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|
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 to 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 are of the UK SIM card are small fractions of what you would pay roaming with a US provider. In addition, there are several add-on options that you can purchase together with your SIM that are an exceptional value.
While incoming calls are 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.
For $69, you can add 3GB of data to your UK SIM card (up to 30 days). As an added bonus, you will be receive 1000 minutes of outgoing call credit for calls within the UK, plus, unlimited texting to UK cell phones.
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.
Data Plans - 3GB good for 30 days from activation upon your arrival
Free wifi is seldom convenient and is never secure. For just $69, you can access up to 3GB 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. The data plan also features an added bonus of 1000 minutes of calling toward UK landlines and cell phones PLUS unlimited texting to UK cell phones. If you exceed the 1000 minutes, you will pay your standard call rates associated with the basic plan.
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.