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Oct 1st, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Renting a mobile phone at Heathrow airport (terminal 3)

Hello,

Can anyone recommend any shops in terminal 3 arrivals where I can rent/hire a mobile phone? I am arriving at Heathrow airport in London on 8 October from the US. I will be in the UK for two weeks. I have read on many web sites that it is possible to hire a mobile when you arrive in Heathrow, but it would be great if someone can provide a good recommend (or ones to avoid) as I assume there are several options available.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Pete
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Oct 1st, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Nobody rents mobile phones in the UK. Most people go to a branch of Argos and buy the cheapest phone they can find (which is normally less than £20 including £10 of call time
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Oct 1st, 2011, 12:47 PM
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This is a topic where it is worth doing a search because there are many threads with a great deal of information on different phones/pricing structures etc.

As Alan has said, it is very easy to pick up a basic "pay as you go phone" in virtually any supermarket or shopping centre for less than £20 that will include call time (Argos has £10 phones, Tesco and Sainsbury both around £12) There are ways of getting calls to the US at very cheap rates (around £0.03 a minute).
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Oct 1st, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Just go to a Carphone Warehouse, there are many and get the cheapest deal they have going. I got a Samsung, with a 20 pound topup and called the US twice a day and never ran out of minutes. I spent around $40. Just tell them you want the cheapest, they will do tht for you, program numbers and whatever. Took 10 minutes at a shop near Pic Circus. As soon as you hit the streets of London you'll run into one.
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Oct 2nd, 2011, 01:02 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the great advice! I really appreciate the help!

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Oct 2nd, 2011, 02:14 AM
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I just purchased a pay as you go sim for my iPhone from 3 and it worked very well.
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