My wife and I have Virgin pay-as-you-go accounts with relatively old mobile phones. Mine is an ancient Nokia 3410, regarded as vintage these days, but it still works to make calls and text. Until yesterday, when my wife received a text, we knew nothing of the SIM change and initially thought it might be a scam. The lack of communication from a communication company is mind-blowing but sadly not unusual in this industry. Today, my wife received a second confusing message saying that her 'order' was on its way. No 'order' was made but I have reassured her that it is Virgin-speak for 'you are getting this whether you ordered it or not'.
Meanwhile, I am wondering if my ancient Nokia 3414 will qualify for a new SIM or whether a new SIM will work with a new one. Is this Virgin's way of saying upgrade or push off?
I simply wanted to know what was happening in advance. I personally have had no message from Virgin to say whether my phone will get a new SIM and whether a new one will work on its network or, indeed, on any other. So, I am assuming I will eventually be contacted and sent a new SIM. I would have thought that was a reasonable expectation for a customer who has been around since mobiles came in large red boxes with CDs and books of instructions.
I just want my mobile to work as it has with no hassle. I am doubtful that even this low expectation will be fulfilled.
I'm really sorry for any upset or concern that these messages have caused regarding the new SIM cards.
We've been trying for a while to move all of our customers over to our new SIM cards to ensure you continue to get the best from our service whilst we make some changes.
Therefore we have been sending SIM cards to customers who haven't yet had a new one and sending text messages if they've not yet activated the new SIM card to make sure the services aren't stopped.
In this case we will have sent the SIM card for you, all you need to do is activate it as per the instructions it comes with. In the case that the phone comes up as locked then we'd also be able to try and get you an unlocking code however there are some much older phones that the SIM cards won't be supported by. We'd look into this as a case by case however and get this resolved.
I can only apologise that you've not heard about this until now and I can assure you we'll be here to help each step of the way.
I have an old Motorola clam mobile pay-as-you-go phone that I only switch on when I go out, otherwise it is turned off and was surprised to get an e-mail from VM telling me my order for a new sim card was on its way. I never ordered a sim card and do not want one. This is no way to treat their customers, presenting them with a fait accompli.