– about the recent website changes

The website, if you’re not familiar with it, can save you money on your phone calls if you have a mobile or landline package with included minutes.

Calls to numbers 1890 (Lo-Call), 1850 (Call Save) and 0818 (National Call) do not get allocated from your minutes bundles and can therefore cost you up to 30c more than you’re expect.

Recently I made some changes to the website to make it more searchable – either for company names or for actual telephone numbers. My hope was to make the site a lot more user friendly.

However, in the weeks since I made the changes, I received numerous e-mails from people complaining about the changes made and requesting that I change the website to it’s previous “A-Z” listing format.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to do this. as well as making the website more user friendly, I also made the change to protect the information that I have gathered on the site over the past 3 years.

Three times already, other websites have simply copied and pasted the contents of the website and made it available on their own site. As it takes an amount of time every week to keep the website updated, I’m not going to make it easy for others to simply steal the information to make it available elsewhere.


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7 Responses to – about the recent website changes

  1. sheila deegan January 18, 2011 at 09:54 #

    I agree with all this- what happened to old fashioned company “01” or whatever, phone numbers?

  2. John H January 29, 2011 at 14:18 #

    You seem to have totally missed your own point. The original published idea behind this site (well original site) was to facilitate publishing alternatives i.e. geographic numbers, which people GAVE you.
    It is not some huge AI development that ran the net collecting data, that cost you megabucks to develop then host.
    Surely the more people that copy this donated data and post it other places makes the “cause” more powerful.
    Unless you have other ideas in development??

  3. valueireland January 30, 2011 at 11:46 #

    I appreciate where you’re coming from, John, but only about 15% of the numbers on the website were submitted by others. The remainder came from research done by myself.

    The site was set up to share alternative numbers – which it still does today – albeit in a different format only.

    As an example, In the last week alone, there were 15 requests from people for me to find alternative numbers as opposed to 2 number alternatives submitted by readers.

    There is a huge amount of thought and effort gone into this project on my part, and I’m not willing to allow others piggy back on that.

  4. michael marr February 15, 2011 at 15:46 #

    Nice site, no problem with the update. I’ve been using it for years to save unnecessary call costs.

    Just one comment: There is a “login” quite close to the search box, it confused me for a while. As one does not need to login to use the excellent site, can the “login” be moved?

  5. valueireland February 15, 2011 at 18:32 #

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for your comments.
    Others have mentioned the issue with the “login” text, but unfortunately so far, I haven’t been able to find a way to get rid of it.
    Still trying though.

  6. June Gutkin March 9, 2011 at 17:18 #

    Since the new website I find this useless as it will not give me the numbers requested in fact when I put in a 1890 number it even came up with the wrong name of co.

  7. valueireland March 9, 2011 at 21:47 #

    Hi June,
    Please note that if you cannot find a number, it means I do not have a geographic alternative. should not be viewed as a telephone directory – I do not have numbers for all companies.
    If you don’t find a number or a company, it’s simply not there.

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