Calls to 0800 numbers from home phone devices and mobiles could be made free of charge under new plans announced by Ofcom.
The proposals are part of a move to combat consumer confusion regarding how much it costs to ring businesses and public services on 03,08,09 and 118 numbers.
At the moment, the majority of 0800 numbers carry a maximum charge of 21p a minute.
Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom, said: "Consumers are often confused about how much they will pay to call these number ranges. Under our proposals, people will have much clearer information and there will be greater competition on prices."
Mr Richards believes that the move to make 0800 numbers free from all phones will benefit consumers as well as service providers.
Ofcom's plans come after it announced that residents in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch will soon have to dial their 01202 area code when making calls.
The decision was made in a bid to protect the future supply of landline numbers in the areas.
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