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Thread poster: Catharine Cellier-Smart

Catharine Cellier-Smart  Identity Verified
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Apr 10, 2014

Hello

I don't work with Lionbridge for translation work, but I've been approached by their Finnish branch for SIM card testing (I buy a postpaid SIM card, and send it to them, they cover all my costs etc.).

Has anybody ever done this for them and have any feedback?

You can send me a PM if you'd prefer.

Thanks in advance.


 

Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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Not for them... Apr 10, 2014

but I've done it for some other companies ...

It's nice work - I did get them to pay in advance for the 1 year of subscription (for over 10 different providers at the time) ! Since I did not want to run the risk of being stuck with unpaid bills, if they decided to cancel the project.

Have fun !

Ed


 

Catharine Cellier-Smart  Identity Verified
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Liability? Apr 10, 2014

Thanks Ed.

This would just be for one local provider and they've already stated that they would pay me in advance for a year's subscription.

However as I don't exactly know what their testing involves (other than the fact they've asked me to make sure roaming is enabled on the SIM card) I'm rather worried about my liability if they were to run up a large phone bill with calls that fall outside the subscription plan.


 

modakku
India
doubt Apr 17, 2014

I have never heard about SIM card testing before.
Does it gives good money?


 

TranslateThis  Identity Verified
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Declined politely Apr 17, 2014

Catharine Cellier-Smart wrote:

However as I don't exactly know what their testing involves (other than the fact they've asked me to make sure roaming is enabled on the SIM card) I'm rather worried about my liability if they were to run up a large phone bill with calls that fall outside the subscription plan.


They were not clear at all about what their testing involves. They only said they would pay for the plan and for the shipping. No mention of any compensation, so I asked. The compensation they had in mind was a VERY LOW hourly fee, about 33% of what I normally charge (for signing up and sending them the SIM card). So it was not a very interesting offer. Besides, I'd rather translate than run errands for someone else!


 

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Here is a similar thread Apr 17, 2014

http://www.proz.com/forum/scams/251140-bizarre_offer_re_cell_phone_testing.html

 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
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Huge risk, small return Apr 20, 2014

Whenever you look into a new "business" you have to look at the risk/return ratio. In this case your risk is basically unlimited (you have absolutely no idea what they will be doing with a roaming phone that is registered in your name) and the return is very small, so there is absolutely no incentive to do this.

 

Aleksandar Gasic
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Did it with prepaid May 15, 2014

I did the testing for them with prepaid cards (btw, their Finnish branch is for testing, they don't deal with translations). They do it for Nokia, actually.
They sent me all the devices necessary, defrayed all the cost, and I did not actually have much work to do, apart from obtaining the cards. Plug the device in and leave it alone. They pay, as far as I can recall, 20e/h.
Later they asked me to go with postpaid option, but it was too much of a hassle to get the roaming activated on new cards, so it kind of died down.
In any case, I worked a few times for them (Finnish dept., I mean), and it was always OK. That's my experience, though. Maybe someone else did get so well.


 


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