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Help & Support Breakout / 1-1 Chat Room

Status: New Idea
by talisker35 ‎24-03-2015 01:50 - edited ‎24-03-2015 09:45

Previous dicussion of this idea took place here:

http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Contribute/Idea-Breakout-Room/td-p/15968081

 

What section would this idea affect?

 

  • Only the Help & Support Forum

 

What is the idea?

 

  • To implement a 1-1 “breakout chat room” on the help & support forum, where a member can select an approved 1-1 member (that is online & has replied to the thread) that they feel comfortable with to talk them through their issue.

 

Who would this benefit?

 

  • This will benefit any member that hasn’t used a forum before or any member that prefers a 1-1 rather than feeling overwhelmed by 10-20 messages all posting different suggestions or ideas (I understand how the forum works etc. and realise that sometimes members can forget something that another member will remember that’s why if you look at the diagram below I’ve allowed for this)

 

How would it work?

 

  • I’ve made a basic diagram of how this might work shown below:

 Option 1.jpg

 

 

What would we achieve?

 

  • Increased Member Satisfaction
  • Clear, quality and accurate responses from experienced members (all whom have their own expertise)
  • Resolution of older posts – Reducing educator time.
  • The feeling of an escalation process for members for no account issues
  • An additional service tailored to members who don’t like a fast flowing thread / forum, who require additional support or talked through an issue without distractions.

 

Proposed Criteria for 1-1 Helpers

 

  • Minimum of 1 year answering posts within the forums.
  • Minimum of 3% (average of post to BA is approx. 5-6% so 3% is a good starting point) of help & support forum posts as best answers. (Sometimes members maybe post 10-20 posts to walk a member through an issue so post count could be high whilst still not receiving a best answer).
  • At least have achieved and passed silver level AH / KB editor.
  • Have a friendly, clear & quality approach to answering posts (assessed by the giffgaff team- similar to the old gold mystery shopping stage)

This will exclude a lot of members initially however it would be achievable for all whilst still keeping within the giffgaff ethos (http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Contribute/Idea-Breakout-Room/m-p/16005121/highlight/true#M368302 )The criteria is only a ball park (suggestion) and is flexible.

 

Please visit the posting here: http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Contribute/Idea-Breakout-Room/td-p/15968081 for the full background of this idea.

 

****Please also consider the similar idea that was discussed in the contribute thread above****

 

If you like the idea please show your support by Kudoing this idea.

 

Just a suggestion, I think that you should be able to customise goodybags or alter the current ones to suit your needs... For example, I make the most of my unlimited texts so therefore I would keep them... But minutes, I use about 20 if not less, minutes out of a whopping 500 minutes, so I think I should be able to reduce the amount of minutes I get & increase the amount of data I get...
Hope this makes sense...

minimum top up should be £5

Status: Not For Us
by mizanmiah89 on ‎01-07-2014 23:19
I agree this part to activate the sim you should top up £10
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
Status: Not For Us

6th August 2014 - please Kudos this Idea asking for £5 top ups for updates on the Ideas progress - it's easier if we keep all updates in one place but thank you for bringing this up again, it's great to relook at it 4 years on. 

Dashboard display for expiry date of £15 Unlimited 3G data entitlement

Status: New Idea
by navvy ‎04-02-2015 13:10 - edited ‎04-02-2015 16:48

If you still have the entitlement to the Offer goodybag with unlimited 3G data for £15, you have to buy the next one within 65 days of buying the previous one.  (This gives you the chance to swap to a different goodybag for one month only, and it's advisable to queue the next Offer bag so you don't forget.)

 

My idea is for the expiry date to be displayed in the same way as the free giffgaff to giffgaff expiry date, on the Dashboard.

 

  • To extend your free giffgaff to giffgaff calls and texts for another three months, top-up before 09 APR 2015
  • To retain your entitlement to the £15 unlimited 3G data goodybag, buy it again before 21:00 on 14 MAR 2015

 

This line would only show if someone was logged in and still entitled - if they don't see it they will know they have already lost the entitlement.  New members don't need to see this loyalty bonus that they can never earn.

