What is a 0331 number?
The 0331 area code is used by government bodies, non-profits and other charitable organisations across the UK. It is a non-geographical landline number which means it costs the same to call as any other landline area code, but it isn’t linked to any particular area. This is beneficial as it means that organisations with multiple sites across the country can have a central phone number that doesn’t link them to any particular geographical number. As many phone providers offer free calls to 0331 numbers, this is also beneficial to their customers as they won’t pay any more than they would for a local call no matter where in the country they are based.
How much does it cost to call a 0331 number?
It costs the same to call a 0331 number as it would to call any other UK landline, whether you are calling from a home phone, a business phone or a mobile phone. Many UK landline providers include bundles of free minutes with their phone packages, and customers can use these free minutes to call 0331 numbers. Otherwise, the call will be charged for a connection fee and then a fee for the duration of the call. The same will apply to calls to 0331 numbers from mobile phones. If your call provider offers free minutes every month, you will be able to use these to make the call. If not, you will be charged at the standard network rate for a call to a landline.
Can I call 0331 numbers from outside the UK?
Some 0331 numbers will accept calls from outside the UK. To be able to dial a 0331 number from outside the UK, you will need to amend the phone number with the country code at the start. The international dialling code for the UK is +44. To dial a 0331 number from outside the UK, you will need to dial +44 and then omit the first zero from the dialling code.
Is 0331 a freephone number?
No, 0331 is not a freephone number. 0331 numbers are similar to freephone numbers in that they do not have a geographical location, but they are not free to call. All 03 numbers work the same way, so it doesn’t matter which digits follow the 03. They are all charged the same as a call to a landline if the call is made on a landline or mobile phone within the UK.