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    • MSE Nick
    • By MSE Nick 4th Nov 16, 5:02 PM
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    Cheap Sim-only Article Discussion
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    • 4th Nov 16, 5:02 PM
    Cheap Sim-only Article Discussion 4th Nov 16 at 5:02 PM

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    Cheap Sim-only Deals guide

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    Last edited by MSE Nick; 04-11-2016 at 5:04 PM.
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    • mcfcchris
    • By mcfcchris 11th Jul 17, 5:45 PM
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    mcfcchris
    Plusnet sim only
    Hiya,
    I recently signed up for the enhanced sim only pay monthly deal with plus net.
    i have since cancelled the option, and undid the PAC request with giffgaff.
    The initial Sim was lost in transit. The second had to be registered before use.
    After a couple of attempts where i was warned that long delays lay ahead, and three attempts in which i wasted in excess of ten minutes on hold, I started to wonder what the scenario will be if I ever need to contact them for help or assistance?
    They might be the best in the world, but I didn't really want to put it to the test

    Chris
    • PiggyBank2017
    • By PiggyBank2017 13th Jul 17, 6:38 PM
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    PiggyBank2017
    Hi,

    Thought it was worth mentioning that as of 15th June 2017 the EU banned roaming charges so irrespective of which SIM provider you choose you can use your calls and data exactly as if you were in the UK.

    Whether this persists beyond 2019 post brexit remains to be seen.

    Thanks, Simon
    • Herongull
    • By Herongull 15th Jul 17, 5:01 PM
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    Herongull
    Some bargains around for one month contracts:

    For £5 per month on a rolling 1 month contract. ID mobile will give you 1.5Gb, 5,000 texts and 500 minutes. You can cap this contract (but you have to request the cap) and they have data rollover so any unused data rolls over the next month, gets used first and any unused data from the 2nd month rolls over into the 3rd month. The rolllover makes it broadly equivalent to something like a 2Gb contract (given you normally go for a bit more than you need in a contract to avoid running out).

    Another interesting one is Plusnet if you already have them for broadband. On a one month rolling contract you can get 2GB, 1000 minutes and unlimited texts for £7.50 a month. Also capped.

    With any one month contract, if you see a better deal you can give notice to leave and they will improve your current deal further.

    You can get £10 cashback on Topcashback for the Plusnet contract and £5 cashback on the ID mobile contract.

    Makes more sense than 1 year contract where you are locked in for a year and so you can't negotiate a better deal until the year is up.
    Last edited by Herongull; 15-07-2017 at 5:05 PM.
    • dca860
    • By dca860 8th Aug 17, 7:48 PM
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    dca860
    A warning about the Plusnet mobile deal being promoted by MoneySavingExpert at the moment. If you want to keep the number from your old mobile network you are likely to run into problems. Plusnet are currently cutting off people from their old numbers but taking excessive amounts of time to compete the transfer process. (Many people are cut off for 10 days and counting, with no sign of progress).

    So people are effectively "losing" their old telephone numbers by joining Plusnet. You can read all about it on the public forums at Plusnet (google: 'plunet mobile number port').
    Originally posted by lunarjetman
    What utter nonsense. My mobile, my wifes mobile and my daughter's mobile numbers have been PAC'd to Plusnet over the last 15 months (the earliest when they were 'LIFE Mobile'). Absolutely no problems whatsoever on any switchover. Surprisingly good CS (certainly better than '3' and 'Vectone', the latter being almost impossible to speak to anyone and their email turnaround is up to 23 days).
    • dca860
    • By dca860 8th Aug 17, 7:51 PM
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    dca860
    Really?
    Hiya,
    I recently signed up for the enhanced sim only pay monthly deal with plus net.
    i have since cancelled the option, and undid the PAC request with giffgaff.
    The initial Sim was lost in transit. The second had to be registered before use.
    After a couple of attempts where i was warned that long delays lay ahead, and three attempts in which i wasted in excess of ten minutes on hold, I started to wonder what the scenario will be if I ever need to contact them for help or assistance?
    They might be the best in the world, but I didn't really want to put it to the test