 

I won't be able to test this if it gets implemented - I've never had that entitlement as I need the freedom to tether.

 

@will23  asked me to post this here, so please give it kudos if you would find it useful - maybe the number of kudos will show how many people still have the entitlement?  (Or will the kudos come from those helpers who don't want to have to explain how the expiry date works...)

 

text people who buy a 4g goodybag to let them know what to do

Status: New Idea
by revjonty ‎28-11-2014 04:52 - edited ‎28-11-2014 05:16

OK this idea is very simple.

Having just helped someone on the help forum who didn't know that to get there 4g data working they had to turn there data of and back on again. I propose that everyone who buys a 4G goodybag for the first time, gets sent a text message saying something along the lines of:

 

Wahoo! you've just bought a 4G goodybag!

Just so you know, it can take up to 24 hours for the data to come live.

You will also need to turn your data off and back on again before it kicks in.

Then you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of 4G

 

Obviously the text of this message needs finessing, but the basic idea would save a lot of frustration for those who haven't read all the information before they purchase the 4G goodybag (I'm sure many don't).

 

Please support (kudo) this idea if you think its worthwhile.

 

A little known fact is that if you don't access your giffgaff voicemail for 60 days any customisation is lost (no pin, no personalised greeting etc) and you're not informed it has happened Smiley Sad

 

If having gone to the trouble of setting these, to find if you did need to urgently check voicemail from another phone if would be very annoying to find you can't!

 

This is idea is very simple - once a PIN and/or a personalised greeting has been set - just leave it there without any time limits for it to be removed Smiley Wink 

 

voicemail

Status: We’re Looking Into It

[10th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'We're Looking Into It'. 

 

Evening everyone,

 

This is an idea that we'd like to be able to implement, so we'll have a hard look at it. We can't commit to anything quite yet as we don't know what the technical restraints might be, so we'll keep you all abreast of any new info that comes up.

 

Fingers crossed we can give this one an Implemented status in the future.

Lend us a quid.

Status: New Idea
by kevstarlive on ‎06-05-2015 22:23
You know how it is. You're just about to run out of credit and you really need to send a text to a non giffgaff user saying you're going to be late. Or perhaps you need to make an urgent call about tonight's party. That's why, giffgaff should provide a lend us a quid service. Meaning, if you've got less than 50p on your phone, send a free text to giffgaff and they will lend you a quid until you next top up. The quid is then required to be paid back on top of the next top up. So if you was to buy a £10 goodybag. You will be required to pay £11.

Each lend us a quid should only be used once per topup. So if you run out of the extra lent quid. You will not be aloud to lend another untill after you pay it back and run out of your next lot of credit.

Also. If the quid is not paid back in 30 days. Giffgaff can charge a late payment fee of 50p.

Well I know what your thinking. What if they do not pay it back. Well what sort of friendly giffgaff user would not?

Please please please agree to take this up.
Thank you
Kevin Hopwood.
Passionate giffgaff user.

Purchase bags (goody/giga) and credit via 43430

Status: New Idea
by 1hale ‎27-09-2014 18:27 - edited ‎27-09-2014 18:58

I know this idea been posted before HOWEVER this idea spelled out how to make it work.

You dial 43430

You press:

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.

email and/or SMS notifications of network outages

Status: Not For Us
by hazel22 ‎16-09-2013 13:03 - edited ‎16-09-2013 14:29

Hey folks, the above idea received some interest in our Revived Ideas Thread this week, but the original only has 7 Kudos, so what I'd like to do is assess current demand for us looking into this so I can take the new Kudos result into the meeting.

 

Simply - letting us worry about what's possible, and what might be spammy.

 

Would you personally like a text message to inform you when there's a servce issue that affects you?

