Prepaid local SIM cards for United Kingdom
Make incredible savings on calls, texts and data whilst in United Kingdom by using a local British SIM.
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British Sim Card Information
How Does It Work
Select the sim card you would like for your trip, optionally adding on any required credits.
We will then post the sim to you anywhere in the world
You will receive your UK mobile number, which you will be able to give out to your friends, family and colleagues before you head off.
Your sim will be activated as soon as you use it for the first in the UK, which means it is ready to use upon arrival.
When on the plane simply place the sim into your unlocked phone, and when you step off you are ready to go!
Network coverage in the UK is excellent throughout the country with over 99% reach.
Will these sim cards work with my mobile phone? a) Phone Unlocking
Your phone must be sim free or unlocked for it to be compatible with these sim cards.
If you are on a contract you can call your network provider and ask them to unlock your phone. They will give you a code to be able to do this, and it should be free although some operators do charge a small fee.
Alternatively, you will be able find a small mobile phone accessory shop to assist you in most major high streets or shopping centres. This only takes five minutes and will cost around
Will these sim cards work with my mobile phone? b) Telephone Frequency
Each country's networks use one of four mobile frequencies. These frequencies are 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz.
The mobile network frequencies used in UK are 900 and 1800 MHz, and these are the frequencies also used in all of mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.
Most smartphones will work on three of the frequencies (this is called tri-band) and so should cover the UK, however if you are unsure then the www.gsmarena.com website will be able to help you to ensure that your phone works on the required frequency. Just click on your brand of phone on the left hand side to get started.
The dialling code for the UK is +44. This means that for someone at home trying to reach you when you are in the UK, they need to add +44 before your mobile number.
If you need further help, then this website will lay it out clearly for you http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/dialing.html
How much data will I need?
Data usages vary greatly from person to person, however it may help to know that the average usage in Europe is around 500 MB per month
The charges for data roaming on your own contract sim card or with a global sim card (multi-country) can be extremely high so we would suggest that you take great care looking into the potential costs of your data usage abroad.
Please use our Data Calculator to see how much data you would need, and just how much you could save by using a local prepaid sim card.
Local SIM cards for the UK for Holidaymakers & Business Travellers
From a holiday in the Scottish Highlands to a business conference in London or a coastal trip to Devon, if you’re visiting the UK for a short holiday or for a longer period of time, having a local phone number is a great way to save costs and communicate with others on your trip to Blighty.
Perfect for people coming over for Britain’s great sporting events like Wimbledon and FA Cup matches, or a family holiday to the UK, a local prepaid Pay As You Go SIM card will give you a host of benefits including a local UK phone number, local provider (Lebara UK or Three UK), cheap international call rates, local call and text rates, free incoming calls.
Buy your local UK SIM card from Ritesim and select from our strong range of UK SIM cards, including a Network 3 SIM card with unlimited data, 300 mins and 3,000 texts, available as a regular or micro SIM. Separate data SIM cards are also available with flexible packages of data to keep your costs down as you enjoy your time in the UK. Ritesim also stock a Lebara SIM card with preloaded credit.
Check individual product information to find the right kind of local SIM for your trip to the UK.