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I don't know about you but if I pay for a full months usage, I expect to get a full months usage. However, when you queue a goodybag this doesn't happen.

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
Status: We’re Looking Into It

23rd Jan 2015: This idea has been set to 'We're looking into it'

 

We realise that this is a problem and it's been in our development backlog for a while, but it will take a lot of work between us and a lot of our suppliers to make happen, so we've been waiting for all the development schedules to align. The good news though is that this only affects a very small proportion of our member base. In the mean time, if you're affected by this then you should contact an agent.

 

Thanks for supporting this idea, we appreciate it.

 

Ciao y'all

stop spending money on adverts

Status: New Idea
by bmw4175 on ‎18-02-2015 01:53

right this is just a quick one Smiley Happy

With the problems we've been having with data speeds over the last fifteen months and the fact that we know giffgaff don't have enough bandwidth for there existing customers I think giffgaff need to stop wasting money on tv campaigns which isn't cheap and why get new customers when they can't cope with the members they already have and spend the money where it's really needed on improving the service for the members you've already got? 

I did do a search and I found this idea but I believe mine is different :

 

http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Submit-Great-giffgaff-Ideas/Stop-ad-spending/idc-p/16060760#M170391

 

So if you think giffgaff should do this then show your support  Smiley Happy

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?

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...)

 

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. 

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

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

This is another idea that has been brought up several times in various forms (see usage-history tag), but

haven't yet made it to these pages. I feel very strongly about this and would like to promote this also here: 

the idea is to implement a  'Usage history' or 'Itemized billing' under My_giffgaff on the webpage.

 

I prefer the 'Usage history', as i think the important aspects is that it enables one to monitor usage

(data is transferred, but of course also calls, and txt messages), not only the bill/balance at the end.

 

It would be a feature that underpins transparency and is very much in line with the philosophy

of giffgaff as an internet based and community oriented company. 

 

Status: Working On It

[10th Feb 2015]: This idea has been set to 'Working on it'. 

 

Hi folks,

 

It's time for an update on this idea. We're getting really close with this one. We ran into some troubles with getting the data to display properly. There is a lot of data, so it needs a lot of work ot make it make sense. 

 

We're going to start internal testing soon and then when we reckon we've ironed out the majority of the problems we'll open it up to rounds of member testing so we can get all the bugs fixed.

 

Thanks

 

Will

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.

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

 

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.

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.

Educators

Status: New Idea
by mighty_cast on ‎11-05-2015 17:36
Can we please have it so the educators have to show if they're online or not?

email and/or SMS notifications of network outages

Status: Not For Us
by handy giff-staffer 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Receiving Information Messages

Status: New Idea
by hjs12 on ‎16-12-2014 01:02

Please bear with me:-

 

 A child has a Giff Gaff sim paid for by us & receives a text to inform them that the recurring Goodybag is about to "recur" but because the date on the payment card had expired it did not happen. The text was shown to another adult who did not understand & said it's a recurring Goodybag so don't worry! It consequentailly ran out & caused major problems & the phone now no longer has unlimited data as the old Goodybag is no longer available! Disappointing!

 

The Card & the e-mail address are mine so can ALL messages sent to the phone also be sent out to the stored e-mail address too so this problem can be overcome. Perhaps it could be an option box within the  "My Account" Tab that indicates whether you want ALL messages be sent to your phone only or to both phone & e-mail.

 

Thank you in advance for reading this message. x

 

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.