Short answer, yes, mostly. Longer answer, no, because not enough people realise the changes have taken effect. From a ComReg release in November 2019:
From 1 December 2019, calls to 1850, 1890, 0818 and 076 Non-Geographic Numbers (NGNs) will cost no more than calling a landline number and will be included in your bundle of call minutes if your bundle includes landline calls.
You should note that all calls to these NGNs (including 1850) will be deducted from bundles on a per minute basis or, in the absence of a bundle, charged on a per minute basis. Calls to 1800 numbers from both landlines and mobiles remain free. This means that organisations that currently provide NGN services will be easier to access.
If you have any concerns in relation to your current price plan, check with your phone operator.
Based on activity on this website, I can tell you three things with regards to the impact these changes have had:
- With the total number of daily visitors declining daily, even since before the December 1st launch of these changes, this shows that there are a cohort of people who are aware that these changes have taken place, and that this website is no longer necessary.
- Based on the e-mail activity on the since since December, this has been reduced to almost 0 as well.
- However, there are still people e-mailing asking for geographic alternatives for these numbers, and there is still the activity you can see below on the website, showing that there are still people out there unaware of the changes made by ComReg.