Best SIM Cards For Using Your Smartphone in Europe

May 10th, 2016

If you’re travelling to a European country, you’ll normally pay a surcharge for international roaming. We review the best value SIM cards for using your smartphone in Europe.

EU FlagEach year, millions of Brits cross the channel and visit mainland Europe for business and leisure. Whether you’re going to Italy for the history and culture or to Spain for the tapas and sun, many of us like to stay connected through our smartphones when travelling abroad.

Being able to use your smartphone abroad is great for staying in touch with your friends and family back home. It’s also useful for navigating around (e.g. for finding restaurants and attractions in the country you’re visiting).

The good news is it’s now really easy and cheap to use your UK smartphone abroad in other European countries. Recent EU legislation has brought down the costs of roaming quite substantially. Deals are also available to cut the costs even further. In this article, we’ll look at the costs of using your smartphone in Europe. We’ll also compare some of the best value deals that can save you more money when you’re travelling abroad.

The Costs Of Using Your Smartphone In Europe

Over the past few years, there’s been a major reduction in the roaming costs for UK residents when travelling to Europe. As long as you’re visiting an EU country, you’ll be protected by EU legislation that sets the maximum amount your mobile network is able to charge you.

As of July 2016, the maximum charge for using your smartphone in Europe is as follows:

Activity Maximum Charge*
Outgoing phone call UK price plus 4.7p/minute (and never more than 17.9p/minute)
Incoming phone call 1.0p/minute
Text message (per SMS) UK price plus 1.8p/text (and never more than 5.6p/text)
Mobile Internet (per MB) UK price plus 4.7p/MB (and never more than 18.8p/MB)

* The maximum charge only applies for calls, texts and browsing within in the EU. If you’re calling or texting a non-EU number, higher charges will normally apply. The figures above include UK VAT at 20%. See the ‘Future Changes’ section for more information.

While the above table shows the maximum possible charges, the actual amount you’ll be charged will depend on your mobile network and tariff. For more information about the roaming charges on your tariff, please select the mobile network you’re currently using:

Through the rest of this article, we’ll highlight some of the best value deals for using your smartphone abroad in other European countries.

Recommended Deals

For most people travelling inside of Europe, our recommended deal is Three’s All in One 10. Used in conjunction with their Feel At Home offer, a £10 top-up will give you 1GB of data abroad, 3000 text messages and 100 minutes for calling back to the UK.

For heavy users, the All in One 20 deal from Three is also available. This gives you 12GB of data, 3000 texts and 300 minutes.

As an alternative for shorter trips abroad, it may also be worth considering a Pay As You Go SIM card from O2. For £1.99/day, you’ll get 100MB of data to use anywhere in Europe.

Three’s Feel At Home

An all-round deal: £10/month for 1GB data, 100 minutes & 3000 texts

Three

Three has a ‘Feel At Home’ offer in 34 European countries.

At present, the best value SIM card for travelling in Europe is Three’s All in One SIM. A £10 top-up will give you 1GB of data, 100 minutes and 3000 text messages (your allowances will last for up to 30 days). A £20 top-up will give you 12GB of data, 300 minutes and 3000 texts (once again, your allowances will last for up to 30 days).

After you buy an All in One bundle, you’ll be able to use it inside the UK and in 34 other European countries as part of the Feel At Home offer. You can also use the SIM card at no extra charge in some other non-EU countries including the USA and Australia (see the full list of inclusive countries below).

  • EU Roaming Data Price: £10/month for 1GB data, 100 minutes & 5000 texts
  • Overages: 3.9p/MB once you’ve used 1GB (or choose the £20 bundle for 12GB)
  • £10 top-up buys: 30 days of smartphone usage in Europe

Order Three All In One SIM card (£10 for 30 days) »

You’ll need to buy an All in One bundle if you want to use your allowances abroad (Three’s 321 price plan only applies when you’re in the UK). If you’re a heavy data user, we recommend buying the £20 bundle (this will give you up to 12GB of data to use when abroad).

The following countries are included in the Feel At Home offer: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy (includes Sardinia and Sicily), Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (includes Azores and Madeira), Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (includes Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America.

For more information about the Feel At Home offer, please see this page on Three’s website. You can also read our full review of the offer.

O2 Travel

For short trips & heavy data usage: £1.99/day for 100MB of EU data

O2 Travel

O2 gives you 100MB of EU data for £1.99/day.

If you’re only travelling for a short amount of time and expect to use a large amount of data, our recommended deal is an O2 Pay As You Go SIM card with the O2 Travel offer. The offer gives you 100MB of data to use each day in any EU country. This is for a fixed daily fee of £1.99.

With an O2 Pay As You Go SIM card, a £10 top-up should give you enough credit to use your smartphone abroad in the EU for five days. You can grab a free SIM card to get started on O2. When ordering your SIM card, you should avoid choosing the Big Bundles tariff. This is because the Big Bundles tariff will automatically convert your top-up into a bundle that can only be used in the UK. Instead, you’ll need to choose a tariff that allows you to keep your credit. We recommend choosing either the ‘Simply Pay As You Go’ or International SIM cards.

Unlike with the offer from Three, calling and texting isn’t included in the offer from O2. Instead, you’ll pay 4p/minute for outgoing calls and 1p for every text message you send.

  • EU Roaming Data Price: £1.99/day for 100MB
  • Overages: Option to purchase another 100MB for £1.99
  • £10 top-up buys: 5 days of smartphone usage in Europe (excluding calls & texts)

Order O2 Simply or International SIM card (Free) »

After receiving the SIM card from O2, text TRAVELON to 21300 to opt-in to the offer.

Other EU Roaming Offers

  • EE
  • iD Mobile
  • Vodafone

There are a variety of other EU roaming offers also available:

  • EE: Euro Roaming Data Add-on
    For £3/day, customers with a EE Pay As You Go SIM card can use up to 75MB of data in other EU countries.
  • Vodafone: EuroTraveller
    For £3/day, customers with a Vodafone Pay As You Go SIM card can use up to 100MB of data in another EU country.

In addition, there are now some Pay Monthly contracts which come with EU roaming included in the price:

  • EE: EE Extra Plans
    Customers choosing an EE Extra plan will get inclusive minutes and texts when travelling in the EU. Data in the EU is not currently included – you’ll need to pay an additional £3/day for up to 500MB of EU data.
  • iD Mobile: TakeAway Plans
    iD Mobile, the own-brand mobile network from the Carphone Warehouse, provides free roaming in 29 countries when you buy a TakeAway plan. You’ll need to get either a 12-month or 24-month plan.
  • Vodafone: Inclusive Roaming Plans
    On selected 12-month and 24-month plans, Vodafone provides inclusive roaming across the EU.

Future Changes

EU Roaming

Maximum EU roaming charges are set by the European Commission. They’ll be scrapped entirely from the 15th June 2017.

Over the past decade, maximum EU roaming charges have been changed on multiple occasions. The maximum charges are set and published by the European Commission. As the maximum charge is stated in Euros, it may differ each year for UK residents. This is due to changes in the EUR/GBP exchange rate. The maximum roaming rates were last updated on the 1st July 2016 using the exchange rate of 1EUR=0.78661GBP.

On the 15th June 2017, all mobile networks will be required to scrap the surcharge for roaming in the EU. This means anyone with inclusive mobile allowances will be able to use them in Europe at no extra charge. For customers without an inclusive allowance (e.g. for customers on a Pay As You Go tariff), maximum charges will remain at 17.9p/minute, 5.6p/text and 18.8p/MB (with a further adjustment due to exchange rate fluctuations).

Other Ways To Get Online

Roaming, as discussed above, is now the most convenient way of getting online in other EU countries. Typically, you should expect to pay around £10 for a trip of up to one month.

Besides roaming, there are also two other ways of getting online when you’re travelling in Europe:

Wifi

It’s free to get online with wi-fi.

  • Use free wi-fi networks. Your hotel may provide you with free wi-fi internet. This is perfect for odd tasks at the start and end of each day (e.g. for checking your e-mail and the weather). The downside is you won’t have access to the internet when you’re out and about. This means mapping applications may not work properly and you’ll also miss out on e-mails and chat messages received during the day.
  • Buy a local SIM card in your destination country. If you’re travelling for more than one month, it may be cheaper and more convenient to pick up a local SIM card in the country you’re visiting. Depending on your destination country, this may involve a little bit of hassle (e.g. knowing the local language and providing a copy of your ID). However, you’ll get a local phone number which will be much more convenient for contacting other people and businesses in that country. Expect to pay about €10/month for a local SIM card. You may also need to unlock your smartphone before leaving the UK. See our in-depth guides to unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy.

More Information

For more information, you can also see our in-depth guide to using your smartphone abroad. We also have in-depth articles on using your smartphone in Spain and the USA.

