From the start of December 2019 , COMREG have told all telecoms providers in Ireland to include 1890 numbers in call bundles.
Most phone providers did not include 1890 numbers in free call bundles before Dec 2019.
The charge for calling 1890 , 1850 0818 and 076 numbers from a landline or mobile will be the same as calling any geographic number ( i.e landline) from Dec 1st 2019.
See more about plans by ComReg to simplify all the NGNs.
If your phone service contract or bundle includes free calls to landlines – then 1890 calls will be free from Dec 1st 2019. This includes calls from mobiles and landlines. More details Here
1890 Call Charges Before December 2019
These “lo-call” 1890 numbers were introduced years ago when all we had was Eircom landlines with no bundles of free call minutes. The rate was meant to be the equivalent of a local call which was cheaper than a “national” call.
The problem was that all of the mobile networks and the landline providers we looked at didn’t include 1890 numbers in their bundled “free” calls – so you ended up paying for them even when you had unlimited call minutes included in your plan.
Figures from Comreg show that Irish telecoms providers generated an average income of €17.9 million a year from 1890 calls. (Based on the figures from 2011 to 2015) . If these calls were included in “bundles” – their revenue from them would probably be cut by around a third.
How Much Did it Cost to Ring an 1890 “Lo Call” number?
(Rate shown in cents per minute at peak times -)
Virgin Landline 4c (plus 9.5c set up fee)
Vodafone Landline 4.5c (9.8c setup fee)
Eir Landline 5.2c (plus 9.6c call setup fee)
Imagine 5.2c (9.6c call setup)
Pure Telecom 7.9c
Tesco Mobile 15c
eir Mobile 15c
Postfone 25c (minimum 25c per call)
Three 34 c (PAYG)
Vodafone Mobile 30c
A 30-minute daytime call to an 1890 number from a Three PAYG mobile would have cost €10.00 before Dec 2019. What’s “lo call” about that?
Read about price of 1850 Calls Here
More about cost of calls to 0818 numbers here..
Prices checked Sept 2019