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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: 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.

by: bosek06
on: 26-01-2019 04:15

great idea.

by: tired16
on: 25-01-2019 20:06

Great idea! Congratulations on having it implemented! :) @bertiebat

by: tired16
on: 25-01-2019 20:06

Great idea! Congratulations on having it implemented! :) @bertiebat

by: ronin_68
on: 25-01-2019 15:24


by: ronin_68
on: 25-01-2019 15:24


by: jlmwn65
on: 24-01-2019 13:56

Opinion: The above idea is reasonable for inactivated Sims to be expired by the time period of months. The only reason why sim which are purchase by amount is activated is because the customer will not allow his/her self to loose it value of money, whereas the free sim purchase is of no value and it becomes a lost to the giffgaff by it’s value for money.

Solution: Any penny or pounds that comes with a sim by customers will be activated and the value will be use to avoid unnecessary inactivated Sims, because it is purchased free

Ideas: The global communication are arriving to embrace internet data WiFi, only interested in text, video and voice communication. internet connectivity efficiency with better offers that will not drive customer away to the compared market will also avoid the inactivated Sims. To be the best among the competitors market: giffgaff should produces the world of Data in (pay as you go) service. For this the Era of the future technology communication. And avoid the trap of customers, which other mobile networks provider initiate. Good internet WiFi and reasonable call offers (World of Data)

by: aneta0770
on: 24-01-2019 06:03