Ofcom’s statement “Simplifying Non-Geographic Numbers“ was published in December 2013.
All changes will come into effect June 2015 (the effective date).
From the effective date, all calls to 080 and 116 are to be free-to-caller from all devices (both fixed and mobile). Although the new regulation applies to calls made by consumers (which in this context does not include businesses), Ofcom has stated that it expects that “CPs are likely to voluntarily offer these calls free of charge to businesses as well“. This appears to be based on its decision to extend the “080 and 116 Access Condition“ to calls made by business customers (see 4 below), which effectively removes any commercial justification for charging to business callers.