Cheap International Call Provider Urges Tourists To The Papal Visit 2010 Not To Get Caught Out By Costly Phone Bills



Released on: September 22, 2010, 7:27 am
Author: QueryCLick LTD
Industry: Telecommunications

A cheap international call provider is urging foreign visitors attending the Pope's tour of the UK not to get caught out by expensive mobile calls.

Thousands of people from across Europe and beyond are expected to descend on the UK to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father and attend one of a number of masses that will be held during his stay.

While 100,000 pilgrims from the British Isles are set to attend Glasgow's open air mass, thousands more are set the travel from abroad to take part in numerous religious celebrations.

The Pope's visit to Scotland in particular is expected to boost the country's economy by a staggering £8.5 million as hotels, restaurants and public transport feels the benefit of hosting a major global figure.

Now cheap call provider – – is doing its bit to help foreign consumers slash their telephone bills by providing discount rates to landlines and mobiles for callers dialling abroad from the UK. currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber will become one of a number of services that pilgrims can use to help reduce their phone bills.

“A high profile religious event such as the Papal visit is an occasion that pilgrims will want to share with loved ones meaning many people will feel inclined to call family and friends back home.”

“Steep costs apply as calling abroad from the UK to France – for example – can cost over a pound a minute as roaming charges and costly international tariffs push bills through the roof.”

“Using a direct dial discount service like Firstnumber allows callers of any denomination the freedom to speak for as long as one likes on mobiles and landlines without worrying about costs.”

Direct dial access codes work by placing a designated code in front of the number you wish to call.

The code then applies a discounted rate allowing users to call destinations such as Poland from as little as 1p a minute.

Despite the opportunity for great savings, phone users attending the Papal visit - and users of the Firstnumber service overall - are still advised to check with their provider to make sure discount rates apply, as Andy Steele explains:

“Mobile users who opt for a service like Firstnumber can stand to make huge savings. An example of this would be a 15 minute call to the US which costs £15 with O2 but just £3.00 with Firstnumber, a saving of £12.00.

“We still recommend, however, that mobile phone users check that their providers acknowledge discount dial rates which make these kind of savings applicable.”

For more information on Firstnumber visit

About Firstnumber: is an online phone directory offering direct dial access codes that reduce the cost of making international calls from a UK landline. was launched in 2004 and is a trading style of Wavecrest.

Contact Details:
First Number / WaveCrest,
1st Floor,
Bishopsgate Court,
4-12 Norton Folgate,
London E1 6DB.
Enquiries: 0870 801 7800



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