Changes to 0818 Call Charges from December 2019
Since the start of December 2019 , COMREG have told all telecoms providers in Ireland to include 0818, 1890, 1850 and 076 numbers in call bundles. Most phone providers did not include 0818 numbers in free call bundles before Dec 2019.
The charge for calling 0818 numbers from a landline or mobile must be the same as calling any other landline from Dec 1st 2019.
Also any calls made to 0818 numbers must be included in any “free” call bundles in your phone contract. This applies to mobile contracts , PAYG bundles and Landline contracts/bundles.
See more about plans by ComReg to simplify all the NGNs.
The use of 0818 numbers will become much more common in Ireland in the next few years.
This prefix 0818 will replace 1890 , 1850 and 076 by the end of 2021.
The 0818 telephone prefix has been around in Ireland for a few years – but many people were not aware of the cost of calling 0818 numbers in Ireland.
The 0818 prefix is used by several businesses , other organisations and some government departments.
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 was not , prior to Dec 2019, usually included in any inclusive bundles by the telecoms companies.
Only Vodafone mobile included 0818 numbers in bundles before December 2019 . This meant that many people , who had mobile or landline plans with inclusive landline calls, ended up paying extra charges for calls to 0818 numbers .
But From December 2019 – 0818 calls should be included in any “free” call bundles in your phone contract. This applies to mobile contracts , PAYG bundles and Landline bundles.
These are some sample charge rates for calls to 0818 numbers (same charge as a call to any other landline)
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.