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Data service in UK and France

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Data service in UK and France

Hi there,

For our trip to London, Paris and Edinburgh, what's the most cost effective way to get data service? We have 4 iphones ranging from iphone 6 to iphone8. We use Verizon service here in the US and it doesn't offer much flexibility in terms of international data service. Are there sim card available at heathrow airport? Thinking of buying a card and using one of the iphones as a hot spot.

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1. Re: Data service in UK and France

Don't buy at an airport.

www.carphonewarehouse.com offer a wide range of SIM cards

the other usual suggestion is www.three.co.uk but they don't allow tethering on PAYG SIMs

London
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2. Re: Data service in UK and France

Also, any UK SIM will give you ‘same-cost’ roaming in France, and vice-versa.

Wellington
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3. Re: Data service in UK and France

>>the other usual suggestion is www.three.co.uk but they don't allow tethering on PAYG SIMs<<

Yes they do, at least on some of their bundles. I emailed them directly to query it after seeing conflicting info on this, including here on TA. This was their response:

>>Thank you for your email.

Absolutely! You can use tethering with PAYG however there is a 30gb limit per add on you apply.

This will not cause you an issue if your intention is to purchase the 12gb add-on you will be able to tether for the complete allowance.

Kind regards,

Nathan

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Three Online Support<<

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4. Re: Data service in UK and France

<We use Verizon service here in the US and it doesn't offer much flexibility in terms of international data service>

True that.

Take a look at T-Mobile, excellent international service built in. We’ve used it extensively in UK and the rest is of Europe.

Free texts (which we use extensively)and data, phone calls 20 cents/minute, free when we FaceTime or Skype.

With any plan.

For texts, you can use WhatsApp.

https://www.whatsapp.com

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5. Re: Data service in UK and France

Re #3 indeed they do allow tethering on PAYG. My info was outdated. Thank you for the correction.

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6. Re: Data service in UK and France

Thanks all for the information! One more question, do they ship to the US?

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7. Re: Data service in UK and France

Carphone warehouse seems to have a store at heathrow airport. Maybe I can pick up there?

New York City, New...
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8. Re: Data service in UK and France

oh wait. it's 2.43 miles from heathrow terminal 2.

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9. Re: Data service in UK and France

Just pick one up in London

Netanya, Israel
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10. Re: Data service in UK and France

Definitely don't buy at the airport.

Three would be your best bet. It performed well for us in London, Paris, York and Tel Aviv. It's been very poor in rural Cotswolds&Wiltshire.

Don't count on proper cellular data coverage anywhere rural within UK, any company given.

Yuri.

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