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Allow SIM swap after SIM reported lost/stolen

Status: Under Consideration
by ace of spades endorphin ‎16-08-2013 11:32 - edited ‎24-08-2013 10:09

This idea is to enable member's who have reported their SIM as lost/stolen to do a SIM swap.


Currently if a member reports their SIM as lost/stolen they must wait for the replacement SIM and they cannot do a SIM swap.


In some cases the replacement SIMs are very late to arrive and some are even lost in the post.  It would be very convenient and more helpful if instead of having to wait for the official replacement SIM they could do a SIM swap with an unactivated SIM (either one they have lying around or one freshly ordered).


 This idea goes hand in hand with

Status: Under Consideration
Hey folks, in principle the team really loved this idea. However at the moment it's not technically possible to implement and would take investigating at o2 and alot of work. We want to look at whether this is a 'contact driver' - this means whether it drives members to our agents or forum for help. We of course want to improve the member experience as much as possible, but due to the amount of work this would need, it might get prioritised low if it's a low amount of members hitting this issue. It's not off the cards though - and thanks for bringing this to our attention. It raised a sink hole in part of the lost/stolen process that we do want to investigate.

"Posted from..." - Bring it back

Status: Under Consideration
by oldyorkie ‎22-02-2014 03:27 - edited ‎22-02-2014 04:31

The observant among us will have noticed that the "Posted from..." that appeared at the bottom of a post made from a mobile device has now disappeared.
The not-so-observant will have missed it :smileytongue:
This is actually quite annoying - and restrictive to the helper - when people had problems before and you could see if the message was posted from an iPhone or an Android etc it was much easier to suggest the solution in some cases. Now we have no idea what device unless they mention in the OP (which they rarely do!)- a real pain :mansad:
And the dreaded multiple c&p settings for every phone under the sun have reappeared as a result :manfrustrated:

As an additional observation, I've also noticed that against my username and avatar on the full site, I had enabled my mobile phone info to be displayed on the forums by going to preferences>personal information >mobile phone and typing in LG Nexus 5 32gb -...

That's also disappeared - despite still being current in my preferences??

My suggestion is simply this :

Bring both back.... Please :smileytongue:

Status: Under Consideration
We are looking into bringing this functionality back in some form, as long as we can guarantee that it is reliable, accurate and helpful to both the member posting and the member answering the question. (See more details in comments.)

On the idea board you have these links, theres something missing.


Have you ever submited an idea and then lose track of it in all those ideas. There should be a link 'Your ideas'.


This will make it a lot easier to check your status of an idea.

Status: Under Consideration
This idea is now under consideration as part of an investigation in our Ideas Platform.

At the moment, when I use the "Quote" button on the full site of the forum when I want to reply to something they've said, I usually replace the username in that quote with an actual @mention, so that they are notified via e-mail that I have replied to their comment. For example ...

@alicepowell wrote:
Nah I could hug Gordie and I'm sure he'd never mention my man/men screw up again :smileyvery-happy:

(Yeah - I liked that post, so I thought I'd use it for my example. :smileywink:)


Obviously it's a manual process each time, but it does the job nicely.


I think it would be really handy though, if, every time anyone pushes the "Quote" button, an @mention was automatically generated by the forum software in the appropriate place (as above), so that people would always be notified. I think it would significantly improve communication between members, particularly those requiring help.


Head of Community, gregg_b, has added it as a "suggestion" in the list of possible forum improvements that he asked members for in February, but the idea he has linked to in that post (for which credit must go to @wjack2010) has recently been put in the Idea Vault due to lack of community support. My main reason for resurrecting it now is that I've been told it IS technically possible, but of course it can only be implemented if community members support this idea in sufficient numbers (i.e. at least 20), so we just need to give it a bit of a push.


I know this kind of notification is already possible via an external site, "IFTTT", but I think it would be better if we could bring this "in-house", so to speak.


So, if you like the sound of it, please show your support by clicking on the "Kudos" button. Thank you. :smileyhappy:

Status: Under Consideration
This idea is now under consideration - we like it and think it could have the added benefit of making sure original posters update their threads in Help where needed. We've raised a work request for the feature and will let you know when it's prioritised.

The 4G goody bags need to be made available to queue before 4G starts so that they will be ready to go from the day you switch on 4G.


