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England-to-Wales Phone Call in the Early 90s...

As I said in the title, the fic is set in the early 90s. I need a character in England to call a character in Wales. Is this going to be considered long-distance/is it going to cost more than a call to someone in England would? If it is going to be more expensive, are both parties going to be charged extra, or just one of them?

Thanks in advance for any help!

(Also, I don't really have any idea how to tag this, so for now I won't? None of the tags really seem to fit.)


It certainly wouldn't be classed as a local call, and there would have been a small extra charge to the caller. The person being called would not have been charged a penny for it.
I hope that helps.
Assuming you're talking about a landline, the receiver of the call is not charged at all. Unlike mobiles, all the costs of an individual landline call are borne by the originator.

Calls from landlines to another landline are in general either Local or National. Each town would have a list of exchanges around it which counted as Local, and everything else was National. You have to remember that, as England and Wales have a land border, it is perfectly possible for a village in Wales, for example, to be closer to an English town than to any other Welsh settlement. So it seems quite possible that two places across the border might be within each other's Local area for the phone.

London to Cardiff is definitely going to be Long Distance, but it's not going to be any dearer than London to Bristol. I think by the 90's, though, people were probably saying "Is that local rate or national?" rather than talking about Long Distance.
Unlike mobiles, all the costs of an individual landline call are borne by the originator.

"Unlike mobiles"? When I call someone on my (bog standard pay-as-you-go) mobile, the receiver never has to pay. Was that different in the early days of mobiles?
They did. I can't remember when it ended, but it was definitely expensive enough to be a disincentive.
They do have to pay if they are abroad on holiday or on business (not if they live there and have a local phone).
I didn't know it had ended; when my son was in Denmark recently he had to pay both to send texts and to receive. I didn't phone him so I don't know about calls, but I'm sure I've read about tariffs where the receiver still has to pay.
that's only if they're abroad. otherwise only the caller has to pay
That's because they're abroad, on the basis that the caller potentially has no idea they're calling abroad. (Though paying to receive texts is odd, I thought the EU had outlawed that ages ago. *Looks it up* Yes, that's been outlawed since 2009.)

It's actually cheaper for me to make calls and send texts when I'm abroad than it is at home. Which is daft, but there you go. Actually, that gives me an idea. We need to have a cheap way of calling Germany - could be the cheapest would actually be to use a German sim card. Won't cost the in-laws anything special to call us, and would just cost us 7c a minute to receive.)
I've had a mobile since the early-mid 1990s and never had to pay to receive unless I was abroad.
Me neither - only abroad, for which Wales doesn't count.

(And hi :)
My parents lived in Wales in the 90s, while I was living in England. Phone calls I made to them were charged at the national rate, ie. the same rate as calling anyone and having to use a dialling code - it didn't cost more because they were in Wales (my brother lived in the next town to me and it cost the same to call him as my parents). A long distance call is (and was then) calling overseas, outside of the UK.
All of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) is National Rate, so you just dial the dialling code and number.

Our local call areas are larger than US ones (generally), include the local exchange (no dialling code needed), and some nearby ones, and are charged at a lower rate. If it's more than 20 miles or so it'll be national rate. My parents moved to a town in Surrey rather than another town 5 miles away as their town has London within their local call area, which was important when my mum spent hours on the phone to people in London. Nowadays it doesn't really matter as the phone companies have almost abolished charge-per-minute, with most people on flat rate deals, but in the early 90s it was expensive to call long-distance.

The recipient is never charged in the UK - unless it's a reverse-charge call (US: call collect).