Monthly Archives May 2009

The Cost of 0800 Numbers from Mobile Phones

What is the point of calling a freephone number if it isn’t free?

0800 numbers have forever and ever been known as freephone numbers that are as the name suggests, free to call.

Unless you call them from your mobile.

However, all is not lost! That clever fellow over at ‘’ has done it again!

There is a way to phone 0800 numbers from your mobile for free!

This post is full of exclamation marks! But this is really good stuff and can save anyone who needs to phone an 0800 number from their mobile money.

And it’s times like these which really help to galvanise the people against money grabbing companies.

So, how to get free calls to 0800 numbers from your mobile…..

Well, because it’s been very well put by A. N. Other on the interweb I will just go ahead and give you the link to go and find out how you too can get:

Free calls to 0800 numbers from your mobile!

I’ve added the number to my address book (you’ll understand when you read the info on the link above) but I haven’t yet had the need to call an 0800 number from my mobile so if you do try it and it does work, please leave a comment and tell me and all the other readers if it was easy and how well it worked!

Now to find a way to get good value 0845 calls from a mobile! Any ideas…?

Marbles Credit Card Closed to New Customers.

In April, the Marbles credit card brand closed it’s doors to new customers.

I don’t remember seeing much in the way of publicity about this but what has come to may attention is the fact that certain existing customers of Marbles have been seeing their interest rate slowly rise.

I spoke to Marbles about this and although they are happy for customers to keep their card accounts and still use their cards for purchases, balance transfers etc. Some customers will be doing so at rates above 25% and in some cases over 29% after May 2009.

These rate rises don’t apply to all customers and in fact many customers may not have had a rate rise at all.

The reason given for increasing the rate on some customers accounts is ‘risk’ based on previous account management history. If the new owners of Marbles (SAV Credit Ltd – The people behind the Aqua Credit Card) consider an account to be poorly managed they increase the interest rate.

I have always thought if unfair to customers who may be experiencing some difficulty to be penalised with a higher interest rate making it even harder to meet the commitment.

I can however understand why people who manage credit well are rewarded with the best available rates but increasing the rate of an existing customer is completely different to offering high rates to new customers.

Customers who have been subject to a rate rise have been given the opportunity to close their account and freeze the interest rate at its current level before the rate rises in May. This would mean not being able to use the card anymore but who would want to at 29%?