My current goody bag expires on 25th March and at the moment I can only queue another 3G goody bag. This means if you switch on 4G  from 1st April (example) I will have to wait another 3 1/2 weeks to be able to get my 1st 4G goody bag.


Seeing as you are promoting people being ready for day 1 of 4G then you need to have them available before hand. It doesn't matter if it will only work on 3G until the switch on day, that is what you say will happen anyway on 4G,  if you move out of a 4G area, it goes back to 3G.


Most people would not lose out from this as they will still be getting 3G like they are now until you switch 4G on.




My current bag is £10 for 1GB internet, 500 mins and unlt texts.


The new 4G price plan as per below link is £10 for 1GB of 4G internet, 500 mins and ultd texts.


At least if I had a 4G goody bag from now on then I would continue to get what I'm paying for now on 3G with the added bonus of whatever day they decide to turn 4G on, I would have it from day 1. 


Does anyone else see this as a good thing??



Status: Under Consideration
1st August: We agree with this Idea in principle, but currently have no Idea if it's technically possible to do, and will have to investigate if we are allowed to sell (as with a queued goodybag you pay up front) for a product that isn't available yet. We'll keep you updated with this ideas' progression as the 4G trial ends.
Hi All
I think EU ID should be accepted as proof of your age to lift age restrictions.
If you can enter the country, open a UK bank account, vote in local UK and European elections. You can even open your own business but it is not accepted to proof your age. This can be for some Giff Gaff customers frustrating and they can't fully use service they are paying for. I hope you support this idea folks and Giff Gaff will consider EU Id's as a solution. Thanks
Status: Under Consideration
Official Update: This is something we'd be happy to implement and it will go into our prioritisation meetings. We'll let you know any information about when we're able to start working on it. Thank you for keeping us 'run by you'.

Edit to my profile page. Add my ideas section.

Status: Under Consideration
by alicepowell ‎14-04-2014 13:54 - edited ‎14-04-2014 14:05

Hi Everyone,


As some of you may have notice this thread was posted recently


My idea links on from this one, to not only having a my ideas tab, but to also have a "My Published Ideas" section on your profile page:


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I think that there should be a list that shows all your published ideas underneath your kudos posts,


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That way those who have published an idea can easily find their ideas without having to search through the forum.


You could also have for each idea, it's status clearly shown so that the user knows if it is set as "new idea" "under consideration" etc. and its current kudos figure and how many new or unread meassges, this means they dont have to keep opening up the idea to check for updates. Its all clearly laid out on their profile page! 


As always feedback is appreciated ... please Kudos if you agree and would like to support this idea.


Thank You,




Status: Under Consideration
This idea is now Under Consideration - it's in our backlog as there's a few other Ideas which will essentially address the same thing this is trying to solve too, and we'll update you on the direction we go in. Thanks for posting as always :smileyhappy:

Hi all. I was just over in the middle tab up there checking out the blog, the new one from  handy giffgaff staffer valerie_86 but I don't really know who Valerie is. I pressume that she's part of the business / finance team because she's posted a few times on things of that nature.


I propose that the generic rank 'handy giffgaff staffer' be a little less used and something more appropriate to the role of the staffer be used to give a better idea of who's posting and what they do at giffgaff. I think that this would make it a little clearer especially in blogs. With staff numbers increasing there's less need for a generic rank these days.


How hard is it to do?

Not very hard I'd have thought



Status: Under Consideration
10th May 2014: Whilst we can see the benefits to this Idea, we want to investigate whether the benefit is worth the amount of work to set up a lot of individual staffer ranks and whether there would be a loss of instant recognition of staffer rank for members, especially newcomers. Perhaps there's another way we can do this through badges or signatures.

Goodybag+Tethering Addon

Status: Under Consideration
by bill scholar on ‎20-05-2014 20:24

As we know, the goodybags with unlimited internet don't allow tethering, for obvious misuse reasons.


What would be cool, would be to be able to add, say, £2.50 a month to the price of a goodybag, to allow 250MB of tethering, for the lighter user who just wants to surf on their iPad for 10 minutes each day on the park-and-ride bus ;-)

Status: Under Consideration
This Idea is Under Consideration - whilst we don't believe it would be financially viable, this depends largely on the amount of our base that would buy it and for what price. More research is needed to be able to be certain when moving forward with this Idea. Thanks for raising and supporting.