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  1. Chris Wrigley said:

    Very helpful..we all have different needs and perceptions, having lived here in france for last 4 years I find French telecom suppliers are equally tricky to deal with as anywhere else. with this in mind folk need to understand what they are contracting into before signing up as they are vindictive and tedious when it comes to escaping their clutches… stick to prepaid for short term use.
    As an old git (read simpleton) wanting to take long motorhome trips into europe it looks like a mobile mifi (with provision for antenna) with data only sim is best option for me having had good results previously.
    Question is why is it so expensive to buy data? half of which one doesn’t want i.e advertising, spam, etc.

  2. Chris Robinson said:

    Next year (2017) I plan to spend 3 months in France, I still have a French mobile which was with Orange until I relocated to the UK in 2015, my current UK provider is EE. For my trip to France would I be better off purchasing a French SIM only card and using my French phone or getting some sort of EU option from EE. Most of my calls will be France to France, Internet access not an issue as I can check my e-mails via wi-fi and my laptop.

    Forgot to add, current EE contract is on another, UK phone.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. When in 2017 are you planning to travel to France? From the 15th June 2017, roaming charges will be scrapped entirely within the EU (so you can use your EE handset in France at no extra charge). Even without this, roaming rates are generally quite reasonable (about 4p/minute) so you can probably get away with using your UK SIM card if you just want to make a couple of phone calls. Otherwise, your best option might be to get a SIM card from France with inclusive minutes, texts and data (this will probably cost you about €10/month).
      Ken

    2. Chris Robinson replied:

      Thanks, just the info I needed

  3. Simon said:

    Hi mate,

    Coming from Australia & will be travelling to the UK (at the start) then off on a tour throughout central Europe (30 days) & then back to the UK for another 10 days, calls & sms aren’t a huge concern, just more of a data plan that may be suitable, & I have heard wifi has a good coverage in the EU so it doesn’t have to be a huge data plan?

    Thanks.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Simon,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re right in saying that wi-fi coverage is often fairly decent in city centre areas. However, it can often be difficult to access (e.g. it may not be free, or it may require you to log in with a password). It’s very rare to actually find free open wi-fi that you can use straight away! And of course, if you’re going on a tour, the places you visit could be more remote and may lack wi-fi altogether.
      Given this, I’d definitely recommend getting a SIM card from your trip if possible. The SIM card mentioned above from Three UK could be good for your usage (£10 for 1GB of data or £20 for 12GB of data). It will work anywhere in Europe as part of the Feel At Home offer.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Simon replied:

        Perfect,
        Thanks mate, appreciate the feedback, will definitely look into a 3 sim card upon arrival.

  4. Renie said:

    Hi Ken

    Thanks for the info.

    If I’m travelling to- the following countries, should I just get the SIM cards (data only) locally?

    – Germany
    – Czech Republic
    – Poland
    – Austria
    – Slovakia
    – Slovenia
    – Hungary
    – Croatia
    – Bosnia

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Renie,
      Thanks for your comment. Will you also be visiting the UK on your trip into Europe? If so, I’d recommend getting the SIM card from Three on the Feel At Home offer. From September 8th 2016, the offer will be extended to cover all EU countries (Bosnia is the only country on your list which will not be included).
      Ken

      1. Gabi replied:

        Hi Ken
        So with the three package
        It only includes data, when in the selected countries, but calls and texts only to the UK?
        Any suggestions If I would like the option to call within these EU countries?

        1. Ken Lo
          Ken replied:

          Hi Gaby,
          That’s right: phone calls and text messages are only included to UK-based numbers (so anything with +44 is fine, including other people in your party also with a Feel At Home SIM). If you’d like to call other EU countries, they’ll charge you 3.9p/minute and 1.6p/text. You can add some extra credit to your SIM card to cover this usage (e.g. you could top-up £15 for a £10 bundle and £5 of credit).
          Hope this helps,
          Ken

  5. Dan said:

    Good collection of info.
    I wanted to add some input regarding local SIM cards. It is true that you will need to provide your details such as an ID card and sign a contract if you buy a local SIM card. However, you can buy prepaid SIM cards for which you will not need any documents, you can buy it at pretty much any major shopping mall, kiosk or service provider shop, outlet. It will be valid for one month and if you plan on staying longer, you can just top it up with whatever amount you want to and it will be valid for another month again. In most cases it will cost less than 10 EUR as well. For example, prepaid SIM card in Lithuania would cost 2,29 EUR, for which you would het 1GB 4G internet, 250mins and 6000 SMS and if that’s not enough you can buy additional plans for a few EUR http://www.ezys.lt/index.php/mobile-data-plans-/310001. If you are in Estonia, you can buy a card for 1 EUR, that will give you 200 MB of mobile data and then buy additional 1GB for 2 EUR – https://www.super.ee/en/konekaart . You can also choose plans for 3 or 8 EUR that include calls and SMS.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Dan,
      Thanks for the info about prepaid SIM cards in Lithuania and Estonia. I do believe the ID requirements for a PAYG SIM card differ by country. Some countries require ID due to their national security laws, whereas others (including the UK) allow you to get a PAYG SIM card with no ID at all 🙂
      Ken

  6. Mahadi said:

    Hi Ken,
    I ‘ll be visiting to UK and Austria next month. I intend to buy the prepaid sim card which i can use during my stay in both country and the prepaid sim card should be able to be activated as wifi hotspot so i can share the Wifi with my other devices. If i use Three’s all in one, how long it will take for the sim card to be used after i have purchased and registered on line.

    Thanks for any help.

    Mahadi

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mahadi,
      Thanks for your comment. Three’s All in One SIM card will be activated as soon as you switch it on (no need to wait before you can start using the SIM card). One thing worth noting, however, is you can’t use personal hotspot on Three’s Pay As You Go SIM cards (take a look at this article for more information).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  7. Tony said:

    Great source of info Ken, I too use 3 mobile for many years and it was great when they introduced the “Feel at Home” feature again.
    I’ve got a 3 MiFi device to keep the laptop happy and have just got a great SIM from them that I hope to use next week its the “Broadband – Pay As You Go + 12”
    I can get 12 months worth or 12Gb broadband which ever end soonest … for £30
    This is perfect for the odd ski trip and holiday as long as I go to favoured destinations.
    Thanks 3 mobile and thanks Ken !

  8. isaac needham said:

    Hi all, i have an Austrian girlfriend and she is in need of a new phone, he prices in Austria are much dearer so my idea is to buy her a phone in England (unlocked)
    would she then be able to use the phone with Austrian networks in Austria?

    any help is greatly appreciated

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Isaac,
      Yes – this shouldn’t be a problem but providing your handset is unlocked for use on any network. I’d also advise you to read this article if you’re planning to buy an iPhone.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  9. F O'Broin said:

    I travel to the northern French coast opposite Hastings for a few days every month. I have been using a Three Huawei wifi dongle which gave excellent internet and fairly good English tv channels (occasional modest buffering) via the net. Recently however this has changed. Although I get 5 bar signal strength the Three icon displays ‘Limited’ and the internet has become very intermittent and the tv impossible to connect. Three say this maybe due to the French supplier limiting streaming. Additionally there is no service whilst on the ferry from Dover to Calais. I have been told attaching an external aerial to the dongle won’t improve the situation in France and the best solution is to get an Orange sim card in France. Can I just switch the card in the Three dongle or is there a better solution?

  10. Andy said:

    Hi Ken,
    I am travelling to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, so my best plan should be 20pounds Three bundle. How will it be charged on voice calling back to UK or receiving from UK?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Andy,
      Great news: you can use your inclusive minutes to call a UK number when you’re abroad and using the Feel At Home offer (so there’s no charge providing you stay within the 300 minutes included in your plan). It will also be free to receive incoming phone calls. For more information, see my full review of the Feel At Home offer.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  11. Jin said:

    Ken,

    Your information is very helpful, and I am getting some picture about what to do with phones. I am visiting UK, France, and the Netherlands. 3’s Feel At Home is perfect except it doesn’t cover Dutch.

    So, here’s what I am thinking. While I am in the UK using 3, can I buy an O2 Pay As You Go sim with O2 Travel? Since I am visiting Dutch for only 2 days, 3.98 pounds seems too cheap.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Jin,
      Unfortunately you’ll need to make a minimum top-up of £10 on an O2 Pay As You Go SIM card. For this reason, getting a SIM card from O2 might not be the cheapest way of using your phone in the Netherlands. Instead, I’d probably suggest adding a bit of extra credit on to your SIM card from Three. You’ll be able to use it in the Netherlands at EU roaming rates of 3.9p/minute, 1.6p/text and 3.9p/MB. You can top up on Three with £5 of extra credit which should probably cover most of your usage.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  12. Rosslynn said:

    Hi Ken!
    I’m travelling from Canada to the UK and then Zakinthos (Greece) for 2 weeks. To be honest all I really want is a good data plan to track my jogging and of course Facebook LOL. I have an old Blackberry from the UK that used to be on Virgin Mobile and I have an Apple 5S from Canada. Can you recommend a good plan for basically just a little bit of texting and a lot of data (1G or more) as the free Wi-Fi is sparse on the island.

