing number ranges. The changes were that:

  • Freephone should be free to callers from all telephones (fixed or mobile);
  • Revenue sharing ranges should be billed in an unbundled manner - that the caller charge should be in two parts, a service charge which is the portion of the charge passed back to the party being called and an access charge which is the charge set by the caller’s phone company.

The date set in our regulations for implementation of these new rules was 26 June 2015. However, we received widespread representations from the industry that for billing and communications purposes, and for the benefit of consumers, a start date at the beginning of a calendar month would be preferable. Following a consultation published on 19 January 2015, we have now decided to change the implementation date from 26 June to 1 July 2015.

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