Using mobile phones in the UK
If you do not own the correct type of cell phone for the
UK (one which uses GSM technology on either the 900 or 1800MHz
frequencies), and need one for your visit, you have two main options -
buying or renting - but which is best for you?
Buying your own GSM international mobile phone is more convenient than renting if you frequently travel (not just to the UK, GSM phones work in over 120 countries). Once you have bought the phone, you will have it ready for future trips, plus, you the same number each time, no matter which country you are in.
However, buying traditionally has a higher financial commitment - the initial price to buy the phone is high, and you are charged a monthly or yearly fee on top (even when you are back home and not using the phone).
Renting, by comparison has a lower financial commitment because you only pay for the period that you use the phone. However, renting is inconvenient when compared to buying if you make frequent trips - you must go through the order procedure, credit checks, give deposits and get a different phone number, every time you travel. www.mobalworldphone.com/visitscotland