    Thank you!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Rosslynn,
      As you’re travelling this summer and as you’re going to a country that isn’t a part of Three’s Feel At Home offer, it might be worth having a look at the Tesco Mobile ‘Home from Home’ deal. You can pick up one of their Pay As you Go data bundles (e.g. 1GB for £7.50) which you’ll be able to use in Greece at no extra charge.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  13. Jason said:

    Hi Ken,

    This may be too little too late, but I just came across your blog posts while searching for the best EU phone deals. I like the versatility of ‘Three’ and would like to purchase that nano SIM for my iPhone 5.

    I live in Canada and will be visiting Europe w/ my wife for July. We’ll be visiting 3 countries on “Three”‘s Int’l list.

    I love their plan, but can’t seem to find an outlet to purchase one (Amazon doesn’t feel reliable – but maybe I’m wrong).

    Please advise on purchasing such a SIM in the quickest way possible.
    Thanks.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Jason,
      Thanks for your comment. Will you be visiting the UK on your trip in to Europe? If so, you can pick up a SIM card from Three at any of UK retail stores. If you aren’t planning to visit the UK first in your trip, you might be better off choosing a mobile network in the first country you visit.
      Ken

      1. Jason replied:

        Thanks Ken – cheers. Jason

  14. Joe said:

    Hi Ken, great write up. My daughter is going to Malta for a week, she’ll only need a sim for a few texts and a call or two. Would a £10 payg from O2 be the best bet? I’m with O2 and my wife is with Virgin mobile.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Joe,
      Thanks for your comment. The O2 SIM card is good for using data abroad (e.g. if she wants to use data on her smartphone). However, if she’s only going to make a couple of short phone calls, standard roaming costs might be cheaper (there are networks charging just 4.3p/minute and 1.7p/text in Europe).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. Joe replied:

        Thanks Ken. She’s 9 years old and doesn’t have a sim just the phone so it was just a one week ‘fix’. Think I’ll go with the O2 payg sim – thanks again, Joe

  15. Rob said:

    Hi Ken,
    Thanks for all your info.
    I have just been using a “3” SIM on our multi-country 6 week trip. Using the £20 12Gb/300min plan turned out perfect: we used nearly 2Gb and the included minutes allowed me to call home free and make intl calls to other countries going through my (UK) Skype-in number as the roaming data speed where we were typically staying and/or my not-the-youngest S3 phone was too slow to use Skype direct from the phone.
    In Austria (not on “3”) we picked up an excellent local sim at a discount store: €7 for tons of data. And Austria being Austria: no no ID or details required.
    Cheers

    1. Bella replied:

      Hi Rob.

      I’m on the Three Pay-As-You-Go plan in the UK and am travelling to Austria, and trying to decide if I should get a local SIM there or stick with Three. Could you please share where you got your Austrian SIM and what it was called? And how much data did you get?

      I’ll need loads of data (GPS, emails, social network), at least 400 texts, and the ability to make calls for cheap.

      Thanks!

      1. Rob replied:

        Hi Bella,
        It was a ‘Hot’ sim. Don’t recall the exact name of the supermarket chain but it looked a lot like the local version of a Lidl.
        3’s at-home is not in Austria, so using that you’d be paying big roaming charges.
        Cheers, Rob

        1. Bella replied:

          Thanks, Rob. But 3’s Feel at Home does cover Austria, so why do you think I’d be responsible for roaming charges? I’ll keep the Hot sim in mind for when I’m in Austria next month. Thanks again!

      2. Rob replied:

        Oh yeah: it was i believe 4Gb of data, but you can get even more. It was certainly (by far) the lowest cost/Gb i ever had!
        And it will tether so you can use as hotspot.
        Good luck (I am travelling again and wont respond further).

  16. Tim said:

    I live in the United States and will be traveling in the UK, France, Netherlands, and Denmark this summer. I was all set to purchase an O2 Pay as you Go International SIM, then add the O2 Travel Bolt on, but I called an O2 retail store to confirm that this would work. My understanding from the store clerk is that the O2 Travel Bolt on is NOT available for Pay as you Go SIMs. Has anyone actually combined these two offers successfully?

    — Tim

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comment. O2 Travel is available for Pay As You Go SIM cards. However, you’ll get just 100MB of data each day (on Pay Monthly the offer is different and you get 120 minutes, 120 texts and unlimited data). I’m not aware of any reason why you can’t combine it with specific Pay As You Go tariffs (e.g. with the International SIM card).
      Ken

  17. LIVIA said:

    Hi Ken,
    I live in US and will travel to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and maybe Switzerland for 17 days starting July 4th, 2016. My US carrier charges $40 for 100 mb of data, 100 voice/text for 30 days. However, we will need more than 100 mb of date for these 17 days.
    I read your article which is very helpful. I was wondering whehter Tesco Mobile: Home from Home is the best plan for us. Do I first need to get a UK phone number? If this is not the best plan, which is the best one for us?
    Thanks for the advise.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Livia,
      Thanks for your comment. Are you going to be visiting the UK as the first country on your trip? If so, the Tesco Mobile Home from Home offer could possibly be a good choice for you. If you aren’t planning to visit the UK first, you may need to pick up a SIM card in the first country you’re visiting.
      Ken

  18. Mike Williams said:

    Am in Canada and wil be visiting Norway and Denmark. Wondering if I can purchase a SIM card for “3” in Amsterdam(my phone is unlocked).
    I have spend some time searching on the “3” website…but have a bit of a language issue. It looks like they may have pulled out of Denmark?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. Three does have a network in Denmark – you can see their website here. It’s worth noting however that 3 Denmark is a totally different network to 3 UK. While they have a similar 3LikeHome offer, it’s a totally different to the Feel At Home offer from 3 UK! Unfortunately the 3 Denmark website seems to only be in Danish so I couldn’t tell you very much about it myself!
      Ken

      1. Mike replied:

        Thanks…I ordered a “3” SIM card from Amazon in the US. I will let you know how it worked out.
        Says I can add data etc on line…25 pds for 7 GB…so I assume it is thru the UK.

  19. Ph said:

    Hi, Ken!

    There is one more data only operator, covering almost all Europe and a few more countries, MTX Connect, maybe your readers will found it helpful: http://www.mtxc.eu/en/

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi there,
      Thanks for the heads up about this! As background for anyone choosing to look in to this option, MTX Connect is a Luxembourg-based operator. They charge €3.50 plus VAT per day for up to 150MB of data (this is about £3.20/day for UK residents including VAT based on the exchange rate today).
      Ken

  20. David Astley said:

    Hi Ken, I am on BT plan at present, but am getting a 3Three one month PAYG Sim card for a two week holiday in Spain.
    I will use the 3Three mobile number for the trip as it is only going to be temporary. Can I set my BT number to forward calla to the 3Three number so I don’t miss any calls? I gave an iPhone 6+ (unlocked).

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes: you should be able to set up call forwarding from BT Mobile to Three. Bear in mind however, you’ll pay for the portion of the call going from BT Mobile to Three. There should be no additional charges if you have a sufficient number of minutes on your BT Mobile account and providing you’re leaving your BT Mobile at home in the UK or switched off. If you switch on your BT Mobile abroad or if you run out of minutes to cover the forwarding, then there may be additional charges incurred.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. David Astley replied:

        Thanks for the reply Ken. Great site for mobile phone knowledge. I always check here first before changing networks. Keep up the good work.

  21. Sally said:

    I am traveling to Great Britain from the U.S..I have an unlocked iPhone 6. What is the best and cheapest way for me to call home and make calls while in England? I will need a lot of minutes.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Sally,
      Thanks for your comment. If you’re mainly looking for low cost calls from the UK to the US, see my article here on international calling rates. To give you a short answer, Lycamobile currently charges 1p/minute for calls to the US. In addition, you’ll need to buy a UK Plus bundle if you’d like to access the internet on your iPhone.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  22. Cornelia said:

    Hi Ken!

    Thanks so much for this very clear info you have put together for the public’s benefit!

    We arrived in the UK a few days ago and bought Lebara at Heathrow at an info desk. The person was very helpful and friendly and did everything to have our phones ready for use in the UK.