Status: Not For Us
This idea is being set as 'Not For Us' - after speaking to our campaign manager it's clear that it would be technically impossible to implement this idea. Sending a test isn't possible when the network is down and emails to the whole base take about a day to send because of the volume - we usually have to send in small batches so that email providers don't pick us up as spammers. We did want to try this so during a service issue we sent out an email to members in Bands 1 - 4 when the community went down. However by the time most members received it, the issue was resolved and information old. However since this idea was posted, we now have the new Service Checker which can be found on the Service Updates Board - http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Service-Updates/bd-p/Notice_board

top up another number

Status: New Idea
by defraybo2 on ‎07-04-2015 19:01
Hi gang.
I must say that the giffgaff service gets better all the time, there is one thing l think can make it even better,
I use the top another number facility on a regular basis for friends and family, some even when they are abroad, and they pay me back on their return, brilliant.
The one thing l would like to be able to do is not only top up their credit, but be able to buy them a goodybag or gigabag using the same facility.
Hope this can be done.
Defraybo2

Direct Relationship with Apple (+resulting possibilities)

Status: Implemented
by think_of_tomoro on ‎13-09-2012 22:53 - last edited on ‎27-05-2014 10:18 by giffgaff Educator

Hi guys,


As there is bound to be a new iPhone in a years time(1) and in the future there may also be yet smaller SIMs than the coming nano SIM(2) or maybe something totally groundbreaking and new that networks need to know about(3), I think it may be time that giffgaff get's hold of Apple and requests to be updated about coming features of product releases before the product announcement so their customers are not to be left potentially for months without required items to use their device (like the nano SIMs(4) and instead can have what they need as soon as shipping happens.

I thought of this as the latest blog post(4) stated the following:

"since we do not have a direct relationship with Apple, we have been acting on assumptions and rumours like everyone else until yesterday"

Basically saying that Apple do not tell giffgaff about features which will be in the latest devices (probably because they don't sell iDevices). This is also occuring with other companies (not just mobile netorks) and they too do not find out about new features which could have a bad affect on their business (in giffgaff's case: lose of many customers, less people suggesting the network and looking bad to others not being upto speed with technology)

Now, I appreciate this may not be very easy to do as "giffgaff don't sell iPhones and Apple won't benefit so they don't bother to tell them etc..." or what ever the reason is but maybe giffgaff could come up with some other arrangment with Apple. Maybe one of the following just for example:

Agree with Apple on how many devices on the network are the latest version so Apple know that giffgaff will be helping them grow and it would be benefitial to tell them of latest features which could affect them 

 

Agree with Apple that O2 can tell them as they are an MVNO


Pay a small fee to get info (maybe not the best but possibility as giffgaff would then be prepared)
giffgaff could sell the iPhone 5 and future versions as they are likely to sell and as I have been told, Apple only care about those who sell it so this could be easier etc, etc, there are dozens of things that potentially giffgaff could agree with Apple on so they benefit on information when it's announced to big companies, just like other networks and make sure that they keep it all secret.

 

Why do this?


As we know, giffgaff are going to take a couple of months to get the nano SIMs needed (evidently too late for the release of the iPhone 5) but if they got told in advance (say when the other networks found out) next time then maybe they would be ready with the necesary technology for these devices and save losing customers and not benefit from the millions of devices to be bought which could use giffgaff.

It's clear that this major phone release was missed by giffgaff (not having SIMs needed) but next year or the year after when the next breakthrough, network dependent, technology is brought to a phone giffgaff need to be ready (so they can benefit from keeping customers and gsining more!) and will know just like the other networks.

Also, after the release and people have chosen wheher to go to another network who provides nano SIMs, giffgaf could show stats of how much (or maybe little they lost (although would be pointless in that case)) they lost by being kept in the dark to Apple to help them maybe be recognised and be updated from them to save them next time!


