Vodafone - if you don't make enough calls then you'll get cut off

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by CJB, Nov 9, 2012.

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    CJB Guest

    Then Vodaphone will not only reallocate your no. to another customer,
    but you will also lose all credit on that no. Other mobile telcos have
    similar T&Cs.

    Frankly this is out right theft - but then the whole mobile industry
    is riddled with such scams and fraud. Anyway see:


    So if you have a spare phone for emergencies then use it at least once
    every 180 days or so (check the T&Cs).

    Also be warned that if you have a smart phone and only use this for
    Skype calls (being 'smart' it will also do calls to the UK - unlike
    Three's S2) then you will also be deemed not to be making enough

    CJB, Nov 9, 2012
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    nothing Guest

    I have a Spanish Vodafone SIM and what you say is true but you do get
    a 3 month period of grace to top up before losing your number and

    It's even worse in Spain, in that you have to top up (not just make a
    call) every six months to keep full functionality.

    I won't use Vodafone in the UK but in Spain all the companies impose
    the same conditions.
    nothing, Nov 9, 2012
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  3. I use Skype for most calls to landlines.
    Use Giff Gaff in UK and Hits Mobile in Spain. Both require top-ups so I
    diary them.
    Hugh - in either England or Spain, Nov 9, 2012
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    Peter Able Guest

    Indeed. O2 PAYG demand that I make a chargeable call every six months, and
    use up - on average - a penny a day.

    If only I could buy off all my other creditors at a penny a day I'd be a
    happy man!

    Peter Able, Nov 10, 2012
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    Dave Saville Guest

    This thread made me check the wife's mobile which has been switched
    off for nearly a year due to illness. Still works and still has
    credit. Virgin Mobile.
    Dave Saville, Nov 10, 2012
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    Graham. Guest

    Graham., Nov 10, 2012
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    Woody Guest

    You should be thankful that you only have to establish a
    chargeable event - sending a text is cheapest.

    In France the only way you can keep a number going is to top it
    up - and that must be done every eight weeks or less. If you
    don't you loose the number and the credit and you can't get it
    Woody, Nov 10, 2012
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    Timmy Guest

    CJB wrote ...

    Orange insist customers make a call every 6 months. Must be new, as I
    was sent a text about it in the last couple of weeks.
    Timmy, Nov 10, 2012
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    Paul Cummins Guest

    We were about to embark at Dover, when (CJB) came
    up to me and whispered:
    Never heard of thewm - not a telco in the UK.

    Paul Cummins - Always a NetHead
    Wasting Bandwidth since 1981
    IF you think this http://bit.ly/u5EP3p is cruel
    please sign this http://bit.ly/sKkzEx

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    Paul Cummins, Nov 10, 2012
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    Timmy Guest

    Paul Cummins wrote ...

    "thewm" ain't a word in my dictionary either.

    If I had a quid for every spellung fucktard who fucked up
    I'd have a quid.
    Timmy, Nov 10, 2012
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    Peter Guest

    Virgin have a long history of NOT cancelling unused SIMs.

    Especially if you have one of those no-longer-available ones which
    have an auto topup done by direct debit. Those never expire even if
    never used - evidently.

    Unfortunately Virgin are UK's most expensive network nowadays.
    Peter, Nov 11, 2012
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    Peter Guest

    France does all kinds of weird things. For example nobody has yet
    found a way to get a local (French) PAYG SIM which gives you cheap
    data. You can do this at most places in Europe (e.g. Greece gives you
    ~2GB for €15) but seemingly not France. I guess they do it only on

    A topup every 8 weeks is outrageous.
    Peter, Nov 11, 2012
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    Graham. Guest

    On Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:37 +0000 (GMT Standard Time),
    02 ;-)
    Graham., Nov 11, 2012
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    Graham. Guest

    Good ol' Skitt
    Graham., Nov 11, 2012
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    Steve Terry Guest

    It's so they can claim a higher subscription than really exists
    It's a contract, contracts don't expire
    Simply 8 PAYG isn't bad

    Steve Terry
    Steve Terry, Nov 11, 2012
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    Steve Terry Guest

    Originally Orange Just Talk was 50p per min, and credit lasted only
    90days whether you used it or not.

    Steve Terry
    Steve Terry, Nov 11, 2012
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    Peter Guest

    Stretching it a bit there :)

    But maybe that's why they do that. A zero cost per month "contract".

    I still have one of those SIMs :)
    Peter, Nov 11, 2012
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    Jim Guest

    This ripoff doesn't apply to Orange PAYG does it?
    Jim, Nov 11, 2012
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    S Viemeister Guest

    We've had the same Orange PAYG sims for years. I just make sure to send
    a text at least once every 6 months to keep the account active. I had
    one sim which was no longer being used (daughter grew up, got her own
    phone) and a year or so after its last use, I called Orange and had the
    credit transferred to my sim.
    S Viemeister, Nov 12, 2012
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    Chris Blunt Guest

    Of course contracts can expire. They can come to the end of their
    specified life or they can be terminated early according to the terms
    contained with the contract itself.

    Chris Blunt, Nov 13, 2012
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