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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:46 AM
ATT, T-Mobile, and most UK carriers use GSM technology. SIM card technology. Most phone work on their networks and usually the hardest part is just putting your SIM card in a new phone when your done with the old one.
Also UK carriers use contracts a lot less. People are more inclined to buy the device outright and same money in the long long versus being tied down to a two year contract, (three years in Canada)
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:46 AM
All uk networks/carriers are GSMbased and use sim cards.
typical deals are as follows
sim only - you provide the hardware ouitright and a carrier/opperator of your choice provdes the serivice via a sim card in your phone, this can be a pre pay/pay as you go service or a contract service with bundled minutes/sms/data.
pre pay sim cards for various netowrks can be purchased form quite a few shops for as little as £1 or ordered free of charge from the phone network.
Pre pay subsidised, you pay for the phone and its on a pre pay service these phones are often locked to one provider and will only work with the sim card from that provider
contract/subsidised phone, you sign up to a ( typicaly ) 24 month contract deal, in most cases you pay nothing for the handset outright, but pay roughly £35 ( in the case of a high end device) over the period of 24 monthsthese almpost aways come iwht bundled data/minutes/sms etc.
Competion is fierce and carriers will often have offers to attract customers (such as free android tablets etc)
the mian carriers that exist in the UK are ( currently)
on top of that there are also a load of virtual opperators that by capacity in bulk form the main opperators/carriers.
edit: UK mpobile (cell ) phones have their own dialing prefix, and always start with the number 07 so for example a UK mobile phone number will be 07123456789
Also UK carriers use contracts a lot less. People are more inclined to buy the device outright
this is only true for low end phones purchased on pay as you go deals ( pre pay) , for the more exensive phones a two year contract is standard.
you can buy a phone outright, unlocked to work on any network, but its not always the cheapest way of doing things
A Samusng Galaxy s4 would cost £35 per month all in on a 24 month contract, coming in at £840
buy it outright, unlocked and it will cost £449 add to that a sim only deal at say £18 per month ( 1 month contract ) will give a price of £881, plus no free gifts
If you want a decent top of the range handset £35 per month is easier to swallow than £450 or so up front.
Edited by 2pints, 18 August 2013 - 02:57 PM.