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.
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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
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.
HOWEVER if you earn less than £10 giffgaff contact you to choose either credit or charity.
I would like it if you sold an internet dongle to connect via a data gigabag sim so that we can use our laptops in non wifi zones. I know little about these I'm afraid, so would probably just buy the one that GG sold! Maybe a 3G and a 4G model?
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"
Recently giffgaff have introduced listing 'Unresolved Help Requests' when accessing the help forum. This is a really useful feature and should improve members being able to find their own Help question and also remind them to mark a 'Best Answer'.
However there are some threads that are simply not appropriate to set a 'Best Answer' because either none was given (remains unsolved) or the type of thread isn't one that needs a best answer.
After further discussion on how to easily resolve this (and get rid of the threads showing) I came up with the idea of using tags on the thread's opening post which could then be expanded into a more automated solution (see here on the original contribute thread http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Contribute/Idea-N
- 'unsolved' and 'Unsolved' - this would mean the thread is still unresolved and this could prompt further responses from members that are particularly interested and have the knowledge to help solve more difficult problems by searching for that tag. The use of the tag would exclude the thread from appearing in the 'Unresolved Help Requests'.
- 'No BA needed' simply to exclude it from appearing (this is the one I would use for the 'Urban Myths' thread for example).
Change the emails (sent out to members reminding them to set a best answer) to include details on the new option of setting the tag to 'unsolved' if they can't find an appropriate best answer to set/need further help. Also please include a valid link to the thread as I think this is an issue atm.
So this should be a fairly simple solution to implement and a needed one I feel.
As always comments and support welcomed
Say when a user has the option to top up via a goody bag set a price for unlimited texts and Internet the have the option to add for example
Unlimited net and txts would be set at £12
The have the option to add
50 mins for £2
100 mins for £2.50
200 mins for £3
300 mins for £3.50
I do use unlimited data and txts but not allot of minutes
Please think and vote on my idea this could bring more customers in if you could tailor bags as allot of people still pay for things they don't use via contracts and other networks
You guys set out to be different but are slowly becoming mainstream as you say let the members run the network"so to speak"
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?
Currently the automated lost & stolen process at http://giffgaff.com/support/lost allows you to bar your phone & SIM or just your SIM. These each result in a special SIM being sent out in the post, and your account isn't usable until then.
Most members have a spare SIM lying around, either because they've ordered plenty to give out or the cheeky SIM that gets sent a few weeks after they activate. Some members also have a spare old phone that they might like to use in the meantime. These members might conceivably want to SIM swap onto a spare SIM and use it in the old phone for a while or even long term.
If they want to bar their old phone, though, which they probably will, they have to either bar their SIM as well and be without a phone for a few days (short of activating a new SIM with all the associated palaver) or go through the agents, and even then you have to lie and say you've already reported your SIM lost in order to activate the form.
Therefore my suggestion is simple: on the automatic lost form, there should also be an option for "bar just my phone — I haven't lost the SIM or am going to use SIM swap".
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
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
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.
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.
It would help everyone, members and agents, if you could 'tick a box' and download a vat receipt from the member's accounts page. Every month I have to go through several pages to find the receipt number then ask the agent for a vat receipt.
Normally I get the vat receipt within a couple of days but for some reason it took several attempts and in the end I had to get it sent to an alternative email address .....a fault with the email address and not the agents.
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
Another simple idea I've been thinking about is keeping the 500 minutes on the £10 goodybag.
At the moment everyone who is on giffgaff before March 31st will get 500 minutes if they ever buy this goodybag just because they joined GG before the promotion ends.
Common perception of this offer is you need to have brought this goodybag during the promotion period to be eligible for the 500 minute offer, but this is incorrect, you only need to have an active account before the offer ends.
So that means already over a million giffgaffers have this choice already so think what will happen when people who join after March 31st only get 250 minutes whilst others are getting double them for the same price!
Now I know it was a special offer but I can just see trouble ahead for giffgaff and all the members that provide there time in the help forum when this offer stops and people want to know why there mate gets twice the amount of minutes for the same price.
Also I believe the £10 goodybag is pretty much unbeatable in the current payg market so attracts a lot of new customers for giffgaff.
If it only had 250 mins, well not so attractive!
So over to you?
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.
It has been suggested in this thread Click Here About getting a member to be the voice of giffgaff on the voice mail and other menus side of things on this inetwork run by us. I did the voice over in the video as well as many other vids already. We are not too sure if this is definitely possible or not but I've been asked by a couple of peeps to drum up support Please let me know your thoughts and kudos if you think it would be a 'marvellous' idea! Cheers,
(From the link)
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 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.
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)
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.