Are 02 numbers free to call?

UK telephone numbers starting with 02 area codes are not free to call on any network, however these costs are standardised across the country plus you can avoid paying monetary fees if you have inclusive minutes on your tariff, although you will still lose these from your balance.

Standard costs of calling 02 telephone numbers

As mentioned the cost of calling 02 telephone numbers is standardised across the UK, meaning you will pay the exact same rate determined by your provider regardless of where you are in the country. Normally these charges consist of an access charge, which is used by your provider to connect the call, plus a per-minute rate, meaning if you have run out of inclusive minutes it is wise to keep the length of the call down to minimise costs.

Maximum cost of phoning 02 numbers (without inclusive minutes)

  1. Vodafone customers holding a monthly contract currently have to pay a fee of £1.10 for the first minute of the call, followed by 55p per minute thereafter.
  2. EE monthly mobile customers currently pay a initial charge of £1.00 to call 02 numbers followed by a per-minute rate of 50p if they have run out of inclusive minutes.
  3. O2 Mobile customers pay a maximum rate of 70p for the first minute followed by 35p per minute thereafter if they have run out of free minutes (correct as of 2017).