    We have the £10/30 days plan of 500 UK mins, 500 intl mins and 1GB data. However we paid £35 for this, incl the sim card.

    Were we done in? Or is that Heathrow’s surcharge?

    I’ve read on tripadvisor people complaining that if you empty your Lebara bundle before the 30 days are up, you cannot buy a new bundle and are then charged at the PAYG rate. Is this true for all providers and their bundles?

    Regards

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Cornelia,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, yes, SIM cards are incredibly overpriced at Heathrow. Typically, SIM cards can actually be obtained for free – you should only need to pay for the value of the top-up. I know this advice comes a bit too late for you, but for this reason I typically recommend getting your SIM card in town (you can go to pretty much any phone shop or supermarket to get a free SIM card).
      With regards to Lebara, unfortunately I don’t think they allow you to renew your bundle early. giffgaff is one mobile network that allows you to renew early (not too sure about the policy on other networks).
      Ken

  23. Rainer said:

    Dear Ken,
    this is a great website of yours. I like the clear and well structured information it provides. Well done!
    However, here is a question where I was not able to find releated information.
    Is there a mobile UK phone provider that lets me use my phone anywhere in the world at competitive rates and without having to worry about roaming rates, incoming calls from abroad etc. and, preferably, for multiple users (i.e. my family of four)?
    I hear that several providers in the US offer these kind of deals.
    Please advise.
    thx

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Rainer,
      Thank you for the kind words about the website! I do believe some US networks have some good deals on roaming but unfortunately, we don’t have that much here in the UK. There are a couple of good offers however e.g. Three’s Feel At Home gives you free roaming in 18 countries (including all of the top destinations for UK tourists). Vodafone also has a good flat-rate deal in the form of EuroTraveller and WorldTraveller (gives you fixed price roaming in 99 countries).
      Ken

  24. Mark Henare said:

    Hi Ken,
    I will be travelling through Amsterdam, Germany and Austria over a three week period. I simply cannot find a Pay-as-you-Go sim card that covers all three countries. I would use some data, and calls/texts to local friends and travelling companions. Any ideas? Using a Three.co.uk sim card in UK at the moment and it’s great (unlimited data etc). Cheers, Mark

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment. Everything is due to change on the 30th April this year as EU roaming charges will be capped once again. If you’re planning to travel after that date, I would probably wait around to see the deals available at that point. If you’re planning to travel some time this month, you’re probably best off using O2 Travel (this gives you 50MB of data for £1.99/day).
      Ken

    2. Julian replied:

      Check out Toggle mobile. Does Netherlands and Germany at local rates with local numbers, Austria at EU rates

      Charges….. http://www.togglemobile.co.uk/tariffs/en

  25. David said:

    Hi Ken
    This is excellent stuff. Just so I’m fully in the know, Three’s All in One 10 sim can be purchased at a Three store in England …when I get there? In other words, I dont have to order it online, right ? Thanks!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi David,
      That’s right 🙂 You can also pick up a SIM card when you arrive in the UK at a Three retail store. Alternatively, you might be able to get a SIM card from nearby supermarkets, etc.
      Ken

  26. Letty said:

    Hi Ken,
    I am currently on a monthly contract with EE. Next month I’m spending 3 days in Vienna & was wondering if I need the three £10 sim or whether I’m ok using my contract with EE. I won’t be making loads of calls or texts particularly but would like to access the Internet during the day and don’t have wifi in my hotel room.
    Many thanks for your time & advice

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Letty,
      Thanks for your comment. A £10 SIM card from Three could certainly suit your usage well in Austria However, you could also consider just using your normal EE SIM card. They’ll charge you £3/day for 50MB of data (so just £9 for the 3-day trip). This is slightly cheaper than using the deal from Three but you’ll need to take a bit of care to stay within the 50MB limit! Also, you won’t get calls and texts included unless you’re on a 4GEE Extra plan from EE.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  27. Steve said:

    Hi, I am travelling frequently throughout the EU for work. I currently use 3 feel at home. The problem is most of the time it’s almost unusable. It does not allow tethering, it does not allow streaming, and to top it all I am risk of having the service switched off. I want a PAYG sim that provides 4G, that allows tethering and streaming. I don’t care about cheap, I want something reliable and good. Can you suggest anything?

    1. Steve replied:

      If this helps I’m mostly in Belgium, France and Italy. I was planning to to use the sim mainly for data, not to worried about calls and text. I will probably insert the sim into a mobile mifi unit.

    2. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Steve,
      Have you tried using a SIM card from Vodafone? I believe they offer 4G roaming in a number of other countries, and their EuroTraveller offer will costs £3/day when you’re travelling inside the EU.
      Ken

  28. Duncan said:

    Hi Ken, great article and very informative. My wife and I live in England and will shortly be moving to Fuerteventura for a 6 month period. I have requested an All-In-One SIM card from Three for myself. My wife is German and requires a product in order to call landline numbers in Germany. A bit of a long shot but could you recommend any?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Duncan,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to advise you on all the ins-and-out of Spanish SIM cards (unfortunately, I don’t have this level of knowledge!). I do have a short article here about SIM cards in Spain, but it’s mainly catered towards short-term visitors from the UK who are travelling to Spain. I suggest checking out some of the options there in a bit more detail? Alternatively, you might have better luck on an expat forum.
      Finally, as an aside, it’s worth pointing out the All-in-One SIM card will only work in a Feel At Home country for up to 2 months per year. This might cause you a few problems on a 6-month stay, so you may also need to check out one of the local Spanish networks.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  29. Chloe said:

    Hi Ken,
    I am going to work in Austria for 3 months – can you suggest any particular sim that will be best for me – considering I’d like a lot of DATA. I have looked at the 3 SIM.
    Have you looked at the Lebra Flexi Europe SIM? http://www.lebara.co.uk/flexi#europe
    Allows for a lot of data at a fixed price.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Chloe,
      Thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay in replying.
      If you’re spending 3 months in Austria, you’re probably best off getting a SIM card locally from the mobile networks there (with Three, you could use your phone in Austria at no extra charge but you’d only be able to do this for up to 2 months per year). With regards to the Lebara offer you shared, it looks like the allowances there are only for when you’re in the UK (i.e. it’s for calling a European number whilst you’re in the UK).
      Ken

  30. Ruby said:

    I live in Canada and will be travelling to England, France and Italy in May and June 2016 what is the best option for data plan, phone and texting. I have an unlocked smart phone.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Ruby,
      Thanks for your comment. As you’re planning to travel to the UK, France and Italy, I would probably recommend a Pay As You Go SIM card from Three. With this, you’ll be able to use their Feel At Home offer (this allows you to use your phone in France & Italy at no extra charge).
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

  31. Greg said:

    Hi Ken, Ive just checked out these sims and frankly I think you are over
    optimistic. They all require monthly contracts. 3 state that ts only intended for calls back to UK.
    The best Ive found is orange.fr at 34euros, “orange holiday”.
    Best, Greg

  32. Vicki said:

    Hi Ken,

    I have had a quick look at your links, (thank you) and I am hoping you can answer me before I have to study it all (I know very lazy) I will be travelling with my Hubby and 2 teenage sons. We will have 3 unlocked phones that we are bringing with us from OZ. We will be in the UK for 10 days then going on a 14 day tour of Europe, counties we will visit will be Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovinia, Slovakia, France, Switzerland and Italy, Hungary. then back to UK for 3 days, I am not so worried about Data in UK which I know I can buy easily, more for Europe on the coach tours, especially for the teenage boys to keep them from Whinging they are bored for 14 days. I know they should appreciate their surroundings, (we are talking about teenagers) so I need to have a decent amount of data for them. the 3 network does not seem to cover all the countries, and Vodaphone only gives you 100mb if I have understood this correctly. I am hoping you can tell me what our best option is so that I can enjoy my holiday….lol A big Thank you in advance if you or anyone else has any advice (other than leaving the teenagers at home…).

    P.S. we are stopping in Kuala Lumper for 2 days on way over, can you buy iphone 6s cheaper there??

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Vicky,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the European market is still incredibly fragmented with regards to the networks & the roaming deals available. As you say, it’s fairly easy when you’re only visiting one country, but it’s much more complicated when you’re visiting 12! Unfortunately, there isn’t really a best deal that covers all of the countries so you either need to mix-and-match or you need to choose a specific deal and accept paying a bit more (e.g. £1.99/day for 50MB on O2 or £3/day for 100MB on Vodafone).
      Ken

  33. Andy said:

    Ken- great review. Sounds like Three will be best for our trip to USA then UK, France and Italy. We are based in NZ. Can we buy the Three SIM here or even order it to be sent here before we leave then inserted as we leave Auckland?
    Cheers Andy

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Andy,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the Three SIM card is only available in the UK (you can pick it up from a Three retail store or you can order it online to a UK address via their website). I believe some retailers on eBay may send it out of the UK (though I haven’t tested or verified any of these).
      Ken

  34. Beth said:

    Hi Ken,

    I am going to be out in the UK at least for the week and then head over to Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, and Spain to visit friends. Everything is up in the air about how long I will be over there, so when I was in Italy I had a top-of-min plan and going through each of these I need to figure out ideally which one I need.

