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0208 Numbers – Buy Your Number Now

Before choosing your unique 0208 number let us tell you a little more about them. You may or may not be aware that the prefix 0208 is part of the 020 area code family and that 020 telephone numbers have been in service for a while, beginning in the year 2000. The 020 range of prefixes we are all so familiar with today previously got divided between 0171 and 0181 area codes, which covered internal and external areas of London.

Nowadays London operates a single 020 prefix, which includes 0208, and as you may be aware circulates throughout the whole inner and outer London region. If you would like to get a foothold in the nation’s capital and beyond, buy your 0208 number now.

Step 1: Choose your 0208 number


£12.99 / mo

+ Standard ppm call charges

Features Included

Perfect for any small business owner only

£12.99 / mo

  • Route to Landline & Mobile

  • Pre-Connection Greeting

  • iPhone / Android AppNEW


£18.99 / mo

+ Standard ppm call charges

Features Included

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£18.99 / mo

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Real-Time Reporting

  • iPhone / Android AppNEW

Whichever 0208 you decide upon, remember that all get categorised as geographic telephone numbers. That means they are location-specific and have connotations of familiarity firmly in place. This situation is an aspect many callers undoubtedly find reassuring, especially when searching for a local service or products. In addition, as 0208s are considered regular landline numbers 0208s get charged at a standard rate.

Why would you choose an 0208 number?

Telephone numbers that begin with 02 are usually personal or business landline numbers located in the UK. These numbers are sometimes referred to as “geographic numbers” as the code or “dialling code” is linked to a specific area ( also referred to as areas code).

Numbers beginning with 020 8

Numbers beginning with 02, including those starting with 020 8, are the area code for London and the surrounding area. Any number starting with 020 (020 8, 020 3, 020 7 for example) are considered to be London numbers and the majority of Greater London will be covered by the 020 area code. This includes some adjacent areas just outside the Greater London boundary.

The London area does, as a rule of thumb, have three separate dialling codes. 020 8 tends to be used for outer London, 020 7 for inner London and a new 020 3 code is also available. The 020 3 code has basically been introduced as 020 7 and 020 8 codes were beginning to run out.

London area code – 0208 numbers, all you need to know

As 020 8 numbers are generally landline numbers, they can be used to forward calls to other areas of the country, to international locations, or to virtual facilities. However, as with all other UK area codes, 020 numbers can be purchased and used for services without a physical presence in the area.

Displaying and writing 0208 numbers

When writing or displaying London phone numbers, the correct format is 020 8XXX XXXX.

What should I dial if I am based in London?

If you are dialling from a London based landline then the 020 area code is optional. Any calls made within London and the surrounding area can be made by using just the eight digit local telephone number. As an example 020 881 1111, could simply be replaced with ‘881 111’ if you are dialling from a London based landline with an 020 number.

Are 020 8 numbers only for specific customers?

No, all telephone companies are able to use the 020 8 landline number.

How much does it cost to call a 0208 number?

As stated above, all 020 8 numbers are landline numbers and therefore are charged at your standard rate.  This cost could be up to 10p per minute but it will depend on what time of day you are calling and your service provider. If you are calling from a mobile the cost could be up to 40p per minute so it is worth checking if 020 8 numbers are included in your free minutes or monthly contract agreement.

Remember, your new 0208 is more than just a telephone number, it’s an extension of your business and can get used as an invaluable marketing tool. With this in mind, the Number Supermarket team has taken the time to grade each and every telephone number – ensuring you can quickly ascertain just how memorable it will be to your callers.

To select your new 0208 telephone number today please visit our ‘number selection’ page.  We have an easy three-step shopping system in place to make choosing and paying for your number simple. However, if you’d prefer to speak to a Number Supermarket advisor please call 0330 332 0400. Phonelines operate 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, which means we are always here and happy to help.

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