03 numbers now available through Numberstore

Released on: October 7, 2008, 12:30 am

Press Release Author: Kieron James

Industry: Telecommunications

Press Release Summary: Zimo delivers new countrywide numbers through its Numberstore

Press Release Body: 03 numbers, introduced by Ofcom as a non-geographic alternative
to 0870 numbers, are now available from Numberstore. The 03 range offers consumers a
single national point of contact with no additional charges for over and above a
call made to a standard geographic number.

Frustrations voiced by 08 number providers include unreasonably high and
unjustifiable call charges imposed by mobile operators and the failure of mobile
networks to include calls to 08 numbers in customers' bundled minutes.

"Price transparency for calls to non-geographic numbers has been sadly
(intentionally?) lacking, buried in the call plan fine print on the mobile
operators' websites. Conversely, calls to 03 numbers will cost the same or less than
calls to 01 and 02 (geographic) numbers and unlike any other non-geographic range,
calls to 03 numbers must be included in bundled mobile packages or inclusive call
schemes offered by fixed operators," said Zimo's CEO, Kieron James.

"This makes 03 numbers unique in the non-geographic number space. Even calls to
freephone numbers are frequently billed by mobile operators and excluded from
callers' allowances. Importantly, the 03 rules will apply not just to mobile
operators, but to calls made from any line - including BT, other fixed line
providers and from payphones," continued James.

In a press release towards the end of last year, Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards
said, "Consumers will be able to dial 03 and will be able to have confidence about
the cost of their call."

Call revenue sharing - where the recipient of the call receives a share of the call
charge - is also unequivocally disallowed on the 03 number range and numbers
beginning 030 have been designated for the exclusive use of public bodies and
non-profit organisations.

Numberstore is offering four 03 ranges with highly memorable blocks including:

* 0300 321 - available only to public sector and non profit organisations;
* 0330 330 - available to any business or other organisation;
* 0345 680 - a migration path for customers using Numberstore's 0845 680 range;
* 0370 385 - a migration path for customers using Numberstore's 0870 385 range.

Further information is available from the Numberstore website or by callng 0300 321

About Zimo Communications Limited

Zimo® is a Communications Provider which operates a Public Electronic Communications
Network (PECN). Established in 2005, the company is an active member of the
Federation of Communication Services and a founder member of the Intelligent Number
Working Group. Zimo is also an accredited member of the Safebuy Assurance Scheme.

Web Site: http://www.numberstore.com

Contact Details: Metropolitan House, Station Road, Cheadle Hulme Cheshire
Tel: 0800 321 3000
Fax: 0845 680 6801

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