    I would like a UK number. But, I need a SIM card that will not charge me extra for the service, so I was looking at plans and got confused. I won’t need to use the phone to call much since I use Whatsapp to stay in touch with friends overseas, but, I will need service for data.

    Any good suggestions? My coworkers daughter lived out in the UK and was using Virgin, which looks promising, then my friend in Madrid is using Vonafone, and then I will probably staying in Italy for a while because I have a free place to stay and WIFI. So I need to figure out which one, I know that Three is in Italy, so I just need to figure out which company would be the best for my needs.

    Thank you.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Beth,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single deal for pan-European usage: this is because the European mobile market is incredibly fragmented on a country-by-country basis.
      If you want to use a UK-based SIM card, Three will probably be the best for Italy, Finland and Spain. With the Feel At Home offer, you can use your phone at no extra charge in these countries. On Pay As You Go, you’ll need to buy an All-in-One bundle to take advantage of the offer. For Slovenia and Germany, you’ll be better off on O2 Pay As You Go. Here, it’ll be £1.99/day for 50MB of data when travelling in those countries.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  35. Leigh said:

    Hi Ken
    I live in Australia and will be travelling with my husband in London, Paris and Italy for one month in total. We have a phone each. Collectively, we will need the internet and also need to call Australia and NZ (probably 1 or 2 x 10 minute calls per week).

    Are there any European SIMS that offer both? Alernatively, we could load one phone with a SIM with a reasonable amount of data (the Three PAYG 1G date looks good), and load the other phone with a SIM with overseas calling capacity.

    Can you let me know what you would recommend? Also, can we grab the SIMS fairly easily (i.e. local store, airport)?

    Thanks Ken

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Leigh,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, this is a fairly complex question – you’re travelling to multiple European countries and you’re also wanting to make international phone calls. For someone typically visiting the UK, France and Italy, I’d probably recommend the SIM card from Three (you can use the Feel At Home offer with an All in One bundle so your allowances work in all three countries). The downside is it’s pretty expensive to call Australia & NZ from the UK – the standard rate is 56.2p/minute. The table here shows you can get much lower rates when calling Australia & New Zealand from other UK networks. A further complication is if you’re calling Australia & New Zealand whilst in France & Italy. Unfortunately, I’m not totally sure how much this costs (I suspect the pricing might be fairly complex!). To avoid doing this, consider using a voice-over-IP app such as Skype – that way you only need to compare the rates for using data.
      Ken

  36. Tim said:

    Ken,
    Exactly the info I needed. Travelling UK, Portugal and Spain so looks like I am after the O2 sim. I assume I can buy one locally when I arrive in London?
    Thanks so much for sorting through the morass on our behalf.
    Regards
    Tim

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Tim,
      That’s right. You can easily pick up a SIM when you arrive in the UK – most supermarkets have it for 99p or it’s free when you to an O2 retail store.
      Ken

      1. Tim replied:

        Thanks Ken. Great advice. All done and painless.
        Tim

  37. Sarah Bruce said:

    Hi Ken, being a little bit of a novice, I found your article very easy to read, thank you. I wonder if you can advise me the best way forward please. My husband and his pensioner brother and sister are off to tour Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and possibly Switzerland. My hubby is on Vodafone payg and I’m aware that he can use his big value bundle for calling and texting but as they are going for 35 days, I have no desire to pay over £100 for mobile data! Obviously he will use WiFi when he can but when they want to use satnav on his phone for travelling or there is no WiFi, what do you suggest, please? What about a Vodacom prepaid sim?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment. The best thing to do would probably be to get an offline navigation app such as HERE Maps (available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone). It allows you to save the maps to your phone so reduces the need to regularly connect to the internet.
      In terms of other advice, I’d also consider a £10 Pay As You Go SIM card from Three. With Feel At Home, you can use the allowances at no extra charge in Austria and Switzerland. As it’s £10 for 30 days of usage, it will probably work out cheaper than £3/day. For the other three countries, O2 charges only £1.99/day (saving you £1/day compared to the deal from Vodafone)/
      Ken

  38. Catherine said:

    Hello Ken,

    thank you for this really helpful topic. My husband and I, are going on a trip in south of France within 3 weeks. We found a french company named My Webspot which provides mobile hotspot for rental. they have an offer at 7.5€/day for 1Gb per day in 4G. We saw they also have a European plan, as we may go to italy after that. Seems to be easy because they also provide the device. What do you think?
    regards
    Catherine

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Catherine,
      Thanks for your comment. Afraid I haven’t heard of the ‘My Webspot’ service so I wouldn’t be able to give any feedback on the offer. My only comment is €7.50/day seems extortionately expensive – I believe that works out at €157.50 for 3 weeks usage? As a maximum, you shouldn’t really be paying more than €25/month for a hotspot service.
      Ken

  39. Scott said:

    Hi Ken,

    My wife is heading over to the UK from Australia next month. She is looking for a carrier that she can use in her iPad (just for data only) when she is away from hotel WiFi connections. She is visiting England, France, Italy, Denmark & Ireland. Is there anything that services all these countries without having to swap out SIM’s over the trip. Thanks in advance.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for your comment. Her best bet would probably be to get a Pay As You Go mobile broadband SIM card from Three (e.g. £10.49 for 1GB of data lasting for up to 30 days). The SIM card will cover her usage in all the countries she’s visiting (Three is a UK network but you’re able to use the data in France, Italy, Denmark and Ireland as part of the Feel At Home offer).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  40. Chris said:

    Hi

    My daughter is going on a 9 month internship in Italy, any suggestions on which network would be best for her to sign up to so she can text/ call the uk ?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Chris,
      The best thing for her to do would almost certainly be to get a SIM card from the local Italian networks. I’m afraid I can’t advise however on the local Italian networks (probably best to research this on some websites in Italy!).
      Ken

  41. Steve said:

    O2 does not limit you to 50MB on their European (1.99 / day) tariff. It’s not capped at all but they say it may be ‘managed’

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for this! You’re totally right: O2 Travel for Pay Monthly customers has no limit on how much you can download every day. For O2 Pay As You Go customers, there’s a download limit of 50MB/day (see the O2 website for more information). In the article above, I’ve focussed on Pay As You Go SIM cards, hence the mention of 50MB/day limit. For existing Pay Monthly customers on O2, the 50MB limit doesn’t apply.
      Thanks again for heads up about this!
      Ken

  42. Chris said:

    Have you seen the Sainsburys Mobile rates? 8p per minute, 4p per text and 5p per MB in Europe on their PAYG. Same rate as at home. Has anyone used this?

  43. Richard said:

    Hi

    My Parents live in France and they want to keep there Uk mobile number for Friends and family to keep in touch.

    They also want to use there mobile to check emails and update there Facebook ect when out and about so need a good amount of data to do this.

    Will the 3 mobile SIM you suggest work for them living in France or is there a limit on how long you can use their plan for abroad?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Richard,
      Thanks for your comment. For more information on the Feel At Home offer, take a look at my full review of the tariff. To summarise, the Three SIM card isn’t really designed for people living abroad. If you spend 3 or more months exclusively abroad during a given year, they’ll terminate the international roaming service on your account.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  44. Emma said:

    My family is travelling from the UK to Spain where I live. I want a SIM for them which enables them to call the UK if they wish to but more importantly to call to me locally in Spain. I presume the SIMS you have recommended would enable them to call local numbers in Spain at a minimal cost? It would be nice if I didn´t have to call an international number whilst they are here. Do the SIM cards recommended have a UK number? Will I have to pay the cost of an international call to communicate with them?

    Would a Spanish SIM be better for them?

    Many thanks,

    Emma

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Emma,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the SIM cards listed on this page all come with a UK-based phone number. Hence, you would need to pay international calling rates to call them on the SIM card. You’re probably best off buying a Spanish SIM card for your family. This will normally include local calls within Spain and you’ll be able to call them at domestic rates. For more information, see my guide to visitor SIM cards in Spain.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  45. Mike O said:

    Hi Ken
    I am travelling to the UK in September for a couple of weeks and then on to Russia for a month or so. It is my intention to buy a UK SIM on arrival in the UK but want to know if it is the best option to use the same UK SIM in Russia …. or is it better to buy another SIM on arrival in Moscow?
    I will need one SIM for my mobile phone (Samsung) and one for my iPad Air. In Russia the main use will be data and Wi-Fi on the iPad as I will not have much requirement for phone calls. UK will be a mixture of everything.
    Any suggestions?

