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    Pay as you go calls are rising next month.

    Just received sms to say the rate for payg calls next month will go up from 3p to 10p per minute.

    Is this price rise due uncoupling from EU controls on mobile call rates across EU countries ?

    #2
    Bozo & Bre******
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Switch provider.

      EE's current PAYG plans are very good.
      https://ee.co.uk/help/help-new/billi...ained-original

      Cheapest one at the moment is £1 a week for 100 mins and 200 texts.
      That's 1p/minute for calls and treat the texts as free.

      You pay upfront each week. (You pre-pay as much as you like into your account and they take £1 and automatically start a new pack each week, or you can tie payments to your card and they'll take it off your card each week).
      You can 'Boost' and get extra mins or texts added every 12 packs you use.
      If you use it up before the week is out you can buy extra time, or just restart the pack again for another £1.

      If you don't use it within 7 days it starts again at 100 mins, 200 texts, but for £1/week are you that bothered?

      If you want more minutes, texts, or data other plans are available.

      I've used one of those £1/week ones for 3 years and the price has never changed, although originally they had less mins/texts but also included 10MB data.
      Until a couple of months ago I was still paying £1/week and had boosted it to 150 mins, 200 texts and 760MB data each week.
      (I now use 30-day PAYG Data plans with unlimited calls/texts because I'm currently tethering my laptop through the phone).

      You'll need to get an EE sim, either Free or pre-loaded with a data plan.
      https://shop.ee.co.uk/sim-only/pay-as-you-go-phones#

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        #4
        Originally posted by Gordon999 View Post
        Is this price rise due uncoupling from EU controls on mobile call rates across EU countries ?
        No. It’s to fleece existing customers who can’t be bothered to shop around.

        how much do you spend each month on calls?

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          #5
          I have a company deal with all of us on a sim only with EE. Unused minutes and texts are pooled within members of the group. We get 15gb and a vast number of inclusive minutes and texts for 12.50 per month. calls within the group are free. But when I am abroad its pricey. I have some other deal with EE whereby if, as I understand it, the line is used abroad on any particular day for a flat fee of £5 per day calls to or from a foreign destination will be charged at local rate. This is very useful because as the screen name suggests I like to travel quite a lot, and have a business abroad.

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            #6
            When working for a major mobile corporation we were all given free Sims, no limit but business use only. A colleague got fired for 'phoning family not in Europe, £8k not noticed for 6 months. He seemed surprised to be fired. My manager asked if I felt he should be fired! (Yes for stupidity is always my view on expense cheats)

            Met someone controlling the mucky phone deals. Someone ran up iirc £27k on them one weekend then claimed to have "lost" their 'phone.

            Happy days.

            Now Tesco mobile monthly contract, me and wife, 12gb, 5000 minutes ditto texts £9 a month each, uses O2 network.

            PAYG? Too much bother IMHO
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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              #7
              Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
              PAYG? Too much bother IMHO
              I agree. I don't use my mobile phone much. it's supposed to be for emergencies but I use it for Whatsapp.

              I'm with Giff Gaff. No contract, 500MB data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. It's £6 a month.

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                #8
                Aye, my sister's on giff-gaff also..

                There is of course a contract... a bit like those verbal ASTs....
                I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                  There is of course a contract.
                  Yes, but it's periodic from the start not fixed term.

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                    #10
                    Ah, but so can ASTs be...
                    https://england.shelter.org.uk/legal...hold_tenancy#4

                    Best regards to all...
                    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                      PAYG? Too much bother IMHO
                      That's why I like the EE PAYG packs.

                      They work like a month to month (or week to week) contract, but there is no contract and you can stop or switch to another pack at any time.

                      I have seen cheaper deals, such as giffgaff, but as usual the cheapest are companies that only cover the big cities.
                      Being in rural Cumbria we have less choice of providers who can give a decent signal.
                      (Don't rely on your mobile phone for mountain rescue, you may not have any signal).

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                        #12
                        I use GiffGaff, they're reliable and cheap.
                        They use 02's network, so if you're in an area with decent 02 coverage, you're fine.
                        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                          #13
                          I just move from Three to Smarty* after about 20 years. £10/month for 30Gb and unlimited calls. £8/month 10Gb and unlimited calls.

                          (Turns out that Smarty is pretty much Three).
                          Assume I know nothing.

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                            #14
                            Unfortunately we in the household can only access two providers, O2 and Vodafone. We have just changed to O2, who knows where we will go in 12 months. I also have a 3 pay as you go which I have had for about 12 years, the good thing about the 3 contract I never loose any unused mins etc, so keep it for standby use (usually in the garden), only have to make a call or a text a month.

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                              #15
                              I'm another on Giff Gaff - O2 works well here but not Vodafone or Three. I can change plans any time and cancel any time.

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