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.
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).
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.
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.
So if you would like keep giffgaff greener then you know what to do