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Mar. 16th, 2003 | 06:27 pm

So when in england I was planning on swapping out the SIM card in my phone so I can have an english mobile phone number.

Does anyone have any recommendation on what providers are good? Especially with respect to prepaid accounts. Even better would be recommendations for prepaid services with good data capabilities.

My brief research suggested turned up a provider named "orange".

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 17th, 2003 12:43 am (UTC)
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I use Orange. They have a full range of data services.
O2 and Vodafone are also good I believe.

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 17th, 2003 12:45 am (UTC)
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The other one is T-Mobile

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 17th, 2003 01:52 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the names, it made doing research far easier. It looks like only Orange is offering GPRS to pay as you go customers.

(Now the next question is how does just buying pay as you go service compare to the sim card rental services one finds at airports.)

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 17th, 2003 01:58 am (UTC)
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good question. I'd be interested in the answer.

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 19th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I've found Orange to have the best customer service. They have gone downhill a lot since the france telecom takeover tho but still probably the best teleco company.

The other big orange advantage is that the money you put on your account doesn't expire after a certain time like with the other networks.

I understand that O2 is good if you want to send lots and lots of text messages.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 19th, 2003 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Not expiring is really useful... there is something strongly amusing about me being able to have a valid london telephone number for some arbitrary length of time.

Do you know of any british banks that provide good internet access to the account and will issue an account in euros? I think I'd also like to try and open such a thing. (So I can transfer money out of an environmentally destructive warmongering country and to nicer places like germany, denmark, and france.

Also would you like to try and meet in person?

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 19th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Well it wouldn't be a london telephone number I'm afraid.
I'm not sure how the U.S. mobile telephone system works, but here in the U.K. mobile phones have their own telephone prefixs which are obviously non geographic as they work across the u.k.

I think not expiring is good. It seems wrong to pay for something and then your credit vanishes because you didn't use it quick enough! The sim cards themselves remain active for incoming calls when you have no credit AFAIK tho.

Oh I have no idea about accounts in Euros! I wish I did, although I'd rather the u.k just used euros in a way. :)

It would be lovely to meet in person, sadly I live up't North these days, so unless you fancy making a long trip it probably won't be possible. You would be welcome to visit tho! :)

What dates are you expecting to be over here?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 19th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I leave tomorrow. (I should be in london from the 21st to 28th.)

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 19th, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, there is a cheap coach going down for the protest on saturday, although I'm not sure I'd be too popular turning up and leaving the protest to meet ppl and I suspect there will be so many ppl, it will be hard to meet anyone. I was also planning to go to the cinema on sat! :(

What is yr e-mail addy again?

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