About to move to the UK from the US

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About to move to the UK from the US

I'm about to start school in the UK in September, and I have an Iphone. I originally purchased the iphone believing that it would carry over to the uk if i had world connect. 

 

I would love full details, if you know.

 

thank you for the help!

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Re: About to move to the UK from the US

ATT may let you cancel without penalty without documented proof that you are moving abroad. I'd sell the phone and buy an iPhone 4 in the UK. It launch there at the end of the month.
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would i have to pay the full price of it over there?

I only paid 199 for the iphone I have, and I am approaching the end of the second year. 

Also would my service be just as affordable? I pay around 110 a month.

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oh and come to think of it, i wouldn't be able to sell my phone, lol. its two years old with some defects from wear...

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The UK has a very aggressive and competitive phone market and you can get very good deals on data and voice.  Whether it is cheaper or more expensive than the US can be debated because the plans are very different.  The big difference is that the UK uses a caller pays model.  What this means is that incoming calls are free to you, but you pay a surcharge to call mobiles in your country which compensates the carriers for connecting the calls.

The UK Mobile provider Orange has recently started naming their plans after animals.  There are so many animals in their stable, that they are now looking like a zoo.

 

http://shop.orange.co.uk/mobile-phones/plans/planList.jsp?_requestid=31950

 

Also, a number of UK providers have started offering cross-platform minutes.  This means that your monthly plan will include say 400 minutes of which  200 can be used for connecting to individuals (without surcharges) on other networks.  Some carriers are also included some variant of our nights and weekend perks.  Additionally, 3 has a plan which will toss in 1,000 minutes to the US for less than what you are paying to call landlines in the UK, but that plan may have closed. 

3 has a deal which gives you free Skype calls on their network.  It has to be Skype to Skype or international outbound, but there is an easy trick out there which can be used to connect an inbound US Skype In number to your UK mobile and receive free US calls. 

 

You may need to go with prepaid in the UK.  It takes a bit to build credit over there or you’ll need to pay a deposit.  The strange thing is that prepaid UK phones roam throughout the EU (and many other places) out of the box, but contract phones do not.  You need to pass a stricter second level credit check.  Another thing is that folks with indefinite leave to remain (the UK equivalent of a green card) have a harder time getting credit because one thing that is factored into the decision whether to give you credit is whether you are on the electoral role. 

Here are two forums specializing on UK mobiles:

 

http://www.3g.co.uk/3GForum/
http://cellphoneforums.net/uk-telecom-mobile/

 

If you are interested in Apple for your phone, you should post your question on:

 

http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/115-Apple

 

They have some options you might be interested in.  Rumor has it that Apple Stores in the UK will carrier unlock iPhones for your (including US purchased ones), but I can’t verify it.

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Re: About to move to the UK from the US

Actually ATTM no longer waives the temrination fee for moving to a area that they do not service.
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The guy says his phone is two years old.  He is not governed by the $350 termination fees for a smart phone.  Don't you guys now using a sliding fee for termination depending on how many months are left on the contract?

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britta kirk wrote:

I'm about to start school in the UK in September, and I have an Iphone. I originally purchased the iphone believing that it would carry over to the uk if i had world connect. 

 


 

This is incorrect.  World Traveller is ONLY for making calls from the US to foreign countries.

 

What you need is to call ATT to activate International Roaming (it is OFF by default).  The discount plan for international roaming is World Traveller, which is $4.99/month.  Even with this, calls made and received from the UK are still $0.99/min.  So a local option is probably a better idea.

 

http://www.wireless.att.com/travelguide/coverage/coverage_details.jsp?MNC=CING&CIDL=826&dropFormChoi...

 

If you still want to use your ATT phone while in the UK, most of what you need to know is in the following thread (sticky-ed to the top of the International Service forum):

 

http://forums.wireless.att.com/t5/International-Service/Personal-Experience-s-from-Customer-and-Comm...

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Re: About to move to the UK from the US

ATT wouldnt let me out of my plan when I went abroad, but I rented a SIM anyway.  Piccell wireless should have the best service and rates for the UK but not sure about data plans they may have.  Is your iphone unlocked?

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You should be almost out of contract so it won't cost you much to cancel if ATT won't let you out.

 

There are a # of services that will unlock your Iphone, google is your friend.

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