History of 0845 numbers
Up until April 2000, 0845 numbers didn’t exist. Prior to this date numbers operated by BT started 0345 and those provided by a company called Cable and Wireless started 0645.
As part of “The Big Number Change” these 0345 and 0645 numbers were converted to be 0845. That was where the 0845 numbers started.
The cost of calling these new 0845 numbers however was a little unclear and there were a large number of complaints from people about unexpected bills. They were charged at the same rate as a regular call to someone within the same geographic / local area. For a while these numbers were known as BT 0845 Lo-Call numbers (quite clever actually as it’s like “local” and “low cost call”).
Since 2008 a limited number of companies are now charging domestic customers different costs for local and long distance calls and as such they can no longer be relied on as being simply a “local cost” and might sometimes cost more.
Until recently calls to 0845 numbers were not normally included within people “free call” allowance but there are now a few providers who are including these within bundles.
0845 Call Costs From Landlines
|Phone ProviderOperator||Connection Charge||Daytime / per min||Evening / per min||Weekend / per min||Date checked|
|BT||3.864p||0.978p||0.978p||June 2009 *|
|SkypeOut||3.3p||9.2p||9.2p||9.2p||4 May 2011|
|Virgin Media||11p||10p||10p||10p||10 May 2010|
|Vonage||4p||4p||2p||1p||30 Aug 2010|
0845 Call Costs From UK mobiles
|BT Mobile||20p||30 December 2007|
|3||35p||4 May 2011|
|O2||20-25p||10 May 2010|
|Orange||40p||12 April 2010|
|TalkTalk||35p||30 December 2007|
|Tesco Mobile||20p||30 December 2007|
|T-Mobile||40p||26 March 2009|
|Virgin Mobile||41p||21 July 2010|
|Vodafone 0842 0843 0844 0845||25p / 20p||30 July 2010|
|Vodafone 0870||25p / 20p||30 July 2010|
|Vodafone 0871 0872 0873||35p / 25p||30 July 2010|