How do you dial a collect call from the UK?
March 3, 2005 12:05 PM   Subscribe

Dialing 0 doesn't give you an operator and I can't figure out how to reach one.
posted by gfrobe to Society & Culture (7 answers total)
posted by andrew cooke at 12:06 PM on March 3, 2005

Response by poster: Thanks.

For some reason my actual question "how do I dial a collect call from the UK" didn't show up in the post. How did you knew the answer without the question?
posted by gfrobe at 12:13 PM on March 3, 2005

"How do you dial a collect call from the UK?" ended up being the title of this post - see it up there in your browser title bar? You must have typed it into the wrong field.
posted by iconomy at 12:23 PM on March 3, 2005

oh. i just know 100 for operator, which was in the question. did it work? i've not lived in the uk for a few years now.
posted by andrew cooke at 12:25 PM on March 3, 2005

To make a collect call, you call the operator, so the answers are both the same. 0 would be a bad choice for the operator number, of course.. since every phone number starts with 0 ;-)
posted by wackybrit at 12:34 PM on March 3, 2005

Here we call it "calling reverse charges" rather than making a collect call, and yes, dial 100. There's also a service called 0800 REVERSE that I know nothing about it other than that it's fully endorsed by Miss Holly Valance.
posted by cillit bang at 1:15 PM on March 3, 2005

Bear in mind that a reverse charges (collect) call will be very expensive. If this is going to be a regular occurrence, you probably want to get an international phone-card or if you have access to a BT telephone and friendly person then you can get 1p/min and it'll just go directly on the bill. Let me know if you're interested in details.

Of course, if you just want to tell someone to call you back, then when you speak to the operator just say that your first name is "Call" and last name is "Whatever-your-name-is", and the person receiving the call should just refuse the call. If you do want to do this, perhaps use 0800 reverse because they use an automated system whereas BT has a physical person.
posted by quiet at 3:59 PM on March 3, 2005

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