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Ovivo Network gone bust!

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  1. redbird United Kingdom

    redbird Well-Known Member

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    Anyone on the Ovivo moble network (I was) then your phone will no longer work

    http://www.ovivomobile.com/

    Dear OVIVO Customers,

    We are very sad to announce that for reasons beyond our control, OVIVO Mobile is closing down on the evening of Wednesday 19th March 2014.
     
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  3. invincible

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    I have two sims just for testing vodafone coverage, really, so no bother for me. Will upset a lot of people.
     
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    After EE's massive outage across the UK all evening... I think they may go bust too!!
     
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    Where do Ovivo rank with the likes of O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, I only ask because I've never heard of Ovivo.
     
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    They were an MVNO (on Vodafone) in the same way as giffgaff (who use o2) are and were funded by a one off fee and then supposedly advertising.
     
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    EE still down for me.
     
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    bonusmedia Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Lost £2.5k investment, whatever they owed me in affiliate revenue and got no phone for probably a week.

    You win some, you lose some :)
     
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    Thanks, never heard of MVNO, assumed that was a phone company, but a search tells me it means "Mobile virtual network operator", learn something new every day :)

    I think I'd heard of giffgaff before, probably saw it mentioned on here, but didn't know what that was either.
     
  10. invincible

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    Maybe you didn't realise that virgin mobile are one and were, I think, the first in the UK. :) they used to use t-mobile as their network provider but not sure these days if it is still them (EE) or another.
     
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    No, I didn't know Virgin where the first mobile operators in the UK, I thought they were just doing mobile in recent years, I did know they do mobile stuff, but if you asked me to name mobile phone companies off the top of my head, all I could tell you are O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, I couldn't think of another one like Virgin unless prompted.

    As you can probably guess, I know little to nothing about mobile phones :)
     
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    Virgin were the first uk mvno I believe. Late 90s I think. :) t-mobile and orange are now EE although the old brands are currently still operating as well as the new EE brand. O2 was btcellnet and cell net prior to that. Vodafone were first uk network followed closely by cellnet.
     
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    I just think of Virgin as selling records and videos, and not being a mobile phone user, I never look for anything to do with mobiles, so I'm absolutely way behind the times with that sort of technology and the companies providing it.

    Orange is another one I wouldn't have thought to mention.

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    Forgot, just remembered another, my wireless dongle is run by Three :)
     
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    I literally almost bought an Ovivo Sim Wednesday evening. Would've freaked me out if I'd done that then heard this.
     
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    Yes same here I had two for my dongle didn't use them much never mind....


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    Approx 60k customers.

    Keen to find out what actually happened.

    Just running out of cash doesn't really make sense from their recent activity.
     
  17. bulkcorn United Kingdom

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    I have never heard of Ovivo ..... until now! :cool:
     
  18. Systreg

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    That's pretty small chips them only having that many customers, and if as stated earlier in the topic, they charged a one off fee and then hoped to cash in on advertising.
     
  19. redbird United Kingdom

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    When I joined the "fee" was converted to credit, but I think later the credit was what you paid less £5 so the fee was just £5.

    Was perfect for me as I never went over any of the monthly allowances.
     
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    There's a free data only service called samba mobile, but apparently you have to watch tonnes of ads. Many more than with Ovivo. You can avoid the ads by paying a fiver for 500mb though. I have no idea if it's a decent service with regard to speeds etc. I bought a mifi device the other day and intended to stick an Ovivo sim in it.
     
  21. invincible

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    I believe samba use Three for their network coverage. I was going to obtain a sim but don't think I will bother. The £5 for 500Mb is the same price and allowance as giffgaff's cheapest data only bundle.
     
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