United Kingdom SIM Card
|Information and Talk Rates Chart|
|Key Features||Initial Credit||Standard UK Rates||Standard Int’l Rates||Text Messages (SMS)||3GB Data Bundle|
|The Traveler’s Bundle includes 5GB of data, 2000 minutes of calling within the UK, unlimited text messaging within the UK, free Lebara to Lebara calling and reduced international rates of just $0.05 to the US or Canada.|
Low rates – even for international calls
Free incoming calls
UK phone number plus US number available as an add-on
Great data rates
Extensive coverage, great service
United Kingdom SIM Card
Cellular Abroad is the US distributor for Lebara, a prepaid cellular provider based in the United Kingdom and offering mobile services specifically for travelers going to the UK who need affordable and reliable cellular service. The service is pay-as-you-go and uses the T-Mobile network, which provides coverage across the UK. The base rates, while very affordable and just fractions of what you would pay roaming with a US provider, are best suited for travelers who intend to use their phones primarily for emergencies. Other users will want to add the “UK Traveler’s Bundle” to their service. The UK Travelers Bundle, for just an additional $69, offers enough calling, texting and even data power for the vast majority of travelers. Please see below for more information. In addition, you can add a US phone number to your account which will give you a US phone number - or the possibility to keep your current number - on top of the UK number provided with the SIM card.
UK Traveler’s Bundle
The UK Traveler’s Bundle allows travelers to the United Kingdom to use their phone virtually as much as they want without having to worry about running out of credit or the expense. This add-on includes 2,000 minutes of calling to UK landlines and cell phones, unlimited texting, unlimited calling to other Lebara numbers, a generous 5GB of data at 3G speeds plus bargain rates to the US and Canada (3pence per minute - less than $0.05 per minute). The Traveler’s Bundle can be added simply by selecting the option during check out or when ordering by phone. The bundle is good for 30 days of service and is renewable for an additional $69.
While incoming calls are always free, callers from the US or Canada would have to dial an international number to reach you, which can be costly. For just $19. you can add 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number. The US number is in addition to the UK number that comes standard with the SIM card. This option also allows you to retain your current phone number simply by forwarding your current number to your new US number.
|How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For The United Kingdom Compare To Your Current Carrier?|
|Outgoing Local||2000 minutes||$1.29||$1.29||$1.29||$1.49|
|Calls to N. America||$0.05||$1.29||$1.29||$1.29||$1.49|
|3 GB Data (3G)||$69||$720||$750||$50,000**||N/A|
|* In addition to the low rates, Cellular Abroad's "Traveler's Bundle" also includes unlimited free texting within the UK.
** This is NOT a typo. Sprint's rates are $10 per mb (5GB =5000mb).
The easiest way to purchase more talk time credit is calling Cellular Abroad at +1-310-862-7100 (8am to 4pm PST, Monday through Saturday, English speaking reps), but you can also order online 24/7 through our website, before or during your trip.
The UK Traveler's Bundle, besides offering 2000 minutes of outgoing calls within the UK and unlimited texting to UK numbers, also includes 5GB of data at 3G speeds. Since you are not roaming, you can expect faster connectivity than if you were using a North American provider - at a fraction of the price. In Great Britain, free wifi, in addition to being hard to find, is seldom convenient and is never secure. For just $69, you can access up to 5GB of data at 3G speeds on your cell phone or tablet. This is more than enough for 99% of travelers. This will allow you to securely browse the web, check your emails, use Google Maps, stream videos, Skype and more virtually anywhere in the UK.
Will the UK SIM card work with my phone or tablet?
As long as your device supports the 900 and 1800 Mhz GSM networks and is unlocked, it is compatible with the Lebara, UK SIM card.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. If you are with AT&T and you put a different SIM card (such as T-Mobile) in and it picks up a network, it is unlocked. Conversely, if you put another SIM card in and it says, “enter subsidy code” or similar, it is locked. Call your carrier to check to see if your phone is unlocked or if it qualifies for being unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes. They are available during checkout.
Why don’t I just purchase a SIM card when I get to the UK?
You can do that. Unlike other countries where language is a barrier, at least in the UK this isn’t an issue. However, this particular SIM card with these great rates is not easy to find. The Lebara SIM is intended specifically for travelers and has better rates than virtually all other providers. In addition, some features, such as the US number add on, are Cellular Abroad exclusive products. Plus, getting set up before you arrive in the UK is certainly a convenience.
How good is the coverage?
Lebara uses T-Mobile towers. T-Mobile is one of the largest carriers in the UK. Hence, the coverage is very good.
Where can I get more talk time?
You can get additional call credit either through Cellular Abroad or through any convenience store in the UK.
Will it work as soon as I land in the UK?
Does it work outside of the UK?
Yes it does but you will be roaming. If you are using it sporadically, then roaming is probably not an issues. If you are traveling to other countries for any considerable length of time, try our National Geographic Travel SIM card.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my UK number?
That depends on their plan. A great option is to add the “US Number” feature to your service. Each $19 will give you 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number.
Can I keep my usual number?
Yes you can. Purchase the US Number add on and forward your current number to the new one (ask your carrier what the procedure is). This is ideal for business travelers who need to be reached at all times but is also a double edged sword for travelers going for a bit of rest and relaxation as anyone who calls your usual number will reach you. Another option is just to give a select few your new US number.
Can I use the SIM card next year when I go the UK?
You must use your service at least once every 80 days. Therefore, unless you need to retain the same number, it is probably more convenient just to get a new SIM card next time you travel.