Ofcom, the British communications industry regulator, has announced that finally mobile networks will have to cease charging for calls to freephone 0800 numbers. Or rather, from 2015 they will. In addition, changes will be made to charges for calling numbers used by companies and organisations that start with 08, 09 and 118.
Charges will be capped to all numbers starting with 09, often used by premium rate services, and in addition to 0800 going free, numbers starting 0808 and 116 will lose their mobile charges under the new regulations.
The fact that such charges have been allowed to go on for so long is still disappointing, but needless to say it's a change for the better. 26 June 2015 is the big day, which means sadly we're still saddled with paying for another 18 months. Better late than never.