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Still confused about SIM card - getting one at Heathrow

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Here's a long story. I'm trying to figure out SIM card plans for mother-in-law and sis-in-law. I have an extra unlocked GSM phone

Mother-in-law is coming with us to Amsterdam in early March. While we're in Amsterdam, MIL will be with us all the time so I doubt she will need to use the phone except in emergencies.

However, after amsterdam, MIL will travel ALONE to the UK to visit relatives. In the UK, she will need to use the phone at least once or twice to call the relatives to tell them which train/bus she'll be arriving on.

Later in the month (still in March), my sis-in-law will be traveling to the UK to visit relatives. She will probably use the phone a few times to call the relatives.

MIL does not own a cellphone herself, so she has no idea of what a SIM card is or which one to get. Since DH & I will be connecting at Heathrow T5 for our flight to Amsterdam, I am thinking that we could buy her a UK SIM card there, so when we give the phone to MIL, she can use it right away.

I looked at T5's website and see that there's a Vodafone store. Then I looked at the Vodafone website to try to figure out which plan I should get.

One option is a 30-day plan SIM for £10.50 that gives 50 mins free calls w/i UK (but I assume there'll be roaming charges if she uses it in Amsterdam)

The other option is a PAYG SIM that charges 25p/m within the UK; within Europe it's 36p/m to call, 11p/m to receive. http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/price-plans/pay-as-you-go/call-charges/index.htm

I'm thinking that the PAYG might be a better option, since I really doubt both MIL or SIL will use the phone for more than a few calls.

Does my logic make sense?

Other questions:
1) If I get PAYG, can I top up the SIM right at the Vodafone store?
2) Is there a minimum £ to add to the SIM? I'm thinking of just putting £5 on it
3) Will the PAYG SIM give the phone a UK #? That's preferable in case my in-laws' relatives need to call them on their mobile.
[I checked Vodafone's website FAQ but couldn't find answers to my questions.]

Thanks in advance for your help.

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