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Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Fri Jul 27, 2001 7:05 am

What is the best value mobile phone network in the UK for a tourist on a short visit?
 
Ikarus
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sat Jul 28, 2001 6:32 am

Rent a phone from carphone warehouse?

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

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Ikarus
 
EGGD
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sat Jul 28, 2001 6:36 am

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

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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sat Jul 28, 2001 9:19 pm

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?
 
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sat Jul 28, 2001 10:44 pm

Used to be Vodafone, but its now BT Cellnet.
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sun Jul 29, 2001 1:28 am

Orange or vodafone, dont touch BT Cellnet with a bargepole!
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Ikarus
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sun Jul 29, 2001 3:52 am

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.

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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sun Jul 29, 2001 4:09 am

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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NJTurnpike
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sun Jul 29, 2001 8:05 pm

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...
 
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Sun Jul 29, 2001 11:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Tue Jul 31, 2001 6:57 am

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.
 
EGGD
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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Tue Jul 31, 2001 7:30 am

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

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RE: Best Value Mobile Network In UK

Tue Jul 31, 2001 7:33 am

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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