“When you make a choice, you change the future,” - Deepak Chopra
6th September 2019 / Issue #334
One ring scam (Wangiri)
The fraudsters that make these calls will either call you expecting you to pick up or leave you a missed call. If you were to pick up the call this will result in a reverse charge so, you will be charged for all the time that you spent on the phone call with them. Similarly, calling the number back after having received a missed call will result in a premium rate call charge which will be taken from your credit and this will too be going to the fraudsters. More information about the scam can be found here and you can read the premium number scams thread here.
August 2019 Payback Calculations
Here's the first payback update on Flarum. The current status is listed here, and giffgaff will provide updates as they the tick items off. Alex has also updated the format below a little. Let him know what you think - there is a key for what all the symbols mean.
Our Members' Discussions
Here are a few of our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give your views:
The giffgaff travel hub
Hello sunseekers and travellers welcome to your one-stop-shop that caters for all your travel needs, with hot travel deals, reviews, advice and a whole lot more! But we can make it even better with your help. So, come join us here.
Members developing code for the new platform with us
Did you know, one of the opportunities that the new platform offers giffgaff is the ability to work more closely with our members. If you're interested in being part of this new little project, then head over here and let Roxy know.
Please join me in welcoming another new recruit. @hdavey17 says: "I know all your lovely giffgaffers will join me with a warm welcome to our new recruit Brendan @bbaar01". Say hello to our newcomer and give our Dave a pat on the back here.
Please welcome our new member @tigershroff040, who joined us this week. It's fab to meet you and welcome you to giffgaff and the community. Spread the giffgaff love here.
Our new member @xxgingerstarxx joined us this week and wanted our help and I am sure it won't take you long to assist in welcoming our new friend to the community here.
by jas7861 and ijustcantdoit
Payback for recruitment by @ukrun
Our member's idea is about the email which we receive when someone activates a SIM from our banner or we refer someone to giffgaff. Like below I received an email as: Hi five Abbie. Your first friend *** has just activated their giffgaff SIM. That means you just earned £5 Payback. Get in. On this note, I request giffgaff to add one more line as " This payback will get updated in next month around the first or second week."
This will not make any confusion to the members and they will not need to raise a question on the help and support section community forum. A simple yet effective idea. What are your thoughts on this one?
Feature displaying SIM’s expiration date for app and account! by @fotinikal
Our member's idea states: I propose that giffgaff add a feature to our accounts and app meant to display the user's SIM expiration date. I know that we are supposed to be notified by email/text before a SIM is deactivated, but some members have previously reported that they never received a warning and just lost their numbers for good.
Is this the member's responsibility? Or one for giffgaff Add your thoughts on this idea.
Change giffgaff 'logo' on printed receipts by @ajbcourt
Our member's idea states: The printed receipt has a large black rectangle to highlight: giffgaff | the mobile network run by you. Can we get rid of the large black rectangle? It uses a lot of black ink = unnecessary waste!! How about a simple redesign?
Great green idea or unnecessary change?
- Exciting news! Some new phones are going to be coming in! Look out for these new phones!
- 29 ideas have been implemented this month and some ideas have been moved to working on it, for example, the 2-factor authentication. Can you spot the rest of the ideas that have changed their status?
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo comes from More from Craster Harbour Northumberland by @jeanlk. I've included two pictures this week as I couldn't make up my mind as to which one I prefer, they're both stunning!
As always, there were lots of fantastic pics to choose from, please keep sharing them!
On This Day In History
1651 Following his loss at the Battle of Worcester go Oliver Cromwell, King Charles II famously escaped and spent a day hiding in an oak tree at Boscobel.
1880 England beat Australia at the Oval by 5 wickets in the first Test Match ever held in England. W. G. Grace scored 152 in the first innings, the first ever test century.
1988 Thomas Gregory became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel at the age of 11, completing it in 12 hours.
Return of the Fold (5G)
In February, Samsung announced a revolutionary device which they claimed would change the way the mobile phone world worked forever, or at least, the way it folded. I am, of course, talking about the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which made waves among tech reviewers, bloggers, websites and industry experts alike. Until it all came crashing down, when review units that were sent out started to break. The screens started peeling, and other problems developed too. To Samsung’s credit, they responded as quickly as they could, recalling the review units and cancelling the release.
After months of waiting, and after the huge success of the launch of the S10 range, Samsung is finally ready to open its doors again and show the world a new and improved version of the Fold, and this time, Samsung is also launching a 5G ready version too. Samsung calls it “future-ready”, and has told us it will be available for order in the UK on September 18th, and the standard Galaxy Fold is out on 06/09. The first of many notable changes to the Fold, hopefully, should be the fact that it doesn’t break. Many reviewers first thought that when they received their early review model that a second layer of protective seal was covering the screen, and as you would normally do on a new phone, they attempted to remove the seal, however it turned out it formed part of the screen and attempting to remove it would only damage the screen.
However, even without peeling it back manually, many found that the screen naturally began to peel as they went about and used the phone as a daily device, folding it in and out. Eventually, the right-hand side of the screen would flicker and deteriorate until it lost function completely. So now, we should see a new and improved screen, and the seal should’ve been changed. The addition of a 5G version is also an added benefit, especially when the 5G race in the UK is so ever-developing, big cities should begin to see 5G rolled out within the next 5-6 months (Stay tuned for more on this!).
But away from the flash of the phone itself, what does the Fold offer in terms of the gritty day-to-day use features. The front screen is a tiny 4.6” display, opening up to reveal a 7.3” display, the rear camera is a 12+12+16MP triple lens, and the front camera is a 10+10MP dual lens. The processor is expected to be a Snapdragon 855, coming with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage (no SD slot). The fingerprint reader is smartly embedded into the power button, meaning you don’t need to lift your finger to unlock your phone. Finally, the OS shipped with the Fold is Android 9.0 (Although this will probably change to Android 10 soon). The original pricing announced for the standard device was £1800, and I can’t see this changing anytime soon.
Thanks for reading!
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