    Chris
    Originally posted by mcfcchris
    I am surprised to read this. Starting 15 months ago, and the last being in June 2017, I have transferred three mobiles in my family to Plusnet. They were moved from EE, 3 and Vectone. I had no issues at all with any moves or porting of numbers. I think you were perhaps unlucky
    • Weemerseymac
    • By Weemerseymac 8th Aug 17, 8:25 PM
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    Weemerseymac
    Plusnet Porting debacle
    I have recently signed up for the Plusnet sim only deal on the MSE site and am in the process of having 'discussions' with their customer service why my phone has been disconnected from previous service provider and now 9 hours in I am still waiting and there is 'nothing we can do about it'. It was also suggested I should keep my fingers crossed that it will be connected by midnight tomorrow!!!!! I'm fuming!!! Has anyone else experienced this appalling customer service. Also can anyone tell me why every other time I've ported my number it has taken no more than an hour???
    Last edited by Weemerseymac; 08-08-2017 at 8:29 PM. Reason: Add header
    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 8th Aug 17, 9:31 PM
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    anotheruser
    Whether this persists beyond 2019 post brexit remains to be seen.
    Originally posted by PiggyBank2017
    Why people question this is a mystery.
    Why wouldn't it?
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 9th Aug 17, 8:58 AM
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    Colin_Maybe
    Only 16 hours to go on the first two at Plusnet:

    500MB data, 500 minutes, 5000 texts £4

    3GB data, 500 minutes, Unlimited texts £8

    And for BT BB customers:

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip/#bband

    3GB data, Unlimited minutes, Unlimited texts £8 Equivalent to £4.25 after getting £45 Amazon/iTunes voucher.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 9th Aug 17, 10:06 AM
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    eDicky
    Why people question this is a mystery.
    Why wouldn't it?
    Originally posted by anotheruser
    Why would it? The mystery would be any assumption that EU directives will still apply to Britain when it is no longer an EU member.
    • LE100
    • By LE100 9th Aug 17, 2:33 PM
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    LE100
    Some bargains around for one month contracts:

    For £5 per month on a rolling 1 month contract. ID mobile will give you 1.5Gb, 5,000 texts and 500 minutes.
    Originally posted by Herongull
    Can anyone comment on this deal please?
    Is it competitive / Is there any catch / etc?

    Link here:
    https://www.idmobile.co.uk/shop/pay-monthly/id-pay-monthly-sim?network=idmobilew&tariffcode=idwis085

    It seems very cheap! Too good to be true?

    The thing about "piggybacking off Three" - is it just as good as being "directly" on the Three network?
    • glocal
    • By glocal 2nd Sep 17, 5:08 PM
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    glocal
    Is that new Three 'Unltd mins & texts, 4GB (4G): £9/mth' deal available only to new customers or as an additional contract? I am on a monthly contract and would like to switch to that (and keep my number). Is that possible?
    • sajidb
    • By sajidb 8th Sep 17, 6:08 PM
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    sajidb
    3
    i ordered the 3 advanced sim for £9 but three state i am on the essential plan and not advanced, any advice ?
    • charlieheard
    • By charlieheard 28th Sep 17, 7:58 PM
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    charlieheard
    I bought a new phone outright last year, and got one of these contracts from 3 because my contact was up with EE and they wouldn't offer me anything less than £19.99pm on a SIM-only deal. When I phoned up EE to get a transfer code and cancel my contract, they offered me the same deal at the same price as 3's. My contract's up next month, so I hope they'll do something similar...
    Jumbo

    "You may have speed, but I have momentum"
    • jeepjunkie
    • By jeepjunkie 2nd Oct 17, 7:56 AM
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    jeepjunkie
    Recently moved the family's handsets sim only deals from Vodafone to PlusNet and ID mobile. One handset did not work with PlusNet properly despite being unlocked...


    Anyway... Vodafone was £11pm for 250mins/250mb whereas PlusNet/ID mobile are £4.00/£3.99pm for 500mins/500mb.


