Being a heavy internet user myself I believe that it is only fair that mine an other people's usage does not affect the rest of the community. So to change this and to stop the banning of customers (which loses Giffgaff money), I think that Giffgaff should implement a rule where the Internet is slowed down for customers who have regularly used a large amount of data in peak hours in a small amount of time. I then think that normal allowance per second should resume out of peak hours. Firstly, this will benefit the community a great deal as customers will have less trouble with their connections. Secondly, we are not losing customers! The restrictions in my opinion, should only be for the day that the user uses a lot of data with he/she receiving a text/email with a warning of using too much data. If they do it again they get another warning and there internet slowed through peak hours. If they get a third strike, I believe they should have their internet slowed through peak hours for period of time e.g 3 months. Hopefully, they will then appreciate how hard Giffgaff are working to ensure everybody is getting their fair share of internet. However if the user comes back and carries on with their usage pattern, then Giffgaff should extend the right to sentence a longer/permanent restriction on the users unlimited internet Goodybag or cap the amount of internet the user can use per day.
To do this however, I believe every customer should be aware of when the peak hours are. So an email or two to ensure customers have seen the times before the rules have been changed ensures that we have followed the appropriate measures.
Another issue I have started to see since I learnt what tethering was is customers asking for it on their unlimited goodybags. Now as we do a 15 pound Goodybag with 5GB data which can be tethered, should we think about giving unlimited data users the opportunity to do this? But obviously cap it at around 7.5 GB? I'm sure this will satisfy the majority of users and for the ones that don't care about the rest of the community's usage then tough. As I always say, don't bite off the hand that feeds you.
I hope that these ideas will come in useful at Giffgaff and I look forward to hearing responses from the community. Thanks for reading.
Yesterday I found myself in the situation where I was close to using all my data allowance (£10 goodybag) before the month was up. I don't set my goodybags to recur, so I went about purchasing a new goodybag early through the mygiffgaff app.
The newly bought goodybag immediately showed as queued in the mygiffgaff app, but it wasn't due to kick in until November 6th. With the newly introduced option of goodybag repurchases I know it is possible to start queued goodybags early, so I searched around the app for a minute or two trying to find how to do this. After trying several diffrent things it appears it isn't possible, so I logged in to the giffgaff website through my mobile browser and opted to start it from there, which was simple enough, if a little frustrating.
I propose that the mygiffgaff app is tweaked slightly to allow the instant start of a queued goodybags dirctly from the My Account page. A simple button underneath a queued goodybag that becomes visible one a users call or data allowance has reached the required threshold would be ideal. Clicking this button would show a confirmation prompt that once clicked would activate the queued goodybag immediately, like the website does.
I have mocked up an example of how the button might appear and work below. The screenshot isn't 100% accurate as I don't have a queued goodybag currently, but you get the idea of how it could work. The button would actaully appear below a queued goodybag once the 5MB or 5 minutes threshold has been reached.
Grateful for kudos and feedback.
So I thought I'll pop on to giffgaff to check the service in my area and after 5 long minutes I realised that it wouldn't possibly work due to the fact of why I was actually checking the service.
So it got me thinking that giffgaff should set-up a service to check the service around you via text by texting the word SERVICE followed by the first part of your post code to 43430 (possibly an additional number to text from a non-giffgaff number).
Comments and Contributions below...
I know this idea been posted before HOWEVER this idea spelled out how to make it work.
You dial 43430
1 - For credit
2 - For goodybag
3 - For gigabag
Then you press:
1 - To pay by airtime credit (or redeem a voucher if just buying credit)
2 - To pay by a credit/debit card (only if you previously purchased the bag online)
Then you get asked to press:
1 - For "Yes I have a Blackberry"
2 - For "No I do not have a blackberry"
Then you press (option depends on which bag you are buying²):
1 - For "£5 Hokey Cokey"/"£5 gigabag"
2 - For "£7.50 goodybag"/"£7.50 gigabag"
3 - For "£10 goodybag"
4 - For "£12 goodybag"
5 - For "£15 goodybag"
6 - For "£18 goodybag"
Then if you are paying by card you are then asked to enter the 3 digit security code of the stored credit/debit card.
Bingo you then receive a text message confirming purchase of said bag.
² = If answered yes to owning a Blackberry then bags would be correct price for goodybag + BB add on.
Considering that many people now have multiple devices and therefore need multiple SIM cards, I feel that the SIM activation pages are very unhelpful and need to be more user friendly and intuitive, thereby improving the member experience.
