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#1 payg data only sim card

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:40 am
by ed
bit of a long shot this one...

I'm struggling to find a data only sim card that doesn't involve pay up front...

The one I'm currently using in this installation is proving trixy to transfer credit to an add-on.

I want a card that supports 2G(for a GPRS modem) and charges by the MB used. I only use about 30MB per month so the 4GB and 8GB are way over the top.

There are 'things mobile' cards advertised on amazon but the feedback is decidedly dodgy in regard to activation and registering.

I've been searching long and hard, but there's always a chance I've missed something that somebody's seen.

#2 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:35 pm
by jack
My problem exactly. They all want regular payment.

All I want is a data sim with say 5000 SMS messages.

Nowhere

#3 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:30 pm
by shane

#4 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:40 pm
by jack
shane wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:30 pm This any good?

https://www.giffgaff.com/free-sim-cards
The thing with these is there's a hidden "contract" in that you have to renew every month and any unused SMS etc is lost at the end of the period.

What I'm after is a one-off payment for a preloaded SIM that can be topped up as needed, maybe a few months later.

Most of these "no contract" SIMs still require a monthly payment.

#5 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 9:12 am
by vinylnvalves

#6 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:00 pm
by steve s
If you find a pre paid and loaded sim like we used to be able to buy, let me know too, as I've been looking for one for my motorhome's wifi instead of having to transfer my phone sim when there's poor reception.

#7 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:11 pm
by Nick
steve s wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:00 pm If you find a pre paid and loaded sim like we used to be able to buy, let me know too, as I've been looking for one for my motorhome's wifi instead of having to transfer my phone sim when there's poor reception.
Would it just be simpler using the phone in access point mode in those cases rather than swapping the sim?

#8 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:09 pm
by ed
thanks guys, but as I wrote in the first post
ed wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:40 am I want a card that supports 2G(for a GPRS modem) and charges by the MB used. I only use about 30MB per month so the 4GB and 8GB are way over the top.
I currently pay £1 per month for 200mb but I only use about 20MB and I have to pay the £1 every month by transferring from my account credit to the add-on. Problem is the web portal doesn't suppot this transaction so I have to phone support to do the transfer...and sometimes it takes more than 20 minutes to get through to support.

thanks Shane...I already have a question in to giffgaff via amazon, so far no reply.......I hadn't realised until now that none of the mobile suppliers has a sales enquiries number or email address....the only way to get in contact is when you already have an account....go figure

the cynic in me reckons there is a bit of cashing in here where the kids doing IOT are buying contract sims or up front payg and paying way over the odds.....

#9 Re: payg data only sim card

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:04 pm
by jack
They're known as "machine data SIMs" or M2M SIMs.

Specifically designed for IoT motes but not for individual folk like us.