Still confused about 03 numbers?

One of the most common questions we get here is “what do the different types of 03 number signify?” Ofcom released these numbers back in 2009; they’re designed to be a local rate number that covers the whole of the UK.

The main types of 03 numbers you’ll see are:

  • 0333
  • 0330
  • 0345
  • 0344
  • 0300

For the customer, dialling these numbers may as well be the same. They’re all charged at local rate and are often included in any free monthly minutes they have, but what about for you the business owner trying to decide what number to get?

We choose to divide these numbers into 3 broad categories; firstly the 0333 and 0330 numbers are simply stand-alone non-geographic local rate numbers. Any business can get one and we normally recommend getting them to replace your existing 01 or 02 number.

Secondly we have the 0345 and 0344 numbers, Ofcom brought these numbers out as companion numbers for existing 0845 and 0844 numbers. Anyone who has an existing 0845/0844 is entitled to the corresponding 034 equivalent versions. This can be a huge help if you’re looking to update to a more mobile friendly number.

Finally there is 0300. These work in the exact same way as the others but they are reserved just for charities, not for profit and governmental organisations. You’ll frequently see them as a ‘contact us’ charity number or a single point of contact for branches of the NHS. To secure one of these an organisation needs some proof of it has non profit status.

So there you have it; a simple distinction that should help you find the exact number you need.  And remember with Capital Telecom, all your 03 calls are free to receive when you route to any UK landline.

Find out more here, or call us free on 0800 228866

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