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MVNOs lure new customers with free credit

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How often do you switch your operator? free credit

How often do you switch your operator when you use PAYG SIM card?

Asda, Vectone and Lebara offer free bundles for new PAYG SIM card customers and those who move their number to MVNOs networks.

British mobile market is dominated by four main operators which take the majority of market share. They have been fighting for customers for years but the most interesting battle may be seen between the smallest parties on this market. MVNOs, as this is where the rivalry is fiercest, are usually created to cater for the needs of particular, limited groups. These virtual operators mostly provide their customers with PAYG SIM cards thus giving them freedom but also no ties to one operator. It makes it very easy for a customer to switch from one operator to another.  In order to attract people and make them use their services, MVNOs offer competitive rates and attractive sign-up bonuses. It is an ideal situation for consumers as they benefit from the struggle between operators and thanks to using PAYG SIM cards, number transfer is not so problematic and can be done at any time. This article looks at three such operators and their offers for new customers.

First, we will look at Vectone which is an operator that uses EE’s mobile coverage and offers both PAYG SIM cards and contracts. They advertise that consumers that transfer their number to Vectone get £15 for free. And it is partially true. People who move their number to Vectone get a bonus when they top-up for the first time. It varies depending on the top-up amount and in the best case scenario you may get £15, but only when you top up 30 quids. In other cases, the joining bonus is between £2 and £10, depending on the top-up value. Obviously, this is a deal just for PAYG SIM card users.

Another transfer bonus is offered by Lebara. This international MVNO offers only pay as you go SIM cards and it is customised to meet the needs of migrant workers. The operator piggybacks on Vodafone so if you are curious about the mobile coverage you need to go to our mobile coverage checker. The bonus promised by Lebara is simple: £4 of free credit for anyone who decides to switch from any other operator. It does not sound as nice as £15 at Vectone, but it does not require to top-up huge amounts to benefit from it.

Finally, the third offer is from Asda Mobile, an MVNO set up by the famous supermarket brand back in 2007. This operator provides EE’s mobile coverage and deals only in PAYG SIM cards. In contrast to the previous ones, Asda’s sign-up bonus is not aimed at customers switching their numbers but it is for every new-comer.  The deal itself beats those above as every new ASDA PAYG SIM card may come with a free bundle worth £20! It includes 2 GB of data, 1500 minutes and 2000 texts valid for 30 days, so basically almost an all-you-can-eat deal for a month. The only requirement is to log in and register at Asda to get the free bundle. The offer is limited to first 80,000 customers and it is valid until the 2nd of February 2015.

As you can see MVNOs fight hard for PAYG SIM card users and if you want to keep track of the latest deals available in the UK visit our webpage and stay up to date.

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January 6th, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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Free data for Christmas for new EE PAYG SIM cards

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Did Santa make you move to EE? Free data

Did Santa make you move to EE?

EE is giving out free 100MB of monthly data allowance to all new pay as you go customers who register before Christmas.

The Halloween is not yet over but we are starting to see first Christmas offers popping out here and there. The first mobile operator to jump the gun on Christmas deals is EE. Their new promotion is aimed at new customers who choose PAYG SIM cards. The Christmas deal includes affordable smartphones and tablets paired with a free monthly allowance of 100MB of data.

In terms of PAYG smartphones, EE offers quite a nice bargain on Nokia Lumias 635 as they are sold at £99. It is an attractive price for a phone that supports 4G speeds. But the 4G operator doesn’t forget about tablet-users as it prepared a good deal for 4G tablet as well. The slate on offer is Alcatel ONETOUCH POP 7S, which is a moderate device in terms of technical specifications but at this price it’s an entry-level device that may be one of the cheapest on the market so far.

The second part of the Christmas offer is a monthly allowance of free 100 MB of data to new PAYG SIM card phones and SIM-only customers. In order to be eligible to receive it, you need to top up your account by as little as £5 not later than on January 4, 2015. In terms of tablets, the SIM card needs to be registered online and this will have to be done by February 6, 2015. From then on, every 30 days you will receive 100MB of data as long as your PAYG SIM cards are active. EE hasn’t declared how many times you will get this allowance, but we might safely assume that it will be on to the end of 2015.

In order to qualify for this deal you need to move to EE and get a PAYG phone/tablet deal or just a PAYG SIM card by December 28, 2014 for phones and January 31, 2015 for tablets.

The biggest 4G operator in the UK definitely brought an interesting Christmas gift for mobile fans. Obviously, one may say that 100MB is not much especially considering 4G speeds. But to put it into perspective with 100MB you could browse the Internet for 4 hours, send 2000 WhatsApp messages or download 20 tracks. No the worst present PAYG SIM card customers could have got.

Written by adm

October 29th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Vectone offers local rates in 3 European countries

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Vectone removes roaming fees in 3 European states

Vectone removes roaming fees in 3 European states

Vectone Mobile allows its customers to pay only local rates when they travel to France, Portugal or Sweden.