As it stands right now, a member with an existing SIM entering an activation code whilst logged/logging into their account is greeted by the SIM Replacement (SIM swap) page, with the very unhelpful statement:
"You cannot have two active SIMs. Activating a new SIM will deactivate your current SIM."
The member then has the option of continuing with a SIM swap, or backing out of the process. This results in members doing SIM swaps when they really wanted to change their number or register a second SIM, or backing out and not knowing where to go from here. This does nothing for the overall member experience, and causes members to become confused or frustrated by the whole process, and possibly them spending ages searching the knowledgebase or asking in the community.
I feel that this process could be much improved with a little modification to the current process flow, so that when an existing member enters the activation code from a new SIM they are presented with a series of option buttons or links, each taking or guiding them towards the correct path
|I want to:||Action|
|Move my number to a new SIM||Starts SIM swap procedure|
|Activate a replacement SIM||Explanation before starting SIM activation|
|Activate an extra SIM for another phone/device||Instructions to activate SIM on a new account|
|Change my number whilst keeping the same account||Instructions to change number via agents|
|Have an additional SIM on the same number||Explain this is not possible and give alternatives|
- Better overall member experience
- Reduction in erroneous SIM activations, therefore reduction in cancellation requests
- Reduction in Help & Support and agent questions relating to SIM activations
If you would like to see this idea implemented, please support it by clicking the button at the top-left of the idea
Goodybags are supposed to last from the day of purchase to midnight on the day of expiry. However, if you queue a goodybag, the queued bag can start any time between 10pm and midnight on the day of expiry, meaning you can lose up to 2hours of goodybag allowance, from both the expiring bag and the queued bag.
For example, if I have 30 minutes left in my current bag and make a call at 21.45 that lasts for 25 minutes, I would expect to have all 25 minutes to come from my current bag. Unfortunately, if my queued bag starts at 22.00 I will use 10 minutes from the new bag. This means I'm now effectively 10minutes down on my new bag.
My idea is simply to have queued goodybags start at midnight so you don't accidentally eat into next months allowances
i think we should receive our voicemails free with or without credit as long as you have topped up in the last 3 months, there is nothing more frustrating than missing a call and you have used up all your mins, i think this could give giffgaff another edge again in the market.
Lyca are currently offering:
Unlimited 4g internet
All for £15
I know they’ll be people who say Lyca have terrible customer service, reception, it’s not unlimited, they don’t offer payback etc. etc.
However, I just don’t believe GiffGaff represents the best deal for new customers anymore.
Yes, we get payback – however, to new customers or people not willing to use the forums it’s not a real incentive – they’ll go with price first and foremost.
On top of this is the fact that Lyca offer ‘unlimited’ 4g...GiffGaffs 4g planned usage limits are pitiful in comparison.
I remember when GiffGaff offered unlimited internet on a £10 goodybag! When all this was fields...
Come on GiffGaff...it’s hard for us to sell you to friends and family when they can see better deals elsewhere...
But then after we should be able to purchase £5 airtime rather than £10 minimum
So I think giffgaff should offer £5 minimum top up.
Might not be the great idea but I think this is important to people
Orange / EE introduced a device that allows orange mobiles to receive full signal through household broadband, this device is valued at £120, but aparently if you have a contract you can receive one for FREE! - This device actually works and it only enhances orange / EE mobiles.
The first question is NO company would give away something that would give a retail price of £120 unless the profit margin is majorly high! does anyone agree?
My idea is GIffGaff source the same technology which is NOT linked to a certain network and provide it to both GiffGaff users and others at different rates e.g.
GiffGaff users logged into their accounts with an active sim of at least 3 months purchasing a device will be shown a lower price and ALL other account users or guest log in's will show a increased price, this will further encourage new users to join GiffGaff.
(Those who say NO to the 3 month of an active sim should understand that many people will simply order a sim activate it in order to get a lower price adaptor for their O2, 3, Orange, Vodaphone etc for their mobile contact or PAYG phone)
Quite a simple idea this one (Possibly..), when we get our usage statements each month it contains our 'Extra Savings' and our 'Top called/texted numbers' (As shown at the top of the image below) but it doesn't actually tell you how many times you have called/texted giffgaff numbers or who your top contacts on giffgaff were.
So my idea is to add another section to the usage statement called something like 'Top called/texted giffgaff numbers' and have the same information that was provided about non-giffgaff numbers, but for giffgaff numbers.
I have created what it may look like below (Do I get extra points for that?) but my usage statement is broken anyway so it didn't even show me my normal called/texted numbers..
