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Riejufixing
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PostPosted: 10:49 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Second phone number app/sim. Reply with quote

I've asked my provider whether it's possible to have a second phone "disposable" number associated with my account. That would be good. I assume that if their software can link another SIM to my account the cost would be low or 0.

There are "free second phone number apps". Anyone tried one and found it to be OK (or otherwise)?
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PostPosted: 11:09 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive asked, they couldnt do this. You could set up a second payg sim and set up forwarding for recieving calls, but you wouldnt be able to make them. Ive not tried it.

Best bet is a dual sim phone, which I have been using for 2 years to keep work and private seperated. The work number is mostly recieving calls so I use very little credit, 5 quid lasts a year or two. If I do make work calls on primary number I make number hidden with 141. Some people wont answer 141's, but thats not my problem .
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PostPosted: 11:17 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not just a PAYG SIM, throw on minimal credit to keep live/do what you need. I use Lebara 10 a month bundle gives me 3GB, unlimited uk mins, 100 international mins and 1000 texts.

They have even cheaper bundles I think they start at 5
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PostPosted: 11:19 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or am I misunderstanding and you want to use 1 physical SIM with 2 numbers linked?
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PostPosted: 11:58 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a "pay monthly" account on Smarty, which piggybacks on "3". My very basic Android device can use two SIM cards plus the micro SD, so if Smarty can let me have another SIM linked to my account, that would be OK. I don't really want the hassle of a PAYG arrangement. You cannot have two numbers on one SIM.

There are apps such as the (non0-UK) "Burner" which would also be good, if there is a free one.

I anticiate receiving a tiny number of UK calls, and not making any.
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PostPosted: 12:04 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

wr6133 wrote:
Why not just a PAYG SIM, throw on minimal credit to keep live/do what you need. I use Lebara 10 a month bundle gives me 3GB, unlimited uk mins, 100 international mins and 1000 texts.

They have even cheaper bundles I think they start at 5

FYI https://smarty.co.uk/plans/30gb-data

Although since I don't often use the phone network for data, I pay 5/month for 3GB and unlimited everything (but no "international miniutes").
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PostPosted: 12:28 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this with EE. Mine, wifeys and a tablet all on the same account which is what I think you are getting at.

It's great, 1 bill and cheap as chips, under 50 a month which included a phone.

But, I went to renew it after th contract time limit and get wifie a new phone and they refused point blank, no more linked accounts but we can do you separate ones Sir. Separate suddenly pushed it to over 70 a month. Evil or Very Mad

So, I'm no use to you but if you find a company that will do it, post who it is as I've been looking and not found one yet.
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PostPosted: 12:43 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polarbear wrote:
So, I'm no use to you but if you find a company that will do it, post who it is as I've been looking and not found one yet.


Vodafone do it. My mobile bill includes my Broadband and land line bill and gives me an additional 15%+ off additional numbers linked to the account which are included on the one bill.
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PostPosted: 12:48 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

sickpup wrote:
Polarbear wrote:
So, I'm no use to you but if you find a company that will do it, post who it is as I've been looking and not found one yet.


Vodafone do it. My mobile bill includes my Broadband and land line bill and gives me an additional 15%+ off additional numbers linked to the account which are included on the one bill.


Do they now. I didn't get any joy off them on line. Maybe time to brave a shop and chat person to person. I'm wondering if it's specifically available to you as you have broadband with them? Will see.

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PostPosted: 12:57 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polarbear wrote:
Do they now. I didn't get any joy off them on line. Maybe time to brave a shop and chat person to person. I'm wondering if it's specifically available to you as you have broadband with them? Will see.

Cheers.


Pretty prominent on the website just here.
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PostPosted: 13:11 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polarbear wrote:
I have this with EE. Mine, wifeys and a tablet all on the same account which is what I think you are getting at.

It's great, 1 bill and cheap as chips, under 50 a month which included a phone.

But, I went to renew it after th contract time limit and get wifie a new phone and they refused point blank, no more linked accounts but we can do you separate ones Sir. Separate suddenly pushed it to over 70 a month. Evil or Very Mad

So, I'm no use to you but if you find a company that will do it, post who it is as I've been looking and not found one yet.

Smarty (piggybacking off Three) who I use on a monthly contract only allow one SIM per e-mail address, but allow "groups", where one person can set up a group of up to 8 SIMs on their account, each SIM having its own plan, and saving 10% on each SIM, retaining any data discounts available.

Not quite what I was looking for, the cheapest I think would be my current plan which works out at 6/month for unlimited calls/texts and a bit of data (I'm refunded for what's not used, the 5 is after refund), PLUS their cheapest account which also seems to be 5/month after discount. Linking those would make 10/month, less 10 discount for the group of two numbers is 9, plus currently there's a "Get a bonus 10 account credit for both you and your friend!" offer, so it effectively give me 2 2/9ths months free thereafter 9/month for two numbers.

For simplicity in your case you could say 3 x 30GB/month (unlimited texts/mins) is 30 total, but with a month free on each "extra" account in the "invited" group, plus 2 months for the "inviting" account, plus a 10 bonus on each account effectively giving another free month on each. However, I confuse fairly easily, and ICBW about the discounts. Look at their website if it's of interest.
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PostPosted: 13:15 - 30 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

sickpup wrote:

Fsck it, they are expensive for SIM-only! Mine eyes are watering.
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PostPosted: 10:36 - 31 Jul 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Riejufixing wrote:
I have a "pay monthly" account on Smarty, which piggybacks on "3". My very basic Android device can use two SIM cards plus the micro SD, so if Smarty can let me have another SIM linked to my account, that would be OK. I don't really want the hassle of a PAYG arrangement. You cannot have two numbers on one SIM.

There are apps such as the (non0-UK) "Burner" which would also be good, if there is a free one.

I anticiate receiving a tiny number of UK calls, and not making any.


Sounds ideal for a 3 sim. They are free in their stores or 1 pound in a supermarket. Stick 5 quid of credit on it and it will last forever. I have no idea my account details or password but I can still top them up online when I need to.

If your 2nd sim slot is shared with the micro sd like mine, the sim can be modified so that both can be used together.
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