Thursday 21 September 2017

Plans to axe charges for charity 'helplines'

New plan will let people donate to charitable causes using their smartphone without attracting penal levies or premium charges.
New plan will let people donate to charitable causes using their smartphone without attracting penal levies or premium charges.
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

IRISH charities look set to get a boost as charges for charitable 'helpline' texts and phone calls may be abolished.

Under a new plan being discussed by telecoms operators and Ireland's telecoms regulator (Comreg), special premium text and phone numbers are to be created which operators could offer free of charge to registered charities.

Premium rate numbers, sometimes used for phone-in competitions or adult phone lines, often start with the prefix '15'. Premium rate text messages, used for services such as mobile parking payments or TV talent show votes, often start with the prefix '51'.

Currently, the Government – through Comreg – automatically takes a proportion of all premium rate texts and phone calls for services such as mobile parking payment fees or phone credit top-ups.

However, the new plan could mean more money for worthy causes as people can donate to charitable causes using their smartphone without attracting penal levies or premium charges.

Telecom operators have welcomed the move.

Irish Independent

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