Travel to York England w/iPhone&iPad

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by old-wiz, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have an iPhone 4S, Verizon, and an iPad 3 with LTE (but have only used wi-fi so far) plus a MBP.

    I'm going to be on vacation in York, England this summer and was trying to figure out which provider would work best. There's Orange, O2, and Three, but I have no idea which might work best. I'm just looking for minimal phone usage plus internet for e-mail and surfing. Not sure if it would be better to find a way to tether the iPhone to iPad or MBP or get 2 sims, 1 for iPhone and 1 for iPad.

    I've had the phone more than a year so it won't be a problem to get Verizon to unlock for international sim use.

    The place we are planning to stay has no wi-fi (rats rats rats).

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. IFRIT, Apr 8, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013

    IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    There is T-Mobile and Vodafone as well, but T-Mobile and Orange here are the same company same masts just 2 different brands. Orange/T-Mobile have the best 3G coverage but the speeds are quite slow. 3 Are the best for speed and offer very good prepay plans but arn't as good as O2, Vodafone or Orange for coverage. You can pick up a SIM from a 3 shop which are in pretty much every major town. I'm not and Apple guy so i don't know about the tethering, but i do know that 3 allow tethering and Orange for example do not.
  3. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2012
    you're obviously a tech guy so I wholeheartedly recommend 3. Great data speeds and excellent value.

    York is very pretty by the way - proper english country town
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    3 has pretty poor coverage here in the UK. I would go with O2. York is really nice by the way. One of my favourite places to visit.
  5. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    look up "giff gaff" its got unlimited data usage, id grab one of those for your phone and tether the ipad to it
  6. old-wiz thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I did some research on plans and it seems that 3 is the only one with a simple plan for sim-only that includes some data. The others seem to be contract plans. Or maybe the best idea would be to go to a place like carphone warehouse and talk to the people there?

    I appreciate all the responses.
  7. Ste Nova, May 22, 2013
    Last edited: May 22, 2013

    Ste Nova macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2012
    LL22, UK
    3's coverage is good in most areas

    they have a shop in York
    13 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL, UK
    Telephone: 01904674773

    a 30day pay as you go with unlimited data for £15 (22$) looks good, no tethering though (I don't know of any that do payg tethering)

    it's here and behind you is Vodafone, orange and carphone warehouse
  8. donters macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2013
    yeah, its got unlimited data usage, id grab one of those for your phone and tether the ipad to it
  9. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    There should be lots of places that sold sim cards. You just need to be sure to ask for the correct size. Since there are lots of places that sell sim cards you don't necessarily need to buy one from the first place you go to. I was in a hurry and got one from Lebara because they were the only one sold at the convenience store at the airport with the correct sim size for the 4S. It worked, but the rates for data weren't much better than what I would pay with AT&T. Helped with local calls though. I'd recommend going to a place where they can explain you the options and pricing before you purchase it.
  10. jman314 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2008
    Another vote for 3

    Just returned from a trip to London, Manchester and Wales. Coverage was good in all 3 areas (spotty when not in a city) but loved the fact I could tether my iPad or laptop when needed. Which I can't do in the status without paying extra :)
  11. old-wiz thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  12. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK

    It's just a prepaid phone with a prepaid SIM included.

    PAYG SIMs usually expire after 6 months of inactivity (basically using any service that costs money), but you could just do that in the US (as you can roam in the US on a European prepaid plan). Sending yourself a text message should be enough to prevent expiry.
  13. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    I'd say Three for keeping costs down and value for money. Lots of the other networks will just rip you off. I use Three as my phone provider. Coverage is fine, contrary to what people say.
  14. old-wiz thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    An Update:

    Called Verizon, they did a foreign sim unlock and then I got a nice instruction e-mail from Verizon support. Once in England, went to the "3" store, bought a new sim for my iPhone plus one for my iPad, back to flat, connect to wi-fi, made one config change (turn off cdma roaming), replaced the sims, and all was well.

    We bought a bottom line cheap phone for my wife and had no issues with it.

    Only problem we had was the print on the sim carriers - so small all but impossible to read. I mean the card that holds the sim before you snap it out to put in the phone

    Thanks to all for help in choosing carrier and explaining details.

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