MSE News: Orange and Vodafone hike pay as you go mobile costs

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"From today some Orange PAYG customers will face price hikes and Vodafone customers will see increases from 14 July"
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  • dalek
    dalek Posts: 9,386 Forumite
    PAYG Asda Sim Card is 6p a text message & 10p per minute (to landlines and other mobile networks)


    PAYG Tesco Sim Card is 4p a text message & 8p per minute (to landlines and other mobile networks)
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  • WelshPaul
    WelshPaul Posts: 535 Forumite
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    Change network, simples!
  • vikingaero
    vikingaero Posts: 10,920 Forumite
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    WelshPaul wrote: »
    Change network, simples!

    Even the simple process of getting your PAC code and porting to a new PAYG provider is too much for some people. Inertia rules!
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  • Angelic
    Angelic Posts: 2,474 Forumite
    I have an ASDA sim for the odd text/call as it's the cheapest and suits my needs (I don't have a life) . If people are too lazy to shop around than they will pay more and it easy changing networks if you are on PAYG.
    I was stuck with a contract phone a couple of years ago and had to wait 10 months before I was released.
  • dalek wrote: »
    PAYG Asda Sim Card is 6p a text message & 10p per minute (to landlines and other mobile networks)


    PAYG Tesco Sim Card is 4p a text message & 8p per minute (to landlines and other mobile networks)

    Good to see that my intended response for this thread has been covered on the first post :D .
    I wasn't aware that Tesco was a bit cheaper than Asda for this though.

    I used to have a contract (with vodafone) but my usage plummeted so I reverted to PAYG (with Asda).
  • Ypaymore
    Ypaymore Posts: 2,802 Forumite
    edited 3 July 2011 at 12:04PM
    Better still if you top online Vectone Mobile http://www.vectonemobile.co.uk/rates/standard/national-rates.aspx

    is 2.5p a UK text message and 5p a minute to UK Landlines and Mobiles.

    Plus there are other benefits like free Vectone To Vectone calls/texts

    http://www.vectonemobile.co.uk/rates/standard/vectone-to-vectone.aspx

    Port your existing number to them

    http://www.vectonemobile.co.uk/offers/bonuses.aspx
  • cactusdust
    cactusdust Posts: 427 Forumite
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    There are enough people that will shrug it off and carry on paying these inflated prices- hence why these companies can get away with the price hikes.
  • blahblahdoh
    blahblahdoh Posts: 433 Forumite
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    Angelic wrote: »
    I have an ASDA sim for the odd text/call as it's the cheapest and suits my needs (I don't have a life) . If people are too lazy to shop around than they will pay more and it easy changing networks if you are on PAYG.
    I was stuck with a contract phone a couple of years ago and had to wait 10 months before I was released.

    ASDA used to be the cheapest until they hiked their rates about a month ago (see post #2). There are alternatives like Vectone, but some people think they are just short term deals and will also hike rates once enough people have switched.

    Probably worth switching anyway: not much effort for a short term saving, and to annoy the hikers. In fact Topcashback site will even pay you 50p just for applying for a free Vectone SIM. Rude not to?
  • blahblahdoh
    blahblahdoh Posts: 433 Forumite
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    Just noticed TopCashBack offer extremely generous deals on TOPUPS for Vectone too - looks great, but a clear sign of short term loss-leading, imo.

    Anyone used them? Whats the network/coverage like?
  • grumbler
    grumbler Posts: 58,629 Forumite
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    The coverage is the same as for t-mobile.
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