Talk:Premium-rate telephone number

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This page has many wrong statements in it and should not be considered a proper representation of the 900 system. It would take much work to correct all the wrong concepts and items stated as facts that are wrong. I co-produced and directed one of the earliest of the 900 telephone broadcasts, Dial-A-Shuttle. Originally the operators of the world were not signed to receive into the 900 system. Dial-A-Shuttle helped to get the countries signed onto a UN Telecommunication agreement that had not been complete. Making it the first international broadcast via telephone. AT&T had me open the program. -- User: Bonny Lee Michaelson 1:08, 8 May 2012 (MT)

This page ought to be categorized, otherwise it will never be found by most users. --Josiah 19:57, 27 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Agreed -- I did a search on "900 number" today and it pulled up consecutive articles on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Only by visually scanning the list to see "phone sex" did I finally find a link to this page. ALSO: One of my purposes in looking up the term is to see when these numbers began in the United States, for the article on "Friday Night Videos"; this information is not in the article, so if someone can provide a source, that would be terrific. -- Lawikitejana 05:10, 2 August 2006 (UTC)


In the Ireland section, I removed the fact that 1550 is reserved for recorded services ( phone support is a 1550 number) and that 1580 is for live services (Jamster's order line is a recorded service on 1580 number). Stifle (talk) 10:41, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

I understand where you are coming from. Regtel which is mainly the source for this infromation has this to say: What are Premium Rate Services?.ant_ie 19:56, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Comreg is the current name for the communications regulator. The section on Ireland needs to be updated to reflect this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:17, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

North America[edit]

I removed the ads of the three websites providing 1-900 services becuse they are one and the same company and because they are being widely accused of fraud all over the internet.


I don't ever recall the 0056 prefix, just 0055. I've removed the mention of it; can anyone educate me on this if they did in fact exist? Similarly, I don't recall ever seeing a 1-901 prefix, but have seen many a late-night TVC for "services of a sexual nature" via 1-902 numbers. A very quick Google brought up a media release by former Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston, in 1999 suggesting such sordid numbers be moved to 1-901 (and then a few down an NAB Product Disclosure Statement mentioning a 1-901 number, which I suspect would be of a financial rather than sexual nature)...  SEO75 [talk] 06:22, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

"AT&T "looked the other way" in regards to adult services..."[edit]

That bit right there, under the section "North America", paragraph number five, sounds very weighted to me.

Seeing as how it doesn't cite any sources, what do you guys think about taking that part out? (talk) 02:07, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

I just read that and I just removed it. It looks unencyclopedic and biased and has no sources to back up the claim that " AT&T "looked the other way" in regards to adult services". I will keep a eye on this and remove it every time it is put back in the article.-- (talk) 01:43, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

0870 and 0871 numbers in the UK[edit]

When 0870 numbers were introduced they were designated as "national rate numbers" and charged at 8 pence per minute. At that time this was the charge for a national telephone call. Since then this charge has reduced so that some companies are now offering free calls to national numbers. Having said that, many 0870 numbers are still advertised as "national rate numbers" - this has become misleading over time! 0871 numbers have always been charged at 10 pence per minute and are thus premium rate numbers. Having said that, they would therefore appear to fall outside the Ofcom numbering plan originally introduced by its predecessor Oftel which originally stated that all premium rate numbers would start with 09. Soarhead77 (talk) 11:26, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Things have moved on a bit. There's been several changes, and several more are expected within months. This section fills in some of the gaps. -- (talk) 17:36, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Mexico is in Europe?[edit]

Is there a reason why Mexico is listed under the "Europe" section? It would seem to make more sense to either move it to North America or change the heading of "Europe" to something else.Jccalhoun (talk) 15:21, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

That is a very good question. I've moved it into the North America section as a subsection, mainly because it appears to use the same system as the USA. ~~ [Jam][talk] 17:26, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that Pay-per-call be merged into this article. Currently, information found on that article is redundant to info on this one. Also, I believe that "Pay-per-call" sounds like a good redirect to this article. Fairly OddParents Freak (Fairlyoddparents1234) Megaphone-Vector.svg 22:39, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Re: Merger Proposal[edit]

The Pay-Per-Call article should Not be merged with this one, as recently suggested, for the following reason:

Pay-Per-Call is a Performance-Based Advertising model akin to Pay-Per-Click advertising. Pay-Per-Call is a relatively-new concept and a fast-growing sector that is clearly distinct from - and should not be confused with - Premium rate telephone services / 900 telephone numbers. The-Pay-Per-Call model charges Advertisers a premium to receive calls from prospective customers - The Premium rate model charges Callers a premium to call certain numbers. The calls in both models are ‘routed’ in a similar way, which is why these separate concepts can be mistaken for one another.

The current version of the Pay-Per-Call article includes additional inaccuracies (such as the suggestion that Google helped introduce Pay-Per-Call in 2005). I will try to build up and edit this article in the near future, to correct factual inaccuracies, and to include related citations — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:46, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Pay-per-call is a euphemism used by some telephone companies to refer to premium-rate telephone numbers. Unless some other meaning becomes common enough to justify a disambiguation page, it should merely redirect here. K7L (talk) 17:01, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Undid IP edit[edit]

I reverted an IP edit that added a link to telserv nl, which looks to be a seller of premium rate numbers. On the face of it, this looks like advertisement and does not add any value to the article.

Aethalides (talk) 15:23, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

The same IP added the same spam link to toll-free telephone number and direct inward dial. I've reverted both as spam and left a talk page warning. K7L (talk) 17:01, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

$17,000 Phone Bill[edit]

I could not find any citation for this anywhere that supports that it led to section 2881-2890.2 of the California Public Utilities Code, nor could I find any reference to it happening at all. The only references I've found refer back to the statement itself in Wikipedia. I propose it be removed as it has no groundings in fact. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:36, 3 March 2015 (UTC)