Moving to the UK for almost a year, can I keep my USA cell phone number?
July 13, 2006 8:09 PM Subscribe
I don't know anything about cellular providers in the UK, which is where I will be living for nine months starting this September. I need a phone in the UK, but I will also need one when I return to the US after nine months. I have a verizon cell phone right now, but I my two year agreement with them has expired, so I can cancel without being charged a termination fee. What are my best/least expensive options?
posted by whataboutben to travel & transportation around United Kingdom (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Ideally, I would like to:
1. Be able to get my current phone number back when I return to the US.
2. Only pay for one plan at a time (one while in the UK, and one after I return).
From the little I know about this kind of thing, I get the impression that I might have to choose either (1) or (2), e.g. pay for a U.S. plan that I won't be using just to keep my number, or lose the number. I'm looking for a solution to this problem, if one exists.
Also, I would appreciate general information about cellular service in the UK, specifically in Glasgow, Scotland. For example, what providers have the best coverage? Which are least expensive? Would a "pay-as-you-go" option be smart? Suggestions on phones?
I expect to use only about 200-300 minutes a month, both in the UK and the US.