Posted 3rd Jan 2022
I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a pay as you go sim deal that would be good for someone who almost never uses their phone? Very small amount of data used and just a handful of texts a month.

I was with 1pmobile but they've introduced minimum monthly spends now so am wondering if there are any better options.
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    I was going to suggest RWG Mobile:

    https://www.rwgmobile.wales/webshop/pay-monthly-sims/free-50-mins-sms-plus-250mb-data/

    which was free, but it looks as if they've now introduced a (one off) £5 charge.
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    O2 classic 321. Just top up £10 (they give you 10% for topping up). £11 should last along time if they're a light user. If your friend has a dual sim phone then get a 3 sim that comes with free 200MB of data per month click.
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    Just wanted to mention that some pay as you go sims get deactivated or suspended if you don't make any calls or texts in a 90 day period.
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    Done a bit of research on some of the suggestions. RWG mobile seems like the best option so far. £5 minimum top up and the SIM has to be used for 1 call or text every 3 months or it'll get deactivated. If the SIM gets deactivated they will reinstate it for free if you contact them when it happens. I easily do a few texts a month so seems like a good option.
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    sienew04/01/2022 01:30

    Done a bit of research on some of the suggestions. RWG mobile seems like …Done a bit of research on some of the suggestions. RWG mobile seems like the best option so far. £5 minimum top up and the SIM has to be used for 1 call or text every 3 months or it'll get deactivated. If the SIM gets deactivated they will reinstate it for free if you contact them when it happens. I easily do a few texts a month so seems like a good option.


    A rarity - someone who actually closed the loop with a proper update.
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    bozo00703/01/2022 16:43

    O2 Classic SIM, bought it recently for 20p from this seller on eBay.


    Do you know if this one will require a top up to use it, or can it be used for incoming calls only, as is? Thanks
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    bozo00704/01/2022 05:55

    A rarity - someone who actually closed the loop with a proper update. …A rarity - someone who actually closed the loop with a proper update.


    Haha, that's true
    GeeeBeee04/01/2022 09:36

    Do you know if this one will require a top up to use it, or can it be …Do you know if this one will require a top up to use it, or can it be used for incoming calls only, as is? Thanks


    I contacted O2 and they wouldn't say what the exact requirements were for topping up but they indicated if their pay as you go sims weren't regularly used/toped up the sim could be disconnected. They wouldn't say what regular use was (either amount or time period) but I imagine if it's not topped up it would be disconnected pretty quickly. I got the feeling that pay as you go customers weren't particular wanted by O2 and instead they wanted to get people on contracts.
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    sienew04/01/2022 11:18

    Haha, that's trueI contacted O2 and they wouldn't say what the exact …Haha, that's trueI contacted O2 and they wouldn't say what the exact requirements were for topping up but they indicated if their pay as you go sims weren't regularly used/toped up the sim could be disconnected. They wouldn't say what regular use was (either amount or time period) but I imagine if it's not topped up it would be disconnected pretty quickly. I got the feeling that pay as you go customers weren't particular wanted by O2 and instead they wanted to get people on contracts.


    In 6 months you have to do something chargeable point 7.1 (Tesco Mobile the same). I used Tesco Mobile for my Father. £10 min topup, gives £10 free credit also which expires after 30 days, but is used before your credit. The original £10 never expires long as you do something chargeable before the 6 months.

    o2.co.uk/termsandconditions/mobile/on-pay-and-go-our-service-terms-are-worth-a-read
    Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 4th Jan
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    cecilmcroberts04/01/2022 11:26

    In 6 months you have to do something chargeable point 7.1 (Tesco Mobile …In 6 months you have to do something chargeable point 7.1 (Tesco Mobile the same). I used Tesco Mobile for my Father. £10 min topup, gives £10 free credit also which expires after 30 days, but is used before your credit. The original £10 never expires long as you do something chargeable before the 6 months. o2.co.uk/termsandconditions/mobile/on-pay-and-go-our-service-terms-are-worth-a-read


    That's pretty good. Many others are half that (RWG mobile is 90 days for example). Like I say I think the person I spoke to at O2 seemed only interested in pushing contracts and not pay as you go customers so I guess didn't seem to want to give me a straight answer.
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    sienew04/01/2022 11:35

    That's pretty good. Many others are half that (RWG mobile is 90 days for …That's pretty good. Many others are half that (RWG mobile is 90 days for example). Like I say I think the person I spoke to at O2 seemed only interested in pushing contracts and not pay as you go customers so I guess didn't seem to want to give me a straight answer.


    Yeah , looked into a few myself for credit expiry. Went with Tesco as it was £14.99 for the device £10 credit which goes to £30 credit (It's actually double free credit but notice the prices) but the original £10 only requires the chargeable call every 6 months . After that free credit expires you can move to the lite tariff. Tariffs below.

    tescomobile.com/help/managing-your-account/change-your-tariff/change-your-pay-as-you-go-tariff
    Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 4th Jan
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    sienew04/01/2022 11:35

    That's pretty good. Many others are half that (RWG mobile is 90 days for …That's pretty good. Many others are half that (RWG mobile is 90 days for example). Like I say I think the person I spoke to at O2 seemed only interested in pushing contracts and not pay as you go customers so I guess didn't seem to want to give me a straight answer.


