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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: czarnykaptur95
on: 15-01-2019 01:12

very good idea

by: czarnykaptur95
on: 15-01-2019 01:18


by: nilok1968
on: 14-01-2019 20:51

Brilliant idea

by: addymac
on: 14-01-2019 20:43

awesome idea

by: 15hzp61
on: 14-01-2019 07:34

Great idea....

by: haseebhejazi
on: 13-01-2019 23:09


by: haseebhejazi
on: 13-01-2019 23:07


by: adria19476
on: 13-01-2019 17:18

Sounds a gud idea but need more info

by: haseebhejazi
on: 13-01-2019 23:09

Off course

by: fadlur_f
on: 11-01-2019 16:49

Hi @bertiebat and all,

Sorry, It took so long to update this idea to implemented. I am going through the ideas and trying to swiftly get through ideas that have been implemented. So the creator of the idea Is congratulated for their amazing opportunity.

So, Thank you for the idea by @bertiebat. It is a great achievement to have an idea implemented so. I wanted to say Congratulations! To all that have supported and @bertiebat.

Please do keep submitting ideas and supporting ideas, we look forward to new ideas and reviewing them.



by: joefk
on: 12-01-2019 13:49


by: mezeit
on: 15-12-2018 13:28

I don't see the reason why should it expire on the first place.

by: bertiebat
on: 09-01-2019 15:36

It doesn't but at the time I posted this idea the general consensus was that they did. I was asking for clearer information to ensure the expiring myth was quashed. If giffgaff marked this idea as implemented then it would be clearer.

by: bethanykelly
on: 23-04-2018 20:53