Time for giffgaff to offer handsets.

Time for giffgaff to offer handsets.

by handy giff-staffer gaffer on ‎03-06-2013 17:30 - last edited on ‎28-08-2014 09:14 by handy giff-staffer zobia22

Since we launched we’ve had many requests via our Idea’s Board for us to offer handsets – and they’ve been getting more frequent as time goes by.

 

We’ve always said “not suitable” or “not for us” – so why was that?

 

Selling SIM free handsets is tough because the cost price of the handset is often the same or even below the price the market sells it for – so it would be really hard for us not to lose money on the sale.

 

And selling traditional pay monthly contracts has never felt right – too often they tie an attractive price for hardware to an expensive contract. It’s just not how we roll…

 

So what’s changed our minds?

 

Well, a while ago myself and the team spent some time calling up members who’d left giffgaff – and we found that the vast majority of them still loved giffgaff but were leaving because they needed a new handset.

 

Combine that with growing demand via our Ideas Board (we’ve had over 50 in the last few months alone) and we reached the conclusion that we had to find a way to offer handsets – but without doing traditional contracts or costly SIM free sales.

 

So that’s what we’re going to do - we’ve spent the last few months investigating how we might go about it  - talking to logistics suppliers, handset vendors, finance specialists etc. It’s a huge project that will take months to complete – and we’re going to need your help…..

 

What’s next?

 

As you’d expect – we won’t be doing handsets in quite the same way as everyone else so your input along the way will be vital.

 

Kim & the community team have been very busy working on the project plan and how to take our community through the ins & outs of it all, one of his first challenges is to define the site experience.

 

So stay connected, Kim will be sharing details of his first challenge on Wednesday Thursday and it will be the first of many in the weeks and months ahead – and if you want to start the discussion now head over the Off Topic section of our community where a special handsets thread has just been opened up.

 

(Update June 5th: Hey all, it's Timo. We're going to be pushing the first consultation back a day to make some space for another exciting announcement from Kim today.)

Comments
by mykiel78 on ‎03-06-2013 17:32
Wow... That's fab news thanks :smileyhappy:
by samwich on ‎03-06-2013 17:54
I'd be interested to see what incentives giffgaff offer to compete with the other major networks that seem to subsidise the true handset cost?
by jacobfrancis on ‎03-06-2013 17:57

cool

 

by samwich on ‎03-06-2013 18:18
Any chance you'll be selling iPhones? :smileyvery-happy:
by sgl on ‎03-06-2013 23:25

I have no problem with some sort of ‘Web Store’ where you sell SIM free or even O2 locked phones. Simply as a way to help those who are too lazy to look elsewhere. But I would not at any point want this to change the PAYG system as it is now.


I am disappointed that the team think that THIS is a priority. I would rather time and effort be spent on sorting out a decent roaming arrangement, making tethering work on iPhones, better network stability or proper itemised bills etc.


Surely just these 2 links should be enough:
http://www.phones4u.co.uk/shop/sim-free/
http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/handset-only

by simonefaye78 on ‎03-06-2013 23:38
It will be interesting to see how this is going to be done, as I assume its already a done deal and not just something that's being considered. I'm not sure if I would be interested in buying a phone from gg, I guess it would depend on how it would be done. My only hope is that, however this is done, it won't lead to a price hike on the payg tariffs or goodybags, because if that was the case it could result in losing rather than gaining members
by sydney12345 on ‎04-06-2013 02:24
Awesome :smileyhappy:
by karenjc on ‎04-06-2013 07:31

Lets hope gg stays as is I have just joined and for the reason of choice I just hope we are not forced to paying higher call costs to pay for the few. Other wise you may be calling me to find out why I left? gg is out on its own in the way it operates don't spoil it please.

by ranks on ‎04-06-2013 07:43
This is great news - hope all goes well Giffgaff - innovation is tha key
by fringezilla on ‎04-06-2013 08:31

Sounds good! :smileyhappy: I hope giffgaff would handle this part of the business the same as they operate the rest (fair prices, great service, etc) and if they did it would be a great extension to the company.

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