UK SIM cards are easily available to tourists in the UK, with low cost calling to India. However, you may want to buy them in town rather than at the airport.
General Availability of UK SIM cards
The good news is that prepaid SIM cards are easily available for tourists, and there is no document of identity and address needed to buy them.
They are available at the airport but they are cheaper to buy from the town rather than from vending machines at the airport. In town they are available at general stores, news agents, grocery stores and even at petrol stations. Look for this image for a SIM card.
You can also order a free Pay As You Go SIM card through the internet before you arrive in the UK. Unfortunately you’ll need to provide a UK-based address for the SIM card to be sent to as SIM card providers do not ship abroad
Three are four primary cellular networks in the UK
- 3 (Three)
Other brands are MVNOs which take spare capacity from a mobile network provider
Best packages for travelers from India:
|Name of product||Pay as you go||Pay as you go||Pay as you go||Pay as you go|
|Outgoing – Local||19p(12p landline)||15p (9p to landline)||3p||35p|
|Outgoing – India||
(Landlines and Mobiles)
To activate Saver Rate text SAVE to 2525
(Landlines and Mobiles)
Purchase from your PAYG balance by sending a free text ‘BEST’ to 38885
Just add the three digit prefix 413 for calls to landlines or 412 for calls to mobile numbers.
Add 00 followed by the country code.
Finally, add the phone number you want to call.
Prefix code(413)country code(0091)Phone Number
To activate INTERNATIONAL to 2345 or call 36888 free from your Vodafone mobile.
|SMS – Local||19p/SMS||19p/SMS||2p/SMS||14p/SMS|
|SMS – International||19p/SMS||19p/SMS||25.2p/SMS||24p/SMS|
|Data||9p/MB||19p/MB||1p/MB||50MB of UK data for £2 a day, means 10p/MB|
Global Plus M
500 National & International Minutes(India included)
Unlimited: Lyca To Lyca Calls
Unlimited: National Texts
Unlimited: Lyca To Lyca Texts
UK PLUS £10
UK Lebara to Lebara
Unlimited calls & texts
All in One Add on
Standard 250MB Bundle
|Validity||1 month.||1 month.||1 month.||
|Other notable features/information||Please top up GBP 15 to the SIM card to get above packs.||Please top up GBP 10 to the SIM card to get above packs.||Please top up GBP 10 to the SIM card to get above packs.||Please top up GBP 9.5 to the SIM card to get above packs.|
|Link to product||www.lycamobile.co.uk/en/bundles||www.lebara.co.uk/passes/ukplus||www.three.co.uk/Store/SIM/Pay_As_You_Go||www.vodafone.co.uk/shop/index.htm|
UK SIM Card in India
Of course if you would rather buy the SIM before travel so that you do not have to go hunting, or are traveling to multiple countries on the region, or would like to know your number before you travel, we have a UK SIM card for you!