The majority of companies and state bodies don’t tend to use Free Phone numbers any more – instead they use so called “Lo Call” or “Call Save” numbers prefixed with 1890 or 1850.
We have written already about the potentially high charges when ringing an 1890 number – but now we are looking at 1850 numbers and how much you will be charged when calling such numbers from your landline or mobile phone.
ComReg has specified that the cost of an 1850 call to the customer shall not exceed the retail charge for a 5-minute call at the originator’s standard rate for calling geographic numbers.
The main thing that gets people angry – is that even when their phone plan or bundle includes unlimited calls to landlines – they still get charged for 1850 and 1890 numbers. These numbers are excluded by the majority of Irish mobile providers from the “inclusive” minutes.
1850 numbers are charged at a flat rate per call – regardless of how long you stay on the line. So for long calls (which many of them are these days) using 1850 is usually better for customers than an 1890 number.
Update: Sept 2017 – Comreg is now looking into changing the way we are charged for 1850 calls – more details here.
Cost of Calls to 1850 Numbers (Flat Rate Charge)
Eir Landline 6.7c
Virgin Landline 7c
Vodafone Landlines 20c
Vodafone Mobile 31c
Virgin Mobile 30c
Eir Mobile 30c
Tesco Mobile 35c
Prices checked March 2018
If you have inclusive minutes to landlines on your phone plan or contract – you can try and find a “normal” landline number instead of the 1850 number and this could be cheaper for you.
For example the Electric Ireland alternative number is 01 8529534
The Bord Gais Energy alternative number is 01 233 5101
If you want to really cut your mobile phone bill – check our page on the Best Mobile Phone Deals