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Selling Accessories

Status: New Idea
by smileygal on ‎25-07-2014 13:47

I was wondering if it would be great for business if giffgaff started to sell accessories for phones and tablets such as extra batteries, cases and covers, screen-protectors, chargers etc...


Apologies if this has been suggested but it didn't come up when I checked. 



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'.  :smileyhappy:


Help   Support   The giffgaff community.jpeg




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 ).


  1. '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'.
  2. '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 :smileyhappy:


iPhone 5c Colours

Status: New Idea
by finaltrinity on ‎09-07-2014 18:50

Howdy gaffers,


Now giffgaff stock the iPhone 5c, its super easy to get a hold of the iphone. However when I was looking at the website, browsing for a new phone something stood out to me.


iphone colours - apple


Above are the colours that Apple sell, the colours are taken directly from the apple website.


iphone colours - gg


And here are the colours that giffgaff advertise. There are two blaring differences. 


  • The Pink
  • and The Blue

Now the pink isn't an issue as its more that Apple aren't showing the correct shade, even if giffgaff's is a little on the bring side.


My issue is with the Blue:


iphone blue comparison


There is quite a contrast in the colours, and even more so if you look at the actual colour of the blue iPhone 5c


iphone blue


So my proposal, rather than having the current shade of blue in the small coloured box, change this:


iphone colours gg.png


To this:


new iphone colours gg.png


So that the correct shade of blue is advertised. As at the time being it looks like the phone should be purple. So you can imagine my disappointment when I realised it wasn't in fact a nice purple shade, but in fact bright blue.


A simple change is all that is required but it would ,make things much clearer.


Thanks, please support with a kudos if you think the change is necessary.



Promote all giffgaff phones are unlocked

Status: New Idea
by bertiebat ‎25-06-2014 17:50 - edited ‎25-06-2014 21:22

Seems so obvious but hasn't been done and needs to be made much clearer.  See for yourself here


I was prompted by a help thread asking whether giffgaff were locked or not and found that NOTHING on the phones offer page states this at all (even on the specifications of the phones).  The only 'official' confirmation is on the Knowledge based article on this which isn't even linked.


So simples :smileyhappy: add some text to the header banner that is used on buying phones to include the really important selling point that giffgaff phones aren't locked to the network.  I've kept to the rhyming theme but any other suggestions are welcome. :smileyhappy:


Buy phones SIM free upfront or pay monthly   giffgaff.png


So you know what to do (click the kudos button) if you wish to support this simple and easy to implement idea.  Comments (as always) welcomed. :smileyhappy:


PS.  As a related issue the links on the support pages also need to be changed (firstly include this KB article and secondly change the other links.  I started a contribute thread on this here


Online Monthly Usage report/statistic

Status: New Idea
by victoruk on ‎21-07-2014 11:29



It would be good to be able to see your the usage statistics from itemised calls, texts and data for past months.

If you can display a usage graph too then seeing both the stats and graph would make it easier to decide whether to change goody bags to save money.





Proactive gg

Status: New Idea
by cps15966 on ‎22-07-2014 09:08

Hello there.


I don't know the internal workings of gg, but for a while now i have wondered whether gg focus on the right things internally, however in fairness, more recent months have shown that things are being done and openly advertised to it's community and customers.


Just an idea and this may be already done, but how about either monthly or quarterly, the posts are analysed and categorised to give focus on where gg should be looking to better things etc.


I looked into a recent section of posts (about 8 hours worth) and this is what i found.... Hpefully it shows something or gives someone some ideas, but to me this is the logical way forward in bettering the customer experience and resolve the more common problems, maybe in clearer guideance that would change monthly/quarterly depending on what issues there are in that period. Perhaps even when people are posting, just like they have to choose now say 'help & support' or 'tips & advice' and then a sub category?? Anyhow, this was my findings broadly......






Thepie chart shows the most common categories broken down and the idea would be that these are the ones to focus on.



Allow data to be used abroad

Status: New Idea
by 1975macklepaul on ‎28-07-2014 17:39
Hows about data allowance Beijing allowed to be used abroad. Even if we need to buy a small add on to compensate for the cost. Nearly all other payg networks allow this.

Text alerts for missed calls.

Status: New Idea
by tam_g93 on ‎09-07-2014 19:14

We all have them times when our phone isnt in signal or is off. The thing with Giffgaff is that you arent notified unless you use a different app etc. I think introducing the text alerts would be a good thing, its alreaady offered by others so why not Giffgaff? Also its easier than using another app which needs connecting to the internet. 




Mobile site topup page improvement

Status: New Idea
by seer philiplittle40 on ‎13-07-2014 19:11




Got someone complaining on FB and I think they have a point. They wanted a goodybag bag + blackberry add-on and clicked on Blackberry plans link.





However the link takes you to a single page with everything on it, starting with the normal goodybags.





You have to scroll down past these to get to the blackberry plans. Understandable that someone could get confused and buy a £10 goodybag by mistake, instead of a £10 Blackberry plan.


Ideally the links should go to separate pages, but at least should go straight to the relevant section and not just the top of the page. Misleading and confusing where it doesn't need to be.


So the idea is to change the mobile topup links so that they take you straight through to the section that you need. At the moment, with the way its (not) working, there's no point to the 3 different links as they all go to the same place. 


Cheers folks :smileyhappy: 




Delete comment button

Status: New Idea
by l_mustin ‎24-07-2014 15:49 - edited ‎26-07-2014 20:19

A very simple suggestion.


