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Telephone & mobile phone

Getting a mobile phone is definitely one of the priorities once you arrive in the UK. Whether you need a new phone or just a UK number, you can choose between many Mobile operators and networks. Large retailers like Carphone Warehouse often offer the best deals.

To choose the right plan you should consider:
- pre paid (pay as you go) or contract
- coverage
- pricing and services

To buy a pay-as-you-go you don't need a bank account or credit history; it can be slightly more expensive than a contract, but it is a good way to start if you don't have a UK bank account yet, and it can be later be moved to a contract, keeping the same number.

Coverage is also important as sometimes there are areas of London where the signal of a network is absent or very poor. Once you have found where to live, it might be worth to check the network coverage in that area.

The offer is wide and understanding the pricing plans of the various providers can be a challenge. Each operator offers several different plans and options and comparisons are difficolt. Comparison websites (Compare the MarketConfused.com  U Switch) can help.

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