I have all four family members on the same credit card with a recurring goody bag. My credit card number expiry date has changed. There is no facility to just update this part and the security number so you have to delete the card number and start again. However, giffgaff only allows you to put the same credit card into 2 accounts per 24 hours. Can you please update this to allow it to 4 accounts and also add a facility to just update the expiry date?
I propose a much cheaper gigabag with substantially less data than the current ones or potentialy similarly priced gigabags that last for much longer. Possibly 3 or 6 months. The idea is for them to be a solution for independent machine to machine devices.
There is this thing being talked about called the 'internet of things', it's proper name is machine to machine, or M2M for short and it's an IP based system for connecting things to the internet or networks. Currently and over the next year there'll be a lot of these things being made, soime by large companies and some by people in garages. This is a video from a current Kickstarter campaign from spark.io, some other companies such as GPS chipset manufacturer ublox have products out now too
Things like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino have really taken off in a big way and enabled many people to engage in home made electronics, both hardware and software. M2M is the next logical progression of that and is guaranteed to be a big deal but currently mobile data plan wise there's nothing for customers that don't have a dedicated financial team to organise enterprise contracts. The big three networks already have wholesale enterprise M2M solutions for large scale companies (and lots of info on M2M)
That is the background in a nutshell.
To be the first UK no contract MVNO to offer something for independent and small scale M2M makers and users. There is literally nothing like this currently on the UK market.
Why so little data?
Internet connected M2M devices don't use much data and nor do they necesarrily need a constant connection. They send bytes of data (tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny amounts), it'll just be something like a line of code or a geolocation, quite literally just a few bytes of data. There's no need for a gigabag with 500mb because approximately 499.9999.........mb would be left unused each month. A far smaller gigabag or one that lasts a helluva lot longer would tempt a lot of people...I say a lot but that's relative.
Is it right for giffgaff and why not use PAYG
PAYG is good but has odd pricing and isn't really for that. A product line that is geared specifically towards M"M and the internet of things is both enabling, simple to understand and sends a great brand message that giffgaff are a forward thinking company concerned with morte than mere mobile phones. It says 'this is the future and we want to get in on the ground floor'. (apologies if that sounds hyperbolic, I feel dirty having just written that).
I am by no means an expert in M2M, what the data needs are or what specifically would make an enticing plan but flexible data costs starting RIDICULOUSLY LOW and with as little maintenance as possible sounds good to me.
Honestly? Not gonna be a big seller or make a whole lot of money but it won't lose money. The amount of people doing this on a scale that would need an cheap MVNO are are going to be extremely low buit are only going to grow.
Getting in super early and offering something before there is even a demand for it. Brand wise it's a huge differentiator and opens up giffgaff to hardcore technical enthusiasts. And you can have a page on the website about the internet of things and how giffgaff are an MVNO with ambitions to facilitate that.
Previous dicussion of this idea took place here:
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:
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-B
Please visit the posting here: http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Contribute/Idea-B
****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.
For people ordering new simcards to join Giffgaff, instead of being unsure whether your phone takes a standard, micro or nano sim, why not have a drop down menu where the person ordering their sim can select their phones model number and giffgaff automatically detects what simcard is required and sends that out to them so it saves possibly delays for the person joining - they might accidentally choose the wrong size sim thinking that they thought their phone accepted a particular size sim and saves waiting a few more extra days for the right one...
I think that people who are with giffgaff for extended periods, (e.g, 3+years) should start to see some discounts. For example, for each year you are with gg you will recieve 1% discount. I just think because you see people leaving in forums and it seems only the people that are helping are getting payback, when in fact some people are not technically gifted therefore have not got the capaabilities to help on the community, even though they value gg as much as the VIP's?
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
Currently while dialling *100*7# from your phone this message is displayed.
The picture above is from my iPhone
I would like the *100*7# short code message updated to show more relevant information.
As the short code is a request to the network would it not be possible to show the following within one message?
- The current active goodybag with remaining minutes.
- The current text allowance and/or remaining texts.
- The current data allowance and/or remaining data.
For example I get the 'Offer' £15 3G goodybag which I propose is re-worded to
- 'You've got 493 minutes left in the 'Offer' £15 3G goodybag, you have unlimited data and texts until 26/02/15, lovely jubbly'
The above message has a character count of approximately 117
If you dial *100*1# which is the expiry of free giffgaff to giffgaff calls short code then this message returns a character count of approx 152.
The USSD menu character limit is approximately 182.
I'd even be willing to see the 'lovely jubbly' comment removed to accommodate another 13 spaces.
Currently there is a short code for the remaining text balance on giffgaff which is *100*5#
With this in mind I would like to see a revised message of
- 'You've got 493 minutes left in the 'Offer' £15 3G goodybag until 26/02/15, lovely jubbly'
If the short code can't be edited in such a way, would it not be possible to create a new short code?
I'm also aware that it may not be viable to create a new short code for the remaining data balance.
This idea from October 2012 suggests that the creation of a new short code is very possible and it's status has been changed to Under Consideration.
If you like the idea or have suggestion on improvement then leave a message and I'll happily update my idea to reflect yours.
Hi, so many posts about this, not sure whether to add to one or make a new one? (ive now done both )
I put together a quick wix.com website to show what i think could be a possibility in terms of price and flexability.