HD Voice gives a much higher quality voice connection when making calls. Although some in the community doubt if this is desirable or necessary (see other posts on HD voice), I would urge you to listen to what it's like yourself. Indeed, when I spoke with people at Tandberg (a company that specialises in telepresence / videoconference services) they said that improvements in voice quality far outweighed improvements in video quality when participants evaluated the overall quality of a call.


This has been implemented on Three, Orange, EE, and T-Mobile.


For more info, try Wikipedia, Wired, and Gizmodo.


I understand this can't be implemented until O2 implements it, but can we at least make the request? I'd certainly like to know how many other GiffGaffers would be intersted in having this capability on GiffGaff.

Status: Under Consideration

Status change to 'Under Consideration'


Nigel raised this as a question and as suspected, we are tied to the O2/Telefonica strategy and roll-out around this: "it's something we have on our horizon, but it needs external work and is something that we will revisit later in the year as we have a number of improvements to architect the network to provide greater resilience and growth which are a higher priority than HD and would make it more expensive if we started this now."

Make Profile Badge settings easier to change

Status: Under Consideration
by alicepowell ‎13-02-2014 14:14 - edited ‎13-02-2014 19:42

This is a problem I faced last month and thought may need addressing. 


Basically when you change your profile badge theme, it is impossible to go back to the original theme! Also if you change the theme when you have approved helpers badges, you cant go back to showing your Helpers Badge ... The only way to do this is to earn the next badge and if you have hit a point where you have done all of them or all those you can do, you are a bit stuck!


I changed mine a while ago and was unhappy with it but could not find a way to go back to the normal one, so I simply had to untick the 'display your profile badge on your posts' box. But by doing this I could not display my kudos number, best answers or my helpers badge. 


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So my idea is simple. Is it possible to have few more theme options added so you can set it back to the orginal theme or to your helpers badge more easily. 


Thanks for taking the time to read this and I understand this probably is not an issue that most people encounter but I do believe it is a flaw in the website and needs to be addressed at some point


Thank you from 'kung fu master' AlicePowell 


If ive missed a trick and there is actually a way to do this please tell me, otherwise I just look a bit silly :smileyvery-happy:

Status: Under Consideration
8th May 2014: After talking to our in-house developer about this Idea, we believe it's something we'd have to go to Lithium about and might not be an easy (or cheap) change. We'll keep you updated on any progress.


I was thinking about a idea that may change what 'run by us' means. 

Looking at the member experiance outage compensation had played a vital role in getting projects a head start. So i thought maybe every payback period, their can be a pot set up from us (the community) to contribute some payback towards the pot and the most popular ideas that are in the idea board, get. a second vote of prority (like that was done recently) and those people that contribute get exclusives on whats happening. 

I know your thinking giffgaff should do this anyway. But think maybe if we can get this pot to be successful how much difference would it make on pricings of various. 

Even a pound or 1p can go along way. to helping ideas come out of the shell. 

Its a far fetched idea but i might as put it out their. (i know their might be similar ideas out their)

All feedback is welcomed :smileyhappy: 

Status: Under Consideration

7th May 2014: Hey folks, so we really like this Idea in principle and it's absolutely lovely to see members offering their own payback to improve the network - however we can't in all good conscience do this. Getting members to pay for their own Ideas doesn't sit right with us. We've had many conversations about this Idea and how members can prioritise Ideas to get projects a head start as the OP points out. We've discussed creating a 'top ten' wish list from members so if anything drops out of the Route Master we know what members want us to push in. We've talked about a secondary survey on Ideas like we did with the previous outage. But at the end of the day, all these things seem to make the Ideas Process more convoluted and less simple. Ultimately the dream is to make a section of our Route Master member led. At the moment that's too difficult as we can't promise to be able to stick too it. However this Idea will be regularly reviewed because this is where we want Ideas to go. The Routemaster run by you.

Spoken Remaining allowances to help blind/partially sighted users

Status: Under Consideration
by jbmatthew ‎29-10-2013 15:27 - edited ‎29-10-2013 19:58

I read Stevie's post the other day about improving member experience for disabled people:

After having a think as a fully able bodied person thinking about how the experience could be improved for disabled people. The idea I came up with is as follows:

Currently to check remaining allowances or credit you have to use the shortcodes which provide the answer to the query on screen. However this would be of no use to a blind person who would have to rely on someone to read to them the answer. So my solution is to have a number that can be dialled and a simple spoken message such as "231 minutes" and the call ends after a second or two. What you then have is an easier way for the visually impaired or blind to use their mobile phone free from barriers.

