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    • Former MSE Nick
    • By Former MSE Nick 4th Nov 16, 5:02 PM
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    Best Sim-only Deals guide Discussion
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    • 4th Nov 16, 5:02 PM
    Best Sim-only Deals guide Discussion 4th Nov 16 at 5:02 PM

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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 1st Dec 16, 12:26 PM
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    • 1st Dec 16, 12:26 PM
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    • 1st Dec 16, 12:26 PM
    You've listed these deals:

    Mid-level users
    iD Mobile: 500 mins, 4GB, 10/mth

    Heavy users
    iD Mobile: 2,000 mins, 6GB, 15/mth
    Giffgaff: 2,000 mins, 6GB, 18/mth
    But I recently got a Three SIM with unlimited minutes/texts and 4GB data for 9 a month (on a 12-month contract). Using Quidco for 30 cashback, it's effectively 6.50 a month for the first year.
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 1st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
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    • 1st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
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    • 1st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
    I recently got a Three SIM with unlimited minutes/texts and 4GB data for 9 a month (on a 12-month contract).
    Originally posted by esuhl
    That offer ceased a while ago, so can't be compared to what is currently available. Likewise Virgin were offering double data until last Monday, the mobile market is very volatile.
    • lunarjetman
    • By lunarjetman 15th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
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    • 15th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
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    • 15th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
    A warning about the Plusnet mobile deal being promoted by MoneySavingExpert at the moment. If you want to keep the number from your old mobile network you are likely to run into problems. Plusnet are currently cutting off people from their old numbers but taking excessive amounts of time to compete the transfer process. (Many people are cut off for 10 days and counting, with no sign of progress).

    So people are effectively "losing" their old telephone numbers by joining Plusnet. You can read all about it on the public forums at Plusnet (google: 'plunet mobile number port').
    Last edited by lunarjetman; 16-12-2016 at 5:50 PM.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 16th Dec 16, 7:45 AM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 7:45 AM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 7:45 AM
    That offer ceased a while ago, so can't be compared to what is currently available. Likewise Virgin were offering double data until last Monday, the mobile market is very volatile.
    Originally posted by Frozen_up_north
    It was definitely available the week before the article was published -- that's when I ordered.

    The equivalent plan has gone from 9 to 17 a month! But now you get three months free, so effectively 12.75 a month. With the current 50 Quidco cashback, that becomes an effective 8.58 a month.

    So it would still be cheaper. And with unlimited minutes.
    • chrismbt
    • By chrismbt 16th Dec 16, 12:47 PM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 12:47 PM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 12:47 PM
    I can confirm the Plusnet mobile number transfers are taking too long.

    I have been waiting 4 days, so no-one who has my old number can call me. I was told yesterday that it would complete by midnight last night, today I am told they can't tell me when it will complete.

    Whatever time of day or night I call customer services I get "we are experiencing a high number of calls at the moment".

    Beginning to regret leaving Tesco Mobile.
    • lunarjetman
    • By lunarjetman 16th Dec 16, 5:47 PM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 5:47 PM
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    • 16th Dec 16, 5:47 PM
    Plusnet Mobile are not recommended. I think that a lot of people who transfer to them based on the MoneysavingExpert article will be very disappointed and annoyed. The deal looks good on paper, but how many people want to lose their old mobile numbers ? Its basically a con.

    Google "plusnet, mobile, porting" and you see a link to the plusnet community forum.... where there are a lot of very angry people.

    They only launched this month and clearly can't cope.
    Last edited by lunarjetman; 16-12-2016 at 5:51 PM.
    • chrismbt
    • By chrismbt 17th Dec 16, 8:40 PM
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    • 17th Dec 16, 8:40 PM
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    • 17th Dec 16, 8:40 PM
    Well, my "1-2 days" number port has finally completed after 5 days of no-one being able to call me on my old number. I've never had a confirmation text but I got a text last night telling me " turning your phone off and on again every so often will help."

    I did complain on Facebook, and Customer Services said they would compensate me when it was complete, but not what that compensation would be. We shall see.
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 18th Dec 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 18th Dec 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 18th Dec 16, 10:18 AM
    Well, my "1-2 days" number port has finally completed after 5 days of no-one being able to call me on my old number. I've never had a confirmation text but I got a text last night telling me " turning your phone off and on again every so often will help."

    I did complain on Facebook, and Customer Services said they would compensate me when it was complete, but not what that compensation would be. We shall see.
    Originally posted by chrismbt
    They've just been over subscribed I think due to the very good offers, in fact you can probably blame MSE in part for recommending it so heavily.

    I had an idea in my head that they can only port so many numbers a day but I can't find anything to confirm or deny that so perhaps I imagined it.