Today we would like to present yet another interesting roaming deal for PAYG SIM cards. This time it is Vectone’s “2 Country SIM” deal which enables customers to take advantage of local rates when they are in France, Portugal or Sweden. The basic premise of this service is to have two numbers on one SIM card – one British and one from a chosen country. Thanks to such a solution Vectone customers will be charged at local rates when they use their phone in a selected country. But it is more than just a way of avoiding roaming charges, because additionally whoever calls from a chosen country when you are in Britain will pay as if they were making a domestic call. This makes it also a nice solution for staying in touch with friends and family at low-cost.

When you activate “2 Country SIM” by calling Vectone’s customer service on 322 or 02071790134, you will be assigned a second number from the selected country. Apart from low rates, you will not have to keep 2 PAYG SIM cards and both numbers are connected to one Vectone account so you only have to top up one account to be able to use both numbers. The rules concerning this service includes the limit to have only one additional number simultaneously, no special offers may apply to the second number and the conversion rate from pounds to euro (or vice versa) is set by the operator.

As the deal is free of charge, it becomes a very competitive service both for international calls and roaming for PAYG SIM cards. We will update our readers as soon as the deal is extended to other countries or removed, however, for the time being it is a smart solution for travellers going to France, Portugal or Sweden.

Written by adm

June 25th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Cheapest PAYG

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ASDA wants to lure more customers by offering the cheapest PAYG mobile phone in the market.

ASDA seems to want to tap into budget customers who want to get affordable mobile phones at lowest cost possible. To do so the supermarket chain introduced a PAYG mobile phone on the cheap for merely 5 pounds. Surprisingly, the price is exactly just £5 as customers are not made to purchase any additional top-ups or sign up for any special tariff. Additionally, the phone comes with a T-Mobile PAYG SIM card.

Cheapest PAYGThe phone in question is Alcatel 1010. This handset is a very simple device and it has only basic features such as MP3 player, 3MB of memory and a wireless FM radio. If you are looking for a cutting-edge phone then Alcatel 1010 is not your choice, however, this feature phone is a very practical device if you want to use it just to call and text. It weighs around 60g, its dimensions are 106x46x13mm, and it has a small 1.45” screen with 65k colour display. This gives the phone long battery life which is a rarity in today’s world of power-hungry smartphones.

ASDA is not the first store to introduce extremely cheap mobile devices.  Earlier this year, Tesco launched its own-branded tablet Tesco Hudl. Again it is not a state-of-the-art device but a sturdy and affordable budget version of popular tablets.  Supermarket chains aim at people who look for new ways to save money and the period before Christmas is the season for saving money to spend it on gifts.

Written by adm

November 28th, 2013 at 11:06 am

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ZTE Grand X in Virgin PAYG offer

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Virgin Media has added a new smartphone to its pay as you go SIM card deals. It’s yet another phone produced by Chinese company ZTE. The handset is called Grand X and it is truly a massive smartphone, that belongs to the top of its class. It runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, but what is more exciting, is that it is packed with 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Processor. Thanks to such a processor, the speed of the phone is vastly improved and the gaming experience is enhanced. Phones with Tegra also have access to a special marketplace called Tegra Zone, where you can get games build to take advantage of Tegra processors. Grand X has also 4.3 inch QHD display and 5 megapixel camera for photos and HD video recording.

What ZTE Grand X delivers is a high-end smartphone perfect for videos and gaming, but the question is how expensive it is be. Not as much as would you think. Virgin Media offers ZTE Grand X for £199.99 in a PAYG SIM card deal. For that price you get the phone, 12 months of free data,  £10 of airtime and 300 texts as a welcoming gift. So we get here is another fine smartphone deal from Virgin for those who prefer to use pay as you go SIM card.

ZTE Grand X

Source: http://www.virginmobile.com/vm/viewProduct.do?productId=16457495

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August 20th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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PAYG mobiles at ASDA

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ASDA mobile ASDA has introduced new ultra cheap mobile phones to its wide range of products. You can find now some cheap branded PAYG mobile phones at discounted prices. Among them you may find T-Mobile Zest 2, Nokia 1616 or Samsung E2121. They aren’t the most modern phones on the market, but offers them in the price range of 12.5 to 15 pounds. For such a price you will get a simple phone good for calling or texting, with a FM radio and an MP3 player. On top of that, each mobile bought in ASDA comes with a PAYG ASDA Mobile SIM card and the ‘Everyday’ bundle (100 minutes and 100 texts for £5).

Source: ASDA

Written by adm

February 23rd, 2012 at 12:02 pm

New SIM-only offer from Virgin

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media

Virgin Media proposes new SIM card-only tariffs for as low as £5. In comparison to other Virgin Mobile deals, both standard PAYG and contracts, this one has some advantages. For example, for 5 pounds you have 100 minutes to any network and unlimited free calls within Virgin Media network.  Moreover, it is a 30 day rolling contract, so you can change your tariff with 30 day notice. This makes the SIM-only deal an interesting alternative both for PAYG customers and Pay Monthly ones. However, the drawback is the fact that only customers are eligible for this offer and they have to hurry as it ends on the 31st of March.

Source: https://www.virginmobile.com/vm/paymonthlySimOnly.do

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March 14th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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