Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cell phone service in the United Kingdom

Our trip is coming up and as a result I have started to think about the things I still need to do. One of those items is to figure out what to do with my phone.

When we went to Europe last summer the kids were with us. As a result I was not concerned with obtaining a data plan for my cell phone. Anything I needed to do I could wait until I had wifi coverage. This year though the kids are not coming with us. I want to make sure I can still keep in touch with them regardless if I have wifi or not.

So – I am planning to purchase a sim card for my cell phone once we arrive in Edinburgh. There is a cell phone (Three Cellular) store 350 feet from where we are staying. I think one month of unlimited data is only going to cost me 15 pounds. This is much cheaper than obtaining a data plan from my current provider.

One thing you need to check before going this route is to make sure your phone will work with a sim card and also make sure it is unlocked. Thankfully my phone meets those requirements. I am also planning on keeping my phone off until I have the new sim card in it. Once the new sim card is in there I will have a different phone number for my phone. I think I have read that if I have a Google Voice telephone number I could give that out to people and as a result I would not need to tell them the new phone number.

Hopefully there are no complications…otherwise I am stuck to using the internet only when we are connected to wifi.

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Getting From and To Heathrow Airport

Our trip is getting closer and as a result I am starting to make final decisions….

We arrive in London around 8:15 AM on a Saturday, and we depart around 7 AM on a Tuesday. I started researching transportation options into the city to get to our hotel. I considered the following:

– Car service
– Heathrow Express train
– The tube
– Taxi

I was leaning towards a car service to get us into central London. I know its pricier than the tube or the Heathrow Express train but the biggest benefit is we have direct transportation to our hotel and don’t need to transfer tube lines or walk blocks with our luggage. So once I decided on that option I started researching reputable car service companies. I came to the conclusion that while one person might like one company, another person hates that company. Or you think you are paying one rate and then you find out that rate does not include luggage or waiting time. I basically felt like it was going to be impossible to decide on a car service provider.  And another thing that concerned me – I’m not sure how long it will take us to get from our arrival gate to the airport exit. Or how we’ll even find our car service provider. On one website someone had suggested using Uber….and that is what I have decided we will do.

Benefits of using Uber –> there is no extra fee for our luggage, there is a flat rate of 35 pounds from the airport to central London (if we go with the smallest size car), we can order a car when we arrive at the airport (we might have to wait about ten minutes, but at least I am not stressing about not knowing what time to arrange the car service for), easy to charge, we don’t need to worry about a tip, and we’ll be taken right to our hotel. We used Uber last summer to catch a ride home from the train station to our house out in the suburbs and it was a nice. So I am actually looking forward to our next Uber experience.  I can now cross “figure out transportation into London” off the list of things I research.

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