Last year I used O2 pre-paid in the UK, and it worked great. I also got access to wifi spots around the place. The only problem was that I had to top up at an O2 store because they only accept UK credit cards online. Apart from that, it worked great! about 4 years ago
I just got back from a month in the UK and took my iPhone with me. The first thing I did was remove my Australian Telstra SIM card to avoid massive roaming charges.
Next, I bought an O2 SIM and put 15 pounds pre-paid credit on it. The offer they had during April/may 2010 when I was there was: 15 quid got me:
* 500 free texts within a month
* FREE 3G data for a month
* 15 pounds of phone calls.. quite expensive rate.
The free data inclusion was the best bit - I used Skype on my phone to make overseas calls, got all my email for a month and used the Maps system to navigate through London and on roadtrips up the Wales and Scotland. Much easier than a road atlas!
I found the o2 coverage quite good; especially in the cities and only lost it on the longer trips in between towns - maybe if you're hiking in remote areas this is a problem, but as we were mainly travelling by car, it was fine.
In terms of topping up the pre-pay, I just went to a local shop and paid 15 quid in cash - there are literally 1000's of places you can do this like petrol stations, supermarkets etc. about 4 years ago
Lebara are a good deal with cheap international calls, but I would probably go for an O2 SIM. O2 has some good bolt ons that give you extras like data, cheap international calls and cheap roaming for an additional monthly fee.
You can compare the two here http://www.simcardguru.co.uk/category/uk-sim-cards/
Topping up is easy at virtually any corner shop, supermarket, petrol station or supermarket; but you can't top up online unless you have a credit or debit card issued in the UK (so make a big top up before you leave the UK if you're planning on roaming in Europe with the SIM).
Other options include 3, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Tesco Mobile, etc. 3 may also be worth considering as they have a deal with free Skype-to-Skype calls (although I think this only works with 3's own phones). about 4 years ago
The Wiki is a pretty good: http://paygsimwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Pay_as_you_go_sim_with_data_Wiki almost 4 years ago
From our experience O2 is the best provider in the UK if you are using a smartphone, due to their data plans (Bonus 500MB when you recharge GBP10 or more and you can purchase another 1GB for GBP9). You can also use skype and do tethering with a laptop or tablet.
Coverage is good through most of UK. over 2 years ago
I am a businessman. I have to travel USA and UK in every month for business purpose. I am using Tsim International Sim Card from last 4 months.I find there services good. Even I get free roaming in most of the countries. If you are looking for a best SIM card to travel then i suggest you to try Tsim International Sim Card Services.
http://tsim.in/ over 1 year ago
I have been living in the UK for a year now. From my own personal experience I can say the following:
- O2 is the best network in terms of signal. If you can get a sim with a good deal on it then it's worth it, other wise it is very expensive.
-3 mobile is what I currently have. I have not had any issues with signal and they're cheaper than o2. I pay £15 a month and get unlimited text to any network, 300 minutes of calls to any network and 500mb of data.
- Lyca mobile is an excellent network if you want to stay in touch with people at home, or if you are planning to travel out side of the UK as well. I have a sim just to keep in touch with family and friends at home. I get calls to Australian landlines for 1p/minute or 6p/minute to mobiles. They have very cheap rates for countries world wide. There was a deal going not too long ago that if an Australian had a lyca sim (which are available) and you had a UK one, then calls were free to that number. over 1 year ago
If you are a frequent traveler then you probably might want to buy a roaming sim card or otherwise known as traveler sim. Often this sim cards give you free incoming calls and are pretty cheap. Today there are loads of providers that offer traveler sim card. Some airlines even sell them on board! I used several roaming sim cards over the years. The best one is by far from Tellink Roaming (http://tellinkroaming.com/) Good quality and pricing! over 1 year agoAnswered by Nelson Mbeku via Travellr.com
I just got back from an extended trip to London and had good luck with a Three pay as you go SIM plan. £15 got you 3000 texts, 300 mins, and unlimited data. I used an iPhone 5 and although the data was 3G and not LTE, I was pleased by both the speed and the coverage. I had no issues anywhere in London or on side trips 30mins to an hour away.
I'm based in the US and use Sprint. You need to insure that your handsets are unlocked for international use (which Sprint will do for free). The steps are a little complicated, but do-able.
One benefit: Three allowed wi-fi tethering which costs extra with Sprint. Another benefit of unlimited data.
Thumbs up from me to Three! about 1 year agoAnswered by John Hale via WorldNomads.com
I used travelsim myself when i was travelling around the Europe. Not sure if that's the best one - but prices were quite okay for the roaming, incoming calls were free, i also ordered discount package for calls and daily gprs package for 10 mb was about 1.50 eur, look on travelsim.com 10 months ago