I've been with all of them except 3... and I'd definitely say Orange is the best. O2 is good for signal, but they rip you off. They sent debt collectors after me coz I couldn't pay my £300 bill and now I can't get an overdraft Orange are good and have good cheap monthly packages. Also they let you pause your contract, say if you are going abroad for a few months and don't want it. You can also upgrade 3 months before the end of your contract whereas with O2 it's only a month (I think). Also their customer services are fantastic. Vodafone are very average priced. I mystery shop for them so I am always hearing the best offers etc. and it's nothing special. Personally I wouldn't go with them again. Also the Vodafone signal in my area is horrific.
Personally I just bought a new handset (HTC One X) and when my contact runs out I'm going with GiffGaff.
OP - 1gb is loads, you will probably not need that much. I have 500mb at the moment and never go over it. Also as far as I know, you will not get charged for going over your data allowance. At least with O2 and Orange, and I'm sure the other networks are the same. The guy in the Orange shop told me if you ever go over it, they don't cut you off, but you'll notice a drop in connection speed. That's it though - you won't be charged extra.
Last edited by LinzyLoo; 10-04-2012 at 15:26.
Trying not to advertise but I'm a GiffGaff-er and I have lotsa SIMs I can hand out if you PM me. You get £5 when you top up the required £10 activation fee (so do I, just so I'm being transparent). You can do this for other people too, and receive the £5 referral bonus. Being the good samaritan I am, I request half my cashback goes to my PayPal account and the other half to Charity .
If you have an iPhone or other similar micro-sim phone, I will gladly cut the sim down to size before I send it out to you, free of charge
More related to the matter, I find the 3g coverage in my area to be brilliant on all networks, but GiffGaff's value just surpasses them all. They made it easy to swap numbers and have an amazing support community that makes up for the lack of call centres. Then again, I found my old Vodafone PAYG to be perfect in that regard, too.
Last edited by AdamskiUK; 10-04-2012 at 17:07.
Giffgaff is really good...
I only pay £8 a month and with that I get the Blackberry add-on (bbm, email, unlimited bb internet), 60 UK minutes, 300 UK texts, Free extra minutes when someone calls me.
And if that 60 min runs out (still have 55 mins - 12 days remaining) then I only have to pay 10p for each min!
Here are the various packages: https://giffgaff.com/buy
Oh, and a tip to Blackberry users:
With the blackberry add on you get free blackberry internet which lets you use Blackberry's own services such as Blackberry Protect etc,
but there's a loop hole - you can download a browser from AppWorld (such as Opera) and use that to get UNLIMITED INTERNET!.
Last edited by Josh_Dey; 10-04-2012 at 17:56.
No, tethering is when you use your phone AS a wifi "hub" so you can, for example, connect your laptop to the internet via your phone's 3G signal, which I suppose is useful if you aren't in a wifi zone and have to use your laptop, but I can't say I've ever really needed to do that. You could just use your phone in 99% of cases anyway. I have used it though once, on Orange, when my uni wifi blocked MiniClip and I really wanted to play a game, so I connected via my phone's network instead. It uses your data and drains your battery really fast though.
(Original post by peasandqueues)
I heard that with Giffgaff you can't use tethering. Tethering is basically just using home wifi on your phone, right? Is this even an issue if the data usage is unlimited?! I don't understand why I've heard complaints regarding this...
On GiffGaff you can obviously still connect to wifi as normal, plus you have unlimited data as you said.
Last edited by LinzyLoo; 10-04-2012 at 19:02.