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what are premium rate services?

Premium rate services offer some form of information or entertainment that is charged to your phone bill.

Services can be accessed by:

  • landline telephone
  • mobile phone
  • fax
  • personal computer (for example, in e-mails, or on the Internet or bulletin boards).

Typical services include:

  • TV votelines (for example, Big Brother and The X Factor)
  • competitions
  • mobile ringtone and logo downloads
  • technical helplines (for example, for computer or Internet problems)
  • competition scratchcards
  • phone chat
  • horoscopes
  • charitable fund-raising
  • sports results
  • interactive TV games
  • adult entertainment
  • information (weather, traffic, etc.)
  • directory enquiry services.
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