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Ofcom: Important changes to your 084 and 087 number

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The communications regulator Ofcom are making important changes to the way consumers are charged for calling your business if you use 084 or 087 numbers.

Core Telecom welcomes move to make 0800 numbers free to call from mobiles

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Ofcom has today confirmed plans to change the charging mechanisms of some non-geographic number ranges, including making 0800 numbers free to call from mobiles. Following an announcement earlier in the year which outlined plans to combat the confusion surrounding the charging systems currently in place for 0845 and 0800 numbers, Ofcom has confirmed that the…

Proposed plans to increase mobile license fees will hit mobile operators and customers hard

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Ofcom have proposed plans to quadruple the license fees that mobile network operators will have to pay, which will see customers affected as a result. At present, EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK pay £64.5 million a year in licensing fees. Following the revaluation of the spectrum based on the recent 4G auction, Vodafone and…

Ofcom looks at plans for superfast in-flight broadband

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High-speed broadband could soon be available on flights after Ofcom proposed allocating more spectrum for satellite earth stations mounted on moving vehicles. Following a consultation published last week, the regulator said that it plans to establish a framework that would allow the use of high-capacity Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs), which would allow for…

‘Single telecoms regulator’ plans revealed for the EU

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The European Commission is said to be developing plans to introduce a singular telecoms regulator to govern all of its 28 member states. If the plan is to go ahead, it is expected that national regulators, such as the UK’s Ofcom, will have some of their responsibilities and powers taken over by the new body.…

Changes proposed to protect future supply of local landline numbers

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Due to supply shortages of landline numbers in parts of the UK, Ofcom has proposed plans to change the way people dial local numbers in order to free up new numbers. In the plans, people in Aberdeen, Bradford, Brighton, Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes will have to include the area code when dialling a local number…

Regulator to investigate BT directory enquiries service

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Premium line regulator Phone Pay Plus is reviewing BT’s 118 500 service, after claims that it doesn’t comply with its strict code of conduct. After an investigation by the BBC, which contacted a number of directory enquiries services to investigate how well the code of conduct is being adhered to, it was found that BT…

UK households receive too many nuisance calls, says Ofcom

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Nuisance calls are being clamped down on after Ofcom’s latest survey found UK households receive ‘too many’. 843 people were asked by the telecoms regulator to keep a four-week record of their unwanted calls, with 82% reporting nuisance calls within that time, on average receiving two a week. Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said: ‘Two nuisance…