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    • Former MSE Nick
    • By Former MSE Nick 4th Nov 16, 4:35 PM
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    Cheap Pay-as-you-go Deals Article Discussion
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    • 4th Nov 16, 4:35 PM
    Cheap Pay-as-you-go Deals Article Discussion 4th Nov 16 at 4:35 PM

    This thread is specifically to discuss the content of the

    Cheap Pay-as-you-go Sims guide

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    • Trekillo
    • By Trekillo 13th Jan 17, 10:03 AM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 10:03 AM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 10:03 AM
    Unable to acquire credit on the My3 web page (the site hangs when I tried to make a payment with two different credit cards). When I phone the My3 0800 number, I found it only accepts voucher cards. I will have to go to a Three shop, where only >10 can be bought. So, the 5 option - which I would prefer - is effectively not available!
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 13th Jan 17, 10:15 AM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 10:15 AM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 10:15 AM
    It would be useful to explain that inclusive calls cover
    - geographic numbers starting 01 & 02, except numbers allocated in CI & IoM,
    - non-geographic numbers starting 03,
    - mobile numbers starting 071-075 & 077-079, except numbers allocated in CI & IoM.

    Inclusive allowances do not cover calls to premium rate numbers starting 070, 076, 084, 087, 09 or 118, nor do they cover calls to mobile shortcodes.

    Calls to numbers starting 080 and 116 are free-to-caller.


    Inclusive text allowances cover messages sent to geographic and mobile numbers, as above.

    Inclusive allowances do not cover text messages sent to mobile shortcodes.

    You can't send text messages to non-geographic numbers starting 03, 08 or 09.


    Inclusive allowances do not cover sending MMS or messages with emojies and smilies.
    Last edited by Ian011; 13-01-2017 at 10:22 AM.
    • d123
    • By d123 13th Jan 17, 12:15 PM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 12:15 PM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 12:15 PM
    Unable to acquire credit on the My3 web page (the site hangs when I tried to make a payment with two different credit cards). When I phone the My3 0800 number, I found it only accepts voucher cards. I will have to go to a Three shop, where only >10 can be bought. So, the 5 option - which I would prefer - is effectively not available!
    Originally posted by Trekillo
    Is it a fault? Have you considered phoning 333 for help?

    The online top up system definitely accepts cards under normal circumstances as I've topped up a number of sims with both debit and credit cards.
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    • d123
    • By d123 13th Jan 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 3:47 PM
    • #5
    • 13th Jan 17, 3:47 PM
    Unable to acquire credit on the My3 web page (the site hangs when I tried to make a payment with two different credit cards). When I phone the My3 0800 number, I found it only accepts voucher cards. I will have to go to a Three shop, where only >10 can be bought. So, the 5 option - which I would prefer - is effectively not available!
    Originally posted by Trekillo
    I've just topped up a Three sim with 5 using My3. Worked first time with a Visa card...
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    • virgo17
    • By virgo17 13th Jan 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 3:59 PM
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    • 13th Jan 17, 3:59 PM
    Yes. I made a 5 top up to a new 3 SIM earlier this afternoon. All went through OK.

    Not sure what to suggest if you are experiencing an issue.
    • mrsplinter
    • By mrsplinter 4th Feb 17, 8:17 AM
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    • 4th Feb 17, 8:17 AM
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    • 4th Feb 17, 8:17 AM
    Last week I signed up with Plusnet mobile for their 10 a month 4GB deal for their broadband customers. The data halved if you left Plusnet broadband.

    Yesterday I saw in the MSE article that they now offer this deal to non-broadband customers. I called customer services this morning and they are moving me to this deal at the end of the month. Which I am happy about, means I don't lose half of my data if I leave Plusnet.

