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international 26-01-2013 06:14

Which UK SIM cheapest to activate from abroad just to have a UK number?
 
Giffgaff? Lyca? Else? They seem to have the same tariffs but Lyca says it is preactivated which sounds pretty interesting given the fact that you can't be sure you can successfully activate a Giffgaff number from overseas(?). Giffgaff's site is pretty clear regarding prices, Lyca's is quite annoying: you have to select countries one by one.

As I understand the minimum top-up is GBP 5 (for all carriers), but as Lyca is preactivated I may use it even with zero balance for incoming calls whenever i'm in the UK. When outside the UK, I just want it to produce the "this number is not available at the moment" sign, but not the "this number is not activated yet" sign, preferably without having to top it up with GBP 5 from abroad, which may or may not work anyways. As I understand, I can keep alive a UK number by sending a text to that number every 6 months?

NFH 28-01-2013 22:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by international (Post 41756)
As I understand the minimum top-up is GBP 5 (for all carriers)

It's only 10p with Orange (in 10p increments), but the only want to buy these micro top-ups is in Orange shops (mostly rebranded now to EE). Another advantage of Orange is that you only need to receive a communication every 6 months in order to keep the SIM card active.

international 17-02-2013 11:30

Thanks for the info.

international 18-09-2013 10:12

So back to my original question:

- Which is the best SIM which I can pick up in a convenience store, not shipped to an address?
- Only a SIM to be active and me being available on it is needed, the cost of outgoing texts, minutes and data is secondary at this point

Eg. GiffGaff is out of the question it seems as they can only send it to your address. No info on Ovivo, though.

VladS 18-09-2013 13:37

Do you need a mobile number? There are plenty of UK VoIP providers who offer free landline numbers.

international 18-09-2013 14:06

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Originally Posted by VladS (Post 44344)
Do you need a mobile number? There are plenty of UK VoIP providers who offer free landline numbers.

I already have a UK VoIP number. But I need the ability to receive SMS messages.

andy 19-09-2013 00:02

The main network brands will all be in shops, plus some MVNO brands such as Lyca and Vectone are in some shops, which you can search on their websites. I believe I've seen Lyca in Sainsburys, which is a national supermarket chain.

Ovivo, I think will be internet order and post only.

Have you looked on eBay? There are a lot of SIMs there. Or you can ask on giffgaff's forum, where some members are willing to post abroad; I could offer that myself, but I don't have any SIMs here at the moment, so that's not helpful if it's urgent.

international 19-09-2013 06:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by andy (Post 44352)
Ovivo, I think will be internet order and post only.

Have you looked on eBay? There are a lot of SIMs there. Or you can ask on giffgaff's forum, where some members are willing to post abroad; I could offer that myself, but I don't have any SIMs here at the moment, so that's not helpful if it's urgent.

Thanks for pointing me that out. I guess some giffgaff will be the winner, since a GBP 5 credit there will take me much longer than a GBP 20 activation for the 'free' OVIVO offer.

Motel75 19-09-2013 07:00

I have activated giffgaff SIMs from overseas without any trouble.

Before you activate yours, PM me and I'll give you my number for the extra recommendation credit. (Or you can just use my giffgaff username, also Motel75, but you get less extra credit that way.)

international 24-10-2013 22:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Motel75 (Post 44361)
I have activated giffgaff SIMs from overseas without any trouble.

Before you activate yours, PM me and I'll give you my number for the extra recommendation credit. (Or you can just use my giffgaff username, also Motel75, but you get less extra credit that way.)

Thanks. I will do that.


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