You dont seem to have this problem with GiffGaff payg sim cards and they do keep you infomed by email of the status of your account. Also to send a text it cost only 5p as of 10/04/2016
I always recomend them on any installations that I have done and use it on my own system (admittedly a message is sent frequently for side gate being openend when alarm is on Armed/Night mode without activating alarm)
Last edited on Sunday Apr 10th, 2016 10:19 am by Swiss-Toni
Swiss-Toni wrote: You dont seem to have this problem with GiffGaff payg sim cardsGiffGaff inactivity period is 6 months without topping up, making a call or sending a SMS. As you mentioned, they're good about emailing you anyway so you get ample warning. It might be easier to just do a time program to send a SMS every 6 months though.
Hi, I have a system I purchased some time ago, but just installing now and I wondered if there was an update on this topic since 2016.
I have a UCM/GSM2, I live in a rural area with patchy 3G/4G connection but a decent Vodafone signal. GiffGaff not a great option as they use O2 and in general monthly plans for Vodafone SIMs seem to be based on 4G/5G. I see its possible to have Comfort send regular texts to avoid cut-off, but how do you manage a pay as you go SIM - i.e. how do you know when it needs to be topped up?
Unfortunately for PAYG, there is no standard way to know that the simcard is running out of money. ie the module cannot interrogate the network or the card. Normally there is a voice message after evenry call which tells you the balance, which is not helpful. So you will have to top up regularly. Are you sire there is still a 2G network? as the UM/GS,2 will not work with 3G
Ok, thanks Chiu. I better check if there is still a 2G network, though ultimately it sounds like I'll need to upgrade the UCM/GSM and go to a monthly plan, if that's the only way to see what balance is on the SIM card.