Press release

Saga predicts a six-fold rise in international calls on Christmas Day

Wednesday 23 November 2005

Saga Telephone Service introduce prices that are guaranteed to save you money on your monthly BT bill*

To switch to the Saga Telephone Service call 0800 096 0362 or visit the website on saga.co.uk/finance/telephone for further information

Calls to international destinations on Christmas Day are set to increase six-fold this year**, according to statistics from Saga Telephone Service. In addition, there are likely to be ten times the number of calls to Australia than on any other day during the year. It seems the very thought of Christmas makes us want to pick up the phone - the figures for last December show a 25% increase in the overall number of overseas calls, as people send Christmas greeting to family and friends living abroad.

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive, Saga, comments: "Staying in touch is important, particularly at Christmas when families and loved ones are foremost in our thoughts. A call can shorten the distance for those unable to be together - and it needn't prove costly if people shop around for a tariff to suit their lifestyle."

Saga Telephone Service has changed its tariffs on mobile networks which, together with our low-cost international rates, now make it cheaper to stay in close contact this Christmas. If you make calls to local, national or international numbers, or to the O2, T-Mobile, Orange or Vodafone mobile networks, Saga has a tariff which guarantees that customers will save money on their monthly bill, compared to the BT equivalent.

International Call Rates***

Top 10 Destinations for Christmas Day:

BT Together Between - pence per minute Saga Anytime Tariff

USA 9 and 15 5

Australia 9 and 24 5

Canada 9 and 16 5

Spain 9 and 22 5

France 9 and 18.5 5

Germany 9 and 18.5 5

Ireland 9 and 15 5

New Zealand 18.5 and 31 5

South Africa 46 and 52 20

Italy 9 and 22 5

Saga Telephone Service is available to people aged 50 and over. For enquiries or further information on the Saga's Telephone Service call 0800 096 0362

or visit the website on www.saga.co.uk for a full list of tariffs.

-ENDS-

Editor's Notes:

* If you make at least 1 call to a local, national, international or 02, T-Mobile, Orange or Vodafone mobile number and are currently on BT Option 1 or Option 3. Saga Telephone Service does not have an equivalent to BT Option 2.

** Averaged against calls made from March - August 2005

*** All prices are in pence per minute and inclusive of VAT and exclude any BT discounts. Sourced from the BT website and correct as at 31/10/05.

The Saga Telephone Service offers a choice of three tariffs, so you can choose the one that offers the best value for the type of call you make. Customers do not need to change their telephone number or dial a pre-fix when making calls. There is no monthly subscription or membership fee required and each customer will receive a clear itemised monthly bill. A full range of 141 call blocking, 1471 call return and 1571 answer phone services are also available.

To switch, it takes just one phone call to a personal adviser (we do not use automated telephone menus) and the switch is complete without any worry of compromising on quality of service.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771529.

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