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Non Geographic Numbers (NGNs)

What are Non Geographic Numbers?

A non geographic number (NGN) is a type of telephone number that is not linked to any specific locality. They are virtual numbers such as 0800, 0845. Unlike traditional phone numbers tied to a specific area code, non geographic numbers are not linked to a particular locality. These numbers are often used for specific purposes such as businesses, hotlines, helplines, and other services where the location of the caller or the called party is not a primary consideration.

The benefits of non geographic numbers

Non-geographic numbers offer flexibility for businesses and organisations, allowing them to provide services on a national or even international scale without being tied to a specific geographic area. Additionally, these numbers are often used for marketing purposes, as they can be more memorable and easier to promote than traditional geographic numbers.

The three types of non geographic numbers

1. Toll-Free Numbers

These numbers typically start with prefixes like 0800, 0845 Callers are not charged for making calls to toll-free numbers, and the business or organisation that owns the toll-free number pays for the cost of the call.

2. Premium Rate Numbers

These numbers are used for services that charge callers a higher rate than a standard call. The additional charges are typically used to fund the service being provided, and the entity that owns the premium rate number receives a share of the revenue.

3. Local Rate Numbers

Also known as national rate or non-geographic numbers, these numbers are charged at the same rate as a local call regardless of the caller’s location within the country.

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