    Previously I was with iD which use the 3 network. Plusnet uses the EE network which is faster and has better overall coverage in my area.
    • BoxerRules
    • By BoxerRules 12th Jul 17, 10:18 AM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 10:18 AM
    What about 1pmobile?
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    • 12th Jul 17, 10:18 AM
    I'm surprised there is no mention of "1pmobile" ( a simple search finds them ), who offer a SIM deal of 1p/minute+1p/text+1p/MB both in UK and abroad, and no credit expiry. For a low-user ( for phone calls) like me this is perfect, and I might even change my '3' SIM in my tablet, used mainly for data, here and in Europe.
    You do have to use the EE network, but compared to my previous Orange ( i.e. EE ) rate plan, this 1pmobile is heaps better. I can confirm I have no link to or interest in 1pmobile except as a customer who was a bit apprehensive about changing but is now convinced.
    • SpanishBlue
    • By SpanishBlue 12th Jul 17, 8:36 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 8:36 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 8:36 PM
    I'm surprised there is no mention of "1pmobile" ( a simple search finds them ), who offer a SIM deal of 1p/minute+1p/text+1p/MB both in UK and abroad, and no credit expiry. For a low-user ( for phone calls) like me this is perfect, and I might even change my '3' SIM in my tablet, used mainly for data, here and in Europe.
    You do have to use the EE network, but compared to my previous Orange ( i.e. EE ) rate plan, this 1pmobile is heaps better. I can confirm I have no link to or interest in 1pmobile except as a customer who was a bit apprehensive about changing but is now convinced.
    Originally posted by BoxerRules
    1pMobile are great for many people, but not for very low users as you need to top up with 10 every 4 months to keep your credit alive.

    However, for anyone who makes the equivalent of around 250 minutes worth of calls a month, they could well work out the cheapest option.
    • BoxerRules
    • By BoxerRules 13th Jul 17, 3:48 PM
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    The topup comment is valid, but they do offer an autotopup facility to automatically add,say,10 every 120 days with any outstanding credit carried forward, so you won't lose it.Your phone use pattern will determine whether this works for you over the year. So far it seems to be working for me and offers me the best deal I could find. ( Repeat of no link to or interest in 1pmobile etc...)
    • Atasas
    • By Atasas 13th Jul 17, 6:17 PM
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    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/best-pay-as-you-go-sim-cards?_ga=2.208109332.707210636.1499719230-2093267359.1495378859
    I'm surprised there is no mention of "1pmobile" ( a simple search finds them ), who offer a SIM deal of 1p/minute+1p/text+1p/MB both in UK and abroad, and no credit expiry. For a low-user ( for phone calls) like me this is perfect, and I might even change my '3' SIM in my tablet, used mainly for data, here and in Europe.
    You do have to use the EE network, but compared to my previous Orange ( i.e. EE ) rate plan, this 1pmobile is heaps better. I can confirm I have no link to or interest in 1pmobile except as a customer who was a bit apprehensive about changing but is now convinced.
    Originally posted by BoxerRules
    Concur-bit of an oversite by MSE
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 15th Jul 17, 7:11 PM
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    It would be useful to explain that inclusive calls cover....- mobile numbers starting 071-075 & 077-079, except numbers allocated in CI & IoM.
    Originally posted by Ian011
    Surely it depends on the location of the mobile when you call it, not on its origin? Or are you saying that calling a Manx no. whilst the owner is visiting the UK will be charged outside of your allowance?
    • d123
    • By d123 15th Jul 17, 7:37 PM
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    Surely it depends on the location of the mobile when you call it, not on its origin? Or are you saying that calling a Manx no. whilst the owner is visiting the UK will be charged outside of your allowance?
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    The call is always charged by the number's origin and not where it is. How would a caller know that a phone is in a specific country or not?

    If you are in the UK and call a Manx number it will always be outside your UK calls allowance, whether the Manx phone is on the Isle of Man, in the UK or in Australia.
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    • blizeH
    • By blizeH 15th Jul 17, 9:16 PM
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    I was just considering switching from Giffagaff to Three for the cheap data, but now I've seen 1pMobile that's really tempting too.

    How can they charge just 1p per minute for calls, texts and data, and also have 1p roaming in 48 countries too? They must be operating at a huge loss?

    Edit: Ah! You have to top up 5 a month. Three it is then.
    • SpanishBlue
    • By SpanishBlue 15th Jul 17, 10:28 PM
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    I was just considering switching from Giffagaff to Three for the cheap data, but now I've seen 1pMobile that's really tempting too.

