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    • jeff_chandler
    • By jeff_chandler 5th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
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    Pay as you go phone
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
    Pay as you go phone 5th Jan 18 at 6:43 PM
    My wife has never been tech savvy and the phone she has is an old Nokia. She always topped it up when the credit ran out.
    Because she hasn't used it in ages the number she has isn't in service anymore so with a bit of persuasion by myself she visited the Vodafone shop and bought a bundle, as they called it. This was back in November but the £10 has somewhat disappeared and no credit is on the phone.
    I have since been told the credit now only lasts a month, is this correct?

    Kind regards Jeff.
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    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 5th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    Yes. A bundle gives a large number of calls, messages and internet usage to use in one month, then you buy another one. For anyone using their phone more than a couple of times per month this is often the most cost effective choice.

    If your usage is very low, you need to instead choose a tariff where you pay per minute, per message and per MB. With these deals the top-up credit will last until you use it (but you must make one call every 90/180/check-with-provider days to keep the SIM card alive).

    These 'old-style' pay as you go deals are available from most mobile providers but the rates vary from 3p per minute to 45p per minute. You should choose a provider that charges at the lower end of that range (i.e. not Vodafone - they are among the most expensive).

    If your usage on this type of deal would result in spending more than £5 per month, instead get a £5 bundle as this will give you headroom with spare calls and messages if you need them.
    Last edited by Ian011; 05-01-2018 at 8:29 PM.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 5th Jan 18, 8:31 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:31 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:31 PM
    Three are quite good, 3p a min for calls, 2p a text amd 1p for each MB you use.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 5th Jan 18, 8:33 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:33 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:33 PM
    Giffgaff are good, I'm with them. They offer free Giffgaff to Giffgaff calls and texts so if you were also with them that would be great.
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    • ValiantSon
    • By ValiantSon 5th Jan 18, 8:45 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:45 PM
    Agreed. For someone with very low and only occasional usage Three offer a good PAYG option. The only thing to check would be whether or not the phone was locked to Vodafone. If it is then you need to get it unlocked before trying to use a Three SIM. I believe old Nokias are, however, relatively easy to unlock.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 5th Jan 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:02 PM
    The only thing to check would be whether or not the phone was locked to Vodafone.
    Originally posted by ValiantSon
    ... and that it supports 3g. If it's a VERY old Nokia it might not!
    Stompa
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 6th Jan 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:43 AM
    In future, you are best doing your own research. You will never get unbiased honest advice from anyone in any phone shop.

    The editorial pages on this site have good advice, but more detailed advice can be found at kenstechtips.com which is kept up to date.
    • Steve Akins
    • By Steve Akins 6th Jan 18, 12:46 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 12:46 PM
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    Vodafone offers multiple big value bundle scheme £ 5, £10, £20 & £ 30. Each one has a common feature i.e. total rollover which basically means you can rollover unused data, minutes and texts into next month on your big value bundles, but there are terms and conditions attached to it. Since, I don’t know your exact scenario I will give you two examples how your unused data, unused minutes and text will be completely wiped off. If you apply for 2 or more big value bundles within a 30-day period you won’t be able to rollover any unused texts, data and minutes from your previous to a new bundle. Secondly, If the bundle automatically renews any unused data, text and minutes from your previous bundle will rollover to the next bundle but it will only be available for use during the next 30 days. Hope it will give you a clear picture why your £10 is not showing anymore.
    Last edited by Steve Akins; 08-01-2018 at 12:26 PM.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Jan 18, 1:38 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 1:38 PM
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    Bundles last 30 days so your credit goes with them.
    True PAYG, most networks credit last for 180 days before expiring however if you make a chargeable event call, text, data near the end of that period the remaining credit will still remain. Vectone being the exception at 84 days.
    Apart from 3, or if the phone is not 3G, Asda Mobile and O2 Classic are probably the next cheapest for true PAYG.
    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 6th Jan 18, 1:42 PM
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    Vodafone offers multiple big value bundle scheme 5, 10, 20 & 30. Each one has a common feature i.e. total rollover which basically means you can rollover unused data, minutes and texts into next month on your big value bundles, but there are terms and conditions attached to it. Since, I don’t know your exact scenario I will give you two examples how your unused data, unused minutes and text will be completely wiped off. If you apply for 2 or more big value bundles within a 30-day period you won’t be able to rollover any unused texts, data and minutes from your previous to a new bundle. Secondly, If the bundle automatically renews any unused data, text and minutes from your previous bundle will rollover to the next bundle but it will only be available for use during the next 30 days. Hope it will give you a clear picture why your 10 is not showing anymore.
    Originally posted by Steve Akins
    Why are these prices in €?
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 6th Jan 18, 1:52 PM
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    Why are these prices in €?
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    The nearest currency symbol he has, could be setup wrongly.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • spud17
    • By spud17 6th Jan 18, 2:35 PM
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    Why are these prices in €?
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    The nearest currency symbol he has, could be setup wrongly.
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    I suspect (s)he is not in this country, a post on another thread uses 'bucks' and refers to CDMA.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=73660095&postcount=6
    Last edited by spud17; 06-01-2018 at 3:44 PM.
    Move along, nothing to see.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 6th Jan 18, 2:50 PM
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    Another vote for Three, calls are cheap and the credit does not expire. Its unfortunate they will not work with old non 3g phones.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
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    Voda do have a PAYG "bundle", I am on it so speak from experience

