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What Are Ofcom’s Rules on Outbound Calling Times?

A question we often get asked is what Ofcom considers acceptable outbound calling times for call centres? As this is one of the common complaints people make regarding call centres, you’d have thought that this would be clearly defined and easy to establish. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not. As this matter logically falls into the remit of the use (or misuse) of a public communications network, y...
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EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers

EE and Virgin Media have been fined a total of £13.3 million for overcharging almost 500,000 mobile and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early. An investigation by Ofcom found that around 400,000 EE customers ended up overpaying up to £4.3 million, while almost 82,000 Virgin Media customers were overcharged just under £2.8 million. The regulat...
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Final statement: Personal numbering – Review of the 070 number range

Final statement published 1 October 2018 070 numbers are designed to be used for personal or ‘follow-me’ services. When someone calls a 070 number, their communications provider pays a wholesale termination charge to the 070 service provider for the call to reach the recipient. The caller is then charged a retail price by their communications provider for making that call. As part of the Call ...
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Billing minimums and increments

What are Billing Minimums / Increments? Billing minimum / Increments indicate what minimum and incremental measures of time are used to calculate the duration of each call, usually for billing purposes. Historically, billing increments have ranged anywhere from 60 seconds to 6 seconds or less. A “30/6″ billing indicates a 30 second minimum with subsequent 6 second increments...
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UK Calling made simple for consumers

From 1 July 2015 call charges are changing, with a new system to make the cost of calling service numbers clear. Ofcom’s UK Calling website has full details. Here are some of the key changes for consumers. Which phone numbers are affected? 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers called from both landlines and mobiles. What changes? At the moment, the information you see about the cost of calli...
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