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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: 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
by: scrappydez
on: 28-03-2016 10:53

Just wanted to say I support this idea.

Also the SIM checker link in the OP does not work and has not done so for a while now - http://simchecker.giffgaffapps.com/

by: harmond
on: 20-02-2016 07:53

good idea ..

by: r_kitty
on: 09-02-2016 23:33

Good idea

by: alexirving
on: 22-01-2016 11:48

an environmentally friendly idea. Supported.

by: jfh
on: 13-01-2016 01:10

Great idea but are you sure the sims wont be obsolete after say a couple of years? 


by: s_pat
on: 11-12-2015 10:15

Is there a cost to giffgaff giving out SIMs that don't expire?

by: alisuhail
on: 10-12-2015 20:25

Yes mate!