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Old 27 October 2013, 10:20   #1
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My 86 year old Dad broke down the other day and when he took his mobile out the glove compartment and tried to phone the breakdown service he found that it had run out of credit.

Further investigation revealed that Orange had texted him telling him they were changing his tariff back in April, charging him 10/month and giving him mins/texts and data that he neither wanted or would use. Because he doesn't read texts (and won't have a clue how to) he would have never known about the change until he used his phone, this obviously happened during a the breakdown which I class just shy of an emergency for a 86 year old. Obviously he's lost 45 of credit too!

Does anyone know if there is a provider out there that still offers good old fashioned PAYG tariffs ie: You spend 20 on phone calls only need to top up when you've run out of credit, with no limit on credit time?
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Old 27 October 2013, 10:43   #2
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Try Tesco. As long as you make one chargeable call every six months the number will remain active and the money sits there till you use it on calls (or texts or data).
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Orange's Racoon Tariff doesn't need a monthly top up as far as I am aware. I'd walk into a n orange shop preferably with him looking old and frail and explain whats happened and see what they say. They have three choices as I see it (1) tell you they can't do a tariff in which case you walk out the shop (2) tell you he can be on Racoon and top up as and when, you still are free to go find another provider (3) credit him 45 and pop him on Racoon or whatever else. Why would you bother finding another provider...!

Pretty sure Vodafone and O2 have PAYG - you just need to wade past the deals and vouchers etc where you get free data for a 10 top-up etc. Vodafone needed you to use the phone for a chargable call once every 4 months or something to stop the number being disconnected I assume the others have similar rules but worth knowing what they are and checking...

There have to be people providing these as there are numerous alarm type systems that use them to send a message - 120 a year for the 'line' seems pricey...
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Giffgaff do payg at 10p per minute. If you sign up through someone you know who is already on Giffgaff you both get a 5 free credit on activation.

If you don't know anyone on Giffgaff you can sign up for a free sim through me (pm me and I'll pm you the web link).

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Giffgaff do payg at 10p per minute. If you sign up through someone you know who is already on Giffgaff you both get a 5 free credit on activation.

If you don't know anyone on Giffgaff you can sign up for a free sim through me (pm me and I'll pm you the web link).

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I'm with GiffGaff Chris and a very good service they offer for the money.

Are you saying that I can credit his account with money without buying a goody bag?
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Orange's Racoon Tariff doesn't need a monthly top up as far as I am aware. I'd walk into a n orange shop preferably with him looking old and frail and explain whats happened and see what they say. They have three choices as I see it (1) tell you they can't do a tariff in which case you walk out the shop (2) tell you he can be on Racoon and top up as and when, you still are free to go find another provider (3) credit him 45 and pop him on Racoon or whatever else. Why would you bother finding another provider...!

Pretty sure Vodafone and O2 have PAYG - you just need to wade past the deals and vouchers etc where you get free data for a 10 top-up etc. Vodafone needed you to use the phone for a chargable call once every 4 months or something to stop the number being disconnected I assume the others have similar rules but worth knowing what they are and checking...

There have to be people providing these as there are numerous alarm type systems that use them to send a message - 120 a year for the 'line' seems pricey...
With all due respect I don't ever wish to deal with Orange again, I had problems with them last year and lost a few quid. Now my Father has had the same happen to him. I did suggest he go and speak to staff in an Orange shop about reclaiming the money he lost but he's experienced to know that it's probably a lost cause and not worth losing any sleep over.

You are right though, there is a lot of terms and conditions to wade though before finding out it's not the deal you thought it was. It's because of this that inspired me to post this thread in the hope to feed off peoples experience.
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Try Tesco. As long as you make one chargeable call every six months the number will remain active and the money sits there till you use it on calls (or texts or data).
Thanks, I'll take a look.
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Yes. Logon to your Giffgaff account and order another sim. Activate it in your fathers name with a 10 or greater credit, but don't buy any goodybag. Within 24 hours he will get his 5 bonus credit (so will have 15 minimum). You will get 500 points with you can convert into airtime credit or cash in around six months time.

As your father uses the phone he will just use up the airtime balance at the rate of 10p per minute. As long as he tops up every three months. Giffgaff to Giffgaff calls are free, so he can call you for nowt.

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I think with Giffgaff you have to make a chargeable call every six months, so the 15 credit will last him around 45 years if he never uses it for anything else.

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Yes. Logon to your Giffgaff account and order another sim. Activate it in your fathers name with a 10 or greater credit, but don't buy any goodybag. Within 24 hours he will get his 5 bonus credit (so will have 15 minimum). You will get 500 points with you can convert into airtime credit or cash in around six months time.

As your father uses the phone he will just use up the airtime balance at the rate of 10p per minute. As long as he tops up every three months. Giffgaff to Giffgaff calls are free, so he can call you for nowt.

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Okay, I will look in to this.

The only problem I see is that he won't use the phone for normal everyday conversations. He just keeps it in the car, so it means that he'll have to use the credit up every 3 months and get more credit or write it off and just buy more credit. I'll have a word with him tomorrow.

But thanks for the heads up.
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