I used 3, on their 1-2-3 PAYG tariff, but SWMBO was on Giffgaff...... first Giffgaff put up their rates to eye-watering levels and I tried to get her an O2 PAYG account, but missed out.Sarah wrote: ↑Tue Mar 29 2022 2:23pmYou could do worse than try to pickup an O2 "Classic 123" SIM card for 20p on ebay, before they become completely extinct. Stick it in a basic old mobile phone and then remain connected to the service for the purpose of incoming TXT and calls, potentially paying no more than £10 (top-up) every 6 months.
Then 3 announced a huge across the board rise in their PAYG rates whilst I was in Portugal. Then they also stopped providing an "over WiFi" access app, which allowed me to overcome the poor reception at home in the UK. Then (gun pointed firmly at foot) they announced roaming charges (which would impact me in Portugal). So, altogether not good...... I looked around and found 1p mobile, which, as suggested, charges 1p for a call, a text or data and uses the EE network. This has been all good.... apart from the roaming.
So, after Sarah's post, I checked out the O2 SIMS on ebay - because O2 is NOT imposing roaming charges. Whilst not quite 20p, I found one vendor selling 2 sims for 99p post free! So I bought them on Monday and they arrived today.... with a registration date limit of 1st Feb 2023. I've now topped up (not easy, the online service crashes), so I have a cheapish backup for the future. Good for anyone taking a holiday in Europe and not on O2
In the UK, the 1p mobile still trumps this O2 PAYG, but for roaming, maybe not..... Once I've used my 3 credit it'll be bye-bye to them, I'm afraid.