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.
There have been a couple of attempts at making giffgaf videos, all revolving around talking heads reading a script spliced together. I have a different concept.
One reccuring theme of giffgaff is that members come from all walks of life; places like the top of Scotland to the most densely populated cities. From industrial, scientific, artistic and all other sorts of backgrounds and I finally figured out a way to showcase that diversity in an appealing and interesting way, through user submitted time lapse videos.
For the uninitiated here is a time lapse.
The concept goes like this. Over a period of time encourage members to shoot time lapse video of anything that they want. Could be their home life, a cityscape, scenic / sky.or crowds moving through a city centre. This will be the basis of showing the lives, locations and experiences of the diverse userbase. Each scene may be accompanied by a caption showing the user and event or location + any specific details.
Time lapse can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it and the staff should have a try beforehand and share best practices as well as make resources (like ways to get HD video to giffgaff) available as well as some tutorials and app suggestions. Mobile phone cameras make it easy to record any kind of media so that's a no-brainer.
The cost will be in time predominately as staff should ideally evaluate time lapse solutions and apps that deliver the best results. Getting video to giffgaff can be done in a number of ways, there's Dropbox and copy.com but just a postal address to send a DVD to can be a lot less hassle.
The benefit and end result will be a unique snapshot of both UK life and the diverse giffgaff userbase; utilising the crowd and the widespread availability of technology to share the workload and making an unpredictable and unexpected viewing experience. Or at least I think so
Currently my phone is under repair with you guys. Which I think it's great that you do this! But I feel that you could put some more detail in to the repair status and maybe an expected return time and maybe what repairs you're performing instead just "in progress"
I open the "my giffgaff" iOS app on my iPhone a few times a month and each time it requires me to log back into my giffgaff account, usually giving me a user-unfriendly error message and then displaying old information rather than presenting me with the login screen, but I digress...
Giffgaff should support users having strong unique passwords to secure their accounts. The safest way to manage these is with a password manager. iOS has a built-in password manager: the iCloud Keychain and now in iOS 8 this can be used to provide Touch ID login into third-party apps like the "my giffgaff" iOS app. However, support for this needs to be provided in the "my giffgaff" app (see https://developer.apple.com/ios8). I suggest this would be beneficial to giffgaff in encouraging their customers to use strong passwords, whilst also offering a very convenient way to log back into the "my giffgaff" app.
Furthermore, third-party password managers exist that also offer login support to third-party apps like "my giffgaff" by making use of iOS 8 extensions. In particular, 1Password have created an app extension with a brand-neutral URL scheme that can be used by any generic third-party password manager:
Again, it would be convenient if the "my giffgaff" app could support third-party password manager app extensions for users to conveniently and securely log into their Giffgaff accounts on iOS. For more details, see this blog post: https://blog.agilebits.com/2014/09/03/1password-ap
Would you agree we need some videos to help Giffgaff Community issues. Do we have a single platform i.e. a youtube channel or other social media websites etc to share most common issues in Giffgaff community like Tips & Guides or Help & Support. I have checked the giffgaff channel on youtube not much there.
Can we make a thread and add members videos that were made to help the community so they can be collected under a single channel, Eg a video made by a member like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0PBt85obFU Shouldn't this be added to Giffgaff youtube channel. Please add links here if you have more related videos
This would help Giffgaff in Market appeal too as to me this video helped a lot. Hope this Idea is taken overboard by GifGaff.
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.
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
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...
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 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.
Seems a lot of new members lose credit and then can't buy a goodybag when they first join .. When you activate the simcard with the obligatory £10 it goes on your account
Members think they have bought the goodybag and later find out when the lose service that they only had credit.
Also the so called 1p glitch that takes small amounts of credit stopping you buying a goodybag after activation because you have data turned on.
Also blackberry members who buy a goodybag and then realise they needed the blackberry plan and cannot add the bbplan to there new goody bag
My idea :
So I think the activation credit should go on your account but cannot be used
until after you have been allocated your new number and at thst point you get a pm and on your dashboard saying .
Thank you for joining giffgaff here's your new giffgaff number it's time choose
Please now choose your giffgaff tariff.
Payg credit and a full explanation
Goodybag and a full explanation
BlackBerry plan with a full explanation
This will stop any losses or confusion when joining up and no more disgruntled new members
and that means more customers stay with us and pass on how great giffgaff is to potential new members .
Good news and reviews travel fast .. but bad ones travel FASTER
idea originally posted in contribute for discussion
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)
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.)
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.
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"