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    Anyone bought a PAYG mobile from 3? Quick question

    My partner is on contract with 3 but wants a new phone. If I buy her a PAYG phone from 3, what's the situation with the included £10 starter top-up? Is it on the SIM card or a scratch card? And can I pass either of these on to someone else or are they linked to my bank account or something?

    Sorry, never bought a PAYG phone before so have no idea about these things.

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    I have never used 3 but have been through a number of PAYG mobiles. The included credit used to be on a scratchcard but more recently scratchcards are being used less (and have been stopped entirely with most networks) and the credit is on the simcard.

    I am not sure about 3 but I am with Virgin mobile and was able to have credit transferred free of charge between simcards as long as they were both registered to the same person (easily done online).

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    Russ2626;4763478

    I have never used 3 but have been through a number of PAYG mobiles. The … I have never used 3 but have been through a number of PAYG mobiles. The included credit used to be on a scratchcard but more recently scratchcards are being used less (and have been stopped entirely with most networks) and the credit is on the simcard. I am not sure about 3 but I am with Virgin mobile and was able to have credit transferred free of charge between simcards as long as they were both registered to the same person (easily done online).



    Thanks Russ - hoping that the answer with 3 will be different though as we will have no use for the PAYG SIM card or the credit. Would ideally like to sell it on for £5, but sounding like that mightn't be possible :-(

    no idea on the PAYG, but I used to have a 3 mobile, I used to get bad reception quite often.

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    black gerbil1;4763496

    no idea on the PAYG, but I used to have a 3 mobile, I used to get bad … no idea on the PAYG, but I used to have a 3 mobile, I used to get bad reception quite often.



    Nobody is answering my question!

    We've both been with 3 for a few years and haven't ever had a problem - might be the fresh air up north :?

    p.s. Many happy returns!

    The last two PAYG handsets we bought came with the credit preloaded onto sim, havent tried three though. I would say looking at sims for sale other places you are almost certain to find it preloaded. You could sell the sim with the credit on. Just charge a bit more. Wont be linked to your bank etc, we recently sold on a SIM preloaded from Virgin no problem.

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    kidcat;4764141

    The last two PAYG handsets we bought came with the credit preloaded onto … The last two PAYG handsets we bought came with the credit preloaded onto sim, havent tried three though. I would say looking at sims for sale other places you are almost certain to find it preloaded. You could sell the sim with the credit on. Just charge a bit more. Wont be linked to your bank etc, we recently sold on a SIM preloaded from Virgin no problem.



    Thanks for that - great if it isn't linked to my bank. Cheers :thumbsup:

    i bought recently, it comes with £10 credit preloaded on sim also i transferred another no. to this so got extra tenner, i hope that helps your question...
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