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    • bat999
    • By bat999 9th Jun 17, 9:41 PM
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    I wonder how they do these for such a low price.
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    • 9th Jun 17, 9:41 PM
    I wonder how they do these for such a low price. 9th Jun 17 at 9:41 PM
    Hi
    There are lots of these EE data SIM cards on eBay.
    They are preloaded with 10GB of data for 30 days.
    Like this one here ---> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/262490671339
    It says “Sim card will be opened for data activation.”

    I wonder how they do these for such a low price.

    What are they doing?
    Buying blank SIM cards then loading them with time-limited data?

    Similar to how we used to buy 30-day phone cards, where they bought the minutes in bulk then split them into smaller units to sell in newsagents etc.
    (I suppose that is a similar model to "bucket shops" who sell airline tickets cheap in the last few days).

    I wonder how they do these for such a low price.

    Do you think they have bought a large amount of time-limited data from EE to re-sell quickly in 10GB chunks?
    Or maybe it is EE offloading excess capacity through middle-men.
    Last edited by bat999; 09-06-2017 at 9:45 PM.

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    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 10th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 9:08 AM
    I think EE just do them like this from time to time.
    • bat999
    • By bat999 11th Jun 17, 5:49 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 5:49 PM
    Bump......

    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 12th Jun 17, 12:06 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:06 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:06 PM
    I used to use Three sims which were cheap but those cheap deals just vanished, I suspect that these may go the same way. I'm wondering if the networks issues stacks of them as a way of getting cash. A lot will be stored for a while and many will just get partial use and expire. If their appearance resulted in a shortage in capacity it probably wouldn't be a longterm one.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 12th Jun 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:09 PM
    Hi
    There are lots of these EE data SIM cards on eBay.
    They are preloaded with 10GB of data for 30 days.
    Like this one here ---> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/262490671339
    It says “Sim card will be opened for data activation.”

    I wonder how they do these for such a low price.

    What are they doing?
    Buying blank SIM cards then loading them with time-limited data?

    Similar to how we used to buy 30-day phone cards, where they bought the minutes in bulk then split them into smaller units to sell in newsagents etc.
    (I suppose that is a similar model to "bucket shops" who sell airline tickets cheap in the last few days).

    I wonder how they do these for such a low price.

    Do you think they have bought a large amount of time-limited data from EE to re-sell quickly in 10GB chunks?
    Or maybe it is EE offloading excess capacity through middle-men.
    Originally posted by bat999
    £9 for 10gb isn't that cheap.......people have been used to paying stupid amounts for to long that when a good deal comes along they think it's dodgy
    • bat999
    • By bat999 12th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
    £9 for 10gb isn't that cheap....... think it's dodgy
    Originally posted by gardner1
    Well, £7.49 for 10GB is cheap imo... Unless you know of something else.
    Here ---> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-Mobile-Broadband-PAYG-Trio-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/152579812148

    I don't know whether they're dodgy or not.
    But preloaded data SIMs supplied by EE are sealed and unactivated, not opened and activated.

    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 12th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
    Well, £7.49 for 10GB is cheap imo... Unless you know of something else.
    Here ---> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-Mobile-Broadband-PAYG-Trio-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/152579812148

    I don't know whether they're dodgy or not.
    But preloaded data SIMs supplied by EE are sealed and unactivated, not opened and activated.
    Originally posted by bat999
    Compared to other countries UK prices for this sort of thing are expensive
    • almillar
    • By almillar 13th Jun 17, 12:51 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 12:51 PM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 12:51 PM
    Your money saving advice, gardner1, is to move to a different country to get cheaper mobile data?!
    • bat999
    • By bat999 28th Jun 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 28th Jun 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 28th Jun 17, 5:11 PM
    There are some EE reps listed on this forum...

    Andrew_EE
    Jenny_EE
    Samantha_EE
    Zain_EE
    CarlT_EE
    Charlotte_EE
    Alex_EE

    They haven't replied to this thread, but maybe they haven't seen it.

    They don't accept PMs, how do I get a response from one of them?

    Please will a forum mod try to contact them for me.

  • Jenny_EE
    Morning Bat999,

    The limited time data offer PAYG SIM cards require a top up for example £10 or £15 depending on the SIM. Once you have topped up the required amount you then text the keyword on the packaging to redeem the 10GB which will be valid for 30 days. It doesn’t appear to be made clear via 3rd party sites that you would need to top up the SIM before you’d benefit from the 10GB.

    We’d always advise coming directly to EE to make sure that any offers and promotions are legitimate.

    Thanks, Jenny
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    • bat999
    • By bat999 29th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
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    ...The limited time data offer PAYG SIM cards require a top up for example £10 or £15 depending on the SIM. Once you have topped up the required amount you then text the keyword on the packaging to redeem the 10GB which will be valid for 30 days. It doesn’t appear to be made clear via 3rd party sites that you would need to top up the SIM before you’d benefit from the 10GB. ..
    Originally posted by Jenny_EE
    OK, thanks for your reply.

    But it says the SIM cards will have already been opened by the 3rd party seller and the 10GB will have already been activated by him and the 30 day clock will have been set running...

    "*** sim will be opened to activate the data ***”

    "NOTE: The 10GB data is valid for 30 days from the day of dispatch"

    No mention of needing a topup until...
    "When you have used up your 10GB data you can top up your data online or over the phone"



    Here are some examples at £9.99 --->
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-Mobile-Broadband-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days/182521691488

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/262490671339

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-PAYG-Data-Trio-Broadband-SIM-Card-With-10GB-Preloaded-Valid-for-30-Days-/152527467926

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-Mobile-Broadband-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/182434132690

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EE-4G-Mobile-Broadband-PAYG-Multi-SIM-Card-Preloaded-With-10GB-Data-for-30-Days-/302362667459


    So it looks as though these guys know how to use "limited time data offer PAYG SIM cards" and activate the 10GB without having to topup first.
    They have been trading on eBay for a long time and they have excellent feedback.
    I'm sure somebody would have complained "Oy, you never told me I would have to topup ten quid first!"

    • bat999
    • By bat999 5th Jul 17, 9:16 PM
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    Hi
    I called in at the EE shop in town this morning to ask about preloaded data SIMs.
    He told me they are £15 for 2GB for 30 days.

    The eBay sellers are eating EE's breakfast.
    This one here ---> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Official-EE-4G-10GB-data-SIM-CARD-Preloaded-10GB-data-for-30-days-/252921845484
    It is £8.49 for 10GB for 30 days.

    btw
    I am well pleased with the EE network.
    This is my speedtest using a 3g dongle...

    OK, so ~10Mb/s is nothing to write home about.
    But it's sufficient for surfing the net.
    Probably some people struggle to achieve this with their copper wire landlines.

    • lstar337
    • By lstar337 6th Jul 17, 9:17 AM
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    I am well pleased with the EE network.
    This is my speedtest using a 3g dongle...

    OK, so ~10Mb/s is nothing to write home about.
    But it's sufficient for surfing the net.
    Probably some people struggle to achieve this with their copper wire landlines.
    Originally posted by bat999
    I suppose that's not bad.

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