The 0818 telephone prefix has been around in Ireland for a few years – but many people are not aware of the cost of calling 0818 numbers in Ireland.
The use of 0818 numbers will become much more common in Ireland in the next few years.
The 0818 prefix is used by several businesses , other organisations and some government departments. It is seen by smaller local businesses as a way to look like they have a national presence.
Calls to 0818 numbers are treated as a “national rate” landline number . It made sense in the days of national and local rates – when Eircom landlines were the main way to make telephone calls. But it no longer makes much sense when many calls are now made from mobiles.
An 0818 number is classed as a Non Geographic Number (NGN) . Unlike normal geographic (landline) numbers – an NGN does not relate to a particular geographic area (eg 01 for Dublin , 061 for Limerick).
Although a call to an 0818 number is supposed to be charged as a call to a landline number – it is not usually included in any inclusive bundles by the telecoms companies.
We checked several of the main telephone providers – and only Vodafone mobile currently include 0818 numbers in bundles . This means that many people , who have mobile or landline plans with inclusive landline calls, will end up paying extra charges for calls to 0818 numbers . (The same thing happens with 1890 and 1850 calls).
Changes to 0818 Call Charges in 2019
By the start of December 2019 , COMREG are promising to make all telecoms provders in Ireland include 0818, 1890, 1850 and 076 numbers in bundles . The charge for all these numbers will be the same as calling a geographic number ( i.e landline) from Dec 1st 2019.
By the end of 2021 – the 0818 prefix will replace all 1890, 1850 and 076 numbers. See more here about plans by ComReg to simplify all the NGNs.
In the meantime – these are some sample current charge rates for calls to 0818 numbers (as at March 2019)
Tesco Mobile : 20c per min
Eir Mobile : 15c per min
Vodafone Landline : 4.5c per min plus 9.8c connection fee.
Virgin landline : 4c per min (min charge 15c )
Eir landline : 5.2c per min plus 9.66c set up fee. (1.34c per min off peak)
Three Mobile : 34.56c per min (Billpay) ; 29.48c per min prepay.
Vodafone Mobile : Calls are deducted from your price plan minutes first, then mobile to landline rates are charged as per your price plan.