18-07-2018 03:37 PM
Help would be greatly appreciated please as at 74 years I am not good at technology (took me ages to get into this forum and I am not sure that it is even the correct one!) I have an old Nokia 6070 and wonder if I can get 4GEE Essenial deal sim to use in it. I only want to make phone calls and send the odd text or two (I do not want to access the internet). Do EE do anything less like a 3GEE - have tried to find out on their web site but it is impossible to contact them and when live chat option comes on it does not work for me. Up until now I have just purchased top up vouchers but now that I have ditched my land line I am finding that too expensive. Will I need to purchase a new mobile phone?
18-07-2018 03:51 PM
@Me62 All of EE plans are 4G but if the device can not receive 4G it will just use 3G etc. And providing the device is unlocked you can use the EE sim on the plan you choose in that device.
18-07-2018 03:57 PM
Thanks for your answer. My phone was an Orange and I now purchase top up EE vouchers so I assume that an EE sim will fit and my mobile will not need to be unlocked. Am I correct please?
18-07-2018 04:11 PM
4G SIMs will still work on lower grade phones; they just downgrade themselves.
Do you really need an EE Essentials contract? The main benefit of contracts is the largeish data allowance they give you but you don't seem to need that. Any idea of what your monthly usage of calls & texts would be?
You say you have been topping-up regularly but now find that expensive. So you have been on PAYG. Did you buy regular monthly packs or did you just pay for calls & texts as you went along?
You may find that a PAYG SIM with a regular monthly pack would be more suitable to you.
18-07-2018 04:12 PM - edited 18-07-2018 04:15 PM
Hi @Me62 and welcome to the community.
The device would need to be unlocked in order to use an EE SIM, was the device and SIM purchased together or have you purchased the device second hand?
18-07-2018 04:26 PM
I purchased my Orange mobile phone some years ago and the sim card was already in it. From your reply it seems I must get it unlocked to use an EE sim card (even though EE has taken over Orange).
18-07-2018 04:38 PM
They are different networks under the EE umbrella.
You should be able to just apply to get it unlocked using the Unlocking your device form as the PAYG option and giving the mobile number that it originally came with.
18-07-2018 04:40 PM
I have been Pay As U Go since I purchased the phone new and have only bought £10 top up vouchers, which seem to last no time at all now I am making around a dozen calls a week and about 6 texts. I knew nothing about packages until I started looking at the web site but see that if I purchase £10 or £15 deals they seem to offer enough minutes for me to use over a month. Not sure how they work though (do I purchase a new sim card each month? or just go on line and get further credit added to my sim card in my phone? Do not understand top ups either? Does this mean you can buy extra if you think you are running out of credit? I do wish EE would put an IDIOT'S GUIDE on the website for people like me who really do not know much about these things. You obviously do and I am so grateful for your help.
18-07-2018 05:07 PM
You don't buy new SIM every month. The Pack it comes with auto renews every 30 days as long as your PAYG credit is enough. All you need do is top-up in time to buy the next Pack, either by top-up vouchers as you've been doing or online or by setting up a recurring top-up. See How can I top up my phone? for the full range of top-up options.
There are 3 stages to EE PAYG:
I think the £10 Talk Pack would be suitable for you, giving you 5000 mins of call time each month & unlimited texts.
18-07-2018 05:15 PM
Many thanks Grand Master for all your help (and patience) with an ageing techno. I will now live up to my name and "explore" the options you have kindly listed for me. Regards.
18-07-2018 05:20 PM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance.
18-07-2018 05:29 PM
Actually I thought I had only suggested 1 option, the £10 Talk Pack.
18-07-2018 05:32 PM
18-07-2018 05:38 PM
Sorry, @Lee_H, that's not an option but an essential stage of how EE PAYG works, at least in my eyes. You can't buy Packs w/out credit, so it's not "as well as".
18-07-2018 05:42 PM - edited 18-07-2018 05:42 PM
18-07-2018 05:49 PM
@Lee_H: I presume the OP was already making calls/texts at per unit rates outta of his topped-up credit & finding that too expensive. So, no way would I be suggesting that to him.
(My bullet points are my description how EE PAYG works in general, not a suggestion to the OP but an explanation of what he seemed unclear on & asked for more on.)
18-07-2018 06:23 PM
@Me62 If you only need calls and texts and no data then you don’t need Pack’s at all and your credit can just be used for calls and texts. Just texts STOP PACK and you’ll be on a normal payg system and you’ll not need to top up each month and you’ll only tip up when you use up the credit on the account.
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