This is rubbish and yet another example of BT support staff not understanding the rules. It's pathetic.
ALL numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 must be included in free call packages. That is 03, not 030 or 0345 etc just 03!
Argue the case like I did and get them to remove the charges. Since I did that I have never been charged for any 03xx calls within my "anytime" package. If they refuse ask them to transfer you to the complaints department and raise an official complaint, oh, and be sure to mention OFCOM.
I copied and pasted comments from here, from BTs own website saying that 03 numbers are treated exactly as 01 and 02 numbers and also from independent websites on the internet (www.areacodes.org/uk for example) but all to no avail. The supervisor said that as it wasn't a BT website it didn't count! I spent 2 1/2 hours on this this morning and all staff I contacted on the phone and online, are adamant that 0345 calls will be charged for. I found a price list which says these calls will be charged at 1.2 pence per minute( including VAT) so I am seriously considering moving my phone and broadband because BT make everything so difficult and complicated. I have it in writing from my online transcript that BT will charge me for all 0345 calls and will not consider them to be part of phone call package.
I would copy and paste that transcript into an email to Ofcom and ask if it is correct. If it is then BT have moved the goalposts without telling anyone.
cocodog0, have you been charged for an 03 call on your bill made within your call allowance?
Taken from BT's own documentation:
UK Call Prices for Calling Plans
UK means calls of up to an hour to Local and National numbers beginning 01,02 and 03 (including any number range charged at g21 rates in Section 2, Part 11, sub-part 1 of the BT Price List).
Hope this clarifies things
Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my messages.
I think my experience has clearly highlighted the need for a call centre where staff should be trained in a clear and comprehensive way, and where all staff are monitored for consistent, courteous and conpletely accurate delivery of a service befitting the BT name.
If I get any communication from BT or Ofcom concerning my experience I will feed this back to you all.
Thanks Andy N. I looked on the page you suggest and it classes 0345 calls as g21 calls which when you follow they convalluted table shows a cost of 1p per minute . The 3 members of staff that I dealt with today all said 0345 numbers are different to 030 numbers which they agree are free.
Those members of staff need serious retraining, it is appalling. In fact, invite them to these forums.
They are getting confused with 0845 and 0800 numbers, otherwise where on earth are they getting their information from ?
Those members of staff need serious retraining
Fair enough if they are actually members of staff. But my suspicions (which I've been unable to confirm or refute) are that the people on overseas helpdesks are employed by some half-baked agency hired by BT for peanuts. If I'm right, the blame lies firmly with BT's cost-cutters and not their staff.
This morning I spoke to Ofcom about my experiences over the weekend with BT's Offshore Customer Services Call Centre.
I was informed that I (we) are absolutely correct in assuming that ANY 03 number called - regardless of what other numbers follow 03 - are included in any call plan. I was told that the information I was given both over the 'phone and by the two members of BT staff during my online "chat" was simply not correct.
I then rang BT and managed - after an extremely long wait - to speak to a young lady who sounded as though she was based in this country. She agreed that any 03 numbers were included in my call package and that the information given to me previously was not right. I quoted from my transcript and listed the number of times that I was told quite categorically that 0345 numbers were not included in any package and that they were chargeable. She confirmed that this information is wrong.
I suggested that the BT website be revamped and updated to make it much more user-friendly in order to obtain transparent information concerning pricing, tariffs etc.
I have asked that my experience of their "Customer Service" and the fact that all 3 people gave me incorrect information, be escalated and addressed as a matter of importance and urgency so no-one else need spend over three and a half hours of their precious Saturday morning trying to get a clear and definitive answer to what I initally thought would be just a simple clarification. I advised the Call Handler that I was indeed not the first to have had these experiences, and that many others have raised these same issues before me. BT are obviously not getting the message that "It is good to talk" - mainly to disseminate correct information to all staff! There are clearly some serious training issues here that need to be addressed immediately.
I was told too that BT are looking to relocate their Customer Service Centres back into the UK, (timescales were not mentioned) which would only prove to be beneficial for customers, if all relevant staff are fully trained and fully acquainted with the product details and services that BT provides - it really shouldn't matter where they are based if they are to provide a consistent. factually correct and truthful service.