Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

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Why choose us?

We know UK & Europe SIM Cards so you know you're getting the best. Learn more.

We’re the experts when it comes to UK & Europe SIM Cards, and we’ve been doing it for years! Our founder was selling USA SIM Cards, and traveled specificially to the UK to research and test the best SIM Cards for the UK & Europe. We keep up to date with the latest offerings and technology available.

We like the design principle of KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. There’s different networks and options we’ve looked at, and it can get confusing. No one wants option paralysis, so we’ve settled on what we think is the best and most convenient for Aussie travelers heading to the UK and Europe by testing all the available options and getting feedback from our customers.

We’re proud to offer value and convenience to savvy travelers like you heading off for a holiday to the UK and Europe. We’ve done the research and can bring to you the best value and most convenient SIM Card that works in the UK and in more than 30 European countries.

On the UK's fastest 5G network. Learn more.

Our SIM Card uses the UK’s Three mobile network. Three is the UK’s Speedtest Awards Winner for 5G mobile network speed during Q3-Q4 2023. To win this award, Three achieved a Speed Score of 200.85, with median download speeds of 226.27 Mbps and median upload speeds of 13.14 Mbps.

We have happy customers. Learn more.

Real reviews from our customers are important and that feeds into our high touch customer service both pre and post sale. You can read more by checking out the reviews below that have been left on our Google Business Page & Trustindex.

100% Money Back Guarantee. Learn more.

We’re so confident that our SIM Card is the best that we offer you a 100% money back guarantee if your SIM Card doesn’t work. Full terms and conditions are in the FAQ below titled “What is your money back guarantee?”

Rapid Response Support Team in London time zone on WhatsApp. Learn more.

Problems can happen, and it’s how a business responds and fixes things that is important. That’s why we offer a 24/7 Rapid Response Support Team on WhatsApp chat. They’re empowered to fix issues on the spot: you won’t get referred to another team to deal with and have to repeat everything again. Yuck! Whether it’s at 5am when your plane lands at Heathrow, or at 10pm when you’re at dinner in Madrid, we’ll be there to help with any issues, or answer any questions

Flexible cancellation policy. Learn more.

COVID is still with us, and sometimes travel plans change for other reasons.

If you haven’t requested activation of your SIM Card, rest assured that if your trip is cancelled or postponed for any reason you can activate the SIM Card up to two (2) years from the date of purchase.

Or if you have requested activation of your SIM Card then just email us at least three (3) days prior to the date you requested for activation and we’ll cancel the activation, and you can activate the SIM Card up to two (2) years from the date of purchase.

Your purchase helps the Village Enterprise Charity. Learn more.

We donate 1% of our annual profits to the Village Enterprise charity. Village Enterprise empowers the ultra poor in rural Africa to lift themselves out of poverty through small sustainable businesses and savings groups. It delivers a four part program to build businesses that increase household income: entrepreneurship training, a cash grant, business mentoring and a savings group. Since its founding in 1987, it has trained over 154,000 owners who have opened over 39,000 businesses. There is strong evidence that the Village Enterprise program leads to a significant and persistent increase in income. You can read more about Village Enterprise at https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/where-to-donate/village-enterprise.

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Questions & Answers (FAQs)

Can I keep my WhatsApp number?

Yes. You don't need to anything to keep using WhatsApp with your Australian number. You'll keep your number, contacts and all your conversations. People in Australia will still keep messaging you on WhatsApp as normal.

What eSIMs do you sell?

Prefer an eSIM to a physical SIM? No worries, check out our eSIMs here for the UK, Europe and Turkey.

What is eSIM?

eSIM is the latest technology found in many newer model mobile phones. An eSIM (embedded SIM) is a digital SIM already installed inside the circuitry of mobile phones. The eSIM can then be used by any mobile network, by simply downloading an eSIM.

