My prob is i don't want a long term contract and defo not to change my number. I want 'dine and dash' mob broadband :madgrin:
I've got a Carphone Whorehouse contract which provides 500Mb, data, 250 minutes of calls and 2000 texts. It's on Vodafone and is effectively unlimited data because it's so slow I couldn't download 500MB in a month! Their minutes are pretty short as well.
That's what you get for shopping in a crack den ;)
Looks like I will be switching the old iPhone to a 3 plan and tether the iPad to that.
Fortunately the sim I have in the iPad still has 9 months left on it!
I've ended up switching to Dolphin on orange /ee but I'm dubious as to whether the data package has started as they wanted me to wait until the monthly analysis date which is in Feb. unlimited texts and hopefully 3GB data for a £20 top up is pretty awesome and I can buy a call bundle with the money to counteract the high per minute rates (25p/min).
I also got a giga bag with giff gaff, £12.50 for 3GB which does allow tethering but not on iDevices! :( can switch it out to a mifi but that's hassle. Only just realised you can get the same type of package from Ovivo for £10/3GB. Same deal with no tether on iDevices tho. 1GB per month for free is awesome though. For some reason I thought it was a phone package only and only realised it has data packs after spending on giff gaff. Next time ....
I shouldn't need much but spoilt by having true unlimited in Saudi for £60 and it can be split across 3 sims / devices with no limits or bar on tethering. Works out really good.
@elsiegee40 the 12GB 3 package ain't bad for £70 odd. Lasts a year so half what you were paying before.
Edit: sorry mis-read. It's a bit more but not much, couple of quid.
I advised a friend who was on T-mobile PAYG to sign-up to T-mobile's SIM-Only monthly rolling contact for £10/month for 250 minutes. She doesn't make many calls ending up topping up by £10 every 3 weeks, so it won't save her that much but would have allowed her to make longer/more calls without worrying about the cost.
Anyway, she went into Phones4U and explained she is already on T-Mobile PAYG and would like to keep the number, the friendly salesman said that once she signed up to the new contract she can simply ring T-mobile customer services and they can transfer the number from PAYG to the contract SIM. Anyway, she signed up there and then, but guess what.... On ringing customer services it was not possible to transfer the number from T-Mobile PAYG to T-Mobile contract. However, had she changed network then it would have been possible using the PAC code mechanism, but PAC codes can only be used between networks and not within the same network. The only option he gave was to go into a T-Mobile shop and get a free Orange SIM and (with or without their assistance) transfer the number to the Orange SIM and then back into the T-Mobile contract using PAC codes. He said that had Phones4U treated this as an "upgrade" then she could have kept the number, but they get less commission than a new line (i.e. new customer). He said it's quite common when purchasing from independent shops acting as agents for T-Mobile.
Anyway, she did as they advised but went to Phones4U instead (as it was them who "mis-sold" the contract). They begrudgingly assisted by going down the Orange PAYG SIM solution and was quite rude. Anyway, for some reason the number didn't transfer to the Orange SIM.
So now she's thinking of just keeping the T-mobile PAYG SIM and cancelling the new contract with T-Mobile, it will cost her £20 but it all got too complicated and was getting stressful.
1) How counter-intuitive it is that transferring a number from one network to another is easier than within the same network. The customer services guy mentioned it was due to OFCOM regulations but I suspect it's more that T-mobile's systems don't allow them to do it.
2) Unscrupulous sales staff who would happily screw you over for an extra £5 commission.:mad:
3) If you plan to do this yourself go to a T-Mobile shop and specify an UPGRADE. Or do it online as I think there is a tick-box to say you are an existing T-Mobile PAYG customer.
Anyway, back to my original post, I still haven't decided which contract I am going to choose, but I thought I would let everyone know about this issue.