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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 01:05 Thread Starter
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Non-time limited PAYG SIM?

I'm noticing that when we're away in the van in the UK, my mobile signal is often pants. (I'm currently on a contract with Three with my own unlocked 3G Android smartphone).

When we are away, I'd like to have the option (if the signal turns out to be pants) of swapping my Three contract sim card for a PAYG sim. I'm a bit confused by what providers are offering. What deals can I get for a SIM card only PAYG with no monthly fees and no limit expiry date on purchased time/data?

In an ideal world, my plan would be to have two PAYG sims covering two different networks.


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I hardly use my phone so it is a waste of money to have a monthly contract for me. I was with IKEA family mobile but they changed providers so now I'm using Sainsbury 's mobile Payg. No contract, unlimited time for top up. £10 will last me several months. I only use wifi when I can log on to somewhere so no expensive roaming fees. Had it a couple of months now and no problems with coverage.
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Our phones are on different networks but we also carry a third phone in the van which is a cheapy with a Vodafone sim in it.

Vodafone offer a free PAYG sim which you just top up as and when you want. Credit doesn't expire and the only thing I need to remember is to make a call on it every few of months just to keep the sim active.

It's only ever used for the occasional voice call or text so I can't comment on data costs. I don't bother swapping the sim into my own phone as that seems more hassle than it's worth.

Having said all that.......... on the last occasion that neither of us could pick up a signal on our own phones, there was no coverage on the Vodafone either so the system isn't foolproof

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Sim Card

We have a Toggle Sim Card and have done for the last few years there are many posts on here if you do a search.
I usually top up online as you get 10% extra free £20.00 is the minimum but that can last us up to 6 months.
Customer Services havealwaysbeen very good if there is a problem and of course calls are only 3p a minute.
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I use a Tesco PAYG for phone in the UK - top up £10, normally lasts me a couple of months. Mobile data is £5 for 28 days, 500 Mb, but when you top up they add a bonus of 2x the top up for calls & texts only for next 28 days.

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I would really like a non time-limited data SIM for a tab. But no network seems to want to do that.
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I have no idea as to UK tariffs but all my phones are dual SIM and can have either two French ones or a UK and French SIM.
My Chinese Samsung copy has two SIMs and the others are Nokia bought at boots for buttons.


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I bought one from O2 for £15 - lasts indefinitely provided you make at least 1 call every 3 months. Sounds similar to @philoaks' Vodafone one.

The SIM is in an old phone hidden away in the van in case of emergencies.


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My wife has one mobile provider, I have another. This gives us the choice of two providers. Still have the occasional problem but we watch where other campers go for a signal. Most sites are in out of the way places where coverage is bound to be limited.
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