If your phone has eSIM it means you can buy and download our UK & Europe eSIM without the need to insert a physical SIM card into your phone. No more waiting for the SIM Card to arrive by Australia Post. Instead you can now set everything up and be ready to go in the comfort of your own home. Or from your favourite cafe. Or at work. Or even at the airport if you've left it late! Then when your plane touches down in the UK or Europe you’re instantly connected to 5G/4G.

But I'm already using an eSIM from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone!

No problem! Our UK & Europe eSIM works alongside your existing eSIM. eSIM compatible phones let you install multiple eSIMs on your phone without having to uninstall or delete your existing eSIM. And some phones (e.g., iPhone 12 onwards) let you have two eSIMs active at the same time (just like having a dual SIM phone) so if you want you can have your Australian eSIM and your UK & Europe eSIM turned on at the same time. The UK & Europe eSIM will be the "active" line for data, but you can still receive calls and texts to your Australian eSIM (really useful to get one time passwords from your bank/credit card).

Keep your Australian number when you're in the UK and Europe

With eSIM you can keep your Australian number when you're in the UK and Europe. Because you don't need to remove your Australian SIM Card from your phone (or delete your Australian eSIM), you can keep it turned on, alongside your UK & Europe eSIM. (You'll need to have international roaming activated to be able to receive incoming calls and/or SMS to your Australian number).

This is perfect for receiving important calls or texts (such as one-time passwords from your bank). Or if you want you can remove your Australian physical SIM Card or turn off your Australian eSIM for the duration of your trip.

Important: eSIM doesn't have a phone number

Currently our UK & Europe eSIM does NOT have a phone number. This means you can't make or receive calls/SMS text messages. For some people this won't matter because they'll just use WhatsApp, Messenger, FaceTime etc for calling and messaging. But if having a UK phone number is important for you, then buy our regular UK & Europe Phone SIM Card.

eSIM is very easy to set-up!

Don't worry you don't need a PhD in mobile phones to use eSIM! If you can open the Settings App on your phone, then you can use eSIM.

After you place an eSIM order, check your order confirmation email for your eSIM QR code. Then scan it when you're ready to install your eSIM (just remember that your 30 days starts when you scan the QR code).

eSIM is better for the environment

There’s no packaging, no plastic, and no petrol used to transport your letter in the post to you.

What phones use eSIM?

Here's a list of the most popular phones that use eSIM:

Apple

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15 (all models)

Samsung

  • Galaxy S20 5G
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Galaxy S21 5G
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Galaxy S22
  • Galaxy S22+
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold4
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip4
  • Galaxy Z Fold5
  • Galaxy Z Flip5
  • Galaxy S23
  • Galaxy S23+
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S24
  • Galaxy S24+
  • Galaxy S24 Ultra
  • NOT COMPATIBLE: Galaxy S20 FE 4G/5G, S20/S21 (US versions), Z Flip 5G (US versions), Note 20 Ultra (Versions from the US and Hong Kong), Galaxy Z Fold 2 (Versions from the US and Hong Kong).

Huawei

  • P40
  • P40 Pro
  • Mate 40 Pro
  • NOT COMPATIBLE: P40 Pro+ and P50 Pro are not compatible with eSIM

Google

  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4XL
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6a
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 7
  • Pixel 7 Pro
  • Pixel 8
  • Pixel 8 Pro

Oppo

  • Find X3 Pro 5G
  • Reno 5A
  • Find X5
  • Find X5 Pro
  • NOT COMPATIBLE: Oppo Find X5 Lite is not compatible.

This isn’t necessarily an exhaustive list, so if your phone isn’t listed, then check with your device manufacturer to see if eSIM can be used.

Does the SIM Card work in the new iPhone 15?

Yes it does. Our UK & Europe SIM Card works in all models of the new iPhone 15.

What's the 30 day restriction in Europe all about?

You can only use the SIM Card for 30 consecutive days in Europe. Then it will stop working in Europe even if you