O2 simplicity sim

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
I have one of these O2 simplicity sim cards, gives me 300 minutes calls and 600 texts per month, does anyone know if it can be used cross boarder as I'm going to Roscommon for a few days and would like to stay in touch without costing me the earth.

Thanks in advance for any replies
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  • edited 28 July 2009 at 8:14PM
    JasXJasX Forumite
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    edited 28 July 2009 at 8:14PM
    I've used my O2 simplicity throughout Europe + beyond so yes it they do work.

    Things to bear in mind:
    1-you might need to call them up in advance and have them 'unblock' your sim for making AND recieving overseas calls.

    2- texts sent overseas will use your allowance at 4x the normal rate (ie 1 text costs 4, double length text uses 8 etc.... not relevant if you have unlimited text bolt on)

    3- Do NOT use any data services while overseas or you'll have a HUGE bill to come home to (stories of £4,000 mobile bills of people being particularly silly and watching youtube clips for <1 hour are not uncommon)

    4- Calls will be more expensive and i *believe* not come off your allowance at all, you'll also pay international call rates for the time people calling use your voicemail to leave messages from the moment your phone picks up a non-UK signal to the moment its back in the UK/in a country O2 has no service in (and you'd need to pay again to check for/listen to them). If this concerns you you can get O2 to deactivate your voicemail b4 you go.

    http://www.o2international.co.uk/callingfromoverseas/PayMonthly.aspx


    This might also be of interest

    http://www.o2international.co.uk/callingfromoverseas/Irelandbolton.aspx
    (should be able to do it for only one month but cancel and call again to CHECK it has been cancelled if you do)

    Don't think I missed anything :)
  • salerbilsalerbil Forumite
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    what a great reply!:T
  • freddie_2freddie_2 Forumite
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    My H is in Ireland and the best way we have found is the Ireland bolt on from O2. Its 1.99 a month but makes your phone think it is still in UK. As we are on friends and family he can call me for free.
    I am also on o2 and can call him for free but it costs him about 9p per minute. Free if he phones me.
    He is on PAYG.
  • seatzieseatzie Forumite
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    yep agree with freddie, ireland bolt on is what you are looking for, don't forget to turn it off again if you're not going "south of the border" again after your trip otherwise you'll pay the £1.99 every month
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  • DesGDesG Forumite
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    freddie wrote: »
    My H is in Ireland and the best way we have found is the Ireland bolt on from O2. Its 1.99 a month but makes your phone think it is still in UK. As we are on friends and family he can call me for free.
    I am also on o2 and can call him for free but it costs him about 9p per minute. Free if he phones me.
    He is on PAYG.

    on PAYG with Ireland Bolt-on: All calls received while you're in the Republic of Ireland will be free of charge (just make sure your phone is locked to O2-IRL)

    Cheers, Des.
  • lazerlazer Forumite
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    The free to receive calls is only on o2 payg - contract does not have this benefit

    I queried o2 on this and supposedly we get messages being included in our allowance instead - although if you use more than your allowance it actually finishes up costing you extra money

    eg: If you have a text message allowance of 100 and go south of the border at the start of the month and send 25 messages, this will use up you inclusive allowance and all addiional messages will cost 11p. If you send 75 messages when you get home this will cost £8.25

    However the messsages weren't included in the allowance the total cost would be £5.50
    The 25 messages costing 22p each - £5.50
    75 messages after your return home - FREE

    O2 treat N.Ireland customers appalling! Also Ireland is a world zone of its own and is actually more expensive to make calls from the UK to Ireland, than it is to make calls from the UK to the rest of Europe
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