The 0818 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 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 treated 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 end up paying extra for calls to 0818 numbers . (The same thing happens with 1890 and 1850 calls)
The use of 0818 numbers will become much more common in Ireland in the next few years. This is because of plans by ComReg to simplify all the NGNs.
By the end of 2021 – the 0818 prefix will replace 1890, 1850 and 076 .
The good news is that Comreg are also planning to ensure that phone companies include calls to these 0818 numbers within any bundles .
In the meantime – these are some sample current charge rates for calls to 0818 numbers (as at Novenber 2018)
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.