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Remove adult restriction through credit card verification

By: suppers_ready | 27-07-2015 19:48

I've noticed that this idea idea hasn't been carried over to the new labs forum. So I present it again to a new audience.

The current system is as ridiculous as it always was, and this idea has the benefit of being nothing to do with paypal, and comprises more than one sentence.

So let's bring this back into focus and bring giffgaff into the real world wink


Looking at the Help section today, there are lots of posts from members on the subject of removing the adult restrictions from their account, some of whom have clearly got the hump with the whole process.

The problem:

The current system, as detailed here in this excellent guide by bertiebat relies on the member having a UK passport or driving licence. That's OK if you do, but if you happen to be from Northern Ireland, your driving licence won't do it, or if you don't have a machine readable passport from selected countries, you've pretty much had it.

The solution:

As mentioned in bertiebat's guide, O2 use credit card verification to remove the adult restriction for their customers. Other companies also use credit card verification to establish a persons age. Usually a credit card is debited to the tune of £1 to establish the identity of the person, and once that is processed, it is credited back to the credit card so wouldn't actually cost anything (I know O2 credit the £1 to the customers account, not back to the credit card, car hire firms credit straight back to the credit card so it's technically possible)

The benefit:

This would mean that non UK document holders could remove their adult restriction. Members wouldn't need to use sensitive personal information to get the restriction lifted, so everyone is a winner.

I know that not every 18+ year old has a credit card, but the vast majority do. I see this as an addition to the current system to cover those that currently have no option to remove the restriction.



by: persco
on: 29-08-2020 09:57

am all for it if giffgaff are happy to do this as many get get the bar lifted easily. I have a feeling though that they declined on this a while ago but worth looking at it again.

by: mij_sky
on: 19-08-2020 12:46

it is there for a reason

by: bowma55
on: 23-06-2020 05:58


by: ungourin
on: 10-06-2020 14:42

I’ll posdibky go with this

by: mr09
on: 24-05-2020 15:46

Great thanks

by: shahz87600
on: 16-05-2020 10:12


by: mijthebarber
on: 11-05-2020 07:38

Does that count

by: cms22
on: 07-05-2020 19:00


by: barishna
on: 06-05-2020 04:39


by: vijay42924
on: 04-03-2020 05:50