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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 4 days ago) and read 793 times:

What is the best value mobile phone network in the UK for a tourist on a short visit?

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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 781 times:

Rent a phone from carphone warehouse?

No need to buy one for a short visit....



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 780 times:

I don't know, how do you mean? Explain yourself man! (in a Jamaican Accent)



User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 773 times:

I have a mobile phone which I will be taking with me on holiday. It is more cost effective for me to purchase a local sim card and talk time, than use my own roaming service. What is the best British network?

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24911 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Used to be Vodafone, but its now BT Cellnet.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 768 times:

Orange or vodafone, dont touch BT Cellnet with a bargepole!

It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 763 times:

Buy a (used) prepay phone. Or buy a sim-card for Orange or Virgin or something for roughly 25 pounds. Orange is supposed to be best and cheapest for calling abroad, even as Pay as You Talk phone.



User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 762 times:

Assuming it's as most other cellphones, your cellphone will be what is called, 'SIM Locked' - meaning that it only works on one network and if you put in a SIM-card from an alternative network, it will say 'SIM LOCK', or something similar.

I can't say what network is better... I am only visiting here. My Powertel (US) - now Voicestream - phone is currently using Orange (1800MHz) but depending on signal strength, it's probably easier just to roam on your existing carrier's SIM card and phone - as it will pick up any network available, assuming that your carrier has a roaming agreement with the UK companies.

Also, check that your phone is a 900/1800MHz GSM phone. Assuming it's not a North American GSM phone, you won't have any problems, but most US GSM & iDEN phones will not work in Europe (both systems can use SIM cards).

Just be sure that your phone is not SIM-locked as you could be up a creek without a paddle if it is. (Call your service provider and ask if you are not sure.)

Also, bear in mind that your phone will most likely 'reset' itself to default factory-set options if you replace the SIM-card.


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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 754 times:

If you're a frequent visitor to the UK, try using a prepay phone from One2One. I take my little One2One Nokia over every time. Only cost me 40 pounds last year, and that included 10 pounds of airtime. Very convenient, and unused minutes don't expire for 365 days. One problem that has just cropped up is that the company have changed their prepay agreement. If you don't use your phone once in an 180 day period, the line will be cut off and used for other customers. As we try and visit at least 3 or 4 times a year, it shouldn't be a problem.

I toyed with the idea of getting roaming to work in the US with my UK One2One phone number and my US work-provided Nextel I1000i, but as the company would be footed with my rogue roaming bill, I decided against it...

User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1836 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 747 times:

I would recommend buying a Virgin Mobile SIM card for UKP 12.50, from any Virgin Megastore or Ourprice.

This will give you UKP 10 worth of calls - which should last a couple of weeks for 'emergency' usage.

Visit their website at www.virgin.com/mobile.

However, if you don't have a GSM 1800 phone (i.e. dual or tri band) then forget it. Ditto if you have a SIM-locked phone - why not try and get your provider to 'unlock' it - they might do it for free.

GSM - great European technology.

When it works.

If you have the right equipment.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years ago) and read 738 times:

I have a Virgin Sim Card with some prepaid time which came with the phone. But I will need another sim card for another phone. I heard that Orange have the best rates, and someone said that too here. I wonder why I was advised to stay away from BTCellnet.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (13 years ago) and read 737 times:

Vodafone is complete crap, in my view you should really go for BT Cellnet. It is far better than anything else.

Orange is pretty rubbish, a friend and i walked into an Orange shop and just laughed for maybe 5 minutes

It was funny  Smile



User currently offlineBA-747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years ago) and read 736 times:

buy a mobile any network from places like the link or argos cos u can get em for like £29.99 n stuff

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