I’ve been with Virgin Mobile for years and never had a problem that wasn’t easily sorted out until now. I’ve had a 30 day rolling sim with inclusive texts that’s worked just fine. 3 weeks ago I changed to an IPhone and ordered the relevant sim card. When I checked my account I found 15p charges against certain numbers which had previously been included on my old sim. Rang 789, they kindly deleted the charges from my account, told me that they were made because the numbers in question started ’44’ and so flagged up as Premium Texts, and advised me to change all the contacts in my phone that started ’44’ to ’07’. I’ve done this - there are no longer any ’44’ numbers in my contact list. I checked my account again last night and found these charges were still being applied as my numbers were still being recorded as ’44’ numbers. I rang 789 again, and they again deleted the charges, but were unable to offer any explanation as to why these texts are being treated as Premium when they never were before on my old sim, other than saying 'it's standard practise'. They did suggest I ring once a month before my billing date to get these charges removed but to be honest, that’s not an ideal solution for me - I’d like to just pay for the service I’ve always had and not faff about remembering to ring, and pay hefty charges if I forget!
I really don’t want to leave Virgin, but if this can’t get sorted I don’t see I’m going to have much choice. There are 3 other networks being used by various family members who don’t have their ’44’ numbers treated as Premium Texts. Best of all, my husband is also on Virgin - and he texts ’44’ numbers no problem - no charges for him!! Which sort of makes me doubt the 'standard practise' quote.....
Reading through this forum I can see a few people have had the same problem - has anyone managed to find a happy ending?
I have had this problem with premium rate texts to a normal number for over 6 months. The phone is my 17 year old son who did not come home one night as he feared he had run up a bill of over140 pounds.. I have gone overdrawn due to this issue I have had new SIM card still not happening . I asked as a good will gesture after spending hours on the phone and found into financial hardship if my son could recieve a new handset... Fell on deaf ears and customer services did not seem to care