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The international MVNO launched a new deal which comprises of national calls, texts and data, as well as international airtime.
Quite recently MVNOs focused on international calls have started offering comprehensive bundles that include all you need for local calls but also caters for the needs of customers who call abroad. Nowadays, you can get one of such bundles for Vectone PAYG SIM cards at a fairly low cost. This MVNO’s bundle known as All-in-One Pocket Saver literally saves your money. Vectone gives away unlimited text and data, 500 minutes for national and international calls as well as standard unlimited calls and texts to other Vectone numbers. All the above costs £10 a month. At the first glance, the deal looks amazingly good, but obviously there are some conditions which make this PAYG SIM card deal less generous but still a very competitive one.
First of all, you get 500 minutes for national and international calls and you can mix and match them. This makes the bundle very flexible, because you might just need 50 minutes for international calls one month, while in the other 200 minutes. However, the destinations you can call are limited to 25 countries from around the world (a complete list is available here). Then, unlimited texts and data are not really unlimited. In terms of texts, you can send no more than 3000 UK texts and you can’t send more than 200 a day. Supposedly, this limit is more than an average PAYG SIM card user needs but there are some heavy texters out there who might need more. The biggest disappointment is the data limit as Vectone offers 3GB in this bundle and tethering is unavailable. Again this is quite a lot of data but not nearly enough for some people. Finally, remember that All-in-One bundles at Vectone are valid for 30 days from the activation day and any unused allowance will be lost.
Nevertheless, All-in-One Pocket Saver is a nice deal for pay as you go SIM cards and if you are interested in getting it, you may subscribe by dialling *1028# from your Vectone PAYG SIM card.
The community-based MVNO, Giffgaff, launched their first range of mobile phones last week. This marks a significant change in their strategy as it was known to be an operator without any customer service or any distribution channel – a pure SIM-only PAYG SIM card provider. However, right now this O2-backed MVNO has introduced a range of phones business for their customers.
Currently, Giffgaff’s offer includes such smartphones as Samsung Galaxy S4, Lumia 925, HTC One or Blackberry Q10. It means that apart from an iPhone, the MVNO has all upmarket handsets in offer. All phones are available in a PAYG deal, which means you need to buy a ‘goodybag’ bundle for £10 and the phone will come with Giffgaff PAYG SIM card. If you don’t want to pay the whole amount for the handset at once, there is a possibility to get instalments. This comes with a pleasant twist, as it is usual with Giffgaff. The instalments are offered in cooperation with a peer-to-peer lender RateSetter. This solution connects borrowers and lenders, cutting the banks out of the deal. Thanks to RateSetter customers will get a very good instalment deal without too many additional costs or too high interest rate.
All in all, introduction of a handset range that offers modern phones in a PAYG model at an affordable price may help Giffgaff boost its customer base and increase the market share.
Vectone Mobile launched a new service thanks to which customers can drastically lower their spending on outgoing roaming calls.
The new service is directed at all the people that travel abroad and want to make calls back home or anywhere else in the world. The feature is known as Smart roaming and it uses USSD message to technology to connect you to your destination. Basically, what you need to do to take advantage of cheaper calls is to send a message to Vectone, then wait for a return call, pick it up and start talking with the person you wanted to dial to. When you have your Vectone Mobile PAYG SIM card in your mobile phone you should dial *103* plus a country code, the number you are calling and finish off with # symbol. For example, to call to the UK you would dial *103*44XXXXXXXX#. From the technical point of view, all you need to do to benefit from Smart Roaming is to switch on roaming before you go abroad and properly configure your phone.