You could also have something alongside texting 'PLAN' to 43430 (Which texts you your reccomended plan alongside your last 30 days usage) where you text 'GGINFO' (Or something..) to the same number but it gives you information about giffgaff numbers that have been texted/called.
All comments/ideas appreciated
Thanks to @bethanaaay for the help!
Ok, we all know that Giffgaff and most of it's features and offers are to an extent 'unique' to this brand. Well, then as providers, and seeing as we have an influence, lets customise the 'net work run by US'.
In terms of Goodybags, I think we'll all agree we need MORE data, so my idea is
£5 for 50 minutes, 200 texts, 500mb data
£7 for 100 minutes, 500 texts, 1GB data
£10 for 200 minutes, Unlimited texts, 3GB data
£12 for 500 minutes, Unlimited texts, 5GB Data
£15 for unlimited minutes, texts AND Data.
PLUS we should ask for cashback OR roll on for unused data, minutes and texts, so that if we dont use up all that we paid for that month, we can use it next month.
GIFFGAFF - THIS WOULD BE A GREAT INCENTIVE TO NEW CUSTOMERS! Plus keep us who are already here.
Also, I have improvements for the DATA ONLY options -
£5 for 5GB, £10 for 10GB, £15 for Unlimited Data. Again I think this would be great, especially for those who tether, or are unable to access wifi regularly.
Perhaps Giffgaff could introduce Minute only plans, for those who prioritise minutes over data and texts. Or maybe, they could create a Customisable package, where we would use sliders to select how many minutes, texts and data we need.
Come on guys, lets get these ideas noticed! Thanks for reading, Happy giffgaffing!
So far I have 2 devices which have SIM cards in them and looking forward it seems like I may end up with more. It is a real pain to have to have multiple usernames to have multiple sims. you end up having to try to come up with several unique user names and remember which username goes with which device, all of which is annoying
Currently 2 days before your goodybag expires you get the following text message:
"Hi, your goodybag is about to expire on 18/07/2014. Go to giffgaff.com to set your goodybag to recure before 10pm on your expiry day, Cheers"
This message is quite usefull however I feel that you should recive another text once your goodybag has expired, if no new goodybag has been activated saying:
"Hi, your goodybag has just expired. Head over to giffgaff.com now to purchase another goodybag, Cheers"
I feel this would be usefull for the giffgaff customer that doesnt have reacuring goodybags setup and is abit forgetfull!
I know I am that type of customer!
Kudos if this would be usefull for you!
Update: As suggested by @navvy giffgaff could incorportate the prices for texts, calls and data in the text much like when you are going abroad. An example text would be:
"Hi, your goodybag has just expired. Until you get a new goodybag you will be charged 10p per minute for calls, 6p per text and Mobile Internet is charged at no more than 20p a day (up to 20MB), Cheers"
I'd like to see a widget added to the existing Android MyGiffGaff app that could be pinned to the home screen of my smartphone and would give me a quick at a glance view of my usage, without having to open the app specifically.
Ideally it would be resizeable, or have several size settings so it could be as small as one grid on my homescreen, or a little bigger if I have a little more real estate available. I've mocked up an example using graphics from the existing app as to how this could look.
I know that Apple is introducing widget functionality in it's upcoming iOS8, so perhaps this could be incorporated in to the iOS app ready for the new release also.
Having recently seen a couple of threads in the help section where people have been caught put when they've arrived abroad, not realising that their goodybag only covers them in the UK.<b
Currently the text you receive when roaming reads as follows:
"Hi, calls to UK/EU cost 18ppm to make and 4ppm to receive. Send a text for 5p. Data is 19p/MB. Prices include VAT. More info giffgaff.com. In emergencies call 112
"To avoid instances mentioned above I suggest adding an extra line along the lines of "Don't forget, goodybags are for UK use only, so make sure you've got plenty of airtime credit"
This would, hopefully, then reduce confusion and thus threads in the help section from people wondering why they cannot call and/or text when abroad even though their goodybag is live.
Comments and suggestions are welcome. If you support this idea please click on the kudos button
Today alot of people have been having issues activating sim cards. Giffgaff are fully aware of this issue as it has been posted in the unreported service thread many times.
My idea is to have a little box at the top of the activation page warning users that other users are currently having issues activating at the moment.
By doing this it would achive:
- Members not feeling anoyed by thinking they are doing something wrong
- Stop repeted posts rop being posted in the "Help and support catogary of the website"
My idea is for the message box to look like this:
KUDOS if you support this idea and want new members to understand it's not there fault that activation isnt working.