    Vodafone did offer reduce the price subject to new 12 contract but considering the dreadful customer service, impossible to login security with a crap online experience and dire coverage out of town plus who the hell wants a 12 month contract on sim only...? The new providers are like a breath of fresh air


    Wake up Vodafone!!!
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 2nd Oct 17, 9:07 AM
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    Colin_Maybe
    Recently moved the family's handsets sim only deals from Vodafone to PlusNet and ID mobile. One handset did not work with PlusNet properly despite being unlocked...


    Anyway... Vodafone was £11pm for 250mins/250mb whereas PlusNet/ID mobile are £4.00/£3.99pm for 500mins/500mb.


    Vodafone did offer reduce the price subject to new 12 contract but considering the dreadful customer service, impossible to login security with a crap online experience and dire coverage out of town plus who the hell wants a 12 month contract on sim only...? The new providers are like a breath of fresh air


    Wake up Vodafone!!!
    Originally posted by jeepjunkie
    If you're looking for a bit more from any of your Plusnet sims they have one of their limited time offers at the moment at:

    2.5GB data, 1500 minutes, Unlimited texts for £7 a month.

    Just over 2 days left on it, although unlike buses if you miss this one PN usually have two more to follow.
    • jeepjunkie
    • By jeepjunkie 2nd Oct 17, 9:23 AM
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    jeepjunkie
    If you're looking for a bit more from any of your Plusnet sims they have one of their limited time offers at the moment at:

    2.5GB data, 1500 minutes, Unlimited texts for £7 a month.

    Just over 2 days left on it, although unlike buses if you miss this one PN usually have two more to follow.
    Originally posted by Colin_Maybe

    Thanks for the heads up, looks like a great deal for daughter who uses way more data than her boring parents
    • ANGELWINGS
    • By ANGELWINGS 2nd Oct 17, 10:24 AM
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    ANGELWINGS
    Recently moved the family's handsets sim only deals from Vodafone to PlusNet and ID mobile. One handset did not work with PlusNet properly despite being unlocked...


    Anyway... Vodafone was £11pm for 250mins/250mb whereas PlusNet/ID mobile are £4.00/£3.99pm for 500mins/500mb.


    Vodafone did offer reduce the price subject to new 12 contract but considering the dreadful customer service, impossible to login security with a crap online experience and dire coverage out of town plus who the hell wants a 12 month contract on sim only...? The new providers are like a breath of fresh air


    Wake up Vodafone!!!
    Originally posted by jeepjunkie
    Jst in case it is an important factor for you, and you hadn't noticed it in the blurb - you cannot short number text from Plusnet which can be a problem if you want to use your phone to pay for parking etc.
    • jeepjunkie
    • By jeepjunkie 2nd Oct 17, 1:48 PM
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    jeepjunkie
    Jst in case it is an important factor for you, and you hadn't noticed it in the blurb - you cannot short number text from Plusnet which can be a problem if you want to use your phone to pay for parking etc.
    Originally posted by ANGELWINGS

    Cheers for the info. I just use RinGo for parking very occasionally Many thanks
    • pmoody
    • By pmoody 4th Oct 17, 11:47 AM
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    pmoody
    Todays MSE email features the BT "THE PERFECT ALL ROUNDER PLAN" 6Gb Unlimited Mins & txts as £12/mth for BT Broadband customers, deal ends 5th Oct and includes a £75 Amazon or iTunes voucher.

    Following the article link to the BT Mobile site this deal is listed at £16/mth for BT Broadband customers, not £12. Anybody else able to see the £12 deal?
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 4th Oct 17, 12:49 PM
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    Colin_Maybe
    Todays MSE email features the BT "THE PERFECT ALL ROUNDER PLAN" 6Gb Unlimited Mins & txts as £12/mth for BT Broadband customers, deal ends 5th Oct and includes a £75 Amazon or iTunes voucher.

    Following the article link to the BT Mobile site this deal is listed at £16/mth for BT Broadband customers, not £12. Anybody else able to see the £12 deal?
    Originally posted by pmoody
    It's fine for me, shows that it was £16 now £12. Maybe time to clear your cache & cookies.
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