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The 999 Service is 80 Years Old Today and 35 Per Cent of Modern Calls are Accidents

BT is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 999 emergency service summoning system today, and is using the occasion to publish a few interesting stats about our most remembered national number. Read More >>

crime
“Microsoft” Scam Callers Arrested After Years of Terrorising the Technically Challenged

Those shameless scammers that cold-call people pretending to be from Microsoft and demanding money after walking users through supposed problems with their computers? They're going down, it seems, with four people arrested in the UK for enabling the rip-off. Read More >>

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The 5 Best Apps for Recording Calls on Your Phone

Whether you’re interviewing rock stars, planning an event with folks from work, or just need to get your grandpa’s rants down on (digital) tape, there are plenty of apps ready and waiting to record your calls for you. Read More >>

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Highest Phone Box Survives BT’s Latest Cull

The highest BT phone box in the UK is to survive for a few more years at least, as the phone network operator has scaled back its plans for a cull of public call boxes. Read More >>

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BT Ordered to Cut Prices for Landline-Only Customers

Communications watchdog Ofcom has a slightly unusual Pancake Day present for everyone who only uses BT to provide their homes with a landline -- £5 off the price of a monthly connection. Happy Pancake Day, everyone! Read More >>

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BT Call Protect Automates Spam Caller Block

BT says it's DOING SOMETHING about the modern menace of the spam phone call, and is harnessing the power of something new and exciting to basically automatically add loads of callers to your blocklist if you opt in to the Call Protect service. Read More >>

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370 People Complain About Spam Calls Every Day

The Information Commissioner's Office has published some of the numbers it deals with in the world of unsolicited phone calls, revealing that on your average grey and sad UK day it receives 370 complaints from people fed up with all the automated spam calls about PPI and accidents that get flung about the country. Read More >>

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BT Broadband, Landline and TV Prices Are Going up in July

In a late attempt to ruin summer for all of its customers, BT has announced price hikes across the board, which will come into effect on July 3rd. You might want to check out the price changes before, you know, booking any trips abroad or spending anything really. Read More >>

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Use Nicknames With Siri and Google Now to Reach Contacts Faster

Both Google Now and Siri now support the use of nicknames for your contacts, so you can quickly get in touch with “mum,” “dad,” “the boss,” or “maverick” more easily than ever. Here’s how to ditch those long-winded real names and get your nicknames set up instead on Android and iOS. Read More >>

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Police Redirect Festive Calls to Confused Civilian’s Mobile

A comical number mix up saw a member of the public fielding Scottish police calls over the Christmas period, with the confused man apparently taking a total of 16 serious business calls to his mobile phone. Read More >>

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The Police’s Advice for Christmas 999 Calls is Ludicrous

London's police force has issued its annual time-wasting appeal, asking the people of the big city not to phone 999 over Christmas unless something approximating an actual emergency or real crime is taking place. Read More >>

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Spam Caller Fined £850,000 for Making 6 Million Junk Calls

The innocent-sounding National Advice Clinic is currently in need of a chat with an advisor about some extreme financial advice, having been landed with an enormous £850,000 fine for plaguing the UK with a staggering six million unsolicited nuisance calls. Read More >>

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Some Mobile Users Harassed by More Than 20 Spam Calls a Month

New numbers crunched up and published by consumer pressure group Which? have exposed the true depth of misery caused by spam callers, revealing that around ten per cent of all mobile phone subscribers are irritated by over 20 unsolicited nuisance calls each month. Read More >>

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UK Calling Charge Changes to 08, 09, and 118 Phone Numbers Take Effect Tomorrow

There's now a bit less to remember when trying to work out how much it's going to cost to call a number from your mobile, with a streamlined charging system arriving on July 1st to make the cost of calls placed when away from a landline a little easier to calculate. Read More >>

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Spam Callers Set for £500,000 Fine Apocalypse

A new crackdown on nuisance callers could see the most aggressive offenders fined up to £500,000, thanks to a softening of prosecution laws that make it easier to take action on companies that just... won't... leave us... alone. Read More >>