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Bulldog Barrs 09x numbers (well sort of)

TRIaXOR™

ULTIMATE Member
hey folks, Just got an email from Bulldog (my ISP and telco provider) that they are now changing policy on 09x numbers as you can see here..

Bulldog is changing its policy regarding premium rate service calls - that's numbers starting 09.

As of Wednesday 26th April 2006, you will not be able to call premium rate numbers from your Bulldog phone. If you do want to make premium rate calls you will need to make a pre-payment of £50.00 which will be used against your bill.

By simply dialling 150 from your Bulldog phone and selecting option 1, you will be able to make your £50.00 payment by debit or credit card. We recommend you allow up to 24 hours for your service to be reset. If the value of premium rate calls from your account continues to reach a high level, we may contact you again to ask for a further pre-payment.

More information about premium rate numbers

Premium rate numbers - those starting 09 - attract higher call charges ranging from 10p to over £1.50 per minute. They are typically used for delivering information (horoscopes, weather, tips etc.) or competition lines, TV voting lines and support lines. Numbers starting 08 are not classified as premium rate numbers and are therefore not affected.

Kind regards,

Bulldog Customer Operations
good idea if you have a kid hooked on chat lines and a missus hooked on TV voting lol

but the REAL benefit will be imo the Scam Diallers will be rendered useless (if you have a 56k modem hooked for backup access) ;)
 

Mel

ULTIMATE Member
Hmm, BT has to pay the premium rate providers before the customer gets billed and pays BT which has always struck me as a/ very unfair on BT as it is effectively a free loan to the premium rate providers, and b/ very handy for scammers running rogue dialers and the like because by the time the customer gets to dispute it, they've been paid so it is all too late.

I assume Bulldog would have had to do similar, by making it an opt-in and pay a deposit up front Bulldog is the REAL beneficiary. Mind you baring 09 numbers by default is by no means a bad idea. :)
 

paul45

ULTIMATE Member
This isn't exactly the same as Bulldogs proposal, but just in case someone didn't know:

From BTs Website:
Premium rate call barring
On residential phone lines BT can bar, for free, UK-based 0900-0909 premium rate numbers. But it will NOT bar international numbers. Call 150 for details.
 
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