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    Default Using an old mobile number

    Looking at options to keep an old mobile phone number active. Currently it's in an old iPhone (which needs regular charging), on Three's PAYG (321) so I just top up maybe once a year and it's peanuts to keep. I use it for receiving texts (mainly OTP login codes). Calls are diverted to my main mobile number.

    But ... I wouldn't mind ditching the second phone. However as I'm a tight arse I haven't come up with an easy solution that's cheap enough.

    Nicest way would be to use an eSIM in my iPhone, but EE want £9 month for that.
    Had a look at VOIP options, but it seems they don't handle receiving texts that well.

    Maybe I just stick with the PAYG SIM and get a cheap handset that I don't have to charge so often.

    Any other options I haven't considered ? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoiler View Post
    Looking at options to keep an old mobile phone number active. Currently it's in an old iPhone (which needs regular charging), on Three's PAYG (321) so I just top up maybe once a year and it's peanuts to keep. I use it for receiving texts (mainly OTP login codes). Calls are diverted to my main mobile number.

    But ... I wouldn't mind ditching the second phone. However as I'm a tight arse I haven't come up with an easy solution that's cheap enough.

    Nicest way would be to use an eSIM in my iPhone, but EE want £9 month for that.
    Had a look at VOIP options, but it seems they don't handle receiving texts that well.

    Maybe I just stick with the PAYG SIM and get a cheap handset that I don't have to charge so often.

    Any other options I haven't considered ? thanks.
    I have a Tesco's PAYG SIM card and top it up twice or three times a year with £10, works for me
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    Keep a really ancient old O2 PAYG phone in van as spare. Never use it except to call my own phone line every 6 months to ensure account stays active. I talk to myself anyway.
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    Would getting a phone with a dual sim slot work?

    Have both in and then from time to time use it? Keeps both active and in one phone?

    just a thought...

    WLB

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLB2018 View Post
    Would getting a phone with a dual sim slot work?

    Have both in and then from time to time use it? Keeps both active and in one phone?

    just a thought...

    WLB
    No dual sim slot in my iPhone. I could do it now though with the eSIM function, but I'm too tight to pay the monthly EE fee for the eSIM.

    Think I'll just get a cheap phone (maybe android) which holds it charge well, and stick the existing PAYG sim into that.

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    Replace the iPhone battery

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    Keep your iPhone on charge in a car. You can then use the 'find my iphone' facility as a cheap car tracker if it's stolen, or in your wife's car if you're possessive, or in a spare car if family members often borrow it and you want to keep tabs on it.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoiler View Post
    Looking at options to keep an old mobile phone number active. Currently it's in an old iPhone (which needs regular charging), on Three's PAYG (321) so I just top up maybe once a year and it's peanuts to keep. I use it for receiving texts (mainly OTP login codes). Calls are diverted to my main mobile number.

    But ... I wouldn't mind ditching the second phone. However as I'm a tight arse I haven't come up with an easy solution that's cheap enough.

    Nicest way would be to use an eSIM in my iPhone, but EE want �9 month for that.
    Had a look at VOIP options, but it seems they don't handle receiving texts that well.

    Maybe I just stick with the PAYG SIM and get a cheap handset that I don't have to charge so often.

    Any other options I haven't considered ? thanks.
    I thought you were supposed to use them once then eat them afterwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie Wonder Boy View Post
    I thought you were supposed to use them once then eat them afterwards?
    Not recommended...

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    Port your number to twilio and set up SMS and call forwarding to your first number.

    Setting Up Call Forwarding – Twilio Support
    Forwarding SMS messages to another phone number – Twilio Support

    edit: I think it's 2 dollars a month for a mobile number
    Last edited by minestrone; 28th February 2019 at 12:47.

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