Shared-cost service

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Shared-cost service is an intermediate level of telephone call billing where the charge for calling a particular international or long-distance phone number is partially, but not entirely, paid for by the recipient.

Domestic[edit]

As of 2006, countries with shared-cost service include France, Germany (0180x number series), Switzerland. Portugal (808 number series), Australia (13xxxx number series) and the Netherlands (088 number series).

These normally are long-distance calls priced to the caller as if they were local. The difference is paid by the called party.

A non-geographic 0345 prefix was once marketed in the United Kingdom as a "lo-call" rate, but these numbers are no longer available at the price of a local or national (01 or 02 geographic area code) call. Non-geographic numbers like 0845 carry a premium, of which two pence per minute are paid to the called party.

International[edit]

International shared-cost service is known as ISCS or UISCN (Universal International Shared Cost Number). The service has been allocated country code +808. As of 2013, the numbers are only available to Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

An ISCS number would allow the calling individual to make a call which terminates in another country, but pay only the maximum rate for calls within their country (the national rate, which is not defined in all countries). The portion of the total call charges in excess of the caller's national rate are billed to the recipient.

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