Grateful For Advice - Basic Mobile Phone Query

14 replies
Found 18th Nov 2009
Forgive what must seem like very basic ignorance.

A brief explanation. I rarely use my own private Mobile.
Work from home (landline) and Employers supply their own mobile for me, which I use freely when travelling around.

Over Christmas, I won't have the Work mobile, so have decided to update my old private mobile.

I have a Siemens PAYG mobile on Vodafone with a about £40 credit left.
It's about 5 years old

I would like to upgrade this to another more modern PAYG mobile, however I would really like to keep the same Mobile Phone Number and probably stay with Vodafone to keep the credit (if that's how it works).

What would be the best way to go about this, please?

Not really limited to a budget, but it won't be used much and value for money would help.

Any help appreciated. Thanks

14 Comments

No clue as to best phones...depends what suits your need and any budget you may have.

For keeping your number, you'd need a PAC code if going to another supplier. If staying with Vodafone, buy a new handset from Vodafone, or unlocked to Vodafone if bought from phones 4 u/carphone warehouse etc, and put your current PAYG SIM card into new phone and you will have same number and credit.

find a phone you like and buy it on sim free (all phones for u phones are sim free) and put your sim in that way you will keep your number and credit
corinne

Just have a look around shops/online and choose a "SIM free" handset. You can then put your SIM card in it and keep the credit and number.
There's also a lot of good people on here that will sell phones, so trawl the FS/FT forum.

Quite simply buy a vodafone Pay As You Go phone and swap the sim cards over.

You could also buy a phone from another network and get it unlocked but this may work out more expensive.

Finally buy an unlocked phone (sim free) which will definately be more expensive. Hope this helps :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Wow - thanks for the quick replies.
Only went to make a cup of tea.

Will read through and see if I understand

(More Questions may follow)

pick a phone from here shop.vodafone.co.uk/sho…alk

remove your sim card from your current phone and install it into the new one:thumbsup:

your current number and credit is on your sim card and not the handset:thumbsup:

Original Poster

I presume the Sim Card from the Siemens phone will physically fit in any other make of phone?

I have just upgraded my old Vodafone mobile, it was so old that the sim wouldn't work in the new phone but a quick phone call to customer serivce had the number ported over to the sim that came with the new phone as well as all my credit.. took 5 minutes in total.
if you are planning on this being a Christmas present though i would get it done before christmas day because I would imagine lots of people will be doing this

Poppydog;6928392

I presume the Sim Card from the Siemens phone will physically fit in any … I presume the Sim Card from the Siemens phone will physically fit in any other make of phone?



all sim cards fit all phones

Original Poster

It's not a present. It's for us.
(Work want their mobile returned before Christmas for an upgrade, I presume.
So, I'll be travelling around over Christmas without it and would like something more modern and reliable.)

I thought about ringing Vodafone, but though I may get Sales advice which is most beneficial to the salesman, rather than the independent advice I'd get here.

Much appreciated

When I lost my tesco mobile paygo phone they gave me vouchers off a new phone and also transferred my old number over to the new simcard. Ask them if they would be able to supply you with money off vouchers towards a new handset. Seeing as you have been with them for so long. Good luck.

queenlush;6928452

all sim cards fit all phones



Not quite right, I still have some old (now deactivated) sim cards that are literally credit card sized, like the sim in its snap off carrier that you get now but all one piece, they fit an old nokia I have that still works, its the old type with a pull up aerial and weighs nearly as much as the netbook I use!

harlzter;6928853

Not quite right, I still have some old (now deactivated) sim cards that … Not quite right, I still have some old (now deactivated) sim cards that are literally credit card sized, like the sim in its snap off carrier that you get now but all one piece, they fit an old nokia I have that still works, its the old type with a pull up aerial and weighs nearly as much as the netbook I use!



LOL. Think I may have the Motorola one like this somewhere.

harlzter;6928853

Not quite right, I still have some old (now deactivated) sim cards that … Not quite right, I still have some old (now deactivated) sim cards that are literally credit card sized, like the sim in its snap off carrier that you get now but all one piece, they fit an old nokia I have that still works, its the old type with a pull up aerial and weighs nearly as much as the netbook I use!



Blimey i remember those
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