What prices do other people think would work mutually for us and for the network.
Check it out, I personally would like to see slightly lower prices but dont want people to say. Can't be done! No potential profit. etc etc. I have aimed to get it around the price of things now with maybe a more scientific calulation worked out with a slider implemented by the giffgaff boffins
This could maybe be tested by a group of people to see how it unfolds. To go along side other offers and goodybags and for credit to kick as usual if you happen to run out of any allowances.
Just came on here to search for & give Kudos to any suggestions for this - the only thread I found was back in March when the feature was unknown & wasn't picked up - currently only available to o2 pay monthly , but this feature would go down a storm with GG users.
I have been testing it today & have to say (in agreement with a very good Android app review) that it does seem to work better on higher end phones (could not call on my SG mini, but on the SG note it works perfectly). This may be the thing that brought me back to GG after the data charging fiasco.
link to o2 page for those interested:
A couple of media links:
Vodafone users looking jealous!
Please can you seriously consider this one? This plus the improved £10 GB could make me consider trying GG again.
As many of us are excited as 4G is finally rolling out in the uk. Has it not occured to you that it could cost extra, much like EE are charging loads more for the service.
Well as giffgaff is know as the 'affordable' network I belive that it should be implemented free or at very very little extra cost.
The network 3 (THREE) are not charging user anymore so it would be just like connecting to 3g everyday. This is a massive selling point and my friend has moved to three due to this news, so to stop users from moving we shouls annoce that there would be no major price differance if any on the new 4G network.
Thanks, please support me with a kudo if you feel its a good idea (only if you want to, Im not asking you to, but feel free to do so)
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
There used to be a thread to report 'Gaffs' which seemed to have a lot of support but then it petered out. There was a link then to another thread of typos which were being corrected, which seemed to get fewer and fewer posts and seemed to be ceased by common agreement.
I have actually read both of these threads all the way through. Tonight I read through the complete thread concerning the Development Hub. It occurred to me that there ought to be a team of proofreaders like the development teams for the apps who could go through ideas correcting english before they went live.
I had a new PM today:
We see you have been busy again, helping our Community members get the best out of giffgaff .
To show our thanks and appreciation we have moved you up a rung on our ranking ladder - your new rank is now dabbler. To share your acheievement and see what other members have been doing why not post in the Share Your Achievements thread. For more information on the rank system be sure to check out this helpful thread.
When I first spotted the typographic error in achievement a few ranks ago, I hadn't grasped that it was an 'automatic' PM triggered by some random activity I had provoked, giving me a new rank.
But today I tried to report it and could find nowhere to do it.
We need somewhere to trigger corrections.
I am willing to proofread and make corrections if given the wherewithal.
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.
I would like to add a note to balance amount shown, for example:
"If you believe this amount is not correct, then please dial *100# for confirmation"
I believe this would reduce the amount of customers that are confused as to why the credit has as far as they know gone.
While perusing giffgaff's phone purchase pages today, I noticed that there is the potential for the prices being quoted misleading some people.
On the page that lists all phones (http://giffgaff.com/phones), and on the overview page for certain brands of phone (for example, the one for Apple's various iPhones), the prices quoted are the ones for the phones with the smallest data capacity. It's not until you click through to the details about the phone itself that you see that larger-capacity phones cost more.
For example the Apple iPhone 5s is currently quoted on the overview pages (linked to above) as being "£525" (this is likely to change depending on when you read this idea), but this only applies to the 16GB version. Only this page makes it clear that the 32GB version costs £606 (subject to change) and the 64GB version costs £681 (subject to change).
So I think where phones are being sold that have different varieties within them where price is affected, the overview pages should display a price preceded by the word "from" (i.e. "from £525" in my example above), so that they cannot be seen as potentially misleading.
EDIT (05/07/2014): A possible alternative to the use of the word "from" that would be even more transparent would be to display the range of prices the phone will cost, depending on which is chosen, so to continue with the same example, this might be: "£525 to £681". (Credit to @johncashman for this suggestion.)
A dedicated giffgaff 4G ‘news and updates’ page, perhaps www.giffgaff.com/4g similar to www.tescomobile.com/4g and the other networks who have had, for several months, a page dedicated to the benefits of 4G and details of a likely timeframe. A way of registering for e-mail updates would also be fantastic.
There is huge interest in 4G from quite a significant number of users, myself included, who would like reliable updates on the giffgaff 4G situation, yet there is no recent official communication regarding 4G from giffgaff. Searching the giffgaff website for this information yields a lot of member opinion/speculation. A wider Google-search just yields an article from November 2012 featuring Gregg Baker’s (of giffgaff) comments, but this is very out of date, and again contains no specifics.
This leaves those of us wanting 4G ASAP in a state of limbo. Should we continue to wait for official communication on likely timeframes, or should we defect to one of the mainstream networks? An official giffgaff 4G news/updates page would at least give some certainty to the situation.
I don't often use my voicemail and I find if I leave it too long I am prompted to reset everything. To avoid this I have got into the habit of checking my voicemail about every 6 weeks even when I know there is no message. This is inconvenient and costs me money for no gain.
even doing this I have just found that all my settings have gone again.
Why does voicemail default back to initial settings if not used. Why can't user settings be retained indefinitely?
Seems simple to me.....