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Topic # 191042 21-Jan-2016 09:50
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My wife and I are going to the UK shortly for 2-3 months on international home exchange arrangements. Haven't been to the UK for 40 years, have no knowledge of UK telcos etc and would welcome advice on the best way to operate our devices while we are away.

 

Spark roaming seems pretty expensive for longish term stay. What about getting local SIM cards or a couple of cheap prepaid burners from, say, a supermarket?

 

I have an iPad Air (SIM version) and an HTC One. She has an iPhone 5. We will have wifi in the two houses we are staying in. Would not need a lot of data away from the houses - e.g. just the ability to find and book accom from the car when we are away for few days. Also need to be able to call each other on mobile.

 

TIA.


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  Reply # 1475956 21-Jan-2016 10:19
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I have just come back from the UK.

 

 

 

I would suggest getting a local sim card and if you go to Europe, its very cheap to roam.

 

 

 

The main players (own their networks) are O2, Three, EE, and Vodafone.

 

There are a head of MVNOs as well.

 

You can get prepaid sim cards from pretty much anywhere.

 

I was using the co-operative, used to be on O2. Lebera offers good deals as well in the  prepay world.


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  Reply # 1475959 21-Jan-2016 10:31
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I just spent a month there recently and a week in France.  Strongly suggest getting a 3 UK SIM card when you land (they sell them at the airport).  Add 20 quid and buy the internet add on.  Gives you roaming for free in a whole lot of countries, unlimited data in the UK (limited to 25 GB outside the UK).

 

http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Roaming_and_International/Destinations

 

 

 

http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Pay_As_You_Go/Phone_tariffs

 

 

 

Scroll down to the Add-ons and you have the option of "All in One 20" for unlimited data, 300min and unlimited txt.  Roaming for free is free for Pay as you go customers as well to AND from that list of countries.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1475963 21-Jan-2016 10:43
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Have been twice in recent months and found GiffGaff easy and cheap to use

 

https://www.giffgaff.com/

 

which was from a previous recommendation on here


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