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Hi, I pay two (wife and I) monthly subscriptions to Vodafone in UK for the occasional SMS /text message for Bank and other UK based One Time Passwords (OTPs). Option A: is I go to pre-paid, although I need to go back to UK to do this, Option B: is what I'd hoped to hear about if somebody has cracked this, perhaps an online service that allows for routing messages or similar, or maybe a good providor in UK that can deal with overseas applications / management. Thanks for any input.

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1 minute ago, Richrd said:

Hi, I pay two (wife and I) monthly subscriptions to Vodafone in UK for the occasional SMS /text message for Bank and other UK based One Time Passwords (OTPs). Option A: is I go to pre-paid, although I need to go back to UK to do this, Option B: is what I'd hoped to hear about if somebody has cracked this, perhaps an online service that allows for routing messages or similar, or maybe a good providor in UK that can deal with overseas applications / management. Thanks for any input.

With my UK banks I changed my registered phone number to my Thai number. Receives OTPs fine.

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5 minutes ago, polpott said:

With my UK banks I changed my registered phone number to my Thai number. Receives OTPs fine.

At some point they will question your residency no? I think most banks as part of their T&C's require a UK contact phone number. 

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I used to use one of the WorldSim SIM Cards https://www.worldsim.com/international-sim-cards?___store=eu

 

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Easy to buy / top-up online, I got my 1st one on a flight as part of a Morecard device that allowed me to have a 2nd SIM with my IPhone (never really worked) & the 2nd one I bought whilst I was living in Singapore both had UK numbers.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Snow Leopard said:

At some point they will question your residency no? I think most banks as part of their T&C's require a UK contact phone number. 

I use Santander and Halifax. They have had my Thai number for 5 or more years and neither have or have asked for a UK number. Why would a bank question my residency?

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14 minutes ago, polpott said:

I use Santander and Halifax. They have had my Thai number for 5 or more years and neither have or have asked for a UK number. Why would a bank question my residency?

 

Because to have a UK bank account you need to be a UK resident. Resident not National. So you must have a UK registered address with the bank. 

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Just now, Snow Leopard said:

 

Because to have a UK bank account you need to be a UK resident. Resident not National. So you must have a UK registered address with the bank. 

I do. All my correspondence is sent to a UK address.

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28 minutes ago, polpott said:

With my UK banks I changed my registered phone number to my Thai number. Receives OTPs fine.

Same here. Until fairly recently Halifax Bank couldn't (or maybe wouldn't) send International SMS. However, they do now. Might be worth the OP checking (if hasn't already done so) as such things may have similarly changed with his bank(s). 

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10 minutes ago, polpott said:

I do. All my correspondence is sent to a UK address.

Nationwide have my Thai address and send letters to me here. Take about a month to read what I have already read on my internet banking. I think there is an option to cancel them.

 

Isn't English strange, REED and RED are both spelled READ!

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8 minutes ago, Snow Leopard said:

 

Because to have a UK bank account you need to be a UK resident. Resident not National. So you must have a UK registered address with the bank. 

Not my experience.

 

I am a UK national but not UK resident and have accounts with Halifax / First Direct / Nationwide in the UK. All have Thailand as my registered address. Only Nationwide has an issue with using my Thai telephone number for OTP's, but I do have a UK mobile number, so not a problem for me. However, I did set up the accounts when I had a UK address but subsequently advised them of a change to a Thailand address, with my details updated on their system. Certainly setting up an account with a UK bank without a UK address can be problematic as a number of recent topics on the subject indicate.

 

I have been contacted by the banks in respect of the Fatca regulations and requested to provide evidence of tax residency (TIN). I indicate this as being Thailand (Retirement extension) and advise that, as I do not work in Thailand I have no need for a TIN. This has been accepted, so far.

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1 hour ago, dabhand said:

Not my experience.

 

I am a UK national but not UK resident and have accounts with Halifax / First Direct / Nationwide in the UK. All have Thailand as my registered address. Only Nationwide has an issue with using my Thai telephone number for OTP's, but I do have a UK mobile number, so not a problem for me. However, I did set up the accounts when I had a UK address but subsequently advised them of a change to a Thailand address, with my details updated on their system. Certainly setting up an account with a UK bank without a UK address can be problematic as a number of recent topics on the subject indicate.

 

I have been contacted by the banks in respect of the Fatca regulations and requested to provide evidence of tax residency (TIN). I indicate this as being Thailand (Retirement extension) and advise that, as I do not work in Thailand I have no need for a TIN. This has been accepted, so far.

Fair enough. I would like to know though anyone who has set up a UK bank account with a debit card whilst being a non resident of the UK and with who? Also what constitutes a proof of address with UK banks. I always have issues with this. I have heard it might be possible to get round it with some of the new online banks. 

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1 hour ago, Snow Leopard said:

I would like to know though anyone who has set up a UK bank account with a debit card whilst being a non resident of the UK and with who?

That is the difficult bit - setting up (or opening) an account while not resident.  Holding on to one is straightforward though.

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why not get one giffgaff sim card, use for all text messages, they will send to Thailand, or someone on here could have a spare, only one paying communication required every 6 months to keep the number alive, ie text message sent by you or a quick call made, i think a top up would do the trick as well.

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4 hours ago, Richrd said:

Hi, I pay two (wife and I) monthly subscriptions to Vodafone in UK for the occasional SMS /text message for Bank and other UK based One Time Passwords (OTPs). Option A: is I go to pre-paid, although I need to go back to UK to do this, Option B: is what I'd hoped to hear about if somebody has cracked this, perhaps an online service that allows for routing messages or similar, or maybe a good providor in UK that can deal with overseas applications / management. Thanks for any input.

 

In addition to what has been written; there would be no need to go back to the UK to switch to Pre-paid. I don't know what gave you that idea.

They might send the new SIM to your UK address. You'll just need someone to forward it to you.

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