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“Absolutely disgraceful”

Written on: 19/04/2014 by Olsonrp250 (1 review written)

Just had my bill from talk talk was charged £18.22 for a 6min call from 118500, totally disgusting, my line rental, broadband and calls on ever usually comes to £26 approx per mth. I couldn't believe my eyes when I had a bill for £45… Read Full Review

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“RIP OFF UK”

Written on: 14/03/2014 by grumpy73 (1 review written)

My wife used 118500 to find phone number for Brighton Conference centre. I just received my bill and the duration of the call was registered as 3.06mins. Charge £10.160 ever so slightly more that £3.32 per min. I can see it now at Air and sea ports change in the arrival sign from 'Welcome to the UK we hope you enjoy your stay and return some day' to 'Welcome all to rip off UK where we like to empty your wallet or purse as quickly as you arrived' Please note: 'All returners who have no… Read Full Review

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“£5.50 for 1.41min call”

Written on: 07/02/2014

I couldn't work out why I was getting call charges on my mobile which were so high when I have unlimited calls, I had been out of data range so called the service a couple of times for numbers thinking £1 at the most. They were more than 10 in total. Its cheaper to call a friend with internet access and get them to text the number for you, I am astonished they are allowed to do this. I am sure chat lines are probably cheaper! … Read Full Review

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“Conning the old”

Written on: 05/02/2014 by Johnytuono (1 review written)

They must know it's usually the old people mainly who fall for this as they were mostly used to all enquiries being free..192, 100 etc. I've amailed the ombudsman, I was fuming at this when I saw it on her bill....a premium rate number is actually cheaper!!! Avoid!… Read Full Review

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“Disgraceful”

Written on: 28/01/2014

118 500 is absolutely disgusting, my sick 84 year old mother was charged £45 for a 20 minute call. They are absolutely disgusting, I will be disconnecting BT as my landline and telling everyone what a disgraceful company they really are are… Read Full Review

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Johnytuono's Comment

Written on: 05/02/2014

Completely agree! My mum did exactly the same thing (they seem to think these numbers are free). £34 for about 13 minutes. I've email the Ombudsman. Old people are very vulnerable to this!

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“BT WHAT A DISGRACE”

Written on: 25/01/2014

JUST RECIEVED MY DADS PHONE BILL ON LINE WAS SHOCKED TO SEE ONE CALL WAS £30 for 15 mins looked up the number could not believe it was BT my dad is 81 havent even told him yet never thought BT could stoop so low as to rip the oaps off my god there should be laws againt this but the one good thing is now i know i will be able to cancel BT as will a lot of other people spread the word because i will oh and had to give star to complain what a joke… Read Full Review

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“What a rip off to find out how to report BT landline...”

Written on: 12/01/2014

Just had my phone bill - 18 quid for 3 calls I made to find out how to report an ongoing fault on a BT landline to someone elses home phone. The fault is still not repaired - my 87 year old mother who is unwell has now been without a phone for 9 days. BT this is disgraceful behaviour all round - what are you up to? Shocking. Hint below says to report something I liked - no sorry absolutely nothing I can possibly think of. Hint below asks what I would have liked to know before I made my… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely disgusted at this so called service!!”

Written on: 10/01/2014 by Nbowler100 (1 review written)

Have just had my phone bill and was shocked to find two calls to this number totalling over £80 . My stepfather who I live with has made the calls but wasn't aware that if connected the call duration remains on their tariff. What a complete con!! This should be made so much clearer at the beginning of the call that they are going to charge over 50p a minute if they connect your call. An absolute disgrace!!! If I could give this service no stars I would… Read Full Review

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“cheats "connected" my call!!!!”

Written on: 29/12/2013

I asked 118500 for my local trading standards number and was given a fax number with the wrong area code! Phoned straight back ,asked for a refund. Gave my details to "understanding" BT 118500 operator. She seemed nice but extremely dim and kept me talking for ages whilst attempting to find the number for a second time! [I didn't realise I was paying by the minute!] Got fed up with her trying and she still couldn't find it so I said it doesn't matter and hoped my internet connection was up and… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely disgusting!!!”

