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mobile tedium - Peter Maydell

Dec. 20th, 2016

07:30 pm - mobile tedium

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It seems that Virgin Mobile have finally decided to kill off the tariff I'd been happily using for the last decade or more, thus forcing me to consider the confusopoly of mobile phone tariff choices :-(

I don't use my mobile much at all (occasional texts and calls; the logs say I last used it back in August), so the old Virgin PAYG-by-direct-debit was perfect: I just paid for what I used, with no monthly charge, and I never had to worry about having to top up the phone or credit that I'd paid for expiring. I'm not sure any of the operators offer a setup like this, and certainly Virgin's current offerings seem to weigh in at 6 quid a month minimum...

Three's PAYG deal looks about the closest (catches being that you have to use the phone at least every six months, and it's not clear whether it can be set to auto-topup). Moving my number to a new provider is faff I didn't really want to have to deal with, though.

Edit: aargh, can't just switch to Three, because they only work with 3G phones and mine doesn't do that (it's a Nokia 2600 classic).


Date:December 21st, 2016 08:01 am (UTC)


I'm on O2 Classic PAYG, they do auto-topup, there's no monthly minimum. You do have to use the phone once in 6 months or you lose the number (I put a date in my diary every 5 months to make sure I've sent a text recently or I ring my own landline or something). You'll need a new SIM but you can keep your number - easiest done at an O2 shop (I did it that way)
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Date:December 21st, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)


The comment about O2 was from me, just forgot to log in ....
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Date:December 21st, 2016 11:39 am (UTC)
I like giffgaff - totally pay as you go unless you want to buy bundles, and I think can be set to only auto-topup if you're close to no credit. Free calls and texts to other giffgaffers will expire if you don't top up at least every 3 months, but I don't think credit expires. And they do at least give you lots of warning of expiry if you've not used them at all for N months (I had a sim for the old ipad which I no longer use since I replaced it with a wifi only one). And if you use my referral code we both get £5 free credit. You can order the sim online, and then once you have the PAC from Virgin number porting is done easily with web forms.


Oh yeah and it runs on the O2 network, and their pricing is here:


Edited at 2016-12-21 11:43 am (UTC)
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