My Internet connection times out constantly which is a pain when it comes to using the Community. Repeatedly I end up at the Authentication failed screen so I have to either re-submit or retype, when the original comment may or may not have been posted, often leaving a duplicate.

The current 'Options' menu shows only the Edit Reply button, meaning that the duplicate can't be deleted. This is a nuisance, especially with a retype that has minor changes.

My suggestion is for a Delete Reply button along with the Edit one. I don't know if there is a way of deleting posts (I can't find one), but even so this would make it far easier, and should be easy to implement.



In response to @xollobru  - I did see the particular suggestion you're referring to, but that was in response to deleting a thread. That being said (of course, it's hardly a difference), perhaps we could submit a deletion request to the giffgaff community moderators, who can in turn delete it.

Also, I can understand why you would want to trace something back for trolling, but surely editing your comment clean would have the same unwanted effect. Of course, editing it clean in this case just leaves an empty comment.


minimum top up should be £5

Status: New Idea
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

Charge to keep goody bag when roaming.

Status: New Idea
by andy_waters on ‎20-07-2014 13:58

To elaborate on a post about using goody bags in the EU when the new laws come in, i think that the use of goodybags should be allowed in the EU for free, and when travelling further afield (for example USA, Brazil, AUS etc.). you can keep your goodybag for a set charge per day or per week. For example to keep your goody bag abroad £1/day and £5/week. I think this would be welcomed greatly by the community esplecially by people, such as myself, who travel quite often.


Thanks very much, hope this is considered.




International Goodybag

Status: New Idea
by doctor_blue on ‎18-07-2014 12:52

I think that it would be a good idea if giffgaff introduced goodybags specifically for international calls+texts, so if you're one of those people who regularly has to phone people abroad (for example, if you have family or friends in another country you want to stay in touch with or you travel a lot for your job) then you can still buy a goodybag without having to purchase extra airtime credit.


Since you can only have one goodybag active at any one time, then I think it would be a great idea if these special goodybags had minutes and texts you could use for UK and abroad. For example, a £10 version of this goodybag could include 250 UK minutes, 250 international minutes and 500MB of roaming so you don't build up charges for roaming very quickly.


Family Accounts

Status: New Idea
by manhead16 on ‎18-07-2014 08:21

I think for some people it would be really useful to have multiple accounts linked onto one page, meaning that you could easily manage your payment options from one place.

Any type of warning whilst during a phone call your phone lets you know it's about to run out of minutes and start using credit. This could be an audible warning, a text being sent or your call could just come to an end and notify you that you are now in to using air time credit.


FREE giffgaff Data Speed Tests

Status: New Idea
by lpwilliams on ‎28-07-2014 08:48

My idea is simple really but would be benefical to giffgaff to help out with network coverage issues.


At present, most people use a third party data speed checker - why don't giffgaff have a link on their app which will run a free (would not be charged data costs if not on unlimited goodybag) data speed check using mobile data useage - giffgaff would then have access to the results (whereas they would not have them at present from a thrid party app)and could monitor the network coverage far better and could also feedback to O2 on problem areas that could help them develop their network coverage in the correct places.


Data connection speeds issues are raised on a regular basis on the forum, so monitoring useage would be good and could help further develop this network (which I am very happy with)


It would be important that any data speed checks were not abused in anyway as this could in itself have a detrimental effect on the speed of the network, so I would suggest that data speed check be limited to 3 every 12 hours.


Comments please.........


payback = mobile phones

Status: New Idea
by lawarcbur79 on ‎06-07-2014 10:45

i think giffgaff should give a 3rd option to payback by offering a phone fund were you can save up your payback till you can afford the phone that you want, this could be good for both giffgaff and giffgaffer.


gg should provide a regular report to the community on the performance of the 3G and 4G data network

gg must know what level of data service they are providing based on the stress levels on their data servers so that data should already be available. A graph of "average network speed and latency vs time of day" would be useful for example. Data should be updated at least say once a week.


Why do we need this?

Mobile data can be really slow at times and congestion management and traffic shaping policies are being implemented but the benefits to users are not yet clear -  meanwhile members are complaining, reporting poor speedtest results, expressing discontent with a lack of information from gg, some even leaving gg.


The vacuum left by the lack of up-to-date performance status info is filled by posts of worst-case reports of slow data and even speculation that gg is willingly allowing the system to degrade.


Future Targets?

To make this idea work well, data performance should be stated against speed targets. We would all like to know where gg's data performance is heading - what speeds can we expect to get say in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months? I hope gg have a plan with some numbers, I think gg should consider sharing more of it with us, instead of letting users wonder for ourselves on a daily basis whether the network will perform adequately.


Do you think this would be a good idea? 


Lost signal

Status: New Idea
by lesterely on ‎21-07-2014 19:40

A constant bugbear we all experience. LOST SIGNAL

I understand giffgaff piggyback on the O2 network.

Would it be possible to negotiate with other provider to use their networks when a signal is lost?

I know there would be a cost implication.

However it could be an opt in option.

How good would that be guys



New goodybag with allowed tethering

Status: New Idea
by roshpl on ‎02-06-2014 10:37

Maybe it is good time to introduce new goodybag with allowed tethering?

I think in 4g era it will be good to follow market and introduce more goodybags with 2gb and 3gb data and tethering.

In my opinion it supposed to be:


£12,50 500min unlimited text and 2gb data (allowed tethering)

£14 500 min unlimited text and 4gb data (allowed tethering)


What is your opinion GG and others?