    As for the previous poster claiming that it's a 'con' I'm afraid that just comes across as childish, I have this picture in my head of him screaming and screaming until he's sick.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 18th Dec 16, 10:47 AM
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    what is slightly annoying is if they know they are too busy, their sale team are still ringing around trying the get business. It would be nice if they waited a month
    • Buzby
    • By Buzby 19th Dec 16, 1:47 AM
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    Current best deal is 200mins, 30Gb Data, unlimited texts and tethering plus EU free roaming for 15pm with 12 month minimum. It ends on 20/12/16.

    Oh, it's on 3UK.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 19th Dec 16, 9:39 AM
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    Current best deal is 200mins, 30Gb Data, unlimited texts and tethering plus EU free roaming for 15pm with 12 month minimum. It ends on 20/12/16.

    Oh, it's on 3UK.
    Originally posted by Buzby
    That's a terrible deal! 200 minutes for 15/mnth?! Wow.
    • Marvqn1
    • By Marvqn1 19th Dec 16, 3:02 PM
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    That's a terrible deal! 200 minutes for 15/mnth?! Wow.
    Originally posted by esuhl
    It depends on your usage. If someone doesn't make a lot of calls, but uses a lots of data, it's a good deal. On EE, a 30GB plan costs 39.99 per month.
    • Heng Leng
    • By Heng Leng 20th Dec 16, 4:54 AM
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    Depends on the coverage too.
    3/EE don't work at home (for voice) so wouldn't be a good deal for me either.

    It depends on your usage. If someone doesn't make a lot of calls, but uses a lots of data, it's a good deal. On EE, a 30GB plan costs 39.99 per month.
    Originally posted by Marvqn1
    • pieman_71
    • By pieman_71 5th Jan 17, 11:59 AM
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    Info out of date
    Most of the deals on the page seem to be out of date. The Plusnet 10 one now only includes 2Gb of data as opposed to the 4Gb stated. The Vodafone 15 is also no longer there, it's now 6 months half price on a 22 month plan which equates to 16.50 a month over the 12 month period - and the data is only 4Gb as opposed to the 5Gb it says on the page.
    • boatman
    • By boatman 11th Jan 17, 6:37 AM
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    BT SIM only, Amazon/iTunes voucher.

    BT say 45 days before you receive them, but they are taking much longer and you have to push them. Appears they are hoping you give up. Long forum thread on the BT forum. Mine took 3 months.
    • SimonTheDiver
    • By SimonTheDiver 15th Jan 17, 9:40 AM
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    1pMobile - very good deal
    Just discovered 1pMobile. No link as I'm new on the forum, google it. Haven't used it myself but it looks impressive.

    its 1p/min 1p/text 1p/MB and it 3 or 4g on Res network

    To get the rate you must buy 5 of credit per month but that credit doesn't expire and will roll over.

    The genius part of this deal is that they are having a January sale for new subscribers - 50% off . So you can, if you want, buy a years credit for 30 quid giving you a mix of 500 minutes/texts/mb a month which rolls over if you don't use it all.

    Obviously not suitable for high data users but if you use very little data, and they say their typical user uses 300mb a month, then its a steal.
    • Gambler101
    • By Gambler101 15th Jan 17, 4:13 PM
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    Just discovered 1pMobile. No link as I'm new on the forum, google it. Haven't used it myself but it looks impressive.

    its 1p/min 1p/text 1p/MB and it 3 or 4g on Res network

    To get the rate you must buy 5 of credit per month but that credit doesn't expire and will roll over.

    The genius part of this deal is that they are having a January sale for new subscribers - 50% off . So you can, if you want, buy a years credit for 30 quid giving you a mix of 500 minutes/texts/mb a month which rolls over if you don't use it all.

    Obviously not suitable for high data users but if you use very little data, and they say their typical user uses 300mb a month, then its a steal.
    Originally posted by SimonTheDiver
    Thats a truly terrible deal sorry.
    The instructions on the box said 'Requires Windows 7 or better'. So I installed LINUX
    • shrewseddy
    • By shrewseddy 8th Feb 17, 6:56 AM
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    BT Mobile Data Throttling
    The BT Mobile prices with voucher and cashback are a good deal for BT broadband customers, but they have a sneaky limitation which isn't publicised.

    Even though BT own EE, don't expect to get unrestricted EE speeds. BT throttle the top 4G speed you can get to 30Mbps download. That's probably OK for most users but if you you do want to go faster then you have to pay another 4 per month for the Extra Speed bolt on.
    • craigr98
    • By craigr98 8th Feb 17, 8:08 AM
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    I am currently on unlimited minutes and unlimited texts and 6GB of data for 14.95 a month but don't get 4G signal the max I get is H+. Spoke to Plusnet yesterday via their chat yesterday and they said because I'm on an old Life mobile tariff I wouldn't be able to get 4G and would have to give up 2GB of data to get 4GB which is the max they offer because I don't have their broadband. Rubbish. Threatened to go elsewhere and they said okay.
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