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Premium rate number and redirect

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by FrankyOne, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. FrankyOne

    FrankyOne Junior Member

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    Hello, gents.

    I was thinking to create a premium rate line for receiving phone calls and charge customers based on the duration of the call. I was thinking if it's legally a problem if I give away a mobile number and redirect the phone call to the premium rate line.

    I searched on blackhat and few customers actually did it without problems. I wanted to know if it's legit.

    I would also be interested in learning about a reliable provider that I can use in the US/UK.

    Kind Regards.
     
  2. dandan

    dandan Regular Member

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    You used to be able to do it 10+ years ago, but don't think youll get away with it these days.

    As a side story, there was a guy in the UK a while back on the news that got sick of getting cold calls, so setup a premium rate number and diverted it to his home phone. He then used the premium number in everything he signed up for (where he knew they would sell his number etc.) He said he was making about £300 a month talking to cold callers (trying to keep them on the line as long as possible!!) LOL.. though that was quite clever.
     
  3. FrankyOne

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    I read that article on a few newspapers on-line. The guy, if I understood correctly, gives away the number without caring at all. I was wondering if with being a bit more sneaky gets me in trouble once that customers find out they got charged.

    I think that any consumer protection law in the UK or the USA would consider this an improper trading conduct.

    Let me know what you think.

    Kind Regards.
     
  4. dandan

    dandan Regular Member

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    yeah think it would be really dodgy mate, especially in the UK.. Plus i dont think think you would find a way of redirecting from a standard number (would think most companies have safeguards in place).

    Plus i havent called a premium number in years, but i think they tell you now straight away that your being charged so much for this call, before the money clock starts ticking

    That guy in the news just did it to make a point i think (and get in the news! lol)
     
  5. FrankyOne

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    They guy had success because big companies can afford to reach you on those numbers. Maybe negligent employees at those companies would not care to get charged 3£ per minute.

    Do you know any reliable company that offers those numbers? I start walking in circle.
     
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  6. dandan

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    Haven't got a clue mate.. never looked at that stuff, its all a bit 80's these days..
     
  7. FrankyOne

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    I did some research and seems that only in the UK it's still a market that generates 250 million per year
     
  8. FrankyOne

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    Some of those service providers offer you 1£ net per minute spent on the phone.
     
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    After two days of research, I thought that would have been easier to set up a number to promote services.

    Only a few companies target the USA and some of them do not deal with individuals or require a lot of traffic from Radio or TV.

    Still looking to set up my own number and see if that makes the story a bit easier.

    Let's see how it goes....
     
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