Premium Rate Phone And Text
Help and frequently asked questions about premium rate text competitions on Smooth Radio.
What is Premium Rate?
Premium Rate services are those for which you are charged through your monthly phone bill or through credit on your mobile phone. These services tend to cost more than a normal text message or phone call.
How do I know if a number is Premium Rate?
Premium Rate numbers are accessed from your landline (starting with 09, 118, 087) or by sending a text from your mobile phone to a 5 digit number called a shortcode like Smooth’s on 65588. Not all services running on a shortcode are Premium Rate and we will tell you if there is a charge associated with a specific service.
What kind of services are Premium Rate?
The types of services available on premium rate can include:
- Competitions or voting by phone or text
- Recorded information lines or text alerts, such as news, sports or traffic updates and horoscopes
- Live and virtual chat services
- Mobile ringtones, videos, images and games downloads
- Charity text donations
What do ‘standard network rate’ and ‘network access charge’ mean?
We know and will always tell you how much we’re charging you to call or text us. What we don’t know is how much your phone service provider is also charging you. That depends on the telephone company and what kind of deal you have with them. That’s why you’ll hear us say that you will be charged your ‘standard network rate’ or that ‘network access charge’.
Every time you send a text, you pay your phone company a fee for doing so. These vary from phone company to phone company and may also vary depending on the number you’re texting to (some networks, for example, may charge less to text someone on the same network than they do for texting someone on a different network). This is known as a ‘standard network rate message’ and is usually around 10p to 12p. The cost we tell you about is what you pay in addition to whatever charge your network applies. So, for example, if your text to us costs 50p and your network also charges you 10p per text, then you’ll actually pay 60p. This should appear on your bill as two separate texts, one that you’ve sent to us charged at 10p and another that you’ve received back from us charged at 50p. In the case of premium rate services, texts sent at standard network rate are not included in any bundles you may have as part of your deal with your phone companies and will always incur a charge.
The same is true when you call from a landline or mobile phone. We will always tell you the cost to access our services – this is the ‘Service charge’. The service charge will always be the same, whether you’re calling from a landline or mobile phone. What does vary is your ‘network access charge’. This is a cost imposed on you by your phone company for accessing our services and should be made clear in your contract with them.
What is a Premium Rate Block?
Some phone companies have a Premium Rate block installed on their lines as standard. You will recognize this as a long, continuous tone if you are trying to call us on one of our Premium Rate numbers. If you are trying to text, your text will fail when you try to send it. You can request for the block to be removed by calling your phone service provider.
Can I access Premium Rate Services from abroad?
Premium Rate services will not work if you are calling or texting from outside of the UK. Unfortunately if you are on holiday or away on business, you will not be able to interact with our stations.
Our Premium Rate Promise
Our aim is to entertain you. We know – because you’ve told us – that you love the competitions we run and you enjoy listening to and taking part in them. We want to keep it that way. That’s why we’re making these promises:
- Whenever you call or text us on a premium rate number, we’ll make sure you know how much we’re going to charge you for that call or text
- When we’ve told you how much a call or text will cost, that’s what it will cost. There are always going to be some small variations in cost depending on your network charges (we’ve explained more about that above), but you should still be able to look at your bill and identify the call/ text.
- When we stop accepting entries to a premium rate service, we’ll tell you not to call or text any more. If you still try and call or text, you may get billed for it and there’s nothing we can do about that. You should have listened!
- We will never sell your personal information to other companies. We may, from time to time send you text messages or email communications with offers or services that may be relevant to you but these communications will always come from Smooth or a carefully selected partner (if you have expressly opted in to receive messages from our partners). You will never be charged for receiving these messages and can opt out of receiving them in future by replying with the word STOP.
- If you’re still not sure, you can find the full terms and conditions that are applicable to all of our competitions displayed on our website.
What if I have a query about your Premium Rate Services?
If you think there is a problem with our Premium Rate services or would like to make a complaint, please call our customer service line on:03333 212 196
Calls to 03 numbers are charged at the same rate as calls to 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive call allowances on landlines and on mobile phones. Global Radio Ltd do not make any profit from calls to this number.
Alternatively, you can write to us. Please send your query to: Premium Rate Manager, Global Radio Limited, 30 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7LA.
Regulation of Premium Rate
Global Radio, the parent company of Smooth is registered with the Premium Rate Services regulator, Phone Pay Plus. Our registration number is: ORG832-96388-41101.
SMS Marketing & £500 monthly draw
1. The following rules (“Specific Rules”) together with the general competition terms and conditions (which can be found at http://www.smoothradio.com/terms-conditions/competition/ (the “Competition Terms and Conditions”) of Global apply to our SMS marketing & £500 monthly draw between 26th April 2018 and 31st October 2018.
2. Anyone who enters the Competition (an “Entrant”) will be deemed to have read and accepted the Specific Rules and the Competition Terms and Conditions and will be bound by them.
3. To opt in to receive SMS alerts for live text competitions, and to be entered into the monthly £500 draw, text JOIN to 65588. Standard network rates apply.
4. By providing your mobile number you are agreeing to receiving SMS marketing from Global, and any of its subsidiaries. We will only ever send you alerts and offers that are relevant and we feel that you will benefit from and be interested in.
5. At times, we will send you alerts with information around some of our premium rate competitions. These are for your information only and we leave it up to you to decide whether you would like to enter. We will always make clear the cost of entry for every competition.
6. We will never sell your personal information to third parties.
7. By opting in, you will be automatically entered into a draw each month to win £500 cash across the Global network. You do not need to do anything else after you have joined, and you will be automatically entered each month until you opt out of the service. The draw will take place on the first business day of each calendar month and we will contact the winner by phone within 28 days.
8. You will never be charged for receiving these messages and can opt out of receiving them at any time by texting the word STOP to 65588. This will be charged at your standard network rate.
9. For the avoidance of doubt, by opting out of receiving SMS marketing, you will also be choosing to opt out of the £500 monthly draw.
10. Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.
11. Entrants must have a bank account, as the prize will be paid via cheque or bank transfer.
12. The prize is a cash prize of £500 paid by either cheque or Bank Transfer.
13. The prize is non-transferrable.
14. Global reserves the right to change the prize or part of it at any time.
SP: Global Radio Services Ltd, 30 WC2H 7LA. If you are having problems using our text entry service please have a look at our FAQs or alternatively contact our customer helpline on 03333 212196.
We hope that we’ve explained how premium rate charges work and reassured you that the way we use them is fair and transparent. We also hope that you will continue to enjoy listening to and participating in our features and competitions. If you have any questions or concerns, we want to hear them. Please feel free to get in touch.