iphone 4S -> Orange PAYG situation

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
Just today received my new 4S which is going to replace my 3GS. I'm a new Orange customer as of a week ago and have opted for the Dolphin PAYG Tariff (£10-00 p/m)

Having received the 4S I realised I needed a micro-sim. Firstly I phoned my local store and she really could not relate to my circumstances (yes PAYG customers do still exist!) and she was saying that a micro-sim was only available on a monthly charge of £10-50. I said my thanks and told them i'd be in touch :rolleyes:
Phoned Orange Shop (UK call centre) and they tried to charge me £25-00 for a micro-sim. I told them what the girl at the store had said and also mentioned the fact I want to retain my number and my newly acquired £20-00 credit and simply switch to the micro-sim.
Turns out i'm having to take the new sim on a monthly contract (£10-50) then when I receive it I phone up and register / activate it and immediately tell them I want to cancel and revert to PAYG then i'm all sorted.
Can't be that hard surely? :confused:
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member
you can always a buy a Micro-SIM cutter for a couple of quid and use your existing SIM :thumbsup:
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
you can always a buy a Micro-SIM cutter for a couple of quid and use your existing SIM :thumbsup:
:facepalm: Had no idea these were available. Why do Orange make it so difficult to transfer over then or even suggest it themselves? Sounds like it saves a lot of messing about

Need to find a Micro-sim cutter. Looks like an eBay job to me.
 

Chox1988

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Yeh they'll be less than a fiver on ebay, you might have stalls or shops in town that do it for you to, i know we do.
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
Yeh they'll be less than a fiver on ebay, you might have stalls or shops in town that do it for you to, i know we do.
Guess theres a slight risk to the existing chip having just compared the 2 and seen how close the chip on the micro-sim runs to the edge.
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member
Why do Orange make it so difficult to transfer over then or even suggest it themselves? Sounds like it saves a lot of messing about
Simply put, they wouldn't otherwise be able to offer you the more expensive options that they mentioned. All a Micro-SIM is it's a regular Mini-SIM but with even more of the plastic around the chip removed.
 

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
Simply put, they wouldn't otherwise be able to offer you the more expensive options that they mentioned. All a Micro-SIM is it's a regular Mini-SIM but with even more of the plastic around the chip removed.
Might just get the scissors out :rotfl:
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member

mikeclark007

Well-known Member
That's certainly the cheapest method and has worked for a lot of people!

just a FYI, but Vodafone offer their Micro-SIMs for payg customer free of charge, so you could order that: https://freesim.vodafone.co.uk/orders/add?package_id=1&tracker=58f8dj and go with their £10/month top up of where you get 500MB data and 300 texts on top of the £10 credit. Just a thought
Good idea mate but phone is brand new and locked to Orange. I've got the micro-sim due in a day or 2 so I'll just follow the instructions accordingly. As long as I keep my credit and number which I will I'll persevere :smashin:
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member
mikeclark007 said:
Good idea mate but phone is brand new and locked to Orange. I've got the micro-sim due in a day or 2 so I'll just follow the instructions accordingly. As long as I keep my credit and number which I will I'll persevere :smashin:
Ah, fair enough : smashin:
 

thej

Active Member
You've been told utter rubbish. No need to get a one month contract then cancel. The shop is just trying to get a contract out of you. You can get a PAYG micro sim from an Orange retail store, it isn't free sadly (£15) and you'd need to top up by a minimum of £5, but you will get 250mb a month free for the next 12 months for your trouble.
 

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