We have moved into April, so it's almost time to see how much payback everyone earned in March. To help us work out when the calculations will be complete, @alex_w brings us the payback calculations thread. Check the progress now!
Earlier last week Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus, while giffgaff staff and members came together to watch the livestream. @gadgetchamp wants you to catch up and check it out if you didn't get the chance to tune in. You can also register your interest and receive news when the phones will be released with giffgaff.
Not so long ago @gary_1989 announced the 43430 top-up service was getting an update, and it has finally become LIVE. The new updates allows you to use your voucher to update balance, update your friend's balance and more. Read more on Gary's thread.
Last week we tuned in to watch the Samsung livestream and now @wsjudd is giving us a detailed breakdown of the events, covering the S8 and S8 Plus. If you're a Samsung fanboy, you'll definitely want to check this blog out.
Do you remember the time when we had those dusty wide-backed televisions which needed a full TV stand to hold it? Well, fortunately we have TV's we can hang on walls, but it wasn't always like that. @abdulf gives us a blast from the past with the evolution of televisions.
Running out of data can be a nightmare, but thankfully abdulf has 7 amazing ways to make your giffgaff goodybags last longer! If you're a big data user, you definitely should check this blog out.
You might have noticed that not every thread in Help and Support has a best answer, and that's something @ambalabamba wants to change, with a voting system. Their idea suggests members could vote on which is the best answer, and award it accordingly. What do you think about this idea? Share your opinions over on the discussion thread.
There's some exciting news revolving around the giffgaff money section of the forum, as Community Manager @juan_p announces that the forum section will be added to the giffgaff money site. More good news includes a revamped 'Hot Deals' platform, including fresh sections, expiry dates and more. Check Juan's thread for more info.
There's even more good news with giffgaff money this week, as @kathleen414 brings the latest hot deals and tips submitted by members. There's some free Chanel make-up on offer, free books with Amazon, 70% off Yankee Candles and much more. Head over and bag the deals before they expire!
If you love reading the gaff, then you might just love the opportunities coming up within the gaff. We are currently looking for someone to take on the 'Say Hello!' section and small-article writers, to rotate with 'JD's High-Tech Highlights'. Sounds interesting? Check out the thread for more information.
Updated 22nd December 2016. These prices are subject to change typically on a regular basis, new, refurb and marketplace phones are subject to availability.
The phones listed above, and many more, can be purchased through the giffgaff mobile phone store and are subject to availability.
@gavgooner1980 joined on Friday and said "I only joined Giffgaff today and have to say I am well pleased. It's great to be a giffgaff member.". We're glad you're happy, Gav, and it's great to have you with us!
@alancoin joined last week and popped in to say "Hey guys, I'm kinda liking it already. How are some of you new members getting on?". We hope you stick with us and enjoy yourself Alan, we love your positivity!
School makes millions from Snapchat IPO
If you're a parent, a letter home from school is common. But on Thursday, Simon Chiu, the president of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, wrote to parents to share some "monumental news". In 2012, he began, the school invested $15,000 in a cool new app that was being used incessantly by Andrew and Natalie Eggers, two siblings who attended the school. Their father Barry was a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a local investment firm. After seeing how excited his children were to be using the app, and learning that their friends were as obsessed as they were, he decided to get involved. It was, of course, Snapchat.
He met with co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who today are multi-millionnaires thanks to their company's incredible stock market debut, but back then were working out of a dorm room at Stanford.
Mr Eggers was suitably impressed, and so Lightspeed led a $500,000 investment round - Snapchat's first.
The firm invested $485,000, but Mr Eggers also convinced Saint Francis High School to throw in $15,000 from a school development fund set up in the 1990s. In what must go down as one of the understatements of the year, Mr Chiu's letter on Thursday continued: "The school's investment in Snap has matured and given us a significant boost as we continue our work towards realising the bold vision and goals."
One of those goals is to make education at Saint Francis - a private, Catholic school where tuition costs $17,000 a year - more affordable to more people in the surrounding community. So how much did the school earn? It's hard to say exactly right now. It sold many of its shares on Thursday at the $17 opening price. That raised a cool $24m. It kept hold of a third - and at the close of play on Thursday, Snap's stock was up by 44%. A great little earner - with perhaps a lot more still to come.
The gaff is back in full force after a short break and we're glad to be back!
In the coming few weeks you're going to see some changes to how the gaff looks, which we hope you will enjoy. The changes will be coming as soon as next week, so we will be working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is ready for then. In the two weeks of absence, these changes and updates have been worked on and we hope they will make the gaff even more of an enjoyable read for you all.
The aim is to make the gaff more informative, yet quick and easy to read. Over the next few weeks you should see more images being introduced to the gaff, and chunks of text being removed, making it much more visually pleasing and less heavy on the eyes. As always, we are looking for ways to improve the gaff week upon week, so please do feel free to submit your thoughts and ideas!
If you haven't already seen the thread, we are currently looking for people to get involved with the gaff and make it an ever biggest member project. If you're interested in joining the team, click here and check out what's available!
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