    Cheers

    Mike

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. At present, I’m not aware of any UK networks offering a good deal for roaming in Russia (partly this is because Russia is outside the EU so roaming charges there tend to be much more expensive). For this reason, you’re probably best off getting separate SIM cards in the UK and Russia. For the best Pay As You Go deals when visiting the UK, take a look at my article here. For the best deals when visiting Russia, you’ll need to check separately on other websites. I’d also recommend checking the requirements to be able to obtain a SIM card in Russia (some countries will require you to provide proof of ID).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  46. Leandro said:

    Hi Ken,

    I am planning to go on a round trip in Europe and therefore I am comparing international SIM cards. Your article is very usefull, nevertheless, I found some other offers and I would like to hear your opinion about them:
    The first SIM I found is Cerafon. They offer a unitary tariff in Europe at 9,9 Cent/Min. However, I cannot find many information about this enterprise, they seem to be new. Another offer I found at Ortel. They are extremely cheap for calling landlines (3 ct), but on mobile networks (19 ct) they are more expensive than Cerafon. The weekly internet plan is better than Cerafon, on the other hand, the monthly plan of Cerafon is better than Ortel.

    At the moment I am not sure how long I will travel through Europe, it could be 4-6 weeks. Can you give me a recommendation, which tariff is more conforming to my needs? Possibly there are some “traps” that I did not see.
    In general, maybe it is an idea to add these two offers to your website, because at first sight, they seem quite good. 😉

    Thank you,

    Leandro

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Leandro,
      Thanks for your comment. I assume both Cerafon and Ortel are German-based networks? I must admit I haven’t heard of them myself (but it’s mainly because the article here is written for a UK audience). Much appreciate the heads up about these two deals!
      Ken

  47. JM said:

    Can I purchase the bundle plan sim card on the store or I have to order online for it?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi JM,
      The easiest way to get an All-in-One SIM card from Three is to order it online (get the £10 SIM card or the £15 SIM card). It’s also possible to get a 321 SIM card from one of Three’s stores. However, you must top-up and buy the All-in-One bundle through your My3 account. Alternatively, call 444 and follow the telephone menus to ‘Buy additional allowances’. The normal 321 rates cannot be used in a Feel At Home country.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  48. Taarik Dookie said:

    Hi Ken.
    Extremely useful article. My problem is last the time I bought a UK prepaid sim, I had to buy vouchers from 3 which was very inconvenient since they don’t allow non-UK credit cards to top up online.
    I’m doing a UK, France, Italy and Greece trip over a month but as I will in the UK first, it’ll be easiest to guy a sim there. I’m only in transit through Gatwick then off to Edin, so I would need to order the SIM online or get in either Gatwick or Edin airports.

  49. Ken said:

    Hi Ken,

    I have an unlocked iPhone 5 that I plan to take with us on our trip to London and Ireland. We will be in London first, then in Ireland. From your article, I assume that I can buy the 15-pound Three sim upon arrival in London and that it will work immediately in London (there for 1 week) and throughout our travel to Ireland (there for another week). The Three website also states that the 15-pound sim includes 300 minutes calltime, 3000 text messages and “all-you-can-eat” data good for 30 days. This is so much cheaper than anything I could get in the States, so I want to make sure I understand it correctly.

    Many thanks!

    Ken

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi there fellow Ken,
      You’re right: the £15 SIM card will give you 300 minutes, 3000 texts and all-you-can-eat data (a 25GB limit applies in Ireland). Do be aware: the minutes and texts can only be used for calling a UK number. If you’re planning to call or text a phone number in the Republic of Ireland (+353), it’s 18.8p/minute and 5.9p/text. For this reason, you might need to top up a little extra in case you’re planning to call an Irish number.
      Mobile telephony is certainly much cheaper here in the UK than over in the US!
      Ken

      1. Ken replied:

        Thanks for the quick confirmation! BTW, we’re planning to have our kids use the unlocked iphone with the Three SIM, while my wife and I will be using my iphone 6 with an ATT international plan. So the kids will be calling/texting a US phone number with the Three SIM. Does that work? Will it also be 18.8p/minute and 5.9p/text?

        Thanks,
        Ken

        1. Ken Lo
          Ken replied:

          Hi there,
          The costs of calling the US are a little bit complicated!
          In the UK, it’ll cost 3p/minute and 25.2p/text to a US phone number. To get this rate, you must use the 424 override prefix (e.g. dial 424001 followed by the US number). If you don’t do this, it’s a rather eye-watering 56.2p/minute! Click the Pay As You Go tab from the link I’ve provided for more information.
          From the Republic of Ireland, it’ll cost 18.8p/minute and 5.9p/text to a US phone number. In the Republic of Ireland, you shouldn’t use the 424 prefix: just dial the US number as normal (+1 followed by the US number).
          Of course, you may also need to pay AT&T to receive your international phone calls.
          Hope this helps!
          Ken

          1. Ken replied:

            Yes, thanks!

            Ken

          2. Ken Lo
            Ken replied:

            My pleasure – have a lovely time and hope the weather stays nice for your trip here!
            Ken

  50. Laura said:

    Hello Ken

    Everytime I travel I go through this nightmare of purchasing new pre paid sims and switching over. I’m coming from Australia (for 4 weeks) and first European stopover is Amsterdam, then Belgium, Southern France and ending up in UK. If i’ve read your post correctly you recommend 02 – I really don’t want to switch sims between countries – I was going to go for a Lebara – don’t need much talk time (mainly to confirm hotels, taxis and incoming calls) do need sms and some data when no wifi around to look at maps whilst walking.

    I’m iphone6 (nano). International data roaming pack from my Australian telco supplier (on my number) would be $300 for the month – convenient but excessive charge!

    Your recommendation would be?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the recommendations I’ve listed in this article are for people in the UK travelling abroad to a European country. For this reason, you’ll need to be in the UK to get any of the SIM cards. My recommendation for you is to check the SIM cards in your country of arrival (the Netherlands, in your case). Some of them might have cut-price deals for using your phone elsewhere in Europe.
      Ken

  51. Susan said:

    Hi Ken
    Are you able to use the 3 feel at home Sim in a tablet rather than a smartphone and just use the data component. I note that you cannot tether devices with it if I put it in the phone and try to hotspot my ipad.
    Also if I get the fifteen pound top up will the cost of calls to countries other than the uk just come off of that money.
    I am travelling from Australia but will only go to the UK at the end of my trip. What is the best way to get the sim and activate it. I do have contacts in the uk who could receive it and post it to me if required.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, as you say, the Feel At Home offer doesn’t allow you to tether when abroad. For this reason, you won’t be able to use the wi-fi hotspot feature on your handset. If you do want to use Feel At Home on your iPad, you can get one of their mobile broadband SIM cards (your iPad needs to be 3G/4G compatible). Like the SIM cards for your smartphone, mobile broadband SIM cards can also be used with the Feel At Home offer. At present, Three has a choice of 3 deals on Pay As You Go: 1GB for £10.49, 3GB for £20.49 or 12GB for £70.49.
      With regards to activation, I recommend having a read of the comments on this page. The SIM card from Three is mainly designed for UK residents travelling abroad. For this reason, it should be activated and used in the UK first. If you are able to get your contacts to do this for you, that would certainly lead to a much smoother experience.
      Ken

  52. GM said:

    Hi,

    I am wondering what type of SIM Card pay as you go can I buy in Europe for the following countries ( Greece, Serbia, Hungary. Austria, Czech, Italy, Croatia)? I need voice, data and text ( to use only in case of emergency).

    Thanks

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi GM,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there aren’t any special deals in particular for those countries (the EU mobile market is incredibly fragmented. The good news is any SIM card from an EU mobile network will give you fairly rates (the maximum costs are shown in this table). From the UK networks, O2 is a pretty good choice: it’s £1.99/day for 50MB of internet anywhere in Europe.
      Ken

  53. david said:

    We are two pensioner technophobes and travelling from Spain to England with just a very basic mobile which does nothing except send and receive calls. We only need it for business transactions whilst there and to be able to give the caller a contact number.
    Is it easy to buy an ordinary new SIM and where would we get one for a Nokia phone when we arrive- do they sell them at Gatwick airport?
    We only need it for 5 days- can you buy one cheaper for a shorter time?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. It sounds like the cheapest thing to do would probably be to use your Spanish SIM card whilst in the UK. As per EU legislation, the maximum price when using your Spanish SIM card here in the UK will be €0.19/minute for outgoing calls and €0.05/minute for incoming calls. This excludes tax on the transaction so you might need to add 21% IVA to the prices if necessary.
      The main downside of using a Spanish SIM card is anyone calling you will need to call the Spanish number (potentially expensive depending on their plan in the UK). For this reason, you could consider getting a UK SIM card so you’ll have a +44 phone number. I’m not sure whether Gatwick has anywhere to buy a SIM card (if it does: the chances are the SIM card will be overpriced as it’s actually free in any mobile network store). I recommend having a look at the articles here and here if you choose to get a UK SIM card.
      Hope this helps and enjoy your trip to the UK!
      Ken

  54. Michelle said:

    Hi Ken,

    My husband and I are travelling Europe for 4 months and are looking to use both the 3 network and the O2. My dad is in London at the moment and we are thinking of asking him to buy the sim cards for us. Do you know if they are automatically activated once he purchases them, or do they get activated once they are put into the phone?

