I posted an idea about ensuring that SIMs aren't needlessly expired but need some clarification from giffgaff as to how the current system works.
There is a mismatch between the official word that unactivated SIMs expire after 6 (sometimes 9) months and what actually happens (I've had SIM activated well over a year after I received them and as recently as March this year).
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So I really don't think that SIMs do expire at the moment and also query why they should anyway?
I've always thought that the numbers aren't allocated until they are activated so what other reasons would there be for expiring unactivated SIMs?
I suspect unused SIMs are already being needlessly thrown away because people think they expire after 6 months. Those in the know can use the SIM checker to see if it's still live and safe to give out but most will simply end up in the bin (not very green)
I'm thinking that this needs sorting out once and for all and would appreciate an official response as to whether SIMs really do expire now or will do in the future (it maybe that they used not to and therefore older SIMs can work but newer ones might not after 6 months).
If they now do expire then why? as would it not be much more environmentally friendly to have unexpiring unactivated SIMs or at least a mechanism (thanks cim) to keep SIMs active if they haven't yet been handed out.
So giffgaff in order to properly propose an idea on maintaining live unactivated SIMs and sort out the confiction of what the t&cs say and what actually happens, can I have answers to the following questions please. 🙂
Are phone number already allocated to the unactivated SIMs (in which case this proposal is more complicated but not impossible)?
What mechanisms (if any) expire the unactivated SIMs and why?