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Nov. 21st, 2008

10:34 am - Mobile phone

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From:susannahf
Date:November 21st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I've been meaning to switch over to "pay as you go" for a while, and I suspect that this will either be a very good time or a very bad time

It depends on what your new phone is and how you buy it. You need to figure out the following numbers:
How much you will save in an average month by switching to PAYG (a)
How much your new phone will cost if you buy it independently (b)
How much your new phone will cost if you buy it with a PAYG package (c)
How much your new phone will cost if you buy it with a pay-monthly package (d)
How long a pay-monthly contract you will have to sign to get d (e)
How much a payg sim will cost (f)

Then work out the costs for each option:
1) Get new phone with pay monthly contract = a*e + d
2) New phone with payg package = c
3) New payg phone independent of payg package = b + f

There are other options, but I suspect that one of these will work out to be the cheapest. Which one depends very much on your choice of handset, I suspect.
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From:susannahf
Date:November 21st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I should point out that orange will switch you from pay-monthly to payg for free, keeping numbers and suchlike. I can't remember the exact process, but I basically went into an Orange shop, said that that's what I wanted to do, and followed the instructions (which I think were probably "call customer services and ask"). They ask why (obviously), but then they send you a free PAYG sim, and deactivate your account as soon as you activate the new sim. Oh, and I didn't have to hassle them for a refund when I ended up overpaying slightly because of it :)
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From:johnckirk
Date:November 21st, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
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I may have understated the "haven't got round to it yet" bit :)

I went into an Orange shop a while back to ask about this, and the guy told me that I'd have to phone customer services. So, I did that, and they sent me a new SIM card, which I need to activate. That was several months ago, and I still have the envelope sitting at the bottom of a pile somewhere...

I'm not sure whether they eventually expire if you don't activate them soon enough, but I can't do it now without buying a new phone.
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From:susannahf
Date:November 22nd, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
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Well, you can always try it with the new phone, and claim it got "lost in the post" if it's expired. I suspect it won't have.
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