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Sharing the @SayNoTo1890 benefits with others

There are on average nearly 1000 people per day using this website, saving money on phone calls. The more people that use the site, the greater chance there is that we’ll continue to get more and more alternative numbers provided.

Click Tweet to share the @SayNoTo1890 benefits with othersWith that in mind, to try to encourage new users, and widen the appeal of the site even further, can I encourage you to post a tweet every time you use the site successfully and get an alternative number for an 1890, 1850, 0818 or 076 number?

Just click on the Tweet button on the right hand side of the page, in the menu bar.

This will bring you to a page, as shown below, which will allow you post a message directly from your Twitter account to your followers. (No access is required on the part of SayNoTo1890).

Sharing the @SayNoTo1890 message on Twitter

I’d very much appreciate if you could share. Thank you.

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Some organisations are doing away with 1890 numbers. Here’s a list #nomore1890

nomore1890It was the NCTS (National Car Testing Service) that I was alerted to first who had made the decision to no longer provide 1890 contact numbers.

The more organisations that do that, the less work I’ll have to spend keeping this website updated.

I’ll keep track on this page here, and as it’s updated I’ll publicise to readers, whenever any other organisations do the same.

If you’ve found any other organisations making this decision, please let me know and I’ll keep the listing below updated.

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Tip of the Week (The Sunday Tribune)

The Sunday Tribune

Sunday August 18th, 2008

Eddie Lennon

Tip of the Week

Phone users are being ripped off when they make calls to government departments and large companies via 1850, 1890 and 0818 numbers. While mobile users who pay by bill have a block of “free” minutes credited to their phone each month, these minutes include standard land line and mobile numbers, but usually not other numbers.

Dialling these numbers can cost up to 49c per minute when calling from a mobile, and up to 8c a minute from a land line. Last week, the consumer awareness website ValueIreland.com published a useful list of land line numbers which you can contact as a cheaper alternative to the more expensive numbers. The list is available at www.SayNoTo1890.com.

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September 2016 – 45 Numbers updated on SayNoTo1890.com

This evening I have made updates to the website whereby upwards on 45 numbers have been updated. There are about 20 new numbers added, while 25 number updates / clarifications have been made.

Please note that there are about another 50 updates pending, and once I confirm the numbers involved, I’ll get those numbers up on the site also.

To everyone who has contacted the site providing updates, feedback, corrections and new geographic alternative numbers, many many thanks. Without your help and assistance, the website wouldn’t be the great resource that it is.

Please feel free to contact me any time if you have any suggestions for the website.

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Government organisations refusing to provide geographic alternative numbers

Since February, I’ve been waiting for responses from 5 different government sponsored organisations to provide geographic alternative numbers for the 1890 and 076 numbers provided as contact information on their websites.

In a recent blog post, Revenue Commissioners – 1890 Numbers, I commended that organisation and a couple of government departments on their provision of alternatives very clearly on their website.

Unfortunately, not all government organisations that we fund will give us alternative numbers to allow us save money whenever we need to call them. The irony being that 2 of the organisations are supposed to assist people in financial difficulties already.

Stonewalled by organisations not providing geographic alternative numbersGeographic Alternative Rogues Gallery

So, step forward the following organisations who I contacted back in early February, and whom I’ve again contacted as of last night, requesting alternatives for numbers published on their websites:

  • Insolvency Service of Ireland
    • Information and General Enquiries 0761064200
    • Case Management Division 0761064200
    • Bankruptcy Division 0761064232
    • Regulation Division 0761064234
  • Citizens Information
    • Citizens Information Phone Service 0761074000
    • Citizens Information Website Team 0761079000

Next Steps

If I ever do get any useful responses from any of the organisations above, I’ll let you know. Don’t hold your breath, though.

Update 29/03/2016

Below are the responses received so far from the organisations contacted above. Well, 2 organisations actually responded (MABS and Citizens Information) and I only have 2 automated responses from SUSI. The RSA and PRTB didn’t respond to me at all. I guess it’ll be FOI requests for them now (my 2nd for PRTB seeking geographic alternative contact numbers).

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Revenue Commissioners – 1890 Numbers and Geographic Alternatives

Revenue Commissioners website does have a page dedicated to 1890 numbersA user of this website very kindly drew my attention to a special “Lo-Call” page on the Revenue website (Low Cost Phone Numbers).

According to the website:

Revenue provides low cost (‘LoCall’) phone numbers for some of our most popular services.

Please note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers. It is recommended that you only ring these numbers using a landline as calls made using mobiles may be expensive.)

The page, however, while somewhat useful in explaining the potential cost to people of calling these 1890 numbers from mobiles is of limited benefit in that while it lists the main 1890 numbers (18 of them), it only provides geographic alternatives for 10 of them.

Of course, here on SayNoTo1890.com, there are actually alternatives for 17 out of the 18 numbers.

You will actually see this message on many government websites these days – informing users of the cost implications of calling 1890 numbers from mobiles. This contact page from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, for example, has the following text:

Note: Rates charged for 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary among different service providers

And interestingly, they provide geographic alternatives for 4 out of 4 of the 1890 numbers listed on that main contact page.

Similarly, this contact page from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation provides the following text, and gives geographic alternatives for 3 out of 3 of the 1890 numbers listed.

*Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers

Interestingly, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – the one government department that could have some influence over how 1850, 1890 and 0818 numbers are treated by mobile telecoms providers – has a contact page that doesn’t provide any 1890 numbers at all. It only provides geographic alternative numbers for all sections linked on that page.

 

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Help, please! Does your mobile provider block you calling 1800 numbers?

getting help finding numbers on this websiteAs I mentioned previously in this February 2016 – noting all the Geographic Alternative Numbers Updated Across the SayNoTo1890.com website, I will be starting to provide geographic alternatives on the site from here on out for FreePhone 1800 numbers.

There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, some companies who may provide 1800 numbers may indicate to their service providers that they don’t want to facilitate people calling on that number from mobile phones because of the additional cost incurred.

Secondly, and of specific interest for this blog post, I’ve been told that certain mobile phone companies (potentially only on certain packages or contracts) are blocking their customers from calling 1800 numbers completely.

So, are you on a mobile phone plan with any of the providers here in Ireland that is blocking you from calling 1800 numbers completely? If so, please let me know the company and the package you’re on – either in the comments below, or via the Contact Page here.

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Break through all the bullshit! with 48 Months

I love this page on the 48 Months website.

Break through all the bullshit! Here at 48 we are upfront about other call charges so you don’t have to worry about hidden extras creeping up behind you. Check out our rates for calling numbers like Directory Enquiries, 1890 or 1850. You could also save yourself money with handy sites like www.saynoto1890.com.

Now, it’s worth noting that 48 Months charges the most for calls to 1890 (50c per minute), 1850 (50c per call) and 0818 (50c per minute) numbers. However, if they’re not going to amend their call charge structure, then I guess next best thing is to help people avoid the costs completely.

Break through all the bullshit! with 48 Months

 

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