Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
anybody found a good PAYG sim card deal? Orange do a 300 text card for a tenner. Not being familiar with PAYG, do you have to top up each month or does a tenners worth last until the txts have been used?
My experience of O2 is that a PAYG SIM is free from any O2 shop - or any other phone outlet - but you have to put a minimum of £10 on it at the point of sale. The £10 can be used for calls or texts. O2 may, after a period of a couple of months, try to move you onto a PAYG tariff they think best suited to your usage pattern. They'll do this via text message. Just go with whatever works best for you. There will be tariffs that are suitable for text only but they not be suitable for you as often they're linked to a requirement to top up a set amount each month.
Or, I bought mine off eBay for £0.01!
but postage was extra
You don't have to top up each month if you keep on a basic tariff - just top up as and when. But, as I said before, the SIM will lapse if you don't make a chargeable call for (I think) a six month period even if it has credit on it (been there, done that, with our garage alarm SIM). If you're asking the boat where it is on a regular basis then all will be fine.
I don't know about other networks but I'd guess they're all much of a muchness.