Getting connected during your PCS to the UK

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

Upon arrival, getting a cell phone is vital. The good news is that you have a variety of options and many resources are available to get you connected.


Most-commonly used providers: EE, Three, O2, Vodafone, British Telecom and Virgin.

Tips for cell phone plans upon arrival:

  • Check with your A&FRC to see if they have cell phones to lend while you finalize a plan.
  • Always shop around to find what provider is best for you. Visit to see which providers offer the best signal for 3G, 4G and calls.

Service contracts:

  • Last approximately 2-3 years.
  • Need a pounds sterling account prior to obtaining a contract.
  • No military clause included.

Pre-pay option:

  • No pounds sterling account needed to set up.
  • Add minutes online at most ATMs or at some retail locations.

Apps to communicate internationally for free:

  • Skype
  • Facebook Messenger
  • What’s App
  • Facetime
  • Hangouts

Note: Disable your voicemail; SMS missed calls and pop-up advertisements to avoid unexpected charges

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