    Also we have a couple of weeks where we will be without service, are there top-ups we can purchase in the different countries with 3 or O2?

    Thanks for all the helpful tips.

    Michelle

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not 100% sure the answer to your question (when the SIM card is actually activated by the network). Saying that, as your Dad is currently in the UK, I’d strongly suggest sticking the SIM card into a smartphone to make sure its activated. He could also buy a top-up when he’s there (just be sure not to add a bundle and the credit will last indefinitely providing you use the SIM card at least once every six months). With regards to topping up, your best bet is probably to do this online or over the phone. For topping it, you can dial 4444 on O2. For Three, you can go to your My3 account.
      Ken

  55. Brad said:

    I am a UK resident going on holiday to Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and then Holland in the summer (backpacking). I want to be able to phone back home if necessary. Is there any specific plan or company you would recommend?

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Brad,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to your question. Three will almost certainly be cheapest for Spain, France and Italy (particularly so if you’re looking to browse the internet). For Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany, O2 will probably be cheaper if you use more than 10MB of data per day (you get 50MB for £1.99/day whereas Three will charge you 19.8p/MB). For calling home, the rates on O2 are similar to Three (approx 18.8p/minute).
      Ken

  56. Jack said:

    Hi Ken!

    I am a foreigner going on a two-week holiday in Europe. Will be arriving in Heathrow and staying in London for a couple of days before heading to France, Switzerland and Italy. Going by your guide, the best deal appears to be the 10/15 pounds plan with Three. The only concern I have is whether I will be allowed to use roaming on a newly purchased prepaid SIM card given that I am not a UK resident? I suppose I will have to provide my passport at a Three store in order to obtain a prepaid SIM card? Apart from that, there appears to be this caution floating around on various online forums stating that Three will only allow roaming 30 days after registration? Does this apply to the purchase of a prepaid SIM card with the 10/15 pounds plan?

    Thanks!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Jack,
      Thanks for your comment & hope you’re looking forward to your trip to Europe! To answer your questions in order:
      1.You can roam immediately on a Pay As You Go SIM card from Three. You can see this on Three’s help page: “If you’re on Pay As You Go your phone will already be set up to use abroad”.
      2. The 30-day requirement you read about on the internet only applied to Pay Monthly SIM cards in the past (it never applied to Pay As You Go SIM cards and no longer applies to Pay Monthly SIMs). The reason for this 30-day restriction was to reduce fraud – Pay Monthly SIM cards are a post-paid product. So to confirm: you can roam immediately on your SIM card with Feel At Home.
      3. There’s no need to provide a passport or ID when getting your SIM card.

      Hope this helps!

      Ken

  57. Rhem said:

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for this detailed article.
    I am visiting Paris (France), Bruges (Belgium) and Luxembourg (Luxembourg) for 9 days. What do you recommend here since I am not visiting or starting with UK at all?
    I need data access primarily for exploring and directions as I am driving around these three countries – starting from Paris and ending in Paris.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Rhem,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re probably best off choosing a Pay As You Go mobile network in France. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the deals currently available in France. For this reason, I wouldn’t be able to advise or suggest a network.
      Sorry!
      Ken

  58. Theo said:

    Hi, Ken,

    Thank you very much for Your very comprehensive article. I’m interested in Data only SIM card to use it in several European countries, EU members and not, and not to buy a new card each time in every country. May you suggest me some offers covering my request ?

    Thank You a lot

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Theo,
      Which country will you be visiting first on your trip in to Europe? The deals listed on this page require you to get your SIM card from the UK (hence, they’re only really suitable if you visit the UK first or near the start of your trip). For a data-only SIM card, I recommend Three’s £10.49 deal with 1GB of data. You can use it in most European countries as part of the Feel At Home offer. If you’re using the SIM card in a smartphone, the deals listed above will probably offer you better value.
      Ken

      1. Theo replied:

        Hi, Ken,

        and thank You again for Your kind reply. I’m not UK resident. I really don’t know what countries will I visit, but I think these be an old Europe’s. Recently I visited Iceland and bought there data SIM of 5 GB for only 14 Euros, and I’m looking for something in this course, for my next trip. As I said, I’m looking for something universal and covering as many countries as it possible. I use card in MI-FI device.

        Thank You a lot

        1. Ken Lo
          Ken replied:

          Hi Theo,
          Thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately, the telecoms market is still incredibly fragmented here in Europe. As such, every country has its own mobile networks and the deals available will differ in each country. Recently, it’s become a bit easier to buy a SIM card that gives you reasonably good rates when travelling to other EU countries. However, you’ll really need to check the deals available in the country you’re visiting first (or the country in which you intend to buy your SIM card).
          Ken

  59. A S GUJRAL said:

    I am coming on a 15 day holiday to UK and Europe, covering nearly nine European countries. The tour is organised by THOMAS COOK and is called EUROPEAN EXTRAVAGENCA. IN India, I use I phone, Apple, which has a internet. Please advise what SIM Should I buy in London, the port of entry, for my entire tour. I am interested to be in touch ,via email,with my office in a Delhi,India. Cheapest option, please? And from where willi get that SIM.

    Thanking you,
    A S GUJRAL

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi there,
      Depending on the countries you’re visiting in your trip, I would either recommend the SIM cards from Three or O2. On Three, it would be £10 for 500MB of data to use in the UK and 10 other European countries (includes France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and others). For countries outside of the offer, O2 Travel will offer better value (£2/day for 50MB of data in any EU country). You might find it necessary to combine the two SIM cards depending on the countries you’re planning to visit.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      1. A S GUJRAL replied:

        Thank you very much. I am obliged.

  60. Joe said:

    Hi Ken – I’ll be in Europe for 24 days (one week Italy, one week Germany, one week France, and 3 days Czech Rep. I have a Huawei e5787 Mi-Fi. Am I better off getting local sims or paying for a roaming one.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Joe,
      It depends very much on how much data you need in each country… the good news is that EU data roaming is capped at €0.20/MB + VAT on all European SIM cards (this is OK for moderate to light usage but it’s still €200 per gigabyte of data). If you need to use a fair amount of data, a local SIM card probably gives better value (this is unless you’re able to find a SIM card with fairly cheap roaming).
      Ken

  61. Paul Connelly said:

    Hi Ken
    We’re coming over from Australia for 12mths+ and travelling quite extensively thru’ the UK, West & Eastern Europe, including Croatia & Turkey.
    The recommended SIM deals (calls & data) you mention are restricted to just a handful of countries… is there any other option available that covers all “European” countries, incl the UK?
    regards
    Paul

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at the moment, there aren’t many deals available for long-term travel in the EU (the only deals available are really for short-term trips abroad to another country). For UK residents, the £1.99 deal from O2 is fairly decent as it covers all countries through the EU (unfortunately, it doesn’t cover Turkey as they aren’t a part of the EU). If you’re willing to look at networks from across all the EU countries, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find an even better deal (unfortunately, I’m unable to advise as my knowledge extends only to networks in the UK!).
      Ken

  62. Paul said:

    Hi Ken, just to advise you that after being with three network for years and spending a lot of time in France and Spain, they have suspended my roaming service. Yes their feel at home deal is good, but last week whilst in France I received a text from them saying that I have used this service for more than 3 months in the year and my service will be suspended. Indeed it was and is still suspended which is very a annoying as I have about £50 credit which I cannot use! They say that the service will be reinstated when back in the UK.
    I do not make many calls or use a lot of data, it is mainly for my friends in UK to contact me. Can you suggest another operator?…. bearing in mind that that there is often little or no reception out of the towns abroad. Often no 2G or texts, so its a waste of money paying for something you cannot use.
    Regards, Paul.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that Three have disabled your international roaming for using the Feel At Home offer abroad for more than 3 months. It is a big problem for many people especially as Three doesn’t even allow you to pay their old rates to keep the SIM card active abroad (it would make more sense for them to simply turn off the Feel At Home offer than to turn off roaming entirely). If it helps at all, you’re not the only one to experience this problem: see the comments on my Feel At Home blog post for other reader’s stories of this happening to them too.
      In regards to a best value deal in France/Spain, I’m afraid I don’t know enough to recommend any specific network. What I would suggest is perhaps buying a UK-based Skype Online Number. That way, you’d be able to receive calls on a UK geographical number even when travelling abroad in another country (you’ll need a 3G/4G data plan and the Skype application to receive those incoming calls).
      Ken

  63. Kirsty said:

    Hi Ken

    I have been asked to find a good spanish sim for my employer who lives in Spain but comes back to the UK and Germany every month.

