Phones and SIM Cards

A few of you have been asking me about SIM Cards for your phone, so this is just a quick post which will hopefully give you some useful info! UK SIM Cards are often referred to as being ‘Pay-as-you-go’, which means that you top up your SIM Card with credit each month, and means that you are in control of your spending.

We will be giving out FREE Lebara SIM Cards in our university halls of accommodation, and we also have a limited number of SIM Cards from GiffGaff in our Welcome Boxes from Great British Mag! However, stocks are limited of both of these. If you are unable to get your hands on one of our free SIM Cards, you can order one (also for free) from either Lebara or GiffGaff’s website and they will be delivered to your UK Address.

Lebara offer a wide range of plans which include international calls to over 40 countries, including China, India and Thailand, in addition to UK calls and internet use, from as little as £10 per month.

GiffGaff offer international calls to China and India from 2p per minute,  and you can also buy 1GB of internet, unlimited UK texts and 500 minutes of calltime to other UK phones for £10 per month.

Some international students I know prefer to buy UK SIM Cards which offer lots of internet data, instead of ones which offer cheap/free international calls and texts, as they use apps like Skype, Whatsapp and WeChat to call and message people back in their home countries over the internet. The choice is up to you 🙂

The other main phone operating companies which offer international rates in the UK are O2, EE, Vodafone and Lyca, and you can order a free SIM Card from their respective websites, to be delivered to your UK address.

If you are having trouble setting up your UK SIM Card, feel free to visit our student ambassadors in University Place at our IT Support Desk, who will be able to help you 🙂



I’m sorry this is such a quick post! I’ve been on holiday for the past few days in London, and as this is the last week of my internship, and the week before you all arrive, things are pretty hectic in the office! It’s all very exciting though 🙂



2 thoughts on “Phones and SIM Cards”

  1. Thanks alot for such detailed information about SIM cards. I have really enjoyed reading all your posts though without commenting. Since, this is your last week of internship, I want to say that you have done a wonderful job of answering our questions and guiding us in preparation to join UoM. Thank You.


    1. Hi Vitalis, thank you, that really does mean a lot. 🙂 Even though I finish my internship on Friday I will still be using this blog, so if you have any questions or anything else you want to know about UoM, just drop me a message – hopefully I’ll see you around during Orientation Week 🙂


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