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Old 19-03-2013, 02:25
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I'm looking into free or low cost sim tariffs. I've come across Ovivo who i've heard of in the past. I remember they did better deals before. But at the moment they're doing-

150 mins/150 texts/400mb data every month for free. And you get 15 credit to use which you have to pay for first. And as long as i use the phone at least once ever 60 days the account will roll over.

So does anyone here use Ovivo? What's the catch? Does the 15 credit expire, do the free allowances expire? Is the network signal and data speeds comparable to vodafone or is there any difference/capping? Would you recommend it?

Heard of Samba as well but they seem to just do MBB.

What other companies offer similar or better deals? Just looking for a secondary sim with at least 100mins/texts/mb per month without paying much (or anything at all)
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Old 19-03-2013, 08:27
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My son is with Ovivo and. so far, no catches. Obviously the 'worry' here is how long the company can remain trading for given its business strategy but I take the view it costs just 15 to sign up (which genuinely is added to your credit) so what's the big worry? The costs outside the allowance are very reasonable indeed (IIRC 8p/min, 5p/text and 16p/mb data). Only real downside is they use Vodafone which imo is shocking for 3g coverage but the speed doesn't seem any different to what I get (talkmobile contract). AFAKI the credit doesn't expire but I haven't gone into the T&Cs with a fine tooth comb. My son is very happy, he joined when it was 10 and has used just 2 of that 10 credit in the 3 months he's been with them (but now the offer has increased to 150 mins/150 texts he should be fine). .
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Old 19-03-2013, 16:23
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My son is with Ovivo and. so far, no catches. Obviously the 'worry' here is how long the company can remain trading for given its business strategy but I take the view it costs just 15 to sign up (which genuinely is added to your credit) so what's the big worry? The costs outside the allowance are very reasonable indeed (IIRC 8p/min, 5p/text and 16p/mb data). Only real downside is they use Vodafone which imo is shocking for 3g coverage but the speed doesn't seem any different to what I get (talkmobile contract). AFAKI the credit doesn't expire but I haven't gone into the T&Cs with a fine tooth comb. My son is very happy, he joined when it was 10 and has used just 2 of that 10 credit in the 3 months he's been with them (but now the offer has increased to 150 mins/150 texts he should be fine). .
That's my only worry. I mean it's not the end of the world if they do shut down but i need a temporary sim to use for at least the next 3 years without paying much (if anything at all)

To be honest the data is the least of my worries as that is what my Three sim is for. But as far as i'm aware i get the 150 mins/texts free each month as long as i use the phone at least once every 60 days.

Sounds like the best offer out there and it'll do me fine. I wonder if O2 can match it haha.
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Old 19-03-2013, 17:33
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I'm using Tesco SIM only as 10 on a rolling 30 day contract keeps my options open, allows me to indulge in phone swapping as I see fit not when my contract allows and keeps costs down!
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Old 19-03-2013, 19:13
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I'm using Tesco SIM only as 10 on a rolling 30 day contract keeps my options open, allows me to indulge in phone swapping as I see fit not when my contract allows and keeps costs down!
Tesco PAYG here. 10 top up gets you free 20 for a month. Best deal I've come across.
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Old 19-03-2013, 19:33
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Tesco PAYG here. 10 top up gets you free 20 for a month. Best deal I've come across.

Usual Tesco marketing which people still fall for, evidently.


Hint: check out their call charges!!
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Old 19-03-2013, 19:37
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Tesco PAYG here. 10 top up gets you free 20 for a month. Best deal I've come across.
errrrrrrrrrr ok.....

That's the worst deal i've come across mate

I think Ovivo suits me perfectly. Rather not pay if i don't have to. And besides, i don't think me not paying a tenner to o2 every month is going to cause them to collapse so looks like i'll be cancelling next week.
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Old 19-03-2013, 19:51
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I've been on ovivo for ages now, currently have two phones in the house with them. No complaints at all, their support has been top notch so far.

If you need a referral then let me know, as I could also do with more credit

Plus dont forget if you need to port a number you get another 3 credit too.
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Old 19-03-2013, 21:17
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Can I ask about Ovivo paid for by advertising as part of the deal ?

http://ovivomobile.com/about-us/
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Old 19-03-2013, 21:55
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Can I ask about Ovivo paid for by advertising as part of the deal ?

http://ovivomobile.com/about-us/
to be honest i don't mind ads as long as the service stays free. I'd always support that type of business model. And from the description above its good that its not in your face 24/7 advertising like some companies do.

@BT@home- send me a referral link through PM
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Old 20-03-2013, 11:08
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They haven't re-enabled the advertising yet, so can't comment on it

Jabbank1, PM on its way
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