PPremium rate services in the context of telecommunications service provision refers to services provided over telecommunications infrastructure and charged for on a per call or unit time basis. The service may not necessarily be a telecommunications services, and indeed most are not. Premium rate services come about as a result of a need identified by an investor, where such need can be met through a phone call. The scope of uses is therefore only limited by the imagination of investors and presently range from opinion polls to information provision and the sale of cellular phone ring tones.
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