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    • Zabki
    • By Zabki 6th Dec 18, 6:28 PM
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    Pay as you go SIM only - no credit history
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    • 6th Dec 18, 6:28 PM
    Pay as you go SIM only - no credit history 6th Dec 18 at 6:28 PM
    Hi,

    I'm part of a charity helping a vulnerable family into housing and work.

    They will be able to look after themselves and the idea is to make them independent and self sufficient. They are capable of paying bills on their own but have no credit history.

    The family is four people but as one is around 4 we only need 3 SIMs. I know absolutely nothing about this as I've never had a SIM/mobile myself. I think they will use internet more than calls and text but need to be able to make calls.

    There is also a possibility that we can't arrange broadband for up to 3 months due to credit history so, potentially we might need SIM's with a lot of data. What is out there? What can I get them topped up and ready to use for Tuesday?

    Thanks in advance.
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    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 6th Dec 18, 7:26 PM
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    • #2
    • 6th Dec 18, 7:26 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:26 PM
    I think they will use internet more than calls and text but need to be able to make calls.

    There is also a possibility that we can't arrange broadband for up to 3 months due to credit history so, potentially we might need SIM's with a lot of data.
    Originally posted by Zabki
    How much is "a lot"? What will it be used for?

    Cheapest PAYG mobile data is 1p/MB
    "all-you-can-eat" is £32 p.m. at Three, but on a monthly contract only.
    There are PAYG tariffs where you can buy monthly data bundles.

    Also, there are 'preloaded' SIMs only for mobile internet.


    Start with MSE guide - Best Sim only Deals

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    • Zabki
    • By Zabki 6th Dec 18, 7:36 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:36 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:36 PM
    Sorry I am a complete technophobe so I don't know how normal humans use their mobiles.

    My friends states they are average user and use between 8-15 GB a month depending on what they are up to.

    So I guess they won't be too dissimilar, and considering we might have to use only pay as you go SIMs in the beginning until we can get WiFi sorted, I think I need to get three SIM with a bundle of stuff for them for the first month.

    I really don't know much about this at all, I did read the guide but it really is like Greek to me which is why I asked here.
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 6th Dec 18, 7:41 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:41 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:41 PM
    Try:-

    https://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/compare/no_credit_check_sim_only_deals/ for suggestions for sim only deals with poor credit rating.
    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 6th Dec 18, 7:42 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:42 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 7:42 PM
    https://www.giffgaff.com/sim-only-plans
    It's PAYG with a bundle called 'goodybag', not a contract.
    Not sure if it's the cheapest.
    You can also check

    The HotUKDeals Sim only deals thread - all of the cheapest sim only deals and free sim offers



    Beware that a contract can cost them a lot if they go over the monthly allowance
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse.

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 6th Dec 18, 8:02 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 8:02 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 8:02 PM
    For “non bundle” traditional PAYG, both O2 Classic and Three have non expiring rates of 3p/min, 2p/text and 1p/MB. These are ideal for infrequent use, typically a spare phone, or where someone just wants a phone while out and about and uses a home landline phone.

    As per the other replies, there are PAYG schemes where you convert a top up into a bundle of minutes, texts and data, the bundle lasts typically 30 days.

    These bundles resemble a contract, in that you end up paying £10, £15, £20 per month, except there is no contract involved. The popular one is Giff Gaff, but the other networks offer bundles too.
    • victor2
    • By victor2 6th Dec 18, 8:09 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 8:09 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 8:09 PM
    Do they already have smartphones?

    If so, they might be locked to a network.
    If not, are you providing those as well? That is going to be more of an investment than the PAYG tariffs already suggested (which are probably the best options), and could determine the provider you go with, unless you pay a little more for unlocked phones.
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 6th Dec 18, 9:39 PM
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    • #8
    • 6th Dec 18, 9:39 PM
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    • 6th Dec 18, 9:39 PM
    Have a look at this site:
    https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/cheapest-pay-as-you-go-bundles


    Ken is also really good at answering questions posted.


    I've no connection with Ken or the site in any way.
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