OT PAYG mobile phone tarrifs

All I want is a sim card with £5 or £10 on it that I can use when needed and the credit will not run out at the end of the month.
No need for internet or free texts.
Any suggestions?
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As long as you use it, or do you expect it to last for every if you never use it?
If the former:
Sainsbury's or Asda standard tariff 8ppm, 4ppt. Avoid the bundled tariffs. Tesco have such a deal in their price list, but it doesn't seem possible to get it as a new customer
In my area the Asda staff were a bunch of numpties who didn't have a clue and the Sainsbury's' "specialist phone expert" was very helpful
YMMV
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If you have a 3G phone, Three's standard tariff is called 321: 3p/min 2p/text 1p/MB
There's extra free stuff when you topup (MB and 3-to-3 mins/texts) but you can ignore that.
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ARW wrote:

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On 25/04/15 12:49, Capitol wrote:

Truphone.
Been reasonably impressed especially with the divert ansafone to email feature
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On 25/04/2015 12:49, Capitol wrote:

I was put onto that tarrif without adequate explanation when I bought a simple text/voice only phone (because the previous one had not survived the washing machine. EE attempt to take £10 per month but as long as I keep less than this on the phone they eventually go away until the next month. I have tried to opt out but so far the electronic routes have (unsurprisingly) failed. I shall have to summon up the energy to discuss the matter with the local EE shop
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On 25/04/2015 12:28, ARW wrote:

Giffgaff
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On 25/04/2015 12:50, alan_m wrote:

As with most SIMs you will have to make one call using the SIM every 3 (??) months to keep the SIM active - the credit on a basic GiffGaff SIM card stays until you use it. They have other deals with a regular amount per month but ignore these deals and just get the SIM card and put 'ordinary' credit on it (don't buy a goodybag or databag).
https://giffgaff.com/index/pricing
GG uses the o2 network.
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On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:57:39 PM UTC+1, alan_m wrote:

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Not true of my Vodaphone pay as you go.
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Was with mine. Some time ago they even took back my number and re-issued it - claiming lack of use. Had a devil of a job getting it back. Hopefully things have changed.
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Dave Plowman (News) formulated the question :

They also took £20 of my data credit, citing lack of use. Never again.
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On 25/04/2015 14:10, Jonathan wrote:

Often the T&C state one call in, say, 3 months but often they don't take back the number for 9 to 12 months. GiffGaff send an email informing that no calls have been made in the period and if you want to keep the number just make a single call.
I keep a 'emergency' £15 phone in the glovebox of the car that is charged every time I drive. The GG PAYG SIm is ideal for this purpose.
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With Giffgaff, you need to make a chargeable call/text every 6 months to keep any credit 'live' (though I think you can get it credited back if you contact them if it lapses. I think the sim stays active though)
They do contact you though when it's about to expire.
Three is cheaper though for PAYG than Giffgaff, and IIRC the credit doesn't expire. Does need a 3g phone though even if you don't need data, (doesn't have to be a smartphone though)
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On 25/04/2015 12:57, alan_m wrote:

It's six months for Giffgaff. Any one of the following keeps the SIM alive:
- Make a chargeable call/text (ie not emergency services or 0800) - Connect to the internet - Receive at least 4 calls of more than 10 seconds - Top up airtime credit
Airtime credit lasts indefinitely.
AFAIK *all* networks will cancel an inactive SIM after a certain time - this is an OFCOM requirement as the pool of numbers is limited.
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That still sounds like an excuse to me. So it isn't quite a billion number pool, but it's in that ballpark. Those 'agencies' may not like it though, if they have too many inactive numbers to keep tabs on.
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alan_m explained :

+1 and can be almost free if you post questions and answers in their forum often enough lol
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On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:28:48 PM UTC+1, ARW wrote:

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Check coverage. SIM is no use if you can't get any reception, which bars O2 /GiffGaff out around here.
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On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:28:48 PM UTC+1, ARW wrote:

Check coverage. SIM is no use if you can't get any reception, which bars O2/GiffGaff out around here.
I have no idea where I will be:-)
This is for a spare phone (with all the numbers I need stored in it) that will be kept in the glovebox of the van.
The EE 321 plan suggested by Capitol looks interesting.
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I find that Vodaphone (well, Icardmobile which runs on their network) gives better coverage than some others. Can get a signal even when I'm down in the crawl space trying to solder water pipes, so in an emergency I could call the fire brigade, ambulance, or whatever.
My thinking is that (here at least) Vodaphone use a lower frequency which seems to cope better with stone walls etc. Though some individual once denied that this could be true.
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Windmill wrote:

Nope, it's true to a degree. For the 2G part of their networks (dunno about the 3G part of their operations) Vodafone uses the 900MHz band (as does O2 IIRC) where EE, Orange, T-Mobile[1] use 1800MHz which doesn't propogate as well. Three is 2GHz which struggles yet more. So /on average/ for good coverage in general Vodafone has always been the best bet. Localised geography also comes into it to make a mockery of the average, natch.
A good stone wall will stop pretty much everything though!
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