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Old 28-11-2018, 10:10   #1
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Calls to 118 to be capped

The cost of 90-second calls to 118 numbers

118 004 Telecom2 £19.98
118 118 TNUK £11.23
118 212 Maureen £11.23
118 247 Yell £6.88
118 500 BT £3.10
118 402 O2 £1.13
118 855 Post Office £1.00

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46369401

I've never used any of these numbers, nor the free VM one, but I know a few who have been caught out by these excessive charges.
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Old 28-11-2018, 10:28   #2
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Re: Calls to 118 to be capped

It's even worse if you let these providers transfer your call to the number as this will continue to be charged at their high rate.

About time these pirates were tamed.
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No doubt down the road these rip off merchants will find another way to continue to con people.
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Re: Calls to 118 to be capped

Like Taf, I've never used one of these numbers. Most of the information they give can be easily accessed online, but even before then, I didn't need them.

The ironic thing is, IIRC, we were sold this particular service by the government saying that by giving us a choice of providers, they were ensuring prices would stay competitive, and that the choice of providers would be better for us. Because, obviously, having a choice of 300 or so providers who are willing to bill us anywhere from £1 a minute to £6 a call is *so* much better than having 1 provider who charged (IIRC) 50p for each enquiry.

Personally, I think the whole thing is one massive scam.
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Re: Calls to 118 to be capped

Fortunately, Virgin Media subscribers can avoid being ripped off by using Virgin Media Directory Inquiries on 118 180.
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How much does that cost?
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How much does that cost?
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Old 28-11-2018, 18:37   #8
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How much does that cost?
It's free to ask for a number on the VM landline (up to 10 calls per day).

https://help.virginmedia.com/system/...r-Virgin-Phone
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Got your number.
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It's free to ask for a number on the VM landline (up to 10 calls per day).

https://help.virginmedia.com/system/...r-Virgin-Phone
It's not really free. It's subsidised by other parts of VM. Other companies have to recoup their setup and running costs.
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That's useful to know, I wasn't aware of this service from VM.

I usually use the service run by BT that is free for disabled people.
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That's useful to know, I wasn't aware of this service from VM.

I usually use the service run by BT that is free for disabled people.
Yes, I don't think Virgin promote some of their services well enough. This is one good example. Some subscribers must be paying a fortune unnecessarily to these other companies.
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I don't know why people still use these services when you can access all the contact info for free online.
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I don't know why people still use these services when you can access all the contact info for free online.

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I don't know why people still use these services when you can access all the contact info for free online.
Laziness, I guess.
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