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Keeping a UK phone number active for cheap?

Old Sep 20th 2023, 12:38 pm
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I have a UK mobile number, which I need to keep alive for work purposes. I currently have an EE 30 day plan which includes 10GB for £10/mo that I've been using since 2017. Before now, the last time I was back in the UK was 2021, so it seems they do not care about long-term travellers, even though their terms say otherwise However, now they will upgrade me to a new plan where I will have to pay £2.29/day to use my plan in the EU, so I'm looking for a replacement.

The main purpose is to keep my number active and receive calls. I don't need to make many calls to the UK, so paying per minute is ok. I have a local SIM in my country of residence, but that only has 6GB included for other EU countries, and then it costs €2/GB, and their roaming charges to non-EU countries are quite expensive. So if this can also fix that use-case it's a plus.

From the big providers it seems O2 and Three (PAYG) still do not charge for EU roaming, but potentially that could change soon. Do any long term travellers/expats use these?

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Old Sep 25th 2023, 1:37 pm
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If you dont need text function, just port number to Skype or other voip provider.
Whatever setup is working today, o2/3/etc. , doesnt imply it will work in future. T&C are always tweaked by provider, not by customer.
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Old Sep 27th 2023, 9:09 pm
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Default Re: Keeping a UK phone number active for cheap?

Originally Posted by lspill
I have a UK mobile number, which I need to keep alive for work purposes. I currently have an EE 30 day plan which includes 10GB for £10/mo that I've been using since 2017. Before now, the last time I was back in the UK was 2021, so it seems they do not care about long-term travellers, even though their terms say otherwise However, now they will upgrade me to a new plan where I will have to pay £2.29/day to use my plan in the EU, so I'm looking for a replacement.

The main purpose is to keep my number active and receive calls. I don't need to make many calls to the UK, so paying per minute is ok. I have a local SIM in my country of residence, but that only has 6GB included for other EU countries, and then it costs €2/GB, and their roaming charges to non-EU countries are quite expensive. So if this can also fix that use-case it's a plus.

From the big providers it seems O2 and Three (PAYG) still do not charge for EU roaming, but potentially that could change soon. Do any long term travellers/expats use these?
Have a look at some of the Vodafone UK sim only plans. They still have some with free EU roaming. We have parked our UK numbers with them.

what country are you living in ?

(In relation to the previous answer I’m pretty sure you can’t port mobile numbers to Skype or other VOIP providers)
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Old Oct 3rd 2023, 8:36 am
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Have a look at some of the Vodafone UK sim only plans. They still have some with free EU roaming. We have parked our UK numbers with them.

what country are you living in ?

(In relation to the previous answer I’m pretty sure you can’t port mobile numbers to Skype or other VOIP providers)
I have a Vodafone sim and you do pay extra for overseas, Tesco sim has a European coverage included in the price if that helps
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I have a Vodafone sim and you do pay extra for overseas, Tesco sim has a European coverage included in the price if that helps
It differs plan to plan with Vodafone …. Ours has free roaming (up to 25gb per month out of your UK plan) in around 51 countries.
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I've got a Giffgaff prepaid sim which I keep going so I can get security text messages from Virgin Bank. I have had great difficulty in receiving said text messages, which I need each time I transfer money from UK to Croatia. I was blaming Giffgaff but it turned out my phone was at fault. I keep expecting them to cut me off because I'm not regularly in UK but so far that has not happened.
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I've got a Giffgaff prepaid sim which I keep going so I can get security text messages from Virgin Bank. I have had great difficulty in receiving said text messages, which I need each time I transfer money from UK to Croatia. I was blaming Giffgaff but it turned out my phone was at fault. I keep expecting them to cut me off because I'm not regularly in UK but so far that has not happened.
So, you're happy with taking chance if sim is disconnected at any time and you loose access to Virgin account?
https://www.giffgaff.com/terms#giffg...r-usage-policy
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Yes, I could still use the debit card for that account but obviously it would cost more due to exchange rates and fees.
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Take a look at Swytch. It works well for me in the US.
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