    You / wife would need to tell the sales folk that is what you want, or you can do likewise by logging into the Voda site and setting up an account. It is not immediately obvious and the shop staff, like many on here, think everyone wants loads of data, hundreds of text & call minutes and not just a mobile for emergency calls only

    If your phone is locked to Voda, after 30 days of being with them you can get a free unlock code from Voda. I know this because i have just done it this week. You may find you already qualify,if the phone has been switched on for 30 days

    As someone pointed out, 3 may not be of any use if your phone is an old one. But once unlocked the world is your oyster, just get an Adsa or T8sco PAYG sim and don't worry about call costs as it is so rarely used
    • ivinsp
    • By ivinsp 7th Jan 18, 12:57 PM
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    If you want to stay with Vodafone and your usage varies then maybe consider the new tariff, https://support.vodafone.co.uk/Vodafone-products-and-services/Pay-as-you-go/Pay-as-you-go-1
    • Steve Akins
    • By Steve Akins 8th Jan 18, 12:33 PM
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    Why are these prices in €?
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Hi,
    These prices are in Pounds only. Euros I have mentioned there was just a typing error. I have edited them. You can check the post again.
    • jeff_chandler
    • By jeff_chandler 8th Jan 18, 3:19 PM
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    Thank you for all the replies they are grateful.

    My wife doesn't use the phone very often but, there have been times where I have left her shopping and she calls me to say where to meet her. She probably makes three phone calls per month. The phone she has is a now outdated phone that doesn't seem to support any internet like 3/4 G. She say's she isn't bothered about a new smart phone as she wont be able to use it anyhow. The phone is locked to Vodafone.
    I visited a phone shop down my local high street and even the young girl in there hadn't a clue. She then tried to sell her a sim only contract at £8 per month but this would be pointless.

    Kind regards Jeff.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 8th Jan 18, 3:30 PM
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    Three network will not work on her handset. Try to get a free unlock code from Vodafone, then order a free PAYG SIM online from Asda and/or O2 Basic, top-up without buying any bundles and the occasional calls will not cost much.
    • Mister G
    • By Mister G 8th Jan 18, 3:37 PM
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    I think that your best bet would be the O2 PAYG SIM at 5p/min. I assume that you've lost your old number, so you will not need to bother getting a PAC from Vodafone.

    However, you will need to get the phone unlocked. You could either do this by getting a Vodafone PAYG SIM and after a month asking them to unlock it free, or it may be better to just buy the unlock code off of eBay. Most Nokias are easy to unlock.

    If the phone is of a 'certain age' then you may need to consider a replacement battery. Again for older Nokia phones a DIY replacement battery is not usually a problem.

    The O2 PAYG requires you to make at least one chargeable call every 6 months.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    If still unsure you could just pop into any Adsa / Tesc* and buy a cheap handset, under a tenner. It won't matter if locked to them for the calls & cost you make
    Then just top up as required on PAYG

    You could search on here, this a sticky about unlocking Nokias
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1635543
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