Either the UK partner does not connect the inbound call or the phonecard provider does not accept the charge levied by the UK operator.
Advertised benefits of non-geographic numbers include: Calls to non-geographic numbers are handled in various different ways by the telephone network.
In the simplest case, calls are simply forwarded to a regular geographic number and routed by the telephone exchange in the normal way.
In other cases, such numbers may channel calls directly to a company’s private telephone system or VOIP service.
Developments in telecoms technology mean that advanced call routeing facilities are no longer unique to non-geographic numbers with many suppliers offering the same functionality through 'virtual' geographic numbers.
A non-geographic number is a type of telephone number that is not linked to any specific locality.
Such numbers are an alternative to the traditional 'landline' numbers that are assigned geographically using a system of location-specific area codes.
Non-geographic numbers are used for various reasons, from providing flexible routeing of incoming phone calls to generating revenue for paid-for services.
Non-geographic numbers were introduced to offer services that were historically unavailable on standard landline phone numbers, particularly in terms of call routeing and special charging arrangements.
The organisation receiving the call pays the cost of the call.
Numbers starting with '03' are non-geographic numbers charged at standard geographic rates.
Calls to these numbers cost exactly the same as calls to regular local or national landlines (those starting with 01 or 02).