Calls to 1850, 1890, and 076 phone numbers will soon stop working

Comreg is making an important change to NGNs that will be in place from 1 Jan 2022.

  • NGN Consolidation: From 1 January 2022, the five NGN ranges will be reduced to two. 1850, 1890, and 076 ranges will be withdrawn and the 1800 (Freephone) and 0818 (National) ranges will remain. This 3 year period is to allow organisations that use NGNs time to prepare.

For further information about the decision, click the link to go to the Comreg press release.

I own an 850, 1890, or 076 phone number

The most simple choice is to move to an 1800 Freephone number or an 0818 National number.

Switch to a Freephone number (1800)

  • Provide free calls to your customers and prospects
  • Gain a nationwide presence
  • ComReg reduced its pricing in May 2020

Switch to a National number (0818)

  • Gain a nationwide presence
  • Remove the need for local codes such as 01 for Dublin
  • Since Dec 2019, these are included in free call bundles

Can we help?

in2tel supplies both 1800 and 0818 number ranges. We have a team of experts who will be more than happy to answer any questions about either solution and which is more suitable for your business.

If you would like to ask questions, please speak to our Sales Director over the live chat. Alternatively, you can use the form below, email, or phone 1800 91 1800.

Why is Comreg changing non-geographic numbers?

ComReg conducted an extensive review of NGNs, including two public consultations, and found that the majority of consumers cannot tell the different NGNs apart and do not know, or cannot estimate, the retail charges for calling different NGNs.

Many consumers think calling NGNs is expensive. Others believe that service providers (i.e., organisations using NGNs as contact numbers) make money from customers dialling these NGNs.

The measures are being introduced to address the cost of using NGNs and tackle confusion among consumers about the differences between the different NGNs. These changes will create an affordable and simplified NGN platform. They will reduce confusion and help better understand NGNs to ensure both you and your end-users have greater confidence using these numbers.

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