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    PAYG mobile tariff with credit that doesn't expire with non-use/time

    Hi all,
    I need to get a new phone for my 80 year old nan. Basically she needs something simple, with decent size keys and on a PAYG tariff that does not expire over time or through non-use (she may only use the phone once every six months or so).
    Anyone know which, if any, networks provide such a deal?
    Thank
    Matt

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    Most of the providers will keep your number active for 6mths even though you do not make a call.
    As an example here is a clip from Tesco Ts&Cs:

    5.4
    If you do not use your Mobile Phone for six months we will disconnect you and you will lose your Credits and Mobile Phone number.

    A text or short call will start the clock again.

    3

    Top-ups

    Where a Top-up is bought in store and a 16-digit code provided, the Top-up needs to be activated within 90 days of buying it. Once activated, Top-ups have no expiry date.

    three.co.uk/Hel…843

    Original Poster

    The problem is that she may not use the phone for longer than six months so *ideally* I'd like to find a provider who won't cut her off for non-use...

    With respect, if you are good enough to help your Nan get a phone then it shouldn't be too hard to help her keep the sim active. A £10 topup will last many years with if you send a text ever so often.

    If you miss the cut off then just get another sim, they only cost a few quid.

    Also consider that a mobile may not be the right solution for her, maybe a wireless landline would do.

    Doubt you'll find one like that,simple solution,give her a quick ring once every 5 months

    Original Poster

    Thanks all. The phone is for the car and I'll put a note in my diary to send her a text every couple of months.

    Well done to your Nan, still driving at 80:thumbsup: Sending a text every few months will be a doddel.

    Try 3, their top up never runs out & you get lots of freebie calls, Text & internet(although I don't the internet is helpful)

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    Try 3, their top up never runs out & you get lots of freebie calls, Text … Try 3, their top up never runs out & you get lots of freebie calls, Text & internet(although I don't the internet is helpful)



    From 3 Ts&Cs:

    No usage policy

    Pay As You Go customers are required to use their account (whether it be chargeable or free, including Skype usage) once every 180 days, or we reserve the right to terminate or suspend their service.

    matt-h;8314520

    Thanks all. The phone is for the car and I'll put a note in my diary to … Thanks all. The phone is for the car and I'll put a note in my diary to send her a text every couple of months.



    I don't think that'll work : Receiving a text isn't the same as making a text/call every couple of months.

    This is what I did for my 88 year old mum. I bought her a cheap PAYG and sim from an online phone shop. It included £10 credit. You can usually choose the provider dependent upon reception in her area.

    The mobile would be used for incoming calls and rarely used for outgoing calls so we were more than likely to encounter the dreaded cut off. She doesn't understand texting at all so we weren't going to succeed with any idea using texting.

    So, this is what I did. As she is a diary user, I made an entry for a Sunday evening every 4 months in the year telling her to use her mobile to call her house phone number.

    So last year, when her mobile phone was cut off, I just couldn't understand it. She insisted she had done the 4-monthly call without fail. Then I discovered that what she had been doing was dialling her house phone number but not actually answering it :roll:

    Now she understands that she has to not only place the call, but also pick up the receiver on her house phone and then put it down again so that her mobile registers a paid call. That keeps her phone active as long as she follows the diary instructions. She's used to using a diary anyway so it's working well now.

    Try that with you nan if it's not too late. You can pick up a phone and sim including £10 of credit for around £15 all in from one of the online phone shops
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