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Unactivated SIMs - no expiry

By: bertiebat | 11-04-2013 23:16

There is a mismatch between the official word that unactivated SIMs expire after 6 (sometimes 9) months and what actually happens to at least some SIMs as I've had SIMs activated well over a year after I've received them and as recently as March this year.

SIM given 07 Feb 2012 xxxxxxxx 08 Mar 2013

Since the numbers aren't allocated until they are activated I can't see any reasons for expiring unactivated SIMs?

Edit: the actual way the SIMs are provisioned is slight more complicated and further details from giffgaff and this proposal can be found in this contribute thread which looks like this idea may indeed be possible. :smileyhappy:

I suspect unused SIMs are already being needlessly thrown away because people think they expire after 6 months. Those in the know can use the SIM checker to see if it's still live and safe to give out but most will simply end up in the bin (not very green). :smileysad:


Quite simply just ensure that all giffgaff SIMs produced don't expire and remove all references to the SIMs expiring after a set period.


Much less wasted SIMs and allows people to know with proper conviction that there is no need to get new SIMs after 6 months. :smileyhappy:

giffgaff can promote itself as a much greener company as other networks that pre-allocate numbers have to expire their SIMs (to recycle unused numbers). This also adds justification as why giffgaff doesn't pre-allocate phone numbers on the SIMs. :smileyhappy:

So if you would like keep giffgaff greener then you know what to do :smileywink:


by: die51722
on: 02-04-2019 20:28

I've used SIM's that I received over a year ago and they work tbh I never pay attention to the use by date if it's a completely unactivated SIM obviously not one that has been used and in a drawer for ages !

by: starkey93
on: 19-03-2019 03:15

Well done on getting and idea implemented, would love for one of mine to get to this stage aha :)

by: mrbarrett1949
on: 11-02-2019 19:16

good. I use this as an emergancy aide if help is needed by me or people in my circle

by: bertiebat
on: 15-02-2019 12:21

This idea only applies to unactivated SIMs, not to live SIMs which will be deactivated after 6 months if not used.

by: adria19476
on: 09-02-2019 15:05

Brilliant idea as this has happened to me I ordered a few Sims to give people and I was told by my friend that he hadn't used it but but it's been ages since I gave it him and he says he can't find it now anyway and I wanted to no what happened and if web he finds it can he still use it

by: jaymailsays
on: 10-03-2019 22:34

This 2013 idea was conceived several years prior to the imaginative issue of Triple Sims. Worth pointing out that it is only 4G Triple Sims (3in1) that do not have an expiry date. The older type sims that are no longer issued and may be 2G/3G capable would likely not be supported for activation. Throw them in the dustbin.


"Those in the know can use the SIM checker" The sim checker link does not exist, at least at time of posting

by: bertiebat
on: 11-02-2019 18:48

Hi adria19476 thanks for the comment. Be assured that this idea has been fully implemented now and your friend's SIM should still be valid for activation.

by: patrickal1
on: 29-01-2019 13:38

great work my dude and my girlies

by: tonym71122
on: 28-01-2019 16:52

Great idea.

by: falon_thompson1
on: 28-01-2019 01:53

ok very nice to know????

by: violasoph
on: 27-01-2019 08:20

So glad this has been implemented! It makes sense from all angles.

by: benfman
on: 27-01-2019 13:23

Yeah Happy with this idea.

by: woodh31
on: 26-01-2019 17:15

Brilliant idea another small step to ensure a greener future for our kids

well done ????????????????????

by: fcart63
on: 26-01-2019 15:52

Great idea. This is what makes giffgaff unique.