Toll-Free Telephone Number

Dial M for muddle

Ashford Pritchard, a communications manager, signed up for a data plan bundled with a phone when he arrived in Hong Kong eight years ago.

Monday, 2 April, 2012, 12:00am

Number shortage could give HK a ring moan

Hong Kong may be just seven years away from having to add a ninth digit to phone numbers - even though, in theory, 99,999,999 eight-digit numbers are available for a population of less than 7 million men, women and children.

To put off the advent of nine-digit numbers, the telecoms watchdog is considering charging for numbers.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Three mobile-phone operators issued with 6-prefix numbers

The first batch of 300,000 mobile phone numbers starting with the digit 6 have been issued and are expected to reach the market next month.

New World PCS, Orange and People have been allocated 100,000 numbers each, starting with the digits 603, 607 and 609.

7 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Medical helpline

A toll-free phone service providing information about access to medical services will operate during the three-day Christmas holiday from Saturday to Monday. The number is 90000 222 322.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Medical line

Patients needing to consult doctors from Christmas Day to Sunday can call a special toll-free number, 90000-222-322.

24 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Second toll-free day at tunnel cancelled

Motorists will miss out on a second cross-harbour toll-free journey because construction work has not been finished in Connaught Road.

Western Harbour Tunnel management, the Transport Department and police yesterday agreed to cancel the second toll-free day, which had been scheduled for May 18.

7 May 1997 - 12:00am

Competitive environment sees scope for new cost advantages

One of the first things people from outside Hong Kong notice about the territory's telecommunications system is that local calls are free.

It is a welcome accident of history that has resulted in the public having access to something for nothing, and in Hong Kong of all places.

2 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

ITU plans freephone standard

Companies wanting to advertise through a free telephone number will find it easier to operate internationally thanks to a new standard from the Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

2 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Ted puts his calling card on hotel table

HOTELS in Hong Kong which charge customers exorbitant rates for using calling cards to make international calls are sharp operators, but they may also be con artists in the full sense of the words.

Many hotels charge $3 for a local call but up to $35 for an international call made on a calling card.

13 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Electronic calling card cuts bill size

BACK in 1987, when the birds were still singing - and Cable and Wireless was so secure in its franchise it could say such things - company barkers used to claim it was cheaper to call New York than for New York to call Hong Kong.

What they did not say was that it was only cheaper if your calls were only three minutes or so.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am