30-10-2018 06:59 PM
I have a Pay As You Go SIM card that since yesterday has had no signal and any attempts to call or text from that card result is a "Mobile network is not available" message. My phone is dual SIM and the other SIM card is working fine so I don't think it is the phones fault.
I have searched and found some similar sounding topics where it has been suggested that a Pay As You Go number will go into hibernation after a certain period of time (https://community.ee.co.uk/t5/Pay-as-you-go/What-is-pay-as-you-go-hibernation-and-how-can-I-stop-it/...). However, this link also states that I would receive a text prior to this happening and I have not been contacted in any way.
What can be done to resolve this? Is it possible to sort this out without calling up as (a) I can't call from my SIM and (b) I am currently abroad and do not want to call at a higher rate if possible.
Thanks in advance.
30-10-2018 07:02 PM
@Paczek3zl If the sim has gone in to hibernation you will have to call to get it reactived.
30-10-2018 07:20 PM
@Paczek3zl: When did you last use this PAYG SIM for a chargeable action? EE PAYG SIMs are deactivated after 6 months of non-use. You then have a further 3 months to call EE to reactivate it before it is lost completely.
30-10-2018 08:03 PM
Thank you both for the quick replies.
I haven't made a call or sent any texts in some time but I have received both calls and text within the last 3 months or so (does this count as a chargeable action?). If that doesn't count and it has to be me calling/texting etc then perhaps that explains it but even so like I said I did not receive any message from EE warning that this would happen (like the link I posted suggests should happen).
30-10-2018 08:12 PM
Received non-chargeable calls & texts don't count. You need to have made a chargeable call or text, bought a Pack or an add-on, or topped up within last 6 months to prevent it going into hibernation. From what you say it almost certainly has & if it's been more than 9 months you've lost the SIM & its no.
30-10-2018 08:25 PM - edited 30-10-2018 08:28 PM
The procedure for PAYG hibernation may include the sending of a warning text but unfortunately the T&Cs you signed up to don't:
6.1 We may suspend the Services or terminate this Agreement and disconnect any SIM Card from the Network without warning if: 6.3 You must make a Connection Action at least once every 180 days. If You do not, Your SIM Card will be disconnected from the Network and You will not be able to use the Services. You will lose Your mobile phone number and any Credit on Your Account at the time of such disconnection will be forfeited.
The procedure, in fact, is more lenient than the T&Cs require of them.
31-10-2018 07:47 AM - edited 31-10-2018 07:47 AM