So there's my contribution, I hope it could potentially benefit some of our members :smileywink:
Status: Under Consideration

2nd September 2014: Afternoon folks, we're picking this up as part of a project to make our site more accessible, but can't give any timings just yet. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we can. 

Sell Mi-Fis

Status: Under Consideration
by fs118 on ‎06-11-2013 16:16 - last edited on ‎07-11-2013 10:21 by giffgaff Educator

So, as you probably know, giffgaff is going to be seeling phones. However, I thought it would be a good idea to sell MiFis (or tethering devices) as well.
I think that if giffgaff sold MiFis to promote their gigabags, they would see a lot more customers join for giffgaff's potential 'mobile broadband' market.

Just a simple idea, but I think it could really hit off.


[Edit: Title Clearer]

Status: Under Consideration
Hey Folks, the top team want to wait and see what 2014 holds for us, and watch the trend on Mi-Fis. Mobile Broadband isn't a direction we're currently interested in going, those members would be the most likely to hammer the network, but never say never and maybe we can sign the Sunday League. Thanks for the OP and everyone who supported this Idea, we really appreciate the constant effort to make us 'run by you'.

With the new £10 GB looming i think we need a new USSD Short code for finding an up to date figure for monthly data usage or remaining data usage in current GB.


Hope this is helpful to some peeps (Especially those who dont have access to specialized Apps to help monitor their data usage)

Status: Under Consideration
This shouldn't be in Under consideration, so just changing it over - This should be doable, but will require some investigation from our end. Thanks for the idea! We're currently investigating. I will grab you guys an update :smileyhappy:

On the about us page or somewhere it'd be cool to see an embedded Google Streetview map of the giffgaff offices.




The Business photos page has a section on getting started and even has a list of verified photographers that can be employed to complete the task. Who wouldn't want to go for a wander around the cafeteria?







It's cool and not very common.



It doesn't really serve much purpose beyond the cool/novelty/interest factor.



Yes it probably costs money.

Status: Under Consideration
Hey guys, the 360 feature of this was really liked - the team decided that they would rather do a picture of the people that make giffgaff rather than an empty office - so we're going to think of ways we can do this with the staff involved in the office. You'll still get a sneak peek but you'll see us all too!

Subscribe to replies from the OP

Status: Under Consideration
by bethanaaay ‎16-01-2014 12:49 - edited ‎16-01-2014 13:56

Hi :smileyhappy:


*I originally posted in Contribute here:

I've had a hard time describing what I'm talking about, so please bare with me :smileyvery-happy: *



At the moment, you can either subscribe to indiviual threads, or in your settings you can tick an option to 'Subscribe to all threads you post in'.

This can be really useful, as you receive an email to notify you that someone has posted on that thread.



However, when you help out a lot on the Help forum, and you subscribe to several threads, your email inbox is soon full of emails - and the majority of these are about posts similar to your own, when people are trying to help the OP. 

For example, if I have suggested that the OP should enter some settings, I don't then need 12 emails to alert me other members are also suggesting that the OP should enter settings.


My ideaAn option to subscribe only to replies from the OP on a thread

The only responses I really need to see are from the OP, whether they are answering a question by us, updating the situation, or letting us know that their problem is resolved.


This way, you would only receive an email when the OP posts on the thread, and not everyone else.

Instead of receiving 12 emails about entering settings, you might receive 1 email an hour later saying that the OP has replied to tell you that it has or hasn't worked.

Then you can go back to the thread and reply to them. I think this would be more efficient as there is less chance of the OP's reply being lost amongst everyone else's - and the OP's is probably the most important.



I'm not sure of the technical or cost implications of this idea, or even if it is physically possible, but I thought it would make using the community a lot easier :smileyhappy:



Thanks for taking the time to read this, and hopefully it was vaguely understandable :smileyvery-happy:



EDIT: Will23 commented on my post in Contribute here:

His suggestion was that there could be a workaround if we could find a member who could/is prepared to work it out. It's all explained in his post. Unfortunately, I'm not capable :smileyvery-happy: Take a look at his post for more info by clicking on that link.

