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Old Sep 29th 2009, 11:43 am
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Hi All,

I'm moving to Spain in the next couple of weeks and am currently weighing up my options.

I don't understand the mobile phone market in Spain so I have a few questions which I really hope somebody can help me with.

I'm thinking of buying a PAYG handset in the UK and bringing it over with me.
Would it be possible to simply use a Spanish PAYG sim in Spain on my UK phone?
If I decide to go to a contract phone once I'm in Spain, would be easy for the individual spanish phone operator to transfer my number on any spanish PAYG sim to a contract, i.e. can I keep the same number?
What are the best deals out there?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Many Thank's,

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Old Sep 29th 2009, 11:47 am
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If your UK phone is not locked then you can use a Spanish PAYG card.

Yes, you will be able to transfer the number to a contract, even with a different provider.
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Great Stuff, cheers for the prompt reply.
Is it worth buying the handsets in the UK or are the prices the same in Spain?
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It's less hassle to buy a cheapo phone with a load of minutes on it in Spain. Unless you want something fancy they are pretty cheap.

When you get a contract they will probably give it to you free.

For some examples look at

https://www.tu-tienda.movistar.es/tu...=VTIV&origen=P
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Handsets are a little cheaper in the UK, but you would need to have it SIM free which would cost circa £12 extra. As Fred says buy one when you get here.

PAYG unless you intend to call home a lot then you would be better with a contract or use skype.

This company deal in english, they are cheap but more importantly I have found them to be reliable > http://www.telitec.com/mobile/index.htm
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Just buy the phone in Spain. If you buy a phone in the UK it will be almost certainly locked. You will have to spend money to unlock it before you can use it in Spain. You can get a phone + SIM card for less than 50 Euros.
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Just buy the phone in Spain. If you buy a phone in the UK it will be almost certainly locked. You will have to spend money to unlock it before you can use it in Spain. You can get a phone + SIM card for less than 50 Euros.
Or less than 20€ in Carrefour, if you're happy with a very basic Nokia to get you on the road...! (with 6€ on the clock I paid 19€ including Movistar SIM) mind you it was for the youngest member, who doesn't want all singing all dancing videophone etc
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Default Re: UK PAYG Mobile phones in Spain

Yep, I'll defo go for the phone/sim PAYG deal when I get there. I simply need something to get me started and I will transfer to contract once I get there.

Thank-you for the advice everyone.
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Unless you are not going to use your mobile a lot, I would suggest you use your UK mobile until you decide what you want. The roaming charges are considerably lower than they once were see here > http://www.roamingsims.com/country/spain.php
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