Thursday, July 17th, 2008...12:18 am

Travel SIM cards – Bollocks Onboard

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So, about a week ago, I purchased one of those things pictured on the left; initially I was put off since these bastards want £25 just to get a SIM loaded with a tenner’s credit, then I found some website offering one for £8 with a tenner on it, so I jumped for it.

So today I got hold of it and activated… immediately I tried to place a phonecall, and I discovered that when you do so, instead of it working in the normal way (namely it routing your call through to whoever you dialled) it instead rejects it and gives you a callback.

Sadly, I never got the callback and then also discovered people couldn’t call the card either, so after about 3 hours of faffing around, I eventually discovered the card IS compatible with Pannon’s network… precisely why is unknown, I’m sure it’s just a case of Pannon having an additional oompa-loompa at work connecting the lines together.

Anyway, since it appears to be functioning somewhat, I can say that the call quality is actually good considering the fact it’s proxied, though what’s not so good is that they docked over £2 in credit off me for a reason I cannot as yet fathom seeing as 2 text messages cost 50p in total which is quite evidently not 2 quid odd.

But there we go, at least in the long run it cuts out the receiving fees you usually pay when you’re roaming.

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