Status: Under Consideration
Hey everyone, This is now "under consideration". We'd like to do it, but we have a lot of other things on to deal with first, so we can't quite yet. Keep giving it support, and if we get a lot more kudos we might be able to step it up a little. All the best, Will

Lost SIM should inform of SIM Swap alternative

Status: Under Consideration
by cim ‎20-12-2012 10:30 - edited ‎24-12-2012 18:02

At the moment the existing lost SIM mechanism is advised in various pages such as help: and of course the main lost SIM page


- these pages do not inform those who are about to disable their SIM for several days of downtime that there is an alternative available i.e. SIM swap - which will disable the old SIM and enable a replacement in minutes. 


I can't see any reason not to do a SIM swap when a SIM is lost, other than not having a spare GG SIM available of course, and many Giffgaffers do have spares...


So the idea is:


Propose the SIM Swap as an alternative to the lost SIM approach wherever the lost SIM procedure is described in the Giffgaff web site


The benefits for those with a spare SIM handy are getting back up and running immediately instead of maybe a week without service - and the benefit to GG should be some saved money and effort in not having to process and post out a new SIM.


Good idea? Any reason I may have missed not to recommend this approach?


Edit - nate37 has pointed out that there may be some situations where a phone is stolen and needs to be blocked - so either the Lost SIM page could have a "block phone without blocking SIM" option added and/or perhaps Giffgaff could create an option in the SIM Swap page to "block a phone and perform a SIM swap".


p.s. for anyone who has not yet caught up with SIM swap - more info here

Status: Under Consideration
Along with the other two ideas that highlighted to us the current gap in the lost/stolen process, we'll be reviewing this idea along with them - thanks for submitting, we agree that we should be doing more to promote sim swap as an alternative which should improve the member experience of this situation. Thanks again.

Annual members honours award re run

Status: Under Consideration
by bluemoonbaz ‎15-04-2014 19:35 - edited ‎06-05-2014 20:45



The giffgaff new years  honours thread should be an annual event 


but should be expanded into catogories

 so all the fabulous work can be recognised 


these can be chosen by the community for the community


ie  contributor  or members  technical improvement

facebook  twitter off topic

there is many options

but it would be a nice way for giffgaff to say thank you


original idea



this was implemented and ran once but this year we only had the gaffta awards

i think we should have it again what do you think ?

its a member run event so if you want it again speak out 


Status: Under Consideration
Hey folks, this looks really interesting and would be nice to do again - we'll have to back seat it and look at it again when we get closer to the end of the year :smileyhappy:

Night Moderation – A solution?

Status: Under Consideration
by jamesd2010 ‎12-09-2011 21:45 - edited ‎05-03-2014 23:58

Hi all,


There have been recent complaints about the lack of moderation overnight on the forum, and while I don’t agree that employing someone overnight just to remove details etc., I feel this idea would work, and would be a lot cheaper too.


The proposal:


When a post gets over  101 reports in a certain period of time, the reported post  automatically gets moved within the hours of 11pm and 8am for review, this could be moved to a ‘quarantine’ board where the post is no longer public, but is flagged to the educators2 when this happens a notification is sent to the original poster that the post will be reviewed at 8am in the morning, and depending on the nature of the post, will either return, or be removed.  



What will this solve?


  • Abuse on the forum overnight (spam, racist content, or whatever users may post)
  • Quick removal of posts with personal details for them to be edited in the morning
  • Shows care, stopping members from moaning about not enough measures taken
  • Gives users peace of mind – knowing their content has been removed and will be looked at.
  • Saves educators such as Hazel22 (and the rest of the team) from getting up at 3am to remove it.
  • Prevents serious spam attacks to the forum
  • Arguments from who should be allowed to edit posts and move posts.

How will this work?


When several users report a post as inappropriate at the times of 11pm until 8am via the ‘report inappropriate content’ link (see above for image) the post is moved automatically and a notification is sent

Abuse – This could easily be abused, but from my understanding the system reports one report per user? So the abuse isn’t there, because only one report from one user will count, not ten reports from one user.


Sounds too complex?


Yes, but from my understanding the basic functionality is there, when you get a new rank, you get an email, Lithium (forum software) triggers this, it’s automated. So the same feature could be applied here. The report inappropriate content links are there, the hidden moderation panel is there where the posts can be submitted for review, it just requires lithium to embed the automation part where posts can be moved automatically.


Thank you for reading this idea, I hope together we can all make this community stronger!



1 – I have chosen ten reports as I find that there are often much more users on at this time, but this could be monitored, and be changed so it could be more or less.

2-  I think this exists already, as in the reports process posts are moved to this area for no one else to see.


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