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    • John_Smith_2019
    • By John_Smith_2019 8th Sep 19, 4:25 PM
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    John_Smith_2019
    PAYG SIM only not used often
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    • 8th Sep 19, 4:25 PM
    PAYG SIM only not used often 8th Sep 19 at 4:25 PM
    I have a mobile phone (smartphone) that I use, but not often. Factory unlocked.
    I only send a few texts a month and hardly any calls.

    I'm looking for a SIM card that I can put about £30 credit on and then just leave it, without the credit disappearing if not used - when the phone is switched off for a few weeks etc.

    I don't really mind if the texts and cost per minute is more expensive, because I don't use it often.
    What I really don't want is for my number to be deleted by the network operator for inactivity.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

    John
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    • oldagetraveller
    • By oldagetraveller 12th Sep 19, 11:01 AM
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    oldagetraveller
    Nobody has mentioned 1p Mobile. Piggyback on EE.

    Only disadvantage is £10 minimum top up which last for 4 months. Effectively £2.50/month. Credit does carry over.
    R.I.P. U.K. Democracy.
    • John_Smith_2019
    • By John_Smith_2019 12th Sep 19, 11:42 AM
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    John_Smith_2019
    Nobody has mentioned 1p Mobile. Piggyback on EE.

    Only disadvantage is £10 minimum top up which last for 4 months. Effectively £2.50/month. Credit does carry over.
    Originally posted by oldagetraveller
    This is what I don't like. When my credit just disappears without me using the phone.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 12th Sep 19, 12:44 PM
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    eDicky
    Credit does carry over.
    Originally posted by oldagetraveller
    This is what I don't like. When my credit just disappears without me using the phone.
    Originally posted by John_Smith_2019
    When credit 'does carry over', in what way do you think it disappears..?

    Normal PAYG credit does not 'disappear' without being used up in some way, perhaps you have been buying 30-day bundles unnecessarily..?
    • John_Smith_2019
    • By John_Smith_2019 12th Sep 19, 6:13 PM
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    John_Smith_2019
    When credit 'does carry over', in what way do you think it disappears..?

    Normal PAYG credit does not 'disappear' without being used up in some way, perhaps you have been buying 30-day bundles unnecessarily..?
    Originally posted by eDicky
    Sorry - misread your post.

    I've had credit disappearing - ie not carrying over.
    • d123
    • By d123 12th Sep 19, 6:24 PM
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    d123
    Sorry - misread your post.

    I've had credit disappearing - ie not carrying over.
    Originally posted by John_Smith_2019
    With which network? Does your phone have the ability to use data?
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    • John_Smith_2019
    • By John_Smith_2019 12th Sep 19, 9:58 PM
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    John_Smith_2019
    With which network? Does your phone have the ability to use data?
    Originally posted by d123
    EE network.

    Yes, it's a smart phone with access to internet.
    When I asked EE customer services, they said that the internet apps will not be draining my credit as data is separate to credit for calls and texts.
    • d123
    • By d123 12th Sep 19, 10:27 PM
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    d123
    EE network.

    Yes, it's a smart phone with access to internet.
    When I asked EE customer services, they said that the internet apps will not be draining my credit as data is separate to credit for calls and texts.
    Originally posted by John_Smith_2019
    They are correct, have they confirmed you donít have a 30 day pack active on your account?
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    • merchcon55
    • By merchcon55 18th Sep 19, 2:26 PM
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    merchcon55
    3 PAYG SIM very good for USA - I go 3 times a year, so on average phone is not used for 4 months, then used for a week, then not used for 4 months, then used for a week, etc..

    I've had the same SIM for 8+ years. Minimum top up is £5 and when you do top up, you get 150mB extra for 24 hours (they do this in case one needs to load some apps).

    Works well on ATT network (much slower on TMobile) in USA - free incoming calls, and to make calls to UK only 3p/min.

    I've also got quite a few old EE and Orange SIMs which are supposed to need a chargeable activity every 6 months - used strictly for incoming texts, and with one exception, never had any cut off.

    Also have 2 Tesco SIMs which live on, as well as a couple of Asda SIMs.

    None of these have any funds - but the numbers remain active.
    • John_Smith_2019
    • By John_Smith_2019 4th Oct 19, 11:54 AM
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    John_Smith_2019
    Thanks for the replies.

    I had an O2 Classic PAYG SIM (on a different, basic phone to the EE SIM). That was lasting ok, but it has now been cancelled and is invalid. Maybe because I didn't use it for over 6 months. The credit has just gone I presume. Anyway, I've shredded that SIM and bought a new Asda mobile PAYG SIM. Looking at the Ken's Tech page, Asda SIM seem to have the longest inactivity period.
    • Bikertov
    • By Bikertov 6th Oct 19, 11:03 AM
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    Bikertov
    I would also say Three, but go for the Data Reward SIM

    You get 200MB free data per month forever, and you can still access the 321 PAYG rates and 30 day bundles.

    Credit never expires, and just browse the web every so often to keep the SIM alive.
    • bat999
    • By bat999 6th Oct 19, 11:51 AM
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    bat999
    I would also say Three, but go for the Data Reward SIM

    You get 200MB free data per month forever, and you can still access the 321 PAYG rates and 30 day bundles.

    Credit never expires, and just browse the web every so often to keep the SIM alive.
    Originally posted by Bikertov
    That's the beauty of Dual-Sim phones.
    (Mine is Xiaomi-redmi-go-16GB-black---EAN/barcode - 6941059620587)
    Three "3-2-1" or O2 "Classic" PAYG in one slot.
    And "Data Reward SIM" or preloaded data sim in the other slot.

    PS
    This setup is an "un-bundle".
    Last edited by bat999; 06-10-2019 at 12:42 PM.

    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 20th Oct 19, 7:46 PM
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    Kernel Sanders
    I may need to make a reasonably long call on the phone at some time.
    Originally posted by John_Smith_2019
    What, a 16 hour one?
    Last edited by Kernel Sanders; 21-10-2019 at 1:51 AM.
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