Written on: 03/12/2013 by RichinKSA (1 review written)

My 83 year old mother was put on hold for 12 minutes and then charged over 30 pound for a number. Absolutely disgusting!!!… Read Full Review

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“Outrageous cost. ”

Written on: 03/12/2013

£5.38 to obtain 1 phone number. Speaks for itself, all I need to add is that I won't be using this number again and will go out of my way to prevent other people using it !!… Read Full Review

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“Wrong phone number”

Written on: 27/11/2013

Called to get the number of a restaurant. Called this number over and over again but got no answer. Waited til I got home and checked online and found out they had given me the wrong number. But how do you claim their charge back! If you call them to discuss you end up paying again!… Read Full Review

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Written on: 09/05/2014

Call 100; it's free and the same operators take 118500

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“awful service to use- keep away from it !!”

Written on: 13/11/2013

This service is so unfair especially for the older generation who still feel bt will give a good service. Do not use it !!I even had to give this review one star to say it was terrible as it would not accept it with no star !… Read Full Review

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“Its a rip off I have been billed for this service and...”

Written on: 10/11/2013

Its a rip off I have been billed for this service and not used it £165.00 All BT say it was dialled from my phone. They cannot tell me the number it was connected to. Oh they tell me they don't make mistakes! GM… Read Full Review

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“Nothing British about BT”

Written on: 08/11/2013

BT used to stand for good British service. You used them because your mum did and they were so established. The 118500 service is a shocking example of abuse of public trust and how low BT have sunk. I am an intelligent and reasonably savvy person but I was shocked by the cost of 2 calls to this number even when I never let them out me through. Vulnerable people must be really getting ripped off. Shame on you BT… Read Full Review

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“TOTAL RIP OFF”

Written on: 06/11/2013 by sarahmcinally (1 review written)

I phoned BT directory enquiry for a phone no. only to get a FAX NO. that i did not want or ask for and was chared £8.50 for it I am now going to contact watch dog about this rip off… Read Full Review

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“Absolute scandal”

Written on: 02/11/2013 by squig (1 review written)

I have just come home from visiting my partially sighted, very aged aunt. She has spent £454 in 3 months on this directory because she does not know how much it is costing. I found one call lasting 29 minutes costing £72!!! the phone is her only lifeline but this is just sickening. How they are allowed to get away with it I just don't know. When I called to complain BT were no help as it is an independent company. I cannot find any way of speaking to them without dialling the dreaded… Read Full Review

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“Rip off”

Written on: 24/10/2013

Just seen my mums phone bill , getting on a bit, denies using 118500 but I think her memories going. 8 calls to 118500 total £114 plus vat ! Tried to block it by ringing 150, can't do it. How the hell are they allowed to charge that amazing and why should Old and vulnerable people be allowed to ring it!! One call she made, 17 mins- £45!!!!! Explain that !! I'm tamping… Read Full Review

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“118500 Rip off”

Written on: 14/10/2013

My husband often uses 118500 from his mobile (with O2) when he is on the move and needs a number quickly. To day I have found a cost of £40.00 for one call to 118500 as it lasted 16 minutes. Apparently he was put through and although he was warned it would cost to be put through he was NOT told he would be charged for the duration of the call at an exorbitant rate.He presumed it would be a minimal charge like 50p! O2 takes no responsibility and short of calling 118500 and being charged another… Read Full Review

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Gpoman's Comment

Written on: 13/06/2014

STOP THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY GO TO BTS PREDESSOR POST OFFICE TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR YOUR DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES ON 118855 ALL YOU WILL PAY IS FOURTY PENCE WHILE BT WOULD BE TEN POUND SO GO TO THE GPO AND SAVE A FORTUNE!

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“Advice to callers to 118500”

Written on: 29/09/2013 by AlphaOmega1 (1 review written)

BT's clear policy is to artificially extend the length of the call and ensure that operators, to quote "Use EVERY opportunity possible on 118500 to get customers to accept connection." (the capitalisation is in the original internal memo). If callers say no or no thanks to the offer to be put through then the current practice is that "double offer could still be offered if you feel appropriate but it is not mandatory." Where callers say something like "No can I just have the number" or "No… Read Full Review

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Gpoman's Response to AlphaOmega1's Review

Written on: 01/10/2013

BT DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES IS NOW £2.35 per minute plus a 62p call connection charge. MY ADVISE IS TO USE GPO DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES AND PAY JUST 40P PER CALL FROM THE PIONEER OF THE TELEPHONE INDUSTRY. SO STUFF BT USE THE GPO OK!

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