3 UK prepaid PAYG Phone SIM card
If you are heading to the 3 UK Pay As You Go prepaid Phone SIM card gives you the best deal for data, calls and text you are likely to find!
It is also as good as deal as you are going to find anywhere for their ‘Feel at Home’ countries which include:
See more info on ‘Feel at Home’ below
This is an awesome deal if you are going to any of these countries!
The 'Feel at Home' roaming in available immediately on prepaid SIMs (or PAYG SIMs as the British refer to it). There is a note on the Three website referring to roaming on the 'SIM only' plans only being available after 30 days. This is specifically referring to contract SIM only plans (contract plans that don't include a phone handset), definitely not the prepaid SIMs.
There are two main ‘All in One’ plans/add-ons:
£10 = 500MB, 100 min calls, 3000 SMS
£20 = All-you-can-eat Data, 300 min, 3000 SMS
We have either:
1. SIM preloaded with the 'Add-on' (recommended) + credit as required
2. Blank SIM, where you load credit and/or add-ons as required
1 - SIM preloaded with the "20 pound add-on" (free all you can eat data roaming) + 10 pound PIN (for a little bit of international calling)
The SIM is preloaded with the "20-pound add-on" - which gives you a 12GB data pack (which roams for free across feel at home countries).
The add-on also includes some calls/SMS to UK numbers.
Calls and SMS to non-UK numbers, are not covered by the add-on, hence why most people like to buy the 10 pound credit so they can have the occasional call to international numbers (ie calls to Australian, French or Italian etc numbers require some balance credit - see here for rates, enter destination and click the 'PAYG' tab, on top right).
2 - Phone SIM + 20 or 25 pound PIN (PIN=top-up voucher)
This allows them to:
1) Activate the SIM > then add the credit PIN in the Three UK online portal
2) Use 10 or 20 pounds of their balance to purchase the 'add-on'
They then have free data roaming in the partner countries for the next 30 days, and have some pounds balance left over to use for international calls (calls to non-UK numbers not included in the 'Add-on').
Note: If don't buy the SIM preloaded with the add-on, and you don't buy the 'Add-on' and only apply the credit, you will be charged at casual data roaming rates - this is not a good idea!
If you want data, make sure you purchase the 'Add-on' with your credit, or get the preloaded SIM (easiest).
You can't use a non-UK credit card in the online portal - hence why the credit PINs are the easiest workaround - you can buy them here
Also, if you use data in 'Non Feel at Home' countries (ie Germany), you will be charged at a casual rate, and it will burn through any balance on your SIM - again not a good idea - turn mobile data off in non-Feel at home countries, or use a dataGOroaming SIM if you require data
Need more than what is included in the plan?
1p = Data (MB)
2p = Text (SMS)
3p = Calls (min)
These are the rates for the UK.
See below for all other charges.
3UK Phone Pay As You Go plans do not allow tethering. If you would like to tether, you will need to choose a dataGOroaming SIM, which allows tethering, is prepaid, and works across all of Europe.
The minutes and texts included in Add-ons are for standard UK mobiles and UK landlines - not for calls and SMS to non-UK numbers (which requires extra credit), most people just use the free roaming data to Skype /Viber /iMessage instead though :-)
EURO TRAVEL RATES:
EU roaming prices (for EU countries not inc. in 'Feel at Home')
- Calls: outgoing 24.5p /min (min charge 30 sec, after which per sec)
- Calls: incoming 7.1p /min (per sec)
- SMS: 7.8p
- Data: 45.8p /MB
*Always see 3UK website for latest rates
What about roaming in non- "Feel at Home" countries?
Make sure you are aware of the network partners and pricing here.
Note; on the pricing link above, enter country, then click the 'PAYG' tab (on the top right).
dataGO.co can sell you credit in £10, £15, & £20 top-up/recharge vouchers here.
Credit once applied to your account does not expire.
You need a UK Credit Card to buy credit on the 3 UK website (hence why we sell top-up vouchers with the SIM + also via the above link).
You can also buy top-up vouchers from convenience stores in the UK.
3 UK has great coverage around the UK.
All 3UK SIMs are TRIO size now - the one SIM pops out to any size required.
See more SIM size info here.
We can ship this SIM worldwide for FREE :-)
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FEEL AT HOME
If you run out of your allowances included in your add-on/plan or are using Pay As You Go credit, you'll be charged at roaming rates that are lower than normal. These rates are:
Important Notes on ‘Feel at Home’
It’s designed for trips away rather than living abroad, so if you use your device exclusively in a Feel At Home country for three months within a twelve month period, you won’t be able to use your device abroad anymore. More info on ‘Feel at Home’ here
It’s always free to receive calls in a Feel At Home country.
Find out about other roaming rates in the country you're visiting.
3 APN (Access Point Name) for "3" UK (Any SIMs):
APN enables the internet to work - it shouldn't be needed, but is the most common tweak required if data isn't working.
Username: [leave blank]
Password: [leave blank]
UK PAYG PHONE charges (outside of a plan/add-on):
Voice call charges.
Voicemail (flat rate): £0.03 per minute
Three-to-UK landline (flat rate): £0.03 per minute
Three-to-Three UK (flat rate): £0.03 per minute
Three to other UK mobile networks (flat rate): £0.03 per minute
Video call charges.
Three-to-Three UK: £0.38 per minute
Three to other UK mobile networks: £0.38 per minute
Videomail: £0.26 per minute
UK text messages: £0.02
UK picture messages: £0.31
UK video messages: £0.38
Internet browsing: £0.01/MB
With every top-up: 150MB
Inclusive minutes and texts are for standard UK mobiles and UK landlines beginning 01, 02, 03. Personal Numbers (070) and numbers beginning 08 are excluded from bundle. 08/070 numbers cost up to 35p per call plus 35p per minute / £1.02 per call plus 71.5p per minute respectively.
See more info on PAYG Phone SIM rates here
See the FAQ and Activation page for the 3 UK Phone SIM here