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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: mikeclubs181040
on: 10-04-2018 19:52

Hello everyone, what a great Idea. I would love to see this implemented.

by: bertiebat
on: 11-04-2018 15:03

Thanks and you'll be pleased to know that this idea is actually live now.

by: zahra_javid
on: 12-12-2017 21:48

Great idea. Supported

by: sibtahmed
on: 15-03-2017 16:59

Good idea

by: bertiebat
on: 12-01-2017 22:20

Just a note as this idea was actually posted in 2013 sometime on the old board and it lost all the existing comments from that board when transferred over to labs.  

I also think that some people have misunderstood the idea as it only applies to unactivated SIMs and not a change in the way activated SIMs will become deactivated after 6 months without following the conditions to keep the SIM alive.  

Though unactivated SIMs were confirmed to never to have effectively expired for new activations on the accompaning thread on contribute there was still a restriction on SIMs for SIM swapping over aprox 6 months.   The restiction on SIM swaps has now been removed so after many years this idea is now live and ALL unactivated SIMs can now be activated or used for SIM swaps without any time restrictions. :)    





by: 7whales
on: 11-11-2016 02:26

Supported. Any way to get the link to the SIM Checker to work once again? Quick way to see if an older GG SIM would still be useful for a later SIM Swap if needed. As mentioned by others, not all SIM's expire exactly six months later, and it would help to find that an older GG SIM still works.


by: davidgbartlett
on: 31-07-2016 13:44

Supported. Sounds like a good idea to me.

by: zahmed2010
on: 23-05-2016 22:07

 Good idea.

by: srehman
on: 25-04-2016 13:43


by: srehman
on: 25-04-2016 13:43

Great idea...it would be implimented and helpful for everyone. :)

by: djones6922
on: 15-04-2016 13:45
This is a good idea