Visiting any country on vacation, or for any reason, is utterly amazing. While you’re sipping coffee in Trafalgar Square or jumping in front of the Eiffel Tower, you want to share it! Everyone has Facebook, and guilty pleasures range from Instagram and Twitter, to Tumblr or your own blog, with Social Media continuously becoming more and more a major piece to your daily life you can’t help but reach for your phone to share the moment.
It’s (becoming) human nature.
It’s not surprising that you also can’t help but feel disappointed when you reach for your phone and there’s no open wifi. Even though you shrug it off and admire the pictures again before moving on (and feel a little guilty for being so goddamn needy, and “I’m always thought I was above this crockery!”) you still check again a block later to see if there is wifi (admit it!).
Well, my American and Canadian friends. Let me tell you how amazing it is to go everywhere in the UK and Scotland, stream music and radio and Netflix all day and night, and not worry a single hair over my data limit.
Puh-retty fucking fantastic!
Bring your unlocked phone to any of the major phone companies in the UK and ask for a pay-as-you-go plan with unlimited data. If you do your research, you’ll know some are cheaper than others, some have a catch, and some have terrible customer service. I thought I had everything figured out when I left Canada, and I was very confident.
So as I wandered through Islington and spotted Carphone Warehouse, I strolled in head held high. The rush of confidence is betraying, though. Because instead of walking out of the store with the prized SIM card I coveted, I only left with my ego busted and confidence mopping the floor behind me. Though still determined, I was visibly shaken.
I kept running through what they said trying to piece it together with what I had read. But without the data plan to check my emails (why did I not set up offline reading?!), I was stuck. Everything I thought I knew I dumped in the gutter as I continued down the street looking for a coffee shop (aka. wifi).
But I took a chance and meet Three, instead. It was only the next shop over and I figured I had nothing to lose.
When I walked in, I was still exceptionally flustered and stammering over my sentences looking like a complete fool. The guys working the store were complete gentlemen, though, and were quick to help me find the perfect plan. They were making jokes and asking me where I was from (because Canadian is a weird American accent, so everyone asks), and I was in and out in fifteen minutes! I was beaming as my phone started buzzing and I received my first welcome text from Three.
Despite only using the plan for the data and two texts, it was the best £20 I spent the entire trip.
I got the All in One +20 Add On plan. £20 for a month, fifteen minutes to set up, and $50CDN to unlock my phone and I could block anyone out with Netflix or Songza playlists. When I add all this up, it was roughly $90CDN total with the one-time unlock fee included but it was worth its weight in gold throughout the trip. Deciding to go on a “not going to book anything ahead of time” trip definitely needs data to book while on the move. More than one I was finding a hotel for that night while on the train to the next town I was going to stay at.
Most importantly, we were able to blast 80’s dance music on the Rugby World Cup train to Cardiff and back.
We were a hit!
So if you’re in the UK and you’re in need of a data plan, I highly recommend Three!.
What other mobile companies do you recommend? Was I too quick to choose Three? Let me know what you think!