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Get2UNI’s student guide in buying SIM Cards

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If you are wondering how you will stay connected with your friends and family after reaching the United Kingdom, then worry not. We are here to help you and rest assured, we will also give you tips on how to stay connected in less budget.

While the United Kingdom works on the same GSM band like the rest of the world, but if you are coming from North or South America or Japan, then there are chances that your phone might not work in the United Kingdom.

In the above case, then you might consider buying a new phone. You can also get cheap student mobile phone contracts in the UK. If you are planning to use your current SIM card to make calls in the UK, then be ready to pay extremely high charges for calling back home as well as local numbers.

With so much of confusion and chaos, let us show you the way on how you can keep connected in cheap rates

For calling local numbers

You can buy a Pay As You Go (PAYG) SIM card which needs to be credited with a certain amount as much as you want. These are just like prepaid SIM cards which we use all the time. This is also a good way to keep track of your expenses otherwise you may end up paying a lot if you don’t keep a limit or tab on your calls.

Another thing which we would suggest is getting monthly contracts as they are usually value-for-money in which you will get almost unlimited minutes of call and texts. But here you also have to pay out every month on a particular date which you can’t miss. This gives you an added long-term responsibility.

In case you are planning to buy a new phone in the UK, then many companies give great deals that will also have minutes, texts and data bundled together for a low monthly price. You can keep the phone even after the contract finishes.

But if you plan to keep the phone which you bought in your home country, then you have to unlock it first before using the new SIM card.

For calling back home

There have been a plethora of options in terms of low-cost international call providers in the UK such as Lebara, LycaMobile and RebTel. Some providers will provide you calls as cheap as 1 p a minute and your first call free.

The best alternative would be to use services like Skype, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime (iOS only), Viber and Whatsapp for audio and video calls, that too for no charges.