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Thread: Three UK: how to activate SIM and top-up account from USA?

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    Yeswap, do you still have the credit card size card that the SIM card was attached to that was inside the packaging you posted above? Does the credit card size card look any different for the Three 200MB/mo free SIM card vs the other Three SIM card without the free 200MB/mo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Yeswap, do you still have the credit card size card that the SIM card was attached to that was inside the packaging you posted above? Does the credit card size card look any different for the Three 200MB/mo free SIM card vs the other Three SIM card without the free 200MB/mo?
    I have the large cards for the 200 MB free SIM and a regular Three SIM. They are identical except for the unique phone and SIM ID numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    I have the large cards for the 200 MB free SIM and a regular Three SIM. They are identical except for the unique phone and SIM ID numbers.
    Oh, okay. Thanks.

    I guess it's possible the SIM card that trackVW was sent, that he sent me, wasn't really a 200MB/mo free SIM, which would explain why I got the "Sorry, your current SIM isn’t eligible" message. But I'm only guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fv22652 View Post
    Boz1,

    Yes, when I set up the KwikPay app, I just used a hotel address in London. Use Google to look up an address in the UK and use that. I use PayPal to pay for the top-up through the KwikPay app.

    Eric
    Does anybody know if KwikPay is still working for UK Mobile refills? I just checked it with my 3 phone number, and it shows: "This operator is unavailable. Please try again after sometime." I also checked some other service providers, and it gives the same message.

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    I just tried it on the website using a vpn into the UK and on my phone with a working 3 sim here in the US. Works part way but hangs on both when it come to proceeding beyond number and carrier entry. Hope they aren't out of business because they were the cheapest topup method and worked to topup UK sims using PayPal with a US credit card.

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    Thanks for checking. Yes, they are/were the cheapest as far as I could find. I'll try again next week if I think about it/

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    Don't know about Three but I used Ding.com to refill a Vodafone account. It worked except Vodafone said Ding also purchased a bundle on my account rather than just top up. Since I didn't use the bundle customer service via chat undid the bundle.

    So not sure if I would go through that hassle again but it kinda worked. I also stumbled that Xoom offers mobile top ups but not sure what fees they charge.

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    I discovered that PayPal has topup cards on their UK website. It looks like the currency exchange rate is reasonable with minimum fees. Haven't tried to buy one yet, though.

    https://www.paypal.com/uk/gifts/all

    Select cards and scroll down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colecaz View Post
    I discovered that PayPal has topup cards on their UK website. It looks like the currency exchange rate is reasonable with minimum fees. Haven't tried to buy one yet, though.

    https://www.paypal.com/uk/gifts/all

    Select cards and scroll down.
    Very nice! Thank you! I think that's the solution to the apparent demise of KwikPay for 3 three.co.uk top-ups!

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    Thx!
    This will be useful when I go back to
    uk and Europe.

    Do I need to vpn to uk to buy from paypal uk?

    And Rip kwikpay

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    Nice. Given my problems with Ding purchasing a bundle on top up I will try PayPal UK store next time, or Xoom (another PayPal company) at Xoom.com/reload (google search found this.. never tried it either)

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    I didn't use the PayPal UK topup card all the way through to purchasing, stopping short of hitting the BUY button. But there were no issues getting to that point.

    And I didn't need to use a VPN.

    Anyone that does use PayPal UK to top up, please report your experience.

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