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Suggestions for a UK PAYG Sim card - I've lost it with Vodafone

Old 14th Mar 2019, 16:57
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Suggestions for a UK PAYG Sim card - I've lost it with Vodafone

OK, I've absolutely lost it thanks to Vodafone's 'customer service' centre in India or wherever. They are absolutely f***ing useless: incapable of communicating in functional English, not doing what they repeatedly promise to do and not sorting out problems.

Anyone got any better suggestions for a secondary / emergency pay-as-you-go network in the UK where you're not locked into monthly 'top-ups' and one's credit automatically rolls-over if you don't use it all?

CS
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 17:02
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Giffgaff's good. I have a PAYG sim with them, having ditched Virgin due to ever-increasing prices. Halved the cost of using my phone.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 18:34
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Try this one for size

I have used 1pmobile for a couple of years and experienced no problems whatsoever.

No connection with the company. Just a satisfied customer.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 18:37
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Not much help, I’m afraid, unless you use TalkTalk for broadband.
In mid 2018 TalkTalk contacted me and asked if I wanted a monthly contract sim card with them giving me 500MB of data, 500 mins of calls and 500 texts/month all for £3/month.I joined. In Jan2019 TalkTalk again contacted me and said they were discontinuing their mobile network but I could migrate to O2 on the same deal.I did. I’ve got an oldish iphone 6S and make most of my phone calls using the wifi facility, so 500 mins etc/month for me is absolutely ideal.
I’ve therefore ended up with what appears to be the ultra cheapskate contract with O2 ! Not sure if they’ll accept newcomers.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 19:59
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Buy a sim card from a corner shop. Ask for one with cheap overseas calls. Your UK calls will be the normal rate but you can talk to some other countries for less that 5p/minute.

A standard UK one that seems quite reasonable is this one. https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/o...ic-payg-review
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 20:23
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Originally Posted by Rather be Gardening View Post
Giffgaff's good.
£5/month, works for me. But you have to use it in the UK for a few weeks before they will enable roaming.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 20:33
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I use 3 PAYG no mins texts or data included but 3p per Min calls 2p a text and 1 p per mb
I find many Wi Fi hot spots when out and about for data / whatsapp to communicate with family and friends. Retired so no need for working life usage
£10 top up lasts me a year
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 21:30
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Originally Posted by cargosales View Post
OK, I've absolutely lost it thanks to Vodafone's 'customer service' centre in India or wherever. They are absolutely f***ing useless: incapable of communicating in functional English, not doing what they repeatedly promise to do and not sorting out problems.

Anyone got any better suggestions for a secondary / emergency pay-as-you-go network in the UK where you're not locked into monthly 'top-ups' and one's credit automatically rolls-over if you don't use it all?

CS

Canít suggest anything, but recently got sent a demand for final payment after cancelling a Virgin Monthly SIM card only contract with a caveat of further action if not paid.

Phoned Uk number supplied but got connected to another country, only to be asked for a password for the account. No idea used by daughter who never used password for account because I paid it from my bank.

Sorry sir canít help you because you do not know the password itís data protection.

Iím only trying to pay £8.41 to you to finalise the bill.

Sorry we canít go any further.

Went into local Virgin shop who canít help because we only do sales.

Tried number again later with exactly the same result. They then supplied a number which turned out to be the Virgin shop in Swansea not their complaints.

Sent signed for letters and still not cleared up.😴

i want to pay a bill but they will not let me
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 21:36
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I have had a UK O2 PAYG SIM in my roaming phone for twelve years... that is it has been roaming for 12 years without coming back to "base"... very, very reliable service although calls aren't cheap. If you roam I recommend O2 as this SIM has been all over SE Asia and Central/Eastern Europe and has always been faultless in roaming.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 22:12
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Tesco, carried on the O2 signal. On the rare occasion I need to talk to them I emphasise that I stick with them because they have the best customer service I have come across -- matched only by First Direct bank.

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Old 15th Mar 2019, 09:21
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Giffgaff's good
Can't agree with that. Tried them last time I wanted a change, got so frustrated with them I chucked the SIM in the bin after a few weeks. What Aerobelly said. Been with them for a couple of years now no problem.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 17:50
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I'm with Tesco. Phone staff in the local giant supermarket are always helpful.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 19:06
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Strange, Vodafone also have a shit reputation across Europe, the network is fine, just the contracts and sales departments being money grabbing liars and B*******s

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Old 15th Mar 2019, 19:46
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I have two PAYG sims in my 'phone - the original Orange one and a replacement EE one supplied FOC when the original (Orange) one was blocked by EE because I hadn't 'used it' - then reactivated when I kicked up about losing my original number.
The second one gets all the spam calls (which I don't answer now).
The spam callers all know my name and address - presumably supplied by EE.
I only get 'wanted' calls on my original number.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 20:07
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Originally Posted by Kiltrash View Post
I use 3 PAYG no mins texts or data included but 3p per Min calls 2p a text and 1 p per mb
I find many Wi Fi hot spots when out and about for data / whatsapp to communicate with family and friends. Retired so no need for working life usage
£10 top up lasts me a year
Yes Three 3/2/1 excellent
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 07:51
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
The spam callers all know my name and address - presumably supplied by EE.
This company has previous in this matter. Last year I took out a new contract with EE on-line, had my number ported across and took delivery of a shiny new phone. Within four days I was getting spam calls, texts and emails that I never got with my old provider. After a week of this and several heated conversations with the so called help centre and shop staff I cancelled the contract and returned the phone. Then the fun started. Letters telling me that I was unable to cancel the contract as it was arranged in one of their shops [it was discussed in a shop but bought on line], the phone was returned damaged [again untrue, it was returned to their shop and inspected there] and finally a letter written in pseudo legalese threatening further action.

Enough was enough, passed all the letters and contract paperwork to my unions solicitors and two weeks later received a last letter from EE confirming cancellation of contract and a final invoice of £0.00. Went back to 3 who I should never have left in the first place.

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Old 18th Mar 2019, 11:05
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Another vote for Tesco, absolutely no problems and very good customer service.
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