Roaming charges are back

Koeketiene

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Just have a local SIM so people in UK pay if they want to call you and use Whatsapp or Skype for outgoing calls.
I have a local SIM, but it's imperative I keep my UK mobile number for authentication purposes (bank, etc...).
To this end, I have a giffgaff PAYG SIM.
 

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I have a local SIM, but it's imperative I keep my UK mobile number for authentication purposes (bank, etc...).
To this end, I have a giffgaff PAYG SIM.
That's the main use for my UK mobile, it's only switched on to receive pin/security codes. If I start to get charged for receiving those, will update account details to have them sent to local phone instead.
 

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I have a local SIM, but it's imperative I keep my UK mobile number for authentication purposes (bank, etc...).
To this end, I have a giffgaff PAYG SIM.
That only works if you spend no more than 63 days at a time out of the UK. Then Giffgaff will cut you off, as will Three. If that's likely you're better to choose an operator that applies a surcharge and doesn't cut you off.
 

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I dont remember how long it was. Obvious workaround is to have two or more SIMs active before leaving UK.
That won't work either. If you leave them on, even intermittently, they'll both be cut off. If you keep one as a spare without using it, the number risks being cancelled due to lack of use.
 

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That won't work either. If you leave them on, even intermittently, they'll both be cut off. If you keep one as a spare without using it, the number risks being cancelled due to lack of use.
It's at least 6 months before they will cancel it as unused. Send a msg before that and it's another 6 months.
 

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I've just had notice one of my French SIMs will soon be cancelled as it hasn't been used for three months. A nuisance really as I am in the UK and due to my carelessness the SIM is in France. :(
 

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That only works if you spend no more than 63 days at a time out of the UK. Then Giffgaff will cut you off, as will Three. If that's likely you're better to choose an operator that applies a surcharge and doesn't cut you off.
I would like to differ.
Haven't set foot in the UK for nearly two years now (since the start of this Covid madness), and haven't been cut off.
In fact, just had my daughter call me (from the UK) on my UK number to verify it still worked.
 

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I would like to differ.
Haven't set foot in the UK for nearly two years now (since the start of this Covid madness), and haven't been cut off.
In fact, just had my daughter call me (from the UK) on my UK number to verify it still worked.
If you have a goodybag they say they will charge you extra for roaming after a while and in my experience they do.
 

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If you have a goodybag they say they will charge you extra for roaming after a while and in my experience they do.
Don't have a goodybag.
Don't USE the phone - only have it to receive the odd SMS (see #202).
Just recharge the absolute PAYG minimum from time to time as it would seem your credit expires after a while.
 

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I don't think they bother checking where you are unless they only see a lot of calls constantly made when roaming.
Unfortunately, 'they' is a computer and 'it' knows as soon as your phone picks up a foreign network. Any usage threshold's set will be automatically triggered and (at least initially) handled by the computerised system too.
 

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I would like to differ.
Haven't set foot in the UK for nearly two years now (since the start of this Covid madness), and haven't been cut off.
In fact, just had my daughter call me (from the UK) on my UK number to verify it still worked.
I seem to recall tales of people being cut-off by Giffgaff, but clearly it works for you as you haven't been cut off yet. I was cut off by Three after about 16 months of being in France for the same reason! I suppose to be fair I do have an active Giffgaff SIM in my laptop - texting works but I don't think I've ever had PAYG data in France; the connection just doesn't authenticate. When I go back to France I'll leave some data on an active Goodybag and see if that works.
 
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