I live in the US, but I spend quite a bit of time in the UK. Please help me overhaul my (currently ridiculous) cellphone arrangement, so that I can make calls cheaply, and be called by other people cheaply for them, in/from/to both places, preferably with email access too.
I realise this reads like the ultimate wankerish "first world problem". Sorry about that.
My current ridiculous but fairly inexpensive arrangement:
In the US I have an old T-Mobile smartphone, on pay-as-you-go, which costs me $50pm for all the calls, texts and data I ever seem to need. I make cheap calls to the UK using Google Voice, which I occasionally recharge with $20 or so. I also pay about $9pm for a local UK number through United World Telecom
, which people in the UK can call me on cheaply (in addition to the $9, it costs me a few cents per minute when they do). When in the UK, I use a pay-as-you-go dumbphone from Asda Mobile, which needs recharging with £20 of credit every week or so. I don't have any easy way of making cheap UK-to-US calls, or of letting people call me cheaply US-to-UK, or of accessing data services in the UK.
My ideal arrangement:
A single iPhone, which is cheap to use in the US but also cheap to use in the UK, for calls, texts and data. Plus, an American number and a UK number, on which I can always be reached at that same phone, for a cost to the caller of a domestic call.
I don't expect to get all the way to my ideal arrangement. But can you suggest a setup that would be substantially closer to it? I don't mind paying some money upfront to get this up and running, but want to avoid nasty roaming costs thereafter.