Getting connected during your PCS to the UK

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.

Providers: EE, Three, O2, Vodafone, BritishTelecom and Virgin

Tip: 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

  • Approximately two-to-three years.
  • Need a pounds sterling account (or at least UK sort code and account number) 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
  • Facetime
  • Hangouts
  • WhatsApp

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