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Telecoms regulator plans to remove mobile charges on 0800 numbers

Telecoms regulator OFCOM has revealed a plan to make calls to 0800 numbers free of charge for mobile users, along with plans to clarify the cost of making a call to numbers beginning with 08 and 09. In a statement, OFCOM’s chief executive Ed Richards said that the regulator wants to simplify the process of…

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Big businesses look to SMEs for marketing inspiration

David and Goliath. The FA Cup third round. There are plenty of examples of small triumphing over big, but in business, it is generally accepted that larger is better. Bigger budgets, more resources, greater power and higher profile brands are all the things that most small business owners have traditionally coveted. But this situation may…

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If it ain’t broke….Pylons, 08 Numbers and the quest for constant innovation

With the loss of one of the world’s greatest inventors (Apple’s Founder, Steve Jobs) innovation has been a topic of much debate recently. Lots of people have been pontificating about the increased pace of change and need for continual development so that things work better, faster, harder. Sometimes, though, innovation takes time. Take electricity pylons.…

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Banks hold key to revitalising UK small businesses

We’re in a vicious circle with our economy at the moment. We need businesses (like yours) to grow and create jobs so that people have more money to spend with businesses (like yours!). Unfortunately, banks have been reluctant to lend money to businesses and that’s caused a problem because without that funding SMEs can’t invest…

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Ofcom bans auto-renew telco contracts

Ofcom has confirmed that rollover contracts, which tie landline and broadband customers into repeated minimum contract periods unless they opt out, will be banned from December this year. The contracts, also known as Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARCs), roll forward to a new minimum contract period – with penalties for leaving – unless the customer actively…

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Apple is now richer than USA Government

Today is the the day that the US Senate is voting on a bill to save America’s economy by increasing its debt limit by $2.4trillion. Now as someone who works for a telecoms business, I like long numbers but in this case I had to write trillion as I didn’t want to type out all…

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Take That – Robbie’s alternative 0800 number

So, Robbie Williams is at it again. Where would we be without his media-friendly, attention seeking outbursts? Whether you love him or loathe him, Robbie knows how to get people talking about him, and here I am writing a blog about him for 08 Direct…so, “what’s all this got to do with non-geographic numbers?”, I…

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