0843 area code – all you need to know

An 0843 number is a number that does not correspond to a particular geographical location, so calls from this number can be from anywhere inside of the UK. Any business 0843 number bought and used in Britain is known as a service number and has a special charge attached to it which makes it cost a higher rate than an ordinary phone number.

The total cost of an 0843 number takes the form of two parts. The first part is the standard access charge that your network operator charges you for connecting your call. This charge varies greatly among phone networks, typically it will vary from anywhere between 10 and 50 pence per minute. The second part of the 0843 number charge is known as the service charge. 0843 numbers typically offer you some kind of service, whether it be helping you to look up information or offering customer service, and so this service is justified by this additional charge. This charge again depends on the company that you are calling and is regulated to be a maximum of 7 pence per minute.

Is 0843 an area code?

In short: 0843 numbers are not an area code. They are classed as non-geographic numbers. The total cost therefore ranges from around 17 to 57 pence per minute, depending on the company which you are calling and the phone network operator which you are using. Thus it is important to research what your network access charge is as well as what the company’s service charge in order to avoid any large surprises on your phone bill. These charges actually apply for any 084 number so it is good to bear all this in mind before calling the number and fully familiarise yourself with the costs involved.

How much will I be charged to call an 0843 number?

As a business rate number, 0843 numbers can often cost to call. This can change depending on your tariff, provider, and other variables such as time of day, but currently the UK Government sets the limits for each number range as follows:

Number range How is the range used? Cost per minutes from landlines (approx) Cost per minute from mobiles (approx)
01
02
Geographic numbers for specific parts of the UK up to 13p 3p to 55p
03
0345
UK-wide numbers up to 9p 3p to 55p
030 Not-for-profit organisations, charities and public bodies up to 10p 3p to 40p
07 Mobile numbers 10p to 20p 3p to 55p
070 Personal or ‘follow me’ numbers regulated by the Phone-paid Services Authority 4p to £3.40 (plus a possible 51p per call) 30p to £2.50 (plus a possible 51p per call)
0800
0808
Freephone service Free Free
0843 numbers
0844
0845
Business rate numbers up to 7p and your phone company’s access charge up to 7p and your phone company’s access charge
0870
0871
0872
0873
Business rate numbers regulated by the Phone-paid Services Authority up to 13p and your phone company’s access charge up to 13p and your phone company’s access charge
09 Premium rate numbers regulated by the Phone-paid Services Authority up to £3.60 and your phone company’s access charge, plus 5p to £6 per call up to £3.60 and your phone company’s access charge, plus 5p to £6 per call
101 Police non-emergency number 15p per call 15p per call
105 UK-wide power cut helpline Free Free
111 Non-emergency medical advice Free Free
112 Emergency services Free Free
116 Freephone numbers Free Free
118 Directory enquiry numbers regulated by the Phone-paid Services Authority up to £5 and your phone company’s access charge, plus possibly up to £6.98 per call up to £5 and your phone company’s access charge, plus possibly up to £6.98 per call
999 Emergency services Free Free

Get advice from Ofcom if you have problems with call charges or phone bills.

Buy your own 0843 number

Interested in buying your own 0843 number? Choose from the packages below, or speak to a member of our team by calling 0330 332 0400 now.

Standard

£9.99 a month
250

inclusive landline minutes

50

inclusive mobile minutes

Out of bundle costs:
Landline – 2ppm
Mobile – 6ppm

Advanced

£14.99 a month
500

inclusive landline minutes

200

inclusive mobile minutes

Out of bundle costs:
Landline – 2ppm
Mobile – 6pmm