EDIT: As some comments have mentioned, having a relationship with Apple could also lead to:


Having asigned giffgaff internet profile on iPhone
Possibly hot spot tethering
Possibly visual voicemail
having the name giffgaff at the top of the iPhone instead of O2 UK
voicemail button could work

Cheers,

Jamie

Please support by clicking the gold star Smiley Happy

(1),(2),(3),(4) within spoiler
(1)iPhone 6?
(2)diddy SIM or picco SIM?
(3)injected SIMs or network run trackers/identities? (who knows with Apple!)
(4)read the latest blof post for information regarding nano SIMs taking a few months to come here: http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Blog/giffgaff-nano-SIM-update/ba-p/5953002

Great news that this is now an implemented part of giffgaff for all of us! Thank you for the continuous support and feedback on this idea, it has been great and overall has had a great end result!

 

[Edited: Resolved HTML issue]

Status: Implemented

24th May 2014: As of 9 hours ago giffgaff is now an official Apple carrier, which means that you can install the giffgaff profile on your iPhone to enjoy new functionalities. Read more on our Knowledge Base Article here.

MyGiffGaff app widget

Status: We’re Looking Into It
by joeblackwell ‎23-06-2014 22:20 - edited ‎23-06-2014 22:21

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.

 

Widget app

 

 

Status: We’re Looking Into It

5th August - Please see full update from our Head of Ecommerce here.

student discount

Status: New Idea
by mizan337 on ‎04-05-2015 22:58
I think there should be a discount for students (10%)for example when they purchase a new phone (samsung galaxy s6 £550 if they apply the students discount then they can get it for £495 £55 off )
Or goodybag above £10
What do you think?

Use Credit to Purchase Phones

Status: Not For Us
by wjack2010 ‎25-05-2014 12:51 - edited ‎25-05-2014 12:52

After seeing this Idea I've come up with a little solution to many peoples problems.

 

Buying a phone currently requires you use a credit/debit card, where the shipping and billing address are the same, and it must not be a business address (even though some businesses have flats above them too).

 

What would be good is if you can use credit to purchase a phone.

 

So you can top-up like normal, say, £100, and then buy a phone.

 

Or, take your Payback as Credit, then spend it on a phone.

 

Like this idea? Click the Kudo button!

Status: Not For Us
6th August 2014: After looking into this Idea, we found that only a very small percentage of our members would be able to buy a phone outright with payback taken as credit, and that as our maximum top up is £30 makes buying via credit unlikely so we won't be looking to implementing this idea, however after speaking with Member Experience we are definitely looking into both making it easier to buy phones and others which this Idea touches upon.

Looking at the Help section today, there are lots of posts from members on the subject of removing the adult restrictions from their account, some of whom have clearly got the hump with the whole process.

 

The problem:

 

The current system, as detailed here in this excellent guide by bertiebat relies on the member having a UK passport or driving licence. That's OK if you do, but if you happen to be from Northern Ireland, your driving licence won't do it, and if you're from anywhere else in the world, you've pretty much had it. 

 

The solution:

 

As mentioned in bertiebat's guide, O2 use credit card verification to remove the adult restriction for their customers. Other companies also use credit card verification to establish a persons age. Usually a credit card is debited to the tune of £1 to establish the identity of the person, and once that is processed, it is credited back to the credit card so wouldn't actually cost anything (I know O2 credit the £1 to the customers account, not back to the credit card, car hire firms credit straight back to the credit card so it's technically possible)

 

The benefit:

 

This would mean that non UK document holders could remove their adult restriction. UK document holders wouldn't need to use sensitive personal information to get the restriction lifted, so everyone is a winner.

 

I know that not every 18+ year old has a credit card, but the vast majority do. I see this as an addition to the current system to cover those that currently have no option to remove the restriction.

 

Status: Not For Us

[11th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'Not For Us'.

 

Hi folks, this one has been long journey, and over the last year we've made a dramatic reduction in the amount of members who are having trouble removing their adult content bars through implementing features, like accepting international passports. We've had a look through our databases and from looking at that we can see that a lot of members with credit cards saved on their accounts aren't over 18. We are not comfortable saying that using a credit card is a guarantee that a member is over 18. This being said we are still investigating other options as there are still quite a few on the table, especially when big data becomes and option.

