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118 118 £5.68 !

Phone giant charges £5.68 to get just one number from 118 118
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2720408/Not-good-talk-Phone-giant-charges-5-68-just-one-numb...
Or using Google...... FREE.
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

I haven't used any directory enquiries since BT started to charge for it in the 90's.

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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

OMG
How do they justify their rip off prices, just to pay off their advertisements, as I have seen 3 new TV ads for 118118 this week alone
I have not used any of the rip off we'll get the number you want services since they started
There used to be a 3 digit number (I forget now) which was free to call (I think it was 192 or similar)
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

Absolute racket, an easy way for someone to make money.
I guess the largest group who get ripped off with this are those people who do not have access to,or understand the internet.
Having said that there are others who do understand the internet but have been charged for services that government websites provide for free.
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

I think it was 192 for international enquiries and 142 for national.
Of course, the costs of these new directory enquiries rises even more if you allow them to connect the call rather than hanging up and dialling direct yourself.

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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

At the company I worked for prior to retirement I had to issue a notice company wide banning the use of paid for directory enquiries like 118118 and pointing out free alternatives (everyone had internet access).
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

Free alternatives Free Directory Enquiries Service  Smiley  Wink
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

Quote from: Mav
I haven't used any directory enquiries since BT started to charge for it in the 90's.

and at the time the service use to free from a phone box which luckily I had one across the road. Are they still free from a phone box?
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

From a phone box, No Directory Enquiries is not free anymore.
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

Cheers for the link Midnight
The 0800 600 900 is stored in the phone Smiley
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Re: 118 118 £5.68 !

It's the Gillette razor business model. Advertise frequently and nationwide for a product which is sold at several times its production costs. The higher prices fund the excessive advertising. Same with the 118 crew.
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