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    Are there any PAYG tariffs that don't need airtime topped up?

    Had a half-decent look around, and a useless online chat with O2, but can't seem to find a PAYG tarif for my elderly fatha.

    I'll be topping it up when needs be, but I don't want a tariff that 'expires' simply because it's not used frequently.

    Anyone know of such a tariff? Not bothered about the provider as long as they can give us a sim card that lets him use £x of topup on £x of calls.

    He already has a phone

    Thanks for reading

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    I use vodafone PAYG for my kids. They never have to top up. All I do is pay £5 per month for unlimited calls between 4 numbers.

    O2 doesn't expire - as long as the phone either receives or makes a call at least once in a 3 month period

    Have a look at Asda mobile - cheap calls and I have never had any problems.

    assda is a good payg buy they do take away your credit and number if you dont use it for 6 months. but to be honest if your father doesnt make a single call in over 6 months he prob doesnt need a phone lol.

    Jimston

    assda is a good payg buy they do take away your credit and number if you … assda is a good payg buy they do take away your credit and number if you dont use it for 6 months. but to be honest if your father doesnt make a single call in over 6 months he prob doesnt need a phone lol.



    Use usually includes RECEIVING calls with most networks

    Ikea, ( Family Mobile ) no top ups required at all, only when you have used up your balance;

    http://www.familymobile.co.uk/

    Good value as well, select your own number.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the feedback.


    Inactive

    Ikea, ( Family Mobile ) no top ups required at all, only when you have … Ikea, ( Family Mobile ) no top ups required at all, only when you have used up your balance;


    Had a look at that - if I decide to go down that route I'll be in touch so you can "refer me" and grab a tenner

    Tesco! And they treble up the amount you top-up! On O2 network as well!

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    Inactive

    Ikea, ( Family Mobile ) no top ups required at all, only when you have … Ikea, ( Family Mobile ) no top ups required at all, only when you have used up your balance;http://www.familymobile.co.uk/Good value as well, select your own number.


    ^^^^ best advice!

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    why do people recommend tesco, virgin etc?

    have you seen the prices they charge? Family mobile is only 8p per min. Virgin is 40p!

    Tesco will treble any top up. calls are 25p, you get double what you top-up free therefore calls are the equivalent of 8.3p. You only have to top up when your balance is gone!
    phone-shop.tesco.com/tes…spx

    Original Poster

    The problem I have is in the terms, like Tesco say "Every month you top-up we'll give you free credit to use how you like..."

    I don't want to topup each and every month for me old fatha - I want to bang a tenner on and for it to last him 12 months or more. The Ikea deal is looking sweeter and sweeter

    GiffGaff is 6 months without a single call or text made or received... but why not just put a reminder on your calendar app or something and send your dad a text every 5 months.. can even just be a blank one. I have to do something similar with my parents phones as they pretty much only use them in emergencies.

    Tesco Lite 8p calls, 4p text, no expiry on credit

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    watchcote

    Tesco will treble any top up. calls are 25p, you get double what you … Tesco will treble any top up. calls are 25p, you get double what you top-up free therefore calls are the equivalent of 8.3p. You only have to top up when your balance is gone!http://phone-shop.tesco.com/tesco-mobile/help-and-support/tariffs-payg.aspx


    free credits only last 1 month though

    For example: if you get your first free credit on 5th January, you've got until midnight on the 4th February to use it.

    Free credits do only last a month but you don't have to top up monthly! a £10 could last 12 months!

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    watchcote

    Free credits do only last a month but you don't have to top up monthly! a … Free credits do only last a month but you don't have to top up monthly! a £10 could last 12 months!


    WTF!

    pay £10 and get £20 free - lose the £20 in a month if you dont use it

    Just stick to the 8p family mobile deal as no time limit and still cheaper than tesco

    Original Poster

    Bully

    Tesco Lite 8p calls, 4p text, no expiry on credit


    I just received the Tesco sim, but there's no mention of the Lite tariff (calls showing as 25p/min) oO

    Original Poster

    ^-- never mind - they just switched it right over when I called them

    paddy.stone

    GiffGaff is 6 months without a single call or text made or received... … GiffGaff is 6 months without a single call or text made or received... but why not just put a reminder on your calendar app or something and send your dad a text every 5 months.. can even just be a blank one. I have to do something similar with my parents phones as they pretty much only use them in emergencies.



    ...seriously do we live in the world where we don't call people (who gave you birth) for 5/6 months!! Sorry, this is not a comment to anyone in particular but in general including myself.

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    ...seriously do we live in the world where we don't call people (who gave you birth) for 5/6 months!! Sorry, this is not a comment to anyone in particular but in general including myself.[/quote]


    ...seriously do we live in the world where we respond to an answered thread Two years later
    Edited by: "logie31" 18th Feb 2015

    logie31

    ...seriously do we live in the world where we respond to an answered … ...seriously do we live in the world where we respond to an answered thread Two years later



    lol

    logie31

    ....seriously do we live in the world where we don't call people (who … ....seriously do we live in the world where we don't call people (who gave you birth) for 5/6 months!! Sorry, this is not a comment to anyone in particular but in general including myself.



    logie31

    ...seriously do we live in the world where we respond to an answered … ...seriously do we live in the world where we respond to an answered thread Two years later



    ...haha yes, thats the World we live in Couldn't resist myself answering two years old thread ...on a side note, thread is not expired and still valid and keeps people enlightening! I was searching for PAYG deal and learnt something new


    Edited by: "aulakh" 18th Feb 2015

    familymobile.co.uk says they are not serving customers anymore.

    What are the alternatives?

    I am keeping a virgin mobile sim just because it is eternal, but as it has been mentioned before (few years ago LOL) it is quite expensive when I need to use it.

    Giffgaff was my next favorite, but their sim card do expire (having me to worry about credit (not so much) and about keeping the number - more important as there should be a number which needs to be updated with the banks etc). They use it sometime for online banking security etc.

    And NO, I do not make/receive a call every 6 months as sometimes I leave UK for 2 years, but keep my bank accounts running and need to access them from abroad.

    Got EE Got mislead got lied to,"will this change my tarrif" wanted to pay for usage without time limit expiration try contact them I can't . system seems to be customer proof.
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