 

Thanks for posting, and the support - there's another idea here members can support for an alternative; http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Submit-Great-giffgaff-Ideas/Sell-adult-restriction-bar-removal-for-... but please don't stop coming up with out of the box ideas on this submit.

With contactless cards payment available virtually everywhere these days, and especially on the London tubes and trains, it would be good to be able to use our phones to tap and pay instead of having to pull out the card out the wallet everytime. Pretty much all smartphones have a NFC function but for it to work they need a secure SIM. I understand from giffgaff than they do not offer these SIM to their customer at the moment because they are costly. However I am sure that giffgaff customer would be willing to purchase the SIM to be able to use these feature. Giffgaff team: Please make these SIMs available to us at a fair price! Smiley Happy

Deleting a goodybag

Status: Implemented
by bwals92 on ‎04-06-2010 12:21

I think it would be good if there was an option to delete goodybags so you could buy a new one (before the month is up), especially when your minutes are low. This was a problem on my old network too, I had to wait a few days before topping up again because the 'bundle' hadn't expired yet.

 

Also, I can't see why networks don't have this option. My friend and I were talking about giffgaff the other day and he said he needs to top up again as he's used his minutes already, but this was only after 15 days. Sometimes people have months where they overtalk and need to top up again.

Status: Implemented

29/09/2014:

 

Hi, I'm Chris, QA lead at giffgaff.

 

A big thank you from everyone at giffgaff for the idea, it has been a massive piece of work but it has now been delivered. We hope you enjoy the new functionality!

giffgaff nano sims

Status: Implemented
by think_of_tomoro ‎17-07-2012 09:40 - edited ‎24-09-2012 20:01

Hi guys,

 

As giffgaff once discovered, the iPhone holds the top three spots as the most used mobile phone on giffgaff. News in the last few months rumours about the next iPhone (bound to become high in the leader boards for giffgaff like its brothers) and it may possibly have a nano sim on board which is considerable smaller than an ordinary sim. The link below shows about the possibility of Apple using nano sims:

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/06/01/apple-nano-sim-accepted-etsi/

 

So, if Apple really do have nano sims coming to their device supposedly due for the Autumn and it sure to be a big hitter for giffgaff users giffgaff may need to take the risk and buy some in ready for the release.

 

Why do this you may say?

 

Well, nano sims are being made already and being bought by some European countries, shown in the below link:

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/07/16/european-carriers-iphone/

 

Now your next question is going to be along the lines of "why can't you just cut them down like the micro sims were?", well it's not that simple. Nano sims are both smaller and thinners, this means they can't just be put in a cutter and cut down!

 

http://www.kompyuteran.com/2011/11/do-not-use-sim-cutter-to-have-a-nano-sim/

 

With nano sims a possibility for the next iPhone (bound to be as successful as its brothers) and non existent at GiffGaff yet, this could result in many hundreds if not thousands of lost members as they won't be able to use GiffGaff on their next iPhone. You may say "GiffGaff have just started doing microsims so they're not going to do nano ones anytime soon", that is true but when a large amount of members possibly leaving the network due to the possible sim change it is something which needs doing to keep members from leaving.

 

Thank you,

 

Jamie

 

(think_of_tomoro)

Status: Implemented
This is now implemented. Thanks for the original Idea and for everyone who voted and commented. Smiley Happy
I think there should be an option where we can send mins to our friends as gift once every six month when they run out of mins
So we get one chance every six month

PayPal Payback Payout Selection

Status: New Idea
by 1hale on ‎25-06-2014 22:29
How about giffgaff making it easier for us PayPal payback choosers by making it a one off selection.

To do this you go to the payback widget, choose the PayPal option, enter your PayPal email address, then finally click the "remember this email" option.

Then once every 6 months giffgaff email/text you saying:

Hi (giffgaff username),

You have chosen PayPal as your preferred payback method. We have the following email address on record (email address).

If this address is still valid then you can ignore this email. If not please go to (payback widget address) to update it.

Many thanks,

giffgaff.

HOWEVER if you earn less than £10 giffgaff contact you to choose either credit or charity.