    He’s looking for a Spanish payg sim that offers very cheap calls to UK and also if possible the ability to call Germany and a good amount of data (1GB plus). Can you help? I have been on every website possible and because I’m in the UK i’m finding it really hard to find him the best deal.

    Thanks
    Kirsty

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Kirsty,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I’m not an expert on the Spanish mobile market (you’d probably be better off consulting a Spanish website). A reader of this website did recommend the Orange Spain Go Europe deal. I’m not sure whether it meets your exact requirements and how it compares to other tariffs available – that said it’s probably still worth having a look!
      Ken

  64. Marcus Murata said:

    Hi Ken
    Nice service you are providing to help people get the best smartphone service possible. I have a question i’m from Brazil and i’m traveling to europe in march. I have an unlocked iPhone 6. I will arrive in sweden and the i will go to belgium and finish my trip in netherlands. I most interested on data service. Which provider sim card i should buy? And which plan i should get? Thank you for your help

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Marcus,
      Thanks for your comment. Because of EU roaming legislation, anyone with a European SIM card gets access to capped rates when using their phone in another European country (there’s a maximum charge of €0.19/minute, €0.06/text and €0.20/MB for accessing the internet). This will probably be cheaper than roaming on your Brazilian SIM card.
      Upon your arrival in Europe, you might want to pick up a local Pay As You Go SIM card (for you, take a look and see whether any Swedish network offers a particularly good deal when roaming in Europe). The plans I’ve reviewed and suggested on this page are from networks in the UK (so they’re only useful if you visit the UK during your trip).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  65. Terry Ann Crofts said:

    We are going to Lanzarote in January for a week and have a HUAWEI E5330 3G SIM Free Mobile WiFi (unlocked). What would be the best way to get online – not sure whether some of the deals mentioned on here cover the Canary Islands but don’t really want the hassle of buying a SIM card from a phone shop over there!!

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Terry,
      Thanks for your comment and apologies for the delay in getting back to you. For mobile broadband in a different country, your best bet would normally be to buy a SIM card locally in the country you’re visiting. It would be possible to roam on some UK SIM cards but this is likely to be incredibly expensive (around 19.8p/MB when travelling in Europe). Three’s Feel At Home is a good choice when visiting several countries but unfortunately Lanzarote & Spain aren’t currently included in the Feel At Home offer.
      Ken

  66. Trevor Harris said:

    WARNING about Spanish Go Europe deal.

    I am now in Slovenia SMS and internet works OK. But I can only call Spain and Slovenia on voice. I called customer support and they said that the 1euro for 60 mins only applies to to Spain and the country you are in. You need to get camel roaming activation for standard rate calls. I think you have to go to to an orange shop in Spain for this. Of course you might be able to use Skype but I have not tested this.

  67. Steve Tang said:

    Hi Ken

    I am an eBay reseller of Vodafone and all other UK sim cards. You mention under the Vodafone section above:
    You can choose any tariff as long as your airtime credit doesn’t convert automatically into a 30-day bundle. Apart from Freedom Freebees, any of the tariffs offered by Vodafone will be fine for this purpose.How do you distinguish which type of vouchers do not automatically convert to Freedom Freebees 30 day bundles ?

    We top up for customers once they confirm safe receipt of their Vodafone SIM cards, every time we apply the top up using a voucher, it converts to the Freedom Freebee without exception. Vodafone have decided to do this as a default for new SIMs, starting from around the beginning of August 2014. Today their customer services have confirmed this is the case.

    And the worst thing is that, the automated system (dialling 03333 048 048) on topping up does not warn you. Our overseas customers order their SIM cards weeks early, so by the time they arrive to the UK the 30 days bundle would have expired ? Now we are left with no choice but to ask each customer when is their arrival date and top up their SIMs one or two days prior. Vodafone are entirely to blame for this mess ? They call it Freedom Freebee- Where is the freedom to choose ??? Come on Vodafone get your acts together !

    Steve

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment. I believe Freedom Freebee is now the default tariff on Vodafone SIM cards. However, customers choosing another tariff shouldn’t have their credit turned in to a Freedom Freebee (e.g. if you’re on the Freebee Minutes, Freebee Texts, Freebee Data or Freebee International Minutes tariff). Have you tried this using one of the free SIM cards available via Vodafone’s free SIM website?
      Many thanks,
      Ken

  68. Trevor Harris said:

    Hi Ken

    Feel at home now covers 16 countries. Now includes France, Switzerland, Israel, Switzerland, Finland and Norway.

    The EE deal now starts at £3 for 50 MB per 24 hours.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Trevor,
      Thanks for the heads up! Earlier in this article, I refer to the 9 EU countries as the topic of this article is specifically on travelling to Europe. You’re totally right in saying the Feel At Home offer is actually available in 16 countries across the world.
      Also, thanks for the heads up about the £1/day deal being scrapped by EE (a real disappointment to me personally!). I’ll update the article with the new details soon.
      Thanks so much again!
      Ken

      1. Rob replied:

        be careful with the 3 deal feel at home. I’m visiting Menorca and whilst I can access the internet I can’t do any streaming. Can’t use internet radio or download podcasts etc. it’s not 3’s fault but restrictions made by Movistar and Orange 3’s partners.

  69. Trevor Harris said:

    Hi

    Just discovered topup.orange.com. I have just topped up my Spanish mundo card while in the UK. If you pay in euros there is no transaction fee for spain but beware of any foreign transaction fees charged by your credit card. I used a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees. Cannot use it to topup UK sims. Many topup services don’t accept foreign credit card but this one does.

    Ken what about an article on internet topups.

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Trevor,
      This is a really fantastic find (particularly the bit around topup.orange.com). I wasn’t aware of this as a potential way to top-up an Spanish SIM card – your suggested solution is really fantastic for anyone who visits Europe on a regular basis. I’ll be sure to try it out the next time I go on holiday!
      Ken

  70. Trevor Harris said:

    The best deal I have found is Mundo Spanish Mundo Orange Go Europe deal. ! euro per day for 100 MB.
    Can be bought online and topped up. Ironically it is more expensive in spain.

    http://www.simcardspain.es/en/21-orange-mundo-spanish-payg-prepaid-3g-sim-card-internet-spain.html

    http://en.orange.es/mobile-service-plans/roaming/go-europe/

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Trevor,
      Thanks for this – €1/day for 100MB anywhere in Europe (exc. Spain) looks like a pretty good deal to me! It could definitely be an option for our UK-based readers though has a couple of downsides e.g. it’s a little complex to obtain the SIM card itself, it may be harder to top-up the SIM card with extra PAYG credit and the new SIM card will have a Spanish phone number beginning in +34 (it’s more expensive if your friends wanted to call you on the number).
      Aside from that, it looks really good – thanks a lot for sharing the info!
      Ken

    2. SN replied:

      Thank you for this information regarding this Orange option – I will be testing this sim out with the Go Europe deal but sounds like it could be a life saver and even better now with the online top-up. Cheers

      1. Daniel replied:

        How was your experience with Go Europe from Orange?? Thanks!

        1. kimberly replied:

          I know this was from two years ago, but I just got back from Spain and Italy after having bought a sim Go Europe in Madeira – it worked great. I went into a store and showed my passport, they sold me a 22 euro card that came preloaded and I used topup.orange to reload. It worked in Italy, there was no Orange network to log onto, but I called customer service (they have english speakers standing by) and they told me the three networks to associate with, WIND and TIM and Vodafone. It worked quite well, and I loved it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  71. tammy said:

    Do you have info about travel to non European locations such as south America, New Zealand? Thanks for any help and your info on EU is extremely helpful. Thx

  72. Jaime said:

    The Vodafone deal is only available if you have a contract- you cannot get it on a pay-as-you go plan

    1. Ken Lo
      Ken replied:

      Hi Jaime,
      Thanks for the heads up! I’ve just re-written the article based on the recent price drops for roaming in the EU. Vodafone is now offering 25MB of data for £2/day (you can verify this by choosing a European country on the Vodafone PAYG page for Travelling Abroad).
      Ken

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