Giff Gaff Coverage

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mobiles
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DimeyDimey Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mobiles
Wonder whether anyone can tell me how to check whether Giff Gaff have decent coverage in my area?

I've worked out from MSE that Giff Gaff have the best SIM only package for me. Their website can't tell me their coverage and you can only ask a question if you are a member. Obviously I'm not a member and no point applying to be one, if they don't cover my area.

I looked on Uswitch to view coverage but Giff Gaff isn't listed.

I picked Giff Gaff as I don't have a 3G phone and only need about 500 minutes per month and around 500 txts. No data. The Giff Gaff £7.50 per month package seems fine.

I did apply for the Talk Talk £7.50 special offer unlimited package but now the SIM is installed it turns out they don't cover my area, which is why I want to be sure before I apply to Giff Gaff.

Thanks
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  • SilkSilk Forumite
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    Giff Gaff runs on O2 so check for O2
    It's not just about the money
  • wiogswiogs Forumite
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    As above. Obviously the results are only an indication not a guarantee of reception.
  • espressoespresso Forumite
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    Dimey wrote: »
    I did apply for the Talk Talk £7.50 special offer unlimited package but now the SIM is installed it turns out they don't cover my area

    Hard to believe!
    :doh: Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..:wall:
  • ApreciarApreciar Forumite
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    Three will not work because they only operate 3G not 2g which is all your phone will take. As above check for O2 coverage, this is the network Giffgaff operate on.
    Change is here to stay
  • DimeyDimey Forumite
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    Thanks - I was with 02 before I moved to Talk Talk so I know they cover my area.

    I'll go for Giff Gaff then.

    Oh - re the "hard to believe" Talk Talk post....
    Talk Talk have actually been very good. They accept they should have checked coverage before signing me up and they are letting me move to a new supplier within the month with no termination fee. Only fair as it's not my fault they couldn't supply.

    Thanks all
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  • Frozen_up_northFrozen_up_north Forumite
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    Check coverage as uploaded by actual users at:

    http://www.rootmetrics.com/uk/

    Note, coverage in some areas is mostly shown on roads, so depending on where you live it may or may not be useful. It depends where folks were located when testing coverage with their App.

    They list signal strength and data throughput for all four UK networks.
  • DimeyDimey Forumite
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    Check coverage as uploaded by actual users at:

    http://www.rootmetrics.com/uk/

    Note, coverage in some areas is mostly shown on roads, so depending on where you live it may or may not be useful. It depends where folks were located when testing coverage with their App.

    They list signal strength and data throughput for all four UK networks.

    I just did that check, Frozen up North.

    EE are closest to me and register -50dBm

    O2 are a little further away and register -100dBm

    I don't know whether the better figure is the higher or lower one.
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  • DimeyDimey Forumite
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    espresso wrote: »
    Hard to believe!

    Just thought espresso - did you mean you found the package hard to believe?

    It was a special offer for a limited period back in August, for Talk Talk customers only. I saw it on their website after a tip off from MSE and grabbed it to start when my 02 contract ended. Its Talk Talk's normal £15 monthly SIM only contract and was half price at £7.50. You can't by it now.
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  • Frozen_up_northFrozen_up_north Forumite
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    Dimey wrote: »
    I just did that check, Frozen up North.

    EE are closest to me and register -50dBm

    O2 are a little further away and register -100dBm

    I don't know whether the better figure is the higher or lower one.
    -50 dBm is very strong, probably from a mast nearby. A signal of -100 dBm is weak.
  • DimeyDimey Forumite
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    Thanks FrozenupNorth, I'm going to go with EE, well Orange - same thing?. And I found an Orange SIMM that's about £3 per month cheaper than Giff Gaff. So good money saving thread for me.
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