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mobile phoneIf you have just arrived in the UK you might need to put a deposit down before you can get a mobile phone. You might also be restricted to getting a prepaid account known as Pay As You Go.

Once you have a credit or debit card you should be able to apply for a monthly phone contract. This is one of the benefits to arranging a bank account before you leave home. The mobile phone shop will use your credit or debit card to check your personal details, such as name and address. They might make a small 1p charge to your card to check this information, which is usually refunded.

UK Mobile Phone Providers

Here’s a list of the main mobile phone providers in the UK:

  • Vodafone – offer cheap mobile Internet in many European countries
  • Three – are affiliated with Skype so you can call abroad for free or cheaply to landlines with a good connection that doesn’t use your local minutes
  • o2 – offer an International SIM which gives you free calls & cheap texts to your home country whenever you top-up
  • Orange – offer 2-4-1 movie tickets on Wednesdays in many major cinemas
  • T-Mobile – offer a Tourist sim for yourself or visitors

Other providers include:

 
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