    RWG is 6 months of non-usage prior to disconnection, not 90 days. 6 months of non-use is near-impossible to achieve considering the freebie monthly allowances; just by turning a smartphone on every 6 months will use minimal data of the freebie inclusive allowance and so re-trigger start of another 6 month period. Or belt&braces: make one inclusive call or send one inclusive text every 6 months.
    (t&c qualification phrase: "...every six months...a deduction from the credit or Allowance recorded against your Account...").
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    I_Wish03/01/2022 17:09

    O2 classic 321. Just top up £10 (they give you 10% for topping up). £11 s …O2 classic 321. Just top up £10 (they give you 10% for topping up). £11 should last along time if they're a light user. If your friend has a dual sim phone then get a 3 sim that comes with free 200MB of data per month click.


    I think 3UK have started charging £10 for the sim card and then you get your free 200mb every month as long as you do a chargeable activity every six months. Please check.
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    AndyRoyd14/01/2022 16:23

    RWG is 6 months of non-usage prior to disconnection, not 90 days. 6 months …RWG is 6 months of non-usage prior to disconnection, not 90 days. 6 months of non-use is near-impossible to achieve considering the freebie monthly allowances; just by turning a smartphone on every 6 months will use minimal data of the freebie inclusive allowance and so re-trigger start of another 6 month period. Or belt&braces: make one inclusive call or send one inclusive text every 6 months.(t&c qualification phrase: "...every six months...a deduction from the credit or Allowance recorded against your Account...").


    RWG customer support told me 90 days. If disconnected they have the ability to reconnect you for an additional 90 should you contact them. And every 90 days they say there must be an action that is chargeable so you must do something that isn't in the freebie monthly allowances. This is just what their customer support told me.
    Edited by: "sienew" 14th Jan
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    sienew14/01/2022 17:34

    RWG customer support told me 90 days. If disconnected they have the …RWG customer support told me 90 days. If disconnected they have the ability to reconnect you for an additional 90 should you contact them. And every 90 days they say there must be an action that is chargeable so you must do something that isn't in the freebie monthly allowances. This is just what their customer support told me.


    Customer support can incorrectly state its t&c. The pre-purchase t&c clearly states SIM deactivation at end of month 7 (seven) of no usage based on 30 days notice at end of month 6 (six).
    Same t&c states the end-of-month-7-deactivation can be avoided by usage; t&c quotation of the reset trigger being "deduction from the credit or Allowance..." (highlighted here) and the undeniable allowance with the subject SIM is freebie monthly recurring 50mins/SMS+250MB.
    Highly unlikely the product signup t&c would say different.
    More likely the CS jockey is confused or would benefit from some refresher training. Detrimental "but your rep told me" isn't going to trump contractual t&c.
    Or RWG needs to amend its t&c and notify all customers of affected products of the detrimental change, plus decline options.

    All irrelevant if you can tolerate the huge inconvenience of turning on the smartphone containing the RWG SIM at least once every 89 days
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    AndyRoyd14/01/2022 19:19

    Customer support can incorrectly state its t&c. The pre-purchase t&c …Customer support can incorrectly state its t&c. The pre-purchase t&c clearly states SIM deactivation at end of month 7 (seven) of no usage based on 30 days notice at end of month 6 (six).Same t&c states the end-of-month-7-deactivation can be avoided by usage; t&c quotation of the reset trigger being "deduction from the credit or Allowance..." (highlighted here) and the undeniable allowance with the subject SIM is freebie monthly recurring 50mins/SMS+250MB. Highly unlikely the product signup t&c would say different. More likely the CS jockey is confused or would benefit from some refresher training. Detrimental "but your rep told me" isn't going to trump contractual t&c.Or RWG needs to amend its t&c and notify all customers of affected products of the detrimental change, plus decline options. All irrelevant if you can tolerate the huge inconvenience of turning on the smartphone containing the RWG SIM at least once every 89 days


    RWG states you need a to place an "initial top-up" of £5 to start the free 50 min / texts plus 250MB of data every month. Just to clarify, does that mean you only need to top-up £5 initially and its not a monthly top-up thing?
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    Wackawackaboomboom22/01/2022 15:21

    RWG states you need a to place an "initial top-up" of £5 to start the free …RWG states you need a to place an "initial top-up" of £5 to start the free 50 min / texts plus 250MB of data every month. Just to clarify, does that mean you only need to top-up £5 initially and its not a monthly top-up thing?


    Yes. One-off £5 then nothing more to receive the recurring allowances.
    "...Just do a one-off top-up of £5 to get the free allowance each month until cancelled. Your £5 top-up will remain as credit on your account..."
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