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UK: SIMs for travelers to the 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
Look for this image
Look for this image

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.

Where?

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

Brands available

Three are four primary cellular networks in the UK

  1. 3 (Three)
  2. EE
  3. O2
  4. Vodafone

Other brands are MVNOs which take spare capacity from a mobile network provider

Best packages for travelers from India:
Network Lycamobile Lebara Three Vodafone
Name of product Pay as you go Pay as you go Pay as you go Pay as you go
Price 15£ 10£ 10£ 9.5£
Incoming Free Free Free Free
Outgoing – Local 19p(12p landline) 15p (9p to landline) 3p 35p
Outgoing – India
1p/min
(Landlines and Mobiles)

To activate Saver Rate text SAVE to 2525

1p/min
(Landlines and Mobiles)

Purchase from your PAYG balance by sending a free text ‘BEST’ to 38885

3p/min
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.
e.g.

Prefix code(413)country code(0091)Phone Number

1.5p/min

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
Packs
Global Plus M
Mins
500 National & International Minutes(India included)
Unlimited: Lyca To Lyca Calls
SMS
Unlimited: National Texts
Unlimited: Lyca To Lyca Texts
Data

1 GB

UK PLUS £10
UK SMS
Unlimited
UK Lebara to Lebara
Unlimited calls & texts
UK minutes
500
Data
1 GB
All in One Add on
UK SMS
3000
UK minutes
100
Data
500 MB
Standard 250MB Bundle
UK SMS
Unlimited
UK minutes
300
Data
250 MB
Validity 1 month. 1 month. 1 month.
1 month.
Currency GBP GBP GBP GBP
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
SIM Card from 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 sim for you!