Every student’s survival attire nowadays includes a mobile phone. Some might say it’s even a natural extension of their arm. Of course, you will need a mobile operation to actually make calls, send texts and get the all-important internet on the go. When moving to a new country, in this case, the UK, you might find this task difficult as there are quite a few of them.
They have their pros and cons and depending on your particular needs and requirements one might be better than the other one. For example, if you are coming to the UK for a shorter time, a pre-paid card would be a better option than signing a contract, which would be better for someone who is going to stay longer.
If you know you are going to be travelling a lot in and out of the UK for longer periods such as months, then the best option we would say for you is to get a pre-paid sim card. They are way more convenient for all those of you who would be constantly be travelling back and forth from the British Isles to your home country. As well as for those who are not planning on staying in the UK for more than a few months or a year. There is no binding contract to tie you down in case you decide to leave early or go somewhere for a while where you would not be needing your British phone number. The most known operators in this category according to us are GiffGaff and Lyca mobile.
If you happen to know you would be in the UK for longer than just a year and you know that you would not be leaving you British mobile for long periods without using it, then maybe a postpaid sim card is the better option. Do be careful with these and make sure you read all the terms and conditions of the contract that you are given before signing it. Things such as the durations and if there could be any hidden charges, the important thing you know. Other than that these can be pretty good, especially if you are lucky enough and find yourself a nice deal. Some of the more known operators here are – O2, Vodafone, T-mobile, Three, EE etc.
If you have the time you can also go into the providers’ actual shops and talk to a consultant to get information first hand. Just know that their primary goal is you to sign with them so they might sugar coat it a bit, but they could offer you a sweet deal especially for you. Just be smart about it and do your homework before choosing what sim card to get.