Ofcom to make all 0800 numbers free for UK mobile phone users!

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Ofcom hopes the proposed changes will clear up the current confusion over the premium rate call charges from mobile phones and make it easier for customers to work out how much they are being charged.

Ofcom is hoping to make all 0800 numbers free for UK mobile phone users

Calling numbers beginning with 0800 is currently free from UK landlines, however calling from a mobile phone can cost users up to 21p per minute.

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Ofcom says the fixed price charge will make it easier for customers to work out what they are being charged instead of the current varying cost pricing plan.

Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom, said: 'Consumers are often confused about how much they will pay to call these number ranges.

'Under our proposals, people will have much clearer inform

ation and there will be greater competition on prices.

'By making calls to 0800 numbers free from all phones, we will clear up any uncertainty about making calls, especially from mobiles, to the benefit of consumers and service providers alike.'

Communications consumer expert Bob Warner said the announcement was welcome news for mobile phone users, saying: 'The proposals are good news for consumers.

'Charges for 0800 calls from mobiles particularly affect people on lower incomes, who are more likely to rely on a mobile at home and use it to make calls to essential services.'

A final decision by Ofcom will be made by early 2013.