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Thread: Best Prepaid SIM Card for Someone Visiting London

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    I'm going over to the UK on exchange in January for 6 months and I'm super pumped. What would be a good sim for someone who
    -Will not be using the cell phone to call back to Canada (I got an unlimited skype subscription)
    -Will not be using data
    -will only be using text/phone, and not even that much
    -Will be travelling a lot around Europe, so would like the best roaming rates possible. Or should I just get a new sim for each country?

    I'm under 24, so I'll be getting Blyk, probably, but I might go over the 43 minutes.

    Also, can someone reccomend a really cheap GSM phone that will also work back home in Canada? Or a place to get really cheap phones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gp2050
    1. I'm going to the UK in January for 6 months. What would be a good sim?
    2. Or should I just get a new sim for each country?
    3. Also, a really cheap GSM phone that will also work back home in Canada? Or a place to get really cheap phones?
    Okeh -
    1. I liked "Lebara" but there were possibilities at T-Mobile and Vodaphone - depends on what appeals to you. With 6 months, you can get organised!
    2. It depends ...
    3. I'd look for a Samsung A437 on a Craigs' list ... you should be able to get it for $10 - $20. You can unlock it for free following instructions here on HowardForums. (You could get a new or refurbed phone as well for a few dollars more.) The T-Mobile branded Motorola V195 is $30 online ; works in the US for 10-cents a minute and roams in Canada at 79-cents a minute. Sometime after the 90 day mark, buy a refill and get an unlock code from T-Mobile for free. Motorola sells the V197 unlocked for $100, too.

    I've been admiring the "CarphoneWarehouse" web site and I'd visit one of their stores. They sell about a dozen SIM cards.
    Regards

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    I'll also be going over to the UK for a few days in a few weeks. Have always had access to a pay monthly SIM through various UK clients but now "on my own" so will have to go the pay as you go route until I can establish a UK address for pay monthly.

    Does the T-Mobile Web n Walk include email access? It only mentions Browsing, though my experience is often that "data is data" unless they mean WAP browsing only.
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    web n walk includes web, email and downloads on phone...

    but NOT VOIP, streaming media, modem use, or IM
    You'd have thought someone would of put a sig here...

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    Thanks psionandy!

    I wouldn't mind the emergency tethering ability, but otherwise that's pretty good for occassional traveller to the UK.

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    Simple as pie to get it all set up. I had the web n walk 5 day plan running in 10 minutes.

    By the way...I'm tethered!

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    Sshhhh..., don't thell them

    It does work, but if they notice then they may have the right to charge you for the bandwidth.

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    Wirelessly posted (Samsung Blackjack: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11))

    I didn't realise it was fair use as opposed to blocked ports.

    Kinda hard for them to charge on a prepaid SIM unless you keep a large balance...anyway it's nice to know it's there "just in case"

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    I would say a sim card from mobile world.. you get the same amout of credit as well as low tariff..

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    09SIM is OK

    09SIM is OK, no charge for incoming calls, incl. Europe.

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