What are 0300 numbers?
0300 numbers are UK phone numbers that start with the digits 0300. These are non-geographic numbers that aren’t associated with a specific place or area of the UK and are reserved for government and charity helplines. They are charged at a local rate.
- NON-GEOGRAPHIC: 0300 number are national numbers that aren’t location-specific – in other words, they don’t indicate where the company or department you are ringing is based. This is the same as 0800 and 0808 numbers as well as low-cost business numbers like 1845 and 1844.
- LOCAL RATE: 0300 numbers are charged at the local rate, this is the same as ringing an 01 or 02 number. This also means they fall under free and discounted minutes as these numbers on calling plans for landlines and mobiles.
The cost of calling a 0300 number is standard on landlines and mobiles and is the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers. Since the system was changed in June 2015, the cost is legally bound to be the same as geographic numbers, regardless of what network you are calling from. However, this cost can vary between different networks so a call on EE might not cost the same as a call on Vodaphone or O2. The rule simply means they can’t charge more for 0300 numbers as they do for 01 and 02 numbers. This also means that it is a lot cheaper to ring these numbers than to call premium rate numbers and should be inclusive of free minutes plans, unlike premium rate numbers.
How much do 0300 numbers cost on EE and O2?
|O2||Pay & Go||30p/min|
|EE||Pay As You Go||30p/min|
On top of any per minute fee, there is also a one-off connection charge that is equivalent to one minute’s worth of calls on top of the charge. So, if the network charges 30p a minute, you will pay an extra 30p at the start of the call then the price per minute at 30p for the rest of the call.
You can also read more about this here – https://www.phonethem.co.uk/0300-ee
Examples of 0300 numbers
Some of the most well used 0300 numbers include:
- 0300 790 6801 – DVLA licensing enquiries
- 0300 200 3300 – HMRC income tax enquiries
- 0300 123 1044 – NHS Smoke-free helpline number
03 Number Guide
If you want to learn more about 03 numbers including 0330, 0333, 0344, 0370 and 0372, then you can see our Guide to 03 numbers. This explained their strengths and weaknesses and gives information about where you can buy them and why you might want to.