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ryansmyth1
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Hi there,

 

Recently started using o2 PAYG in a spare phone. 

I have an o2 E-Top Up Card that my mum found lying around the house and she said that I can use this?

 

Now, yes I do know that I can use debit card or buy a voucher, but how does this e-card thing work.


From what I’ve read online, it says to dial 284 and enter the card number and the credit that I load to the card then transfers to the handset. However, ringing 284 doesn’t connect to anywhere, so I am confused.


Just curious to know how this works.

 

 

Regards,

Ryan 

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My guide you allude to above ( Guide How to Top Up (PAYG)) STILL has info re the E-Cards. ie

 

*E-Top Up cards (If you still have one you can continue to use it although they have been phased out from O2 stores.

If you have an E-Top Up card, simply:

  • Call 248 free from your mobile
  • Enter the 19-digit number on the back of the card
  • Enter the 5-digit PIN under the scratch panel on the back of the card

You'll then get a text confirming that the card has been registered successfully and the credit will be added to your account.

Once you've activated an E-Top Up card, you can use the card to top up your mobile anywhere you see the E-Top Up logo.

 

On the Top up guide from O2, the e-card is still included (although the info is different from my guide)

https://www.o2.co.uk/topup 

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The long-since discontinued E-top up card used to be sent out with O2 PAYG phone purchase, and was tied to a particular O2 phone number, @ryansmyth1 - they dropped out of use some years ago, as O2 became the only place to obtain one, and were superceded by these ways to top up: Guide How to Top Up (PAYG) 

The only value it has now is whatever the likes of eBay can get you for it as a collectible.

It was linked to the phone number by dialling a code, something like

 

*148*19 digit number#SEND

 

and you could add up to £50 onto it at a Pay Point (newsagent or corner shop or similar, wherever the green PayPoint logo was visible) for the phone to draw down over time.

 

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An image of one available from Alamy may even match the one you found in the back of a drawer. The last time I used a PayPoint outlet, I received a paper receipt slip with a code and instruction to dial 4444 to apply it to a PAYG number.

 

Good luck!

 

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@pgn 

My guide you allude to above ( Guide How to Top Up (PAYG)) STILL has info re the E-Cards. ie

 

*E-Top Up cards (If you still have one you can continue to use it although they have been phased out from O2 stores.

If you have an E-Top Up card, simply:

  • Call 248 free from your mobile
  • Enter the 19-digit number on the back of the card
  • Enter the 5-digit PIN under the scratch panel on the back of the card

You'll then get a text confirming that the card has been registered successfully and the credit will be added to your account.

Once you've activated an E-Top Up card, you can use the card to top up your mobile anywhere you see the E-Top Up logo.

 

On the Top up guide from O2, the e-card is still included (although the info is different from my guide)

https://www.o2.co.uk/topup 

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I guess, as with the Classic PAYG tariff, there must still be a good few of the E-top up cards in circulation, then, @Cleoriff - the once common PayPoint logo is getting rarer to see around these parts - not sure if the retirement of the copper land-line voice cables will see the end of the PayPoint systems...? 

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@pgn wrote:

I guess, as with the Classic PAYG tariff, there must still be a good few of the E-top up cards in circulation, then, @Cleoriff - the once common PayPoint logo is getting rarer to see around these parts - not sure if the retirement of the copper land-line voice cables will see the end of the PayPoint systems...? 


Yes, when the guide was first written there was only Classic PAYG. It has been amended about 4 times since then. Not sure when O2 will stop people using the e cards. (Probably when they have 'hustled' those Classic stalwarts onto another tariff) 😂

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Hi, just read this posting about O2 E-top up cards being discontinued. I'm always using my e -top up card to top up.

 

Why is this? What's wrong the E-top up card system? What's the alternative for Pay as You Go customers? Does that mean new Pay As You Go customers, if they don't want to use a credit or debit card, will have to ask for a printed voucher instead? And then type it in to the phone all the time by calling the top up line? Which is a pain and much slower than using a top up card.

What was the reason for this change?

 

@ryansmyth1 No wonder you can't link your card with your phone - you've entered the wrong number. It is 248 - not 284 as you put on your posting. 😅

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@koala321 wrote:

What's the alternative for Pay as You Go customers?


 

@koala321 

 

That has already been answered in this thread :-

 

Topup | O2

https://www.o2.co.uk/topup

 

Guide How to Top Up (PAYG) 

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@koala321 wrote:

Hi, just read this posting about O2 E-top up cards being discontinued. I'm always using my e -top up card to top up.

 

Why is this? What's wrong the E-top up card system? What's the alternative for Pay as You Go customers? Does that mean new Pay As You Go customers, if they don't want to use a credit or debit card, will have to ask for a printed voucher instead? And then type it in to the phone all the time by calling the top up line? Which is a pain and much slower than using a top up card.

What was the reason for this change?

 

@ryansmyth1 No wonder you can't link your card with your phone - you've entered the wrong number. It is 248 - not 284 as you put on your posting. 😅


@koala321 

E-Cards haven't been discontinued. If you have one, you can carry on using it as before.

Very few O2 shops stock them nowadays though.

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Hi, thanks to all for replys. 

 

I understand my issue now is that I was dialling the wrong number (284 rather than 248)

 

However, when I dial 248, it says 'this service is not available from your mobile', or something along those lines. Any idea why that is?

 

 

Regards,
Ryan

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Seems 248 e-card top up line has been known to drop out of service now and then, @ryansmyth1 

https://community.o2.co.uk/t5/Other-Products-and-Services/248-service/m-p/1094463/highlight/true#M28...

Try 4445 and ask O2?

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