You probably know that on July 1st that Ofcom revamped the charging of 080, 084, 087 number ranges. This means that calls 080x numbers remain free and can now even be called for free from mobile phones. But the charges for 084x and 0870 are almost certainly more expensive, at least if you don't have a free calls package. Surprisingly, most of the big operators have retained free calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers if you have a free calls packages (Talktalk is the one exception) A company called Flextel (I have no association with them other than as a satisfied customer) can provide you with 0845 and 0870 numbers for just £1 each, with no ongoing costs. Once you have purchased a number you can set it up to 'point' to another number you wish to call. This could be, for instance, a UK mobile number or one of many international numbers (including Philippine land-lines) If you wish to avail yourself of this offer, just head over to: www.flextel.com I had thought of setting up an 0870 number for anyone to use via dial-thru but there are potential problems with dial-thru meaning that you could be charged for calling the 0870 number even if you had a free call package. Also, I would have benefited financially as well and I did not want to do that.