Use three payg sim without topping up

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  1. tigermad

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    I read that if you run out of credit on your three payg sim you can still receive calls on it. So I have an iPhone and all I ever use it for is the running app ismoothrun. I don't want to make calls or use data so not worth paying £15 per month. I connect the phone to my wifi when I get home to upload and save my run to the servers. Problem is now and again the phone loses gps signal from the satellites during and then my run my pace is normally messed up at the end, usually much faster. So I wanted the sim to just use the phone masts to acquire a location signal if the satellite signal fails. Is this possible since it is supposed to still receive calls?
     
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    Yes, it is possible. To receive calls, your phone still has to register with the nearest mast which will give a location. Bear in mind that some PAYG sims need you to make at least one chargeable call or SMS at least once every x number of months to stay active otherwise they reserve the right to disconnect you. In reality, this doesn't tend to happen, I've got year old sims with credit on that haven't been used which are still active.
     
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    Thanks. Just ordered a sim so will give it a go. Might top up now and again to use Apple music anyway since it's not out on android until the fall.
     
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    321 is a cheap tariff it wouldnt do any harm to leave a bit of credit on it [emoji6]
     
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    Three needs a chargeable action every 6 months, but £10 lasts a long time with the cheap rates.
     
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    I hardly use my phone so if on Vodaphone, I pay £10, what happens after 30 days? I assume I would be charged an amount per text and calls until the £10 is used up? If so what will the amounts be?

    I like the idea of 321 instead but interesting is buying the Vodaphone Smart Ultra 6.

    I am currently on orange (not internet use) so planning on switching providers anyway.
     
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    Just buy the Ultra 6 and unlock it, the code is only £1-£2 on eBay. Vodafone is much more expensive, where Three is 3p per minute and 2p per text Vodafone is 30p per minute and 14p per text.

    Data is £2 per day for 50MB and then 10p per MB whilst Three is 1p per MB.

    You have to be rich to be considering Vodafone as a service provider ;)

    That's without mentioning their absolutely [email protected] data network in most of the country.
     
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    Will a vodafone sim be needed to help unlock it?
     
  9. Dave X

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    Unless you use an eBay unlocker, yes. Vodafone will only unlock for their customers, so the contract holder/original owner or sometimes a second PAYG user after extended use on Vodafone.

    If you aren't the owner of the phone it's probably easier to pay an unlocker on eBay.

    Edit, I've used this unlocker without any problems, he is actually cheaper than Vodafone at present as well.

    FACTORY UNLOCK IPHONE 5S VODAFONE UNITED KINGDOM UK GUARANTEE FACTORY UNLOCKING | eBay
     
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    Does any provider let you roll over the minutes/data if you don't use it during the month? It looks like 3 doesn't.
     
  13. Dave X

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    No, none I'm aware of. These days they just offer a 30 day which is use it or lose it.
     
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    My Three 3,2,1 PAYG package credit never expires.
     
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    Which is completely different from what happens with a minutes/data add-on. If you buy an add on of minutes or data (or texts) it will expire after 30 days.

    Terms & Conditions - Privacy & cookies - Three

    And to add, even basic 321 credit has a 6 month clause built in, if you don't make a chargeable action in a 6 month period Three will not only expire the credit but the sim as well.

    Link Document
     
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    Absolutely right that the Add-ons do time expire which is why I generally don't use them. The 3,2,1 tariff is sufficiently cheap for my level of usage that they Add-ons don't really confer any benefit.

    If one foresees a period of high usage or travel abroad then they are worth buying, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
     
  17. TheBlueBrazil

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    Only add on I ever bought was a all in one 20 as we were off to the USA for 3 weeks so it made perfect sense. In the UK I just top up and use it PAYG.
     
  18. Dave X

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    Agreed, but @tigermad was asking about expiry on minutes and data, as opposed to just credit which is why I mentioned it.
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.
     

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