    How can they charge just 1p per minute for calls, texts and data, and also have 1p roaming in 48 countries too? They must be operating at a huge loss?

    Edit: Ah! You have to top up 5 a month. Three it is then.
    Originally posted by blizeH
    It's 10 every 4 months.
    • ask66
    • By ask66 12th Jan 18, 5:43 PM
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    O2 Classic Pay As You Go Tariff
    Just received a text from O2 - new 'Classic PAYG' rates from 18th January 2018: Calls 3p/min, Texts 2p, Data 1p/MB. Looks a good deal for those not wanting to tie into a contract or PAYG bundle. It doesn't seem to be mentioned elsewhere on this site - or on the O2 site!
    • Mister G
    • By Mister G 12th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
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    Just received a text from O2 - new 'Classic PAYG' rates from 18th January 2018: Calls 3p/min, Texts 2p, Data 1p/MB. Looks a good deal for those not wanting to tie into a contract or PAYG bundle. It doesn't seem to be mentioned elsewhere on this site - or on the O2 site!
    Originally posted by ask66
    Apart from here!

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5774210
    • ask66
    • By ask66 12th Jan 18, 10:34 PM
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    Well spotted Mister G, guess I need to improve my forum searching skills...
    • georjan
    • By georjan 6th Feb 18, 10:28 PM
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    Just got a good deal on Virgin through their Virgin Red App Sim only 12 months 4 per month 1000mins, unlimited texts, 1Gb data on 4G
    • smipx013
    • By smipx013 30th Aug 18, 11:50 AM
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    so.... my take on o2 classic 3.2.1 PAYG

    I joined the o2 321 classic PAYG service recently to try and save some pennies. I am a technical engineer and so made sure to check the charges for the first week or so. I went on to test the data bit which is meant to be 1p minimum. Before I tested I was sure to disable all services that could use data on my phone before turning data on. I also turned on data saver and blocked everything apart from my email client. While still on WiFi I made sure to do a full sync on the mail client to be sure it would not use much data.

    I then enabled the data and 1 x 5Kb email. Then I turned the data off.

    I was charged 20p. Now i know that smartphones can use other data in the background (even with data saver on) and for this reason I was extremely careful to make sure no other services or processes were using any data. I am 100% convinced that they charged me 20p for (perhaps) 20-30Kb of total data transfer - not 1p!!! Even if I had used 15Mb it should have ony been 15p but it was a magical and nicely rounded 20p exactly. In the T&C's it mentions that it is billed every 20p but it also states that the minimum is 1p.

    I feel completely ripped off. If I want to do a quick check for traffic on google maps or send a quick email and then disable the data it is going to cost me 20p every time. So for me it is in fact 20p/Mb or part thereof for their brilliant deal.

    I called o2 and they just told me I "MUST" have used 20Mb. What complete an utter rubbish. she then promised to call me back as the data charge was not yet showing on my account but no-one ever bothered to call me back.

    This is on top of a TXT message I was charged something like 25p for (apparently I sent an international TXT message on the day I inserted the SIM card). I did no such thing and have never ever sent an international txt message in my life - but they were adamant that I did. I did not and asked them to pull the number it was sent to and they refused to do for for "data protection" reasons. I then told them that if I had actually sent the txt as they were insisting then I would know the number i sent it to so it would not be a problem for them to confirm the number - no data protection issues. they still refused.

    All in all - I am seriously miffed with o2. I feel they are liars and misleading in their pricing and the customer service - don't get me going on that. I have spent over 4 hours on the phone/chat trying to get these two issues explained and/or resolved. No-one at o2 seems to care or even properly understand their charging structure.

    But it is no way 3.2.1 if you - like me turn on your data - do a little bit of data - turn off your data. it is 3.2.20 with the occasional 25 international txt thrown in for good measure.

    Sorry to rant but I am writing this at the same time as I am on yet another chat with o2 complaining that I never got my promised call back about the 20p data charge. I am getting no-where fast and getting more and more frustrated as the minutes pass :-)

    Cheers,
    Paul
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