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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:So I'm trying to rent a UK cellphone.

So far I found these guys: www.rentacellularphone.com/default.asp

They charge US$65 for the month plus US45 per minute outgoing local calls and US45 for each txt.

Anyone know of any better deals?


-Mike )'(
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"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a cheap phone? you can pick one up for 30
And get a pay as you go sim?


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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polythene
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Location: London/ Surrey
Member Since: 15th May 2003
Total posts: 1359
Posted:yeah, you could also look on ebay, since you only need it to work a month

The optimist claims that we are living in the best of all possible worlds.
The pessimist fears this is true.

Always make time to play in the snow.

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Ok, so that's great.

Um...

How do I do that? Virgin Mobile has one for 30 quid that comes with 15 quid free airtime. Are there stores all over or what?


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
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Total posts: 6140
Posted:Yeah there are virgin stores all over. smile

Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Gelfling
Gelfling

Watcher of 80s cartoons
Location: Chepstow & Bristol
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 665
Posted:Yeah - they have stores all over the place, as do orange and all the rest of them.

>What do you think about the state of the Earth?
>I'm optimistic.
>So why do you look so sad?
>I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Total posts: 13920
Posted:So which company's best?

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Posted:Oh, and if anyone wants to PM me with their numbers, then I can call you once I have a phone. smile

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Gelfling
Gelfling

Watcher of 80s cartoons
Location: Chepstow & Bristol
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 665
Posted:Depends where you are going to spend most of your time - I use orange but orange aren't that great if you are stuck in the middle of the country side - I think Vodophone are meant to be good. If you find a Carphone Warehouse when you arrive (they are dotted around all over) they will be able to give you better advice.

>What do you think about the state of the Earth?
>I'm optimistic.
>So why do you look so sad?
>I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:T-mobile is cheap

Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Member Since: 26th May 2004
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Posted:yeah, but they dont ahve great coverage.... im on it as pay as you go and can never get signal at my dads place in a large village...



-edit- but then again, i doubt ud want to go there any way, its boringville...

EDITED_BY: Fine_Rabid_Dog (1114025558)


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Posted:Ok, I am going to be in London the whole time. Given that, who's best?

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:excellent coverage on tmobile throughout london... cept the undergorund biggrin rolleyes

The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Gelfling
Gelfling

Watcher of 80s cartoons
Location: Chepstow & Bristol
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 665
Posted:??? That doesn't mean that an educated man like yourself is going to stay in London and not see anything else the UK has to offer does it? eek

>What do you think about the state of the Earth?
>I'm optimistic.
>So why do you look so sad?
>I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:I have an orange simm and maybe even a handset you can use for the duration of you visit lightning- the simm isn't a prob- the handset I'm less sure about- anyone else got a cheap handset on orange lying about?

All you'd need to do is put the pay as go credit on it smile


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Sniper
Sniper

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Member Since: 24th Jan 2005
Total posts: 663
Posted:got a spare unlocked 3310 somewhere

btw anyone wantin nokias unlocked try www.nokiafree.org. they'll unlock them free


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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire
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Posted:Sounds like we have a plan... Lightning?

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Total posts: 13920
Posted:Written by: Gelfling

??? That doesn't mean that an educated man like yourself is going to stay in London and not see anything else the UK has to offer does it? eek



Unfortunately it does. I have to work 9-5 M-F while I'm there, and I don't get much time on either side. I may arrange a short jaunt off to...somewhere...for a night or two when I finish. We'll see.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Posted:Mr. C. I wubbs you. Um...how do I go about collecting said phone?

I will come equipped with loaded calling card so I can use whatever land line to call you. Er... "ring" you. ;-)


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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linden rathen
linden rathen

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Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:ohhh come down to guildford - its not far from london n poi meet every sunday biggrin

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bing!
bing!

i beat my inner child
Location: manchester UK
Member Since: 25th Jan 2005
Total posts: 184
Posted:whatever you do dont let any shop keep try to convince you into buying a hadset on the 3 network, its rubbish. i live in the centre of manchester and am contantly getting cut off. i was pretty happy with t-mobile beforehand though and people with O2 never complain unless theyve tried ringing their customer services

--the spark what lit the flame which started the fire that burned forever--

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:OK- Well I have a brand new pay as you go Orange simm pack which I can give you directly OR I can leave it with someone/ post it to someone you'll be seeing soon after you arrive- Are you staying with a fellow HOPper? If so I could mail it to their address and it'd be there waiting for you smile

I probably has to be activated and all that- doesn't take long as far as I'm aware... other than that its yours, hassle free biggrin

Dc


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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:Oh, and call it a mobile, not a cell phone. Dang Americans tongue

Spoiling Christmas for small children since 2003.

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