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Jamer
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I have a couple of phones (work and personal) I have iPhone 12 and iPhone 8 both now out of contract so chose to go 'Sim Only' however, my mrs is Polish so need to be able to call Poland and we have close friends in Spain and Greece.

 

My work phone I have recently signed a 12 month contract with 02 at £12 per month which includes 50gb data, unlimited calls/texts (including calls/text to the EU from the UK).

 

My personal phone is currently with Smarty, 1 month contract and I also pay £12 per month for 120gb data, unlimited calls/text (UK only). If I want to call into the EU from the UK I have to buy an add-on (unlike 02) however, I can call and text to other EU countries from inside the EU.

 

Now I want to change my personal sim and move away from Smarty and I could simply have another 02 sim however, I wondered if any other networks were offering similar deal to 02? (just was tempted to have an alternative network, I guess if 02 had a network issue both my phones would be offline and that is the only reason I was looking for an alternative network provider)

 

Any help would be appreciated, I have had a quick look around but thought you guys may have a solution before I really start digging..

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23 hours ago, Gazza said:

i use Lebra which is on the EE network, plans include international minutes.

looks like you get a good deal on O2 though

mobile.lebara.com/gb/en/

 

I looked at Lebara but reviews were poor, unless you tell me different? Also are you sure their plans include international minutes because I am reading offers for 100 mins or 500 international mins or are you referring to calls made to the EU from the UK and within the EU? (Assuming international minutes that I am referring to mean outside of the EU.)

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6 minutes ago, Jamer said:

I looked at Lebara but reviews were poor, unless you tell me different. 

Also Lebara have some ridiculously low prices ie 1GB data unlimited calls/text £3.95 per month (only £1.58 for the first 3 months) or 5gb data unlimited calls/texts £4.95 e (£1.98 cheaper for the first 3 months and are only 1 month contracts).

 

How do you find their service and network? 

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Apologies Lebara runs on Vodafone network, most of the info is on their website. Check the coverage for your area though. 

We get poor signal in  our area on most networks,  we choose this one as was the best one for us, is also got WiFI Calling (VoLTE) that works very well using your own home wifi.

They are cheap, not had any issues so far but with the short contracts you can at least test and then leave it its no good for you.

 

 

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International Rates (calling abroad whilst in the UK)

We understand how important it is to keep in touch with you family and friends not just in the UK but all over the world. That is why all our plans include a generous allowance (some even have unlimited) of internationals calls to over 42 countries at no extra next cost

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States

 

 

https://mobile.lebara.com/gb/en/rates

 

Service and network coverage can be checked here

 

https://mobile.lebara.com/gb/en/network-coverage

 

 

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3 hours ago, Gazza said:

Apologies Lebara runs on Vodafone network, most of the info is on their website. Check the coverage for your area though. 

We get poor signal in  our area on most networks,  we choose this one as was the best one for us, is also got WiFI Calling (VoLTE) that works very well using your own home wifi.

They are cheap, not had any issues so far but with the short contracts you can at least test and then leave it its no good for you.

 

 

 

https://mobile.lebara.com/gb/en/rates

 

Service and network coverage can be checked here

 

https://mobile.lebara.com/gb/en/network-coverage

 

 

 

Okay I'll have a look but think I'lll end up with a second line on 02

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 06/01/2023 at 22:08, Jamer said:

 

Okay I'll have a look but think I'lll end up with a second line on 02

 

Took out a second line with O2 and have received an additional 10% discount however, on my new latest sim I cannot call abroad (both phone I have spending cap set at zero), so I called customer service and they explained that tariff includes roaming within the EU but not to the EU from the UK, which is NOT what I was told, I absolutely made sure of this and also queried then how is it that my other phone with same tariff allows calls to the EU from the UK, only explanation I got was that it must be a glitch! So although in general I was happy with O2 I will probably end up moving my second line now because I need to be able to calls friends in the EU. I appreciate that I can call using WiFi and WhatsApp etc but I need ability to also use the network when no WiFi is available. 

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