Shared cost numbers are premium country-specific phone numbers in the UK, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, and the Netherlands. These numbers are charged at a higher rate than regular numbers however call rates are generally lower since the cost is shared between the caller and the business receiving the call. Charges to the caller are typically the amount of a local phone call with the receiver paying the usage rate.
Shared cost numbers provide great coverage within the country. While some domestic toll free or international toll free numbers may not be fully accessible in certain regions within a country like China, shared cost numbers provide full accessibility and availability through mobile phones.
Shared cost numbers typically have small connection fees or shared usage fees chargeable to the caller. The minute usage fee is generally paid by the business. One reason to consider a shared cost number is accessibility and availability using mobile. Although accessibility and restrictions vary depending on the country.
China, for example, AVOXI offers China 400 numbers that are accessible from mobile phones. That means that landline and mobile users have access across all the Chinese provinces. The shared cost is comparable to charges for local calls.