New Galway company releases ‘Forget1850′ app to reduce phone bills – Galway Independent, 18th January 2012

Galway-based software company Network ID Ltd has released application notes for ‘Forget1850’, a new cost saving directory app priced at €1.59 that allows users to access cheaper (and sometimes free) landline numbers as an alternative to using numbers beginning with 1850/1890/0818, which are often promoted as customer service contact numbers by large organisations and companies in Ireland.

Colm Murphy, MD of Network ID Ltd, which is based in GMIT’s Innovation Centre, said that inspiration for the new app came after he was charged €13 for a call to one particular organisation’s customer service 1850 number.

“The vast majority of household service providers, including telecoms, Revenue, government agencies, as well as most banks and energy suppliers, use 1850/1890 as their customer service contact numbers. Irish consumers, such as myself, are becomingly increasingly irritated at the high costs associated with calling 1850/1890 numbers,” he said.

The Forget1850 directory app was developed to provide Irish consumers with a choice on what costs they would incur when contacting these organisations or companies.

Forget1850 users could save up to €52.50 per year by using alternative landline numbers rather than the typical 1850/1890 numbers advertised by companies, according to Mr Murphy.

Forget1850 is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry platforms and costs €1.59. For further information, visit


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