About 0800 numbers
An 0800 number is free to call from any UK landline and is used by many companies as a business tool.
Providing a freephone number for your business is an excellent way to encourage people to call. It can generate new business opportunities by attracting potential clients who may be interested in your products and services – because there’s no monetary loss from calling an 0800 number, people are more inclined to go ahead and dial.
Benefits of an 0800 number
0800 is a popular prefix for many businesses in the UK, particularly sales and marketing companies, newspapers and small businesses. It is a cost-effective marketing tool and the business is charged for any calls it receives. There is a certain appeal attached to 0800 numbers and there are many reasons for the popularity of this prefix:
- 0800 numbers can boost your image because they create the impression of a large business that is reputable and established.
- Freephone numbers are non-geographical, so the caller is not aware of the location of your business.
- You have exclusive ownership of the number, unlike a conventional number that can be taken back by the telephone company.
- 0800 numbers can integrate into your existing systems without the need for additional hardware or extra phone lines.
About 0844 numbers
0844 numbers are lo-call non-geographical numbers that are free for the business and the caller is charged a local call rate of approximately 2.5p per minute.
This offers many similar benefits to an 0800 number and, because it is a national UK number, it keeps the location of your business anonymous. It can be very useful for expanding the boundaries of your business rather than being restricted to one location.
0800 and 0844 numbers can be diverted or transferred to any landline or mobile number of your choice and we can provide your business with an 0800 number or 0844 number as an add-on to our professional telephone answering service.