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    Which phone network is best for pay as you go? Or you can top-up £5 rather than £10?

    As above, please?

    My Mum is on 3 and just needs to make a few calls and texts, not many, though - trying to find which network would be best for her?

    Also, which networks can you just top-up £5 if you like?

    Thank yous x

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    Got to be Asda mobile, 8p per minute to all mobile networks and landlines (well, in UK), 4p per text and you can top up £5.

    Orange you can top up £5 but am sure on o2 minimum is £10.

    My parents recently joined Tesco Mobile, with pay as you go sims. They are really impressed with the call and text costs. Like your mum, they only make occassional calls and texts. I don't know the prices, but recommend that you check them out.

    Virgin you can top up £5 and texts are cheaper virgin to virgin

    asda, got this for my daughter to keep in touch on travel to and from school cant be beaten for a low user.

    Tesco on the Lite tariff is the same cost as Asda for txt and calls (4p / 8p), web access is still more than Asda though. As a bit of a loophole, when you need to top up, buy a £5 SIM with free delivery, which comes with £10 credit, then use the Ping a Pound service to ping the £10 credit across to your main SIM. (a bit of a faff to setup initially, then just requires 10 free calls to 2703 over 10 days and you have £10 balance for £5). So then you are effectively on 2p per text and 4p/min calls...

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    Thanks everyone, was definitely going for Asda till I saw the post below - what on Earth is Ping a Pound? :w00t:

    nre;7670459

    Tesco on the Lite tariff is the same cost as Asda for txt and calls (4p / … Tesco on the Lite tariff is the same cost as Asda for txt and calls (4p / 8p), web access is still more than Asda though. As a bit of a loophole, when you need to top up, buy a £5 SIM with free delivery, which comes with £10 credit, then use the Ping a Pound service to ping the £10 credit across to your main SIM. (a bit of a faff to setup initially, then just requires 10 free calls to 2703 over 10 days and you have £10 balance for £5). So then you are effectively on 2p per text and 4p/min calls...

    Mrs.Z;7676438

    Thanks everyone, was definitely going for Asda till I saw the post below … Thanks everyone, was definitely going for Asda till I saw the post below - what on Earth is Ping a Pound? :w00t:



    All is explained ]here. Seems a good idea if it all works okay.

    I guess your mum isn't going to be surfing the net via GPRS much, but if she did Asda is 20p/MB and Tesco £4/MB. Unlikely to be important though?
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