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Question on GiffGaff PAYG

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Question on GiffGaff PAYG

A bit of background
The signal strength on my Virgin Mobile has gone very bad in the house - used to get 1 or 2 bars and now get nothing
O2 claim to have a good signal in my area so I thought I would try them
The question is if I get a free SIM can I put it in the phone and see the signal strength before activating it (cost £5 I believe for the first topup)
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

@Oldjim, O2 is on a different network to Virgin Mobile, what uses EE network, plus your Mobile must be unlocked to use O2.
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

I know that - that is why I wanted to try it
Yes my phone isn't locked
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

If you have a £1 shop near you, you could get a O2 Sim and see if your Mobile will pick it up.
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

Just get a few free ones from the O2 web site. They get posted quite quick. Then get someone to give you a ring to test it.
Won't cost you a penny to try it.
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

OJ
Giffgaff has a great community that will no doubt have the answer you are looking for, if you cant find the answer then you can ask their reps
http://community.giffgaff.com/
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

OJ, not sure if this works, but can you 'manually' select the network on your phone? then choose the desired network?, the SÍM card will not activate, but for 2-3 seconds should receive a signal when you can read off the bars!
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

Try this......
O2 coverage for my postcode....
http://www.o2.co.uk/coveragechecker
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

how about go into network selection on the handset and see what networks are available in your house ........ the best way to check what coverage you get is to ask the device your planning ot use !
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

that shows TMobile, Vodaphone and O2 but of course doesn't give any indication of the signal strength
Tried a second time and this time only O2 and TMobile but no way to see the signal strength before registration was rejected
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

Quote from: Oldjim
A bit of background
The signal strength on my Virgin Mobile has gone very bad in the house - used to get 1 or 2 bars and now get nothing
O2 claim to have a good signal in my area so I thought I would try them
The question is if I get a free SIM can I put it in the phone and see the signal strength before activating it (cost £5 I believe for the first topup)

Jim,
you can request a free sim from giffgaff and try it - that is what I did - and showed signal strength bars ok.
GG come top in several surveys - so I'm going to give them a try. Useful fora family - you get free GG to GG calls and txts etc
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

I wouldnt rely on the cellphone companies coverage maps - they dont take into account in building coverage very well in my experience -
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

Mal
Thanks just what I needed to know
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

Just put my post code in, and it shows the area covered in blue !... and just below my postcode it gives the coverage as Good... and 5 bars on the sig strength meter.
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Voice, text and email
(2G)
Making calls, sending texts, using email on your phone.
Good indoors and outdoors.


Mobile internet and voice
(3G)
This frequency works on most phones and is good for fast networking on smartphones, dongles and tablets.
Good indoors and outdoors. Good for mobile broadband.


I realise that is not your area, Jim,.... but it does show the sig strength... ( agree it may not actually be that good.. but even half that good will work )....
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Re: Question on GiffGaff PAYG

mine shows full strength which is why I want to try it