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Use some inclusive allowance(s) at least once every 6 months to keep sim alive.
or similar one-off £15 for 100mins/txt + 750MB every month
as posted on another thread few hours ago.
3 - they no longer have any free offers £4/m for the first 7 months of a 24 month contract
RWG - I ordered the SIMs back when they offered free calls/texts/data. Once I received the SIMs though they had brought out a 50p activation fee, so I never got to use them - seems now they offer a £5 activation fee which gives you a monthly recurring 50mins/texts + 250MB
1p mobile - £30 for the year (using up that £30 @ 1p/minute though!), or £33 for unlimited calls/texts for the year!
GiffGaff - £6 1GB data, unlimited calls/texts - I misread this before and thought it was a monthly top up requirement, but it seems it's a one off £6 (I believe the data expires and you need to top up again for that, but the calls/texts continue - can someone confirm?)
Plus net - £6/m 5GB data, unlimited calls/texts
Lebara - they always have good introduction offers, but then the price rises after 3 or 6 months which annoys me, Current offers on their site are £4 for 1000minutes/month
I used to have Freedompop - however they started charging and they don't appear to have any transparency anymore
Virgin mobile - you can get bundle deals
O2 - you can get bundle deals
The £5 or £15 amount is a non-expiry airtime credit purchase that comes with free recurring monthly airtime allowances, and the credit remains available until the customer uses airtime beyond the inclusive monthly allowances.
If the customer does not exceed the freebie monthly allowances, the full £5 or £15 (or any additional) credit remains available for future out-of-allowance use.
Some other offers but I tried and did not work out for me. (edited)
O2 Classic - you can find the "old" SIMs on eBay at the 3p/min 2p/SMS 1p/MB rate. Probably best for low occasional usage, I have one in a backup phone. Need a chargeable usage every 6 months to keep it active (so just make a call/text) but credit never expires.
Lebara - £3.90 1GB Data 300 UK mins & texts plus 50 International mins to 41 countries. There is also an intro offer on the 12GB plan at £1.40/month for 6 months elsewhere on this site. It is possible to change to the £3.90 plan after 6 months if you do an intro offer that goes up to a higher rate.
1p/mobile - Have to top up £10 every 120 days, or can pay £30/year (and get £30 credit to use across the year), or can pay £36/year for unlimited calls/texts and 250MB data each month (equiv. £3/month) (edited)
If everything works great in your house, then world's your oyster.
Ordered both an rwg and a gifgaf and will decide which is best for him
After reading the comments, I went to eBay and got hold of 2 x 02 Classic PAYG Sims for just 40p Delivered.
When it arrived I Topped Up £10 (the lowest possible) and a couple days later got £5 free Credit.
From the T&C's on the 02 Sim it states:
"If you don't carry out a chargeable activity at least once in any 6-month period your mobile number and sim will be disconnected and you will lose any credit on your account".
My interpretation of the above means that I can make a Phone Call every 5 Months to carry out a chargeable activity on the Credit that I have already topped up.
If this is not the case, I'm sure a friendly phone Call with 02 Customer Services to discuss this obvious grey area will bring a positive result.