Orange Mobile Sim question

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Found 8th Jun 2010
I bought an iphone on contract yesterday. At the moment I've still got my PAYG mobile. I've arranged to have my payg number transferred to the new sim and was told to wait until the current payg sim dies before i use the new one.

So, what i'm unclear of is can i put the new sim in the iphone yet and use it for things like apps and stuff but not a phone or do i have to not even put the sim in at all until my payg one has died.

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yes, you can still use it, your number will be automatically transferred to this sim card anyway so you can use it from now on :thumbsup:

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Kerz67;8786396

yes, you can still use it, your number will be automatically transferred … yes, you can still use it, your number will be automatically transferred to this sim card anyway so you can use it from now on :thumbsup:


Can anyone second this? Just for peace of mind. Or does anyone disagree?

If you put the new sim in and it works (i.e. you can make and receive calls on it, and the calls made are showing up on the recipient's phone as the correct number) then you're definitely fine.

In my experience, Orange normally kill the old sim pretty darn soon after activating the new one...so if your PAYG sim is still active, I'd be surprised if the new one works yet...but give it a go my friend!

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SirBargainsALot;8786513

If you put the new sim in and it works (i.e. you can make and receive … If you put the new sim in and it works (i.e. you can make and receive calls on it, and the calls made are showing up on the recipient's phone as the correct number) then you're definitely fine.In my experience, Orange normally kill the old sim pretty darn soon after activating the new one...so if your PAYG sim is still active, I'd be surprised if the new one works yet...but give it a go my friend!


I'm sure you're making sense and i'm just picking it up wrong but it sounds like a contradiction, what you just said.

You said that orange usually kill the old sim after activating a new one but then you said that if my current sim is still active then the new one wont work. Surely that means i couldnt activate the new sim while this one is active but this one wont deactivate until the new sim has been activated.

hypnoticstate;8786538

I'm sure you're making sense and i'm just picking it up wrong but it … I'm sure you're making sense and i'm just picking it up wrong but it sounds like a contradiction, what you just said.You said that orange usually kill the old sim after activating a new one but then you said that if my current sim is still active then the new one wont work. Surely that means i couldnt activate the new sim while this one is active but this one wont deactivate until the new sim has been activated.



Not meant to be a contradiction...Orange normally say they'll activate the new sim and that the old one will die out soon after. This means there's normally an overlap - although in my experience the overlap is usually very short.

It doesn't really matter when you have either sim in either of your phones - Orange control which sim is alive and dead, and it doesn't really have anything to do with you putting them in your phones and using them.

Bottom line is this - put the new sim in your new phone...if it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't. You won't be able to download a bean if it doesn't work.

I'm just saying that usually the overlap between old one off and new one coming on is short, so if you keep an eye on when your PAYG phone becomes inactive, that'll probably coincide with the point where the new one kicks in...

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SirBargainsALot;8786604

Not meant to be a contradiction...Orange normally say they'll activate … Not meant to be a contradiction...Orange normally say they'll activate the new sim and that the old one will die out soon after. This means there's normally an overlap - although in my experience the overlap is usually very short.It doesn't really matter when you have either sim in either of your phones - Orange control which sim is alive and dead, and it doesn't really have anything to do with you putting them in your phones and using them.Bottom line is this - put the new sim in your new phone...if it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't. You won't be able to download a bean if it doesn't work. I'm just saying that usually the overlap between old one off and new one coming on is short, so if you keep an eye on when your PAYG phone becomes inactive, that'll probably coincide with the point where the new one kicks in...


OK, thanks a lot mate. One more question. When i put the new sim in and activate it over the phone. They'll ask for my number to activate. Do i tell them them number for the new sim or the number that the sim is due to become? Does activating the new sim initiate the number transfer/shutting down of the old sim?

Have both to hand. They may actually want the EMEI number - which is normally on the side of the box of your new phone...
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