Don’t worry, this is not a cry for help from the impoverished staff here at CoolSmartPhone! Continuing in our irregular series of articles about MVNO’s (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) we turn our gaze to charities. There has been such a large uptake of mobile phone usage in the last three years that many charities now provide mobile network services with a portion of the profits going directly to the charity. I thought it time to have a closer look.
This article is not going to compare prices of different charity networks as we at CoolSmartPhone think that would defeat the very positive idea of networks that donate some of their profit to charitable causes. There are some great deals to be had depending on the type of mobile usage you (or your friends and family) partake in, but clearly the point of a charity network is that you can donate to a good cause in a convenient way.
On with the show, or in fact a video:
The network of the World Wildlife Fund runs on the Vodafone infrastructure. It’s great that they include deals that focus on data as well as calls and texts, as this area is increasingly more important to a lot of mobile phone users, including those who wish to donate in this new way.
The network of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals runs on the EE (joint T-Mobile and Orange) infrastructure. Essentially the RSCPA provide a service for those who don’t go online much and want to contribute to a great charity. They also provide handsets at reasonable prices, again where a portion of the sale is pre-allocated to the charity. What I like most about their site is that it is clearly marked how much goes to the charity at every step of your purchase…
This MVNO runs on the Vodafone infrastructure but is a little different for the previous two. Rather than being a named charity they let you choose any UK charity to donate 10% of your top up to! Causes already actively signed up as active recipients include NSPCC and The Big Issue. They have also committed to donating an additional 25% of their profits to charity, a process that requires the charities who receive donations via TPO to contact the company and ‘make a case’ for additional funding.
EDIT: The additional network below has been added to this article on 27/07/13
This network runs on the Vodafone infrastructure. They offer Pay As You Go sims plus a selection of contract deals which you can take as sim only or buy with a phone. Their selection of smartphones include those from Samsung, Nokia and Sony along with some more basic handsets for those who don’t want or need such advanced devices.
So, charity networks, who would’ve thunk it?
Do you have a contract / PAYG sim with a charity network not mentioned? IF so please do post in the comments section and we will attempt to cover them in a future MVNO post.