Which mobile network should I swap to?

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  1. stephec

    stephec Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bolton
    My EE contract is up and they're not getting another penny from me, so for a sim only deal with upto 10g of data who should I choose?

    Texts and minutes aren't too relevant as I hardly ever use it as an actual phone.
     
  2. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    You might be as well to check who gives the best coverage if it’s more for data use when out and about? I’m with O2, mainly because I get decent 4G around here.
     
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  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Possibly Giffgaf ?

    EE and Voda in our house. EE's always been good data wise, but in the last year it's rubbish at our caravan and voda is now better ? Weird.
     
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  4. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    I am with GiffGaff and have been for years. They piggy back on O2 and their customer service is very good.

    I pay £10 a month and have unlimited texts and calls plus 6meg of data a month. I have my own phone so have no phone cost involved. You can cancel anytime with no drama.

    If you feel you might like a try with them, let me know as they would give you a fiver for joining and me a fiver for recommending them. If you just ask for a SIM, you get nothing
     
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  5. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    Tesco. Cheap, brilliant customer service.
     
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  6. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    Talkmobile.;)
     
  7. midlife

    midlife Guru

    I'm with giffgaff as are the rest of the family, not the cheapest but good coverage from 02 and I like the online interface. And I can stop it anytime as its not a contract as such.
     
  8. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Giffgaff here, never let me down, a good solid PAYG monthly service, takes the money automatically once you've set up, no problems I've noticed with service or network availability.
     
  9. Zeffer

    Zeffer Senior Member

    Location:
    Leamington Spa
    Just found this piggybacking article, might help:

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/piggybacking/
     
  10. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Not Virgin.
     
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  11. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    Another vote for Tesco who use the O2 network. The Tesco Rocketpack allows you to vary your monthly purchase between £5 and £20 according to your needs.

    Generally I find mobile data is a very small part of my usage. Wifi is available everywhere so make use of it. The last 22 days I've used 176mb out of the 500mb I chose to purchase this month.

    I don't understand the urge to buy massive amounts of data when wifi is free just about anywhere.
     
  12. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ... Photo Winner

    Location:
    Hamtun
    GiffGaff here.. No contract, and can change tarrifs each month should I require more or less data.
    Never yet had any problems.
     
  13. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    All depends on who gives you the best signal in the area you're going to spend most of your time, also if you need a specific feature such as WiFi calling, I'm currently with Plusnet £6.30pm 4Gb data, unlimited calls, unlimited SMS, but they do not offer WiFi calling although they are owned by BT who own in turn EE who Plusnet piggyback off & EE do. So really it's you pays your money & you takes your choice, if you're not sure get a 1 month rolling contract & test each, costs you nothing to port your number over & theoretically you shouldn't have to speak to anybody, it's all now done by SMS
     
  14. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    What's wrong with EE? Probably one of the better networks with good customer service. I normally find a deal online which is about what I want, ring up EE, get put through to retentions and negotiate based on the deal I've found. Occasionally I've had a hard arsed rep who's refused to budge. I just ring back a few days later and get someone else. I think I pay about 6 quid a month for a few Gb of data and calls and stuff. My son pays a tenner for 10GB, all done through retentions.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    stephec

    stephec Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bolton
    Cheers everyone, I travel around a bit so signal coverage is going to vary for me anyway, and I'm not always within range of wifi.

    The reason I'm not staying with EE is this -

    Last August I took out a sim only with them, opting to pay by card each month rather than DD. One of my first questions was, can I use it in Europe? And I was told I could.

    A month later I'm in Germany for work and my phone isn't working, using my work mobile to contact EE I'm told the reason I have no roaming is because I'm not on DD.

    Once home I go back into the shop and stick my contract on the counter, 'oh yes it's because you're not on DD,' I hear, I'll gloss over my appraisal of their service.

    So onto DD I go and this June I'm back in Hannover where once again my phone isn't working, this time the excuse is that it's because sim only deals don't qualify for roaming, pointing out that it's a different excuse to last time, and that the MY EE app on my phone says I have unlimited calls in the EU, doesn't seem to get me anywhere.

    My contract's now up at twelve months so to use the vernacular, EE can stick it right up their ring.
     
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