Premium rate telephone numbers work by charging people who dial these numbers an additional call charge. These sorts of Premium Rate telephone numbers are usually used ion businesses where revenue is generated through calls the business receives. There are certain businesses like adult chat lines or phone sex, the US embassy in London, competitions, voting, weather forecasts etc where these premium rate numbers are widely used.

In the United Kingdom the distribution and use of these numbers is governed by the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Service. In the Unite Kingdom telephone numbers starting with the digits 09×× are all premium rate telephone numbers. The call rate for these numbers can range from £.10 to £1.50 per minute. In most countries the starting digits of telephone numbers using premium rates are kept uniform.

In the United Kingdom the distribution and use of these numbers is governed by the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Service. In the Unite Kingdom telephone numbers starting with the digits 09×× are all premium rate telephone numbers. The call rate for these numbers can range from £.10 to £1.50 per minute. In most countries the starting digits of telephone numbers using premium rates are kept uniform.