Buying a Phone in Manchester

Feb 24th, 2007, 11:48 PM
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Buying a Phone in Manchester

I don't own or use a cell phone at home, but I would like family members to be able to reach me in case of emergency. We'll be flying in to Manchester on our way to a cottage in Hebden Bridge. Is there a cell phone store in either the airport or one of the two Manchester train stations where I could buy a cheap mobile phone?
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Feb 25th, 2007, 12:23 AM
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There isn't a shop that sells mobile phones available to arriving passengers at Manchester Airport.

Orange say they've got a branch at Piccadilly Station, though shops come and go at stations with astonishing speed There's practically no retail at Victoria.

You can't always rely on single-brand phone shops to sell the very cheapest PAYG phones. If all the station branch pof Orange has is loopily priced, feature-rich fashion accessories for techno-addicts, there's a list of some phone shops at

Input those with M1 or M60 postcodes into to see where they are in relation to the station.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 12:26 AM
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Hebden Bridge - cottage. check if there is a signal in the cottage, if its very rural there may not be one
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Feb 25th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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Hebden Bridge does have a signal - and it's not exactly rural
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Feb 25th, 2007, 10:38 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions, flanneruk! It looks like the best bets are the Orange shop and a Vodafone shop near Picadilly Station. I might just call the Orange shop & see if they do carry inexpensive PAYG phones.

I was also considering one of those Mobal phones since my main concern is that family be able to reach me. But it would be a drag to pay $1.25 any time I wanted to call a taxi!
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Feb 25th, 2007, 11:11 AM
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While Hebden Bridge isn't rural, and practically nowhere in England fails to get a signal anyway, flybob's point is worth listening to.

In the bumpy bits of England, it's not unusual for individual houses to be unable to receive signals from all operators: a house in a valley, or in some kind of signal shadow, might be invisible to, say, T-mobile's nearest transmitter but able to receive from Vodafone's a few yards away. This is rarely a catastrophe: your phone beeps and tells you messages are waiting as soon as you walk a hundred yards or so.

But it's always worth checking with the house owner if he knows of any operators whose signals aren't easily received. I once had the irritation of having to walk regularly to the top of a hill to do emails when in a house which couldn't get my GPRS operator. Ms F's phone, of course, worked perfectly, so she could chat in comfort while I was getting soaked.

Don't listen to people telling you "Vodafone (or whoever)'s got better coverage". They might: nut that doesn't mean they've got coverage of the square yard you're going to be in
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Feb 26th, 2007, 02:51 AM
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I'd suggest going to the Carphone Warehouse store in the Arndale Centre (a rather dismal mall halfway between the two train stations). They're a large chain, so if you have a subsequent problem you'll be able to get help at another branch if necessary, and they'll have a decent PAYG range.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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Most supermarkets sell PAYG phones these days - pick one up when you stock up on groceries in Hebden Bridge.
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