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    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
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    Short Term Phone in England

    Any thoughts for a short term phone to use in England ?? My USA based smartphone is not smart enough to use over there.
    Only going for 10 days. I just need something that co-workers in the USA can reach me on in case of emergency at work.
    Other family members will have smart phones, so I don't need anything fancy.
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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    When we went to the UK and Norway in '07, we did the phone rental thing through Verizon and Vodafone (we were Verizon customers already). They mailed us a UK brick Nokia phone in the US, gave us the UK number, and told us to charge it up before we left and make sure it turns on, but not to use it before we got there. Worked like a champ in both countries, and when we returned home, we removed the battery and mailed it back (postage-prepaid).
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    If you are going to have any wifi access you can use an app like Viber. It's free and does text and calls, but the downside is it works on wifi only and the coworkers would have to download the app too. My daughter used it this summer in France. I believe her chaperones got a prepaid international phone for temp use, though.

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    Get a cheap burner phone. Done.

    I was in Hong Kong about 6 years ago, and we got used phones from a hole in the wall vendor, cheap sim cards which came with free minutes, and another international dialing card with a bunch of minutes, both at a convenience store. I think total cost was less than $60 and served for the whole 10 days we were there. For the few days we were on the Chinese mainland where the HK phones didn't work either, we shared one phone purchased much the same way.
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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    When we went to the UK and Norway in '07, we did the phone rental thing through Verizon and Vodafone (we were Verizon customers already). They mailed us a UK brick Nokia phone in the US, gave us the UK number, and told us to charge it up before we left and make sure it turns on, but not to use it before we got there. Worked like a champ in both countries, and when we returned home, we removed the battery and mailed it back (postage-prepaid).
    I think Verizon was nice enough to forward calls from the US phones to the UK rental phone for the duration of the trip, too. We only got a couple during the week, though.

    It did come in very handy when we arrived at Heathrow 4 hours earlier than our hosts were expecting to pick us up at Gatwick. "Hi, we're here, getting on the bus to Gatwick..."
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    You say your current phone won't work if you have any unlocked phone should do no problems
    I would suggest you get a cheap unlocked in the USA and then get a Payg Three. Co.uk sim here you don't need locan address to get a sim here in the UK there are vending machines at Heathrow but Are expensive go to any high Street and buy from a Three shop and buy an add-on for phone and data I recommend unlimited as not expensive
    This sim can be used in 18 country's so handy if you travel to Say France,Spain etc Plans for phones - SIM - Store - Three

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