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Old 27th Dec 2019, 06:18
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UK Phone suggestions ?

Have a steam driven Nokia I have been using for 15+ years on my regular trips to the UK and it has stood me in good stead but it is time for a change. Need a (not very) smartphone for use while there and also for occasional use here to receive calls / texts in the US (see the stupidity of banks thread). PAYG not monthly as many months I wont be there. Not too bothered if the actual use is relatively expensive. Would like to keep my same number but not heartbroken if a new one required.

Did see something from Three network (never heard of them) that might fit the bill.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 06:43
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I'd look at the phone and the network provider separately.

Whatever cheap, unlocked, (not very) smartphone meets your needs can be purchased in the USA (Amazon (
https://www.amazon.com/unlocked-cell-phones/b?ie=UTF8&node=2407749011 https://www.amazon.com/unlocked-cell-phones/b?ie=UTF8&node=2407749011
) have unlocked cellphones from under $200).

I am PAYG on the Three network in the UK and find them ideal for my regular trips to the USA which counts as a 'Go Roam' (Go Roam | Roaming free of charge in 71 destinations | Three) destination allowing calls to/from the UK at no extra cost. I buy the 10 add-on which gives me 2GB data plus unlimited texts and calls for 30 days. Importantly, this does not allow calls from the handset to US numbers (or any non-UK numbers) - but I guess you are already sorted for calls within the US.

You should be able to keep your number (https://answers.three.co.uk/?query=keep+my+number), and 'Three' SIM cards can be bought at most supermarket check-out desks in the UK or online from Three.

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Old 27th Dec 2019, 09:18
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Have you considered one with two SIM slots, use one in UK and other in USA? I have had a couple of these, last one cost me about 40, latest but one version of Android and does all I want (phone, text and camera, basically and then with the odd wifi access to emails when away from home)

Best deal I got on PAYG was Tesco, changed my old number to it easily, but deals vary all the time. It's on O2 network.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 22:43
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The famous Nokia 3310 was updated and re- released, it is also dirt cheap, I don't know if that is too basic for you?

https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/nokia-3310

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=nokia+3310&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari


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Old 28th Dec 2019, 10:07
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A couple of suggestions

Originally Posted by sherburn2LA View Post
Have a steam driven Nokia I have been using for 15+ years on my regular trips to the UK and it has stood me in good stead but it is time for a change. Need a (not very) smartphone for use while there and also for occasional use here to receive calls / texts in the US (see the stupidity of banks thread). PAYG not monthly as many months I wont be there. Not too bothered if the actual use is relatively expensive. Would like to keep my same number but not heartbroken if a new one required.

Did see something from Three network (never heard of them) that might fit the bill.
i bought a new Samsung A70 - all the features of more expensive machines but only 300 and it comes with dual SIM capability. Unlocked so you can use on any network.
if you want something much cheaper, I have also just bought a Samsung A3 for 15, second hand from the bay of fleas. Works perfectly and acts as my boarding pass/train ticket machine plus backup if the bigger machine dies or is lost.

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Old 29th Dec 2019, 16:27
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it is not so much the phone my needs are simple it is the plan. Need to be able to use it a lot a few times a year and occasionally from abroad without committing to a monthly amount as many months would just be wasted.
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Old 29th Dec 2019, 17:40
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Then buy a phone and look a thing sim only deal where you buy time as and when.
Example a 30 day contract

https://www.plus.net/mobile/basket

other options are like a 5 a month deal where you can top up if and when Needed to give you a months unlimited calls etc, example

https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/sim-cards/...ype=bigbundles
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 09:34
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I carry two phones.
Pay-as-you go Sony Experia in the UK which seems happy to act as phone, camera, internet, Whatsapp etc. Top it up with 10 or 20 quid once a month or so.
(To stay in touch and for longer usage I use my overseas contract smart phone set to airplane mode & wifi only, and not as a 'phone'.)
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 10:06
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These examples all require a monthly payment, which the OP wished to avoid.
You can do that with GiffGaff (on O2).
I have a spare phone in the car with their SIM, put 10 on it to start. Providing I send a text from it every few months, it never times out - they even send me an email as a reminder. If I should ever need to make heavy use of it I can simply add another 10 or so.
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 11:36
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Sallyann1234, mine above does not require a monthly payment. It does not like being switched off for over 6 months, however.
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 21:36
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
Sallyann1234, mine above does not require a monthly payment. It does not like being switched off for over 6 months, however.
Sorry, I was going from your "top it up... once a month or so".
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Old 31st Dec 2019, 01:21
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You obviously are sensible enough to know you need a smart phone. I really get bothered when people whine on about them. For example recently I travelled to Zimbabwe and back
just using my phone. No paperwork whatsoever.

Some people get all complicated over smart phones.

But quite honestly it's the most useful gadget ever. I'm pretty old btw.
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Old 20th Feb 2020, 23:51
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Originally Posted by sherburn2LA View Post
it is not so much the phone my needs are simple it is the plan. Need to be able to use it a lot a few times a year and occasionally from abroad without committing to a monthly amount as many months would just be wasted.
The Three pay as you go tariff is 1p/MB for data, 2p for text and 3p/min for voice.
You may need to send a txt every few months to keep it active but cheap otherwise.
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Old 21st Feb 2020, 08:16
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I use GiffGaff on my visits to the UK. They have excellent performance and value data bundles. As I arrive I get a monthly 10 'goody bag' with unlimited data and within UK calls and texts. Between visits it is dormant. I also use a 2-sim phone which is useful for the occasional OTP eg from a UK bank when I am not in UK.
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