Adult chat lines (phone sex) and tech support are a very common use of premium-rate numbers.
Other services include directory enquiries, weather forecasts, competitions and voting (especially relating to television shows).
Grown men riding huge mountain bikes on pavements have long been a pet hate, and I’m now so old and fearless that I yell as they draw level with me: ‘AH, IS DIDDUMS SCARED TO RIDE HIS TRIKE IN THE ROAD?
While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used.
These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers.
I’m almost OCD with my i Phone; I hate it but I could no sooner get rid of it than cut off my right hand.’ That’s another thing, the idea of being addicted to anything is anathema to me, even if I believe that addiction is just the coward’s way of saying: ‘I like doing this, me!
’ I recently gave up cocaine after doing it almost every day for 20 years, and though I wouldn’t (or rather, would) snort at it every once in a blue moon, I certainly don’t miss it.