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Going home fir a month - advice on uk mobile phone

Old Feb 12th 2012, 12:55 pm
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Default Going home for a month - advice on uk mobile phone

Mrs HTS is heading home for a month, in 10 days time.

She doesn't appear to have a mobile phone that will work in UK - she's on T Mobile PAYG over here.

She has her old Motorola handset from UK, supplied by Vodafone.

Can she get a new SIM card once in the UK and use that in her old UK handset? If so, can she get it at T5 LHR when she lands?

Any other options gratefully accepted.

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Old Feb 12th 2012, 1:29 pm
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Dixons have an outlet in T5 and when I was in there in November they had SIM cards for 8 pence for T mobile.
I did not check but probably able to add minutes at the checkout or at WH Smiths Newsagent .



Originally Posted by HarryTheSpider View Post
Mrs HTS is heading home for a month, in 10 days time.

She doesn't appear to have a mobile phone that will work in UK - she's on T Mobile PAYG over here.

She has her old Motorola handset from UK, supplied by Vodafone.

Can she get a new SIM card once in the UK and use that in her old UK handset? If so, can she get it at T5 LHR when she lands?

Any other options gratefully accepted.

Cheers

HTS
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Old Feb 12th 2012, 2:13 pm
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Thanks Drew - sounds ideal.

Is this still accessible when inbound to T5?
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Old Feb 12th 2012, 3:43 pm
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Sounds like she is having separation issues from her mobile!

If she absolutely must have one as soon as she gets there, if she is being met then they can bring one with her, if not get one posted over so she has it in advance?
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Old Feb 12th 2012, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by HarryTheSpider View Post
Thanks Drew - sounds ideal.

Is this still accessible when inbound to T5?
It is in the domestic area after security, so if transferring flights okay.
Otherwise I would suggest getting a friend or family member to mail over a SIM with some pre-purchased minutes added. Easily done somewhere like Tesco.
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If the Vodaphone is unlocked, sure, get a sim, stick it in and you're good to go.

If not, need to get it unlocked, depending on the phone, you might be able to do it yourself by googling but if you need hardware to do it, any old phone shop should be able to do it for a few squid.

Get a pre-paid sim card from Amazon or ebay and sent to you if you have to have it ready to do when you land.
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Get a pre-paid sim card from Amazon or ebay and sent to you if you have to have it ready to do when you land.
Sellers on Amazon.co.uk may not be able to ship a mobile phone SIM to the US.

I have had a micro SIM from 3 for my iPad shipped to the US,
but I did not find a seller who would ship a SIM for my 3G USB modem or my UK T-mobile phone to the US.

Also will it arrive within ten days?
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ive got a UK mobile - ancient - but I use it when i go to the UK
I get a vodaphone freedom pack - basically you get a number of minutes and texts - cant remember how many now but it lasts a while

Your mobile in UK might be able to take this sim package?
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Default Re: Going home fir a month - advice on uk mobile phone

Didn't notice this earlier, she can get a Vodafone sim and pop it straight in and then if she tops up with £10, she can select a 'freebee' that would give her 60 minutes of International calls as well as her normal £10 of credit. I do it every time I am home and the 60 minutes is good for calls to US cell phones and landlines.

http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/p...bees/index.htm
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Thanks CADreaming & coops9999 - looks like just the ticket!
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Check out www.mobal.com. When I travel to UK & europe I use a phone I purchased from them. It's not expensive and has a UK phone number. It works well for me.
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most networks give the sims away at airports and train stations as long as phone is unlocked just pop it in and add credit simple as that!
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Go to Asda and you can get a Sim and Five Pounds of credit for five pounds. Tmobile has them too but Asda Mobile is cheaper.
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I see Tesco has sim cards for £0.99 and a sim-free unlocked handset for £9.97!!

We'll go with the £0.99 sim card as a 'starter for 10'

Thanks everybody for your suggestions.

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