The two benefits that come from Smart roaming is that, firstly, you can make a call even from places that normally wouldn’t be possible for Vectone’s PAYG customers. Secondly, Smart roaming offers cheaper rates than Regular roaming tariff on Vectone. To check how much you can save and whether Smart roaming rates are competitive, you should go to Vectone’s Smart roaming website
From August 1, Vodafone has on offer new PAYG Freebees with unlimited texts and minutes
Vodafone UK has decided to give their customers new pay-as-you-go deals. These new allowances include unlimited calls and minutes so that customers don’t have to worry how much they have left on their accounts. Those PAYG deals are known as the Red Freedom Freebees and they come in two different version. The cheaper one costs £30 for which Vodafone’s customer gets unlimited calls and minutes plus 1GB of data. The dearer one is for £40 and instead of 1GB you get 2GB of data. Both Red Freedom Freebees are valid for 30 days. There is also a possibility to set up an automatic renewal for Freebees if your memory often plays tricks on you.
Vodafone’s Head of PAYG Marketing, Sten van der Ham commented saying: “Pay as you go customers want to enjoy the freedom of using their smartphone to talk, text, tweet or surf the internet. They want to talk with or text whoever they want, whenever they want, without having to worry about what’s left in their allowance.”
Additionally, all the other Freebees for PAYG SIM cards have been altered a little bit. To see the changes visit Vodafone’s PAYG deals web page.
IOU is Vodafone’s promotion for pay as you go sim card customers. Every time one’s balance reaches £0.00 Vodafone gives £3 of credit. It is possible to receive only one credit between top-ups which will be deducted after next top-up plus a 45p service charge. However, only the amount that was used will be deducted, for example when £1 of IOU credit was used, £1.45 will come off the next top-up.
There are three ways to activate the service: logging in to My Vodafone, calling 468 or texting IOU to 468.
For more details visit http://www.vodafone.co.uk/about-this-site/terms-and-conditions/vodafone-iou/index.htm
Vodafone Buzz Back
Buzz Back is a service by Vodafone exclusively for pay as you go customers and it’s free. The service allows to send two texts a day requesting one’s friend to call back. It can be done by sending friend’s number to 30303. The content of the text can’t be changed.
If someone doesn’t want to receive such requests it is possible to block their number from receiving the call back text messages by calling Vodafone customer services.
There is no need to be an Orange customer to save money because O2 also gives its customers similar possibility. To say “thank you” O2 gives rewards to its pay as you go sim card customers for every top-up. After opting in, the reward is 5 per cent back of every top-up during the first six months and 10 per cent after that period. However, maximum reward every quarter is £150. Every three-months rewards are added up and must be claimed or they will be lost. As it is written on the O2 webpage, saved money can be spent “on extra credit, phones and accessories, shopping vouchers or Ticketmaster tickets” or saved for later. There are three ways to sign up: online, sending message (REWARD to 50202) or calling (313) – all three for free. In return a reward code is sent and earning can be started.
Virgin Mobile seems to be attracting students. It gives 15 per cent discount off to Virgin Media mobile and mobile broadband Pay Monthly and pay as you go sim card customers.
– maximum discount is £100 a month;
– it is for those who have a valid card membership and are existing customers of Virgin Media mobile or want to join Virgin Media mobile and are students;
– it is necessary to fill in an online application form via http://mobileoffers.virginmedia.com/NUS/ (if the form is valid the operator will contact customers directly and apply the discount to their account within 60 days);
– the discount is applied one month in arrears as an air time credit (Pay As You Go) or a discount on the bill (Pay Monthly);
– the promotion is valid for the duration that one maintains a valid NUS Extra card membership (Pay As You Go) or for the length of minimum term if one signs up for one of Pay Monthly contracts or SIM Only tariffs.
Vodafone has launched a new deal for pay as you go SIM card users that targets Blackberry owners. This new offer is called Blackberry Freebee and is available to all Vodafone customers that are on Vodafone’s Simply PAYG tariff. This deal grants everybody who topped up for £10 free BlackBerry messenger and an extra 100MB of data. Additionally, Vodafone PAYG SIM card owners will get a free access to BB AppWorld. All they need to do is to call 4355 to sign in for this deal.
Blackberry Freebee deal for Vodafone PAY
Vodafone has also included into its offer an exclusive range of colourful BB Curve 9320. If you want to get one of them together with Vodafone pay-as-you-go SIM card, you will have to spend £120 and pick the colour of your choice: Vivid Violet, Classic Blue or Hot Pink.