What are the differences between 088 numbers and 0800/0900 numbers?

Most companies are familiar with service numbers, that have the prefixes 0800 and 0900. But the increasing popularity of the 088 company numbers in the Netherlands make a lot of entrepreneurs wonder if these numbers are a better option as compared to the traditional service numbers.

To make sure you understand the differences between the two types of numbers we’ll explain the differences between 088 and 0800/0900 service numbers, both of which are registrable with TeleForwarding. We’ll give an outline of the similarities between both types of numbers as well.

Non-geographical number

Even though the three-digit prefix implies otherwise, 088 numbers are non-geographical numbers. The consumer has gotten used to these phone numbers lately en recognizes them as domestic numbers. Using 088 numbers will give your organization a national appearance.

Dial from abroad

088 numbers are dialable from many other countries, just like ordinary phone numbers. This means your international clients can reach you on the same number as your Dutch customers. If you want your customers to be able to reach you against local tariffs you might want to consider getting a foreign number.

Choose from many numbers

088 numbers are not as popular as 0800/0900 numbers yet, but they rapidly gain popularity and are being used more and more. Smart entrepreneurs hop on the bandwagon en profit from the many beautiful numbers series that are currently still available. You can even register a 088 name number.

Call costs

Dialing a 088 number will never cost more than the local tariff, which keeps the costs for the caller clear and transparent. For you as a company it’s the opposite: a 0800 number is the most expensive because the calling costs are for you. With a 0900 number you can choose to charge the caller a lower rate or even make profit on call costs. A 088 number is ideal, since the callers pays part of the costs and you are only charged with a fixed low fee per minute.

Global call forwarding

The service numbers and 088 numbers are all virtual or non-geographical numbers, which means these have to be connected to existing phone numbers. You automatically direct callers to a certain department, or your mobile phone after business hours. It’s ideal for employees that work from home as well.

Are you considering using 088 numbers for your business? Or maybe you’re not convinced yet, and need some more information? Give us a call on +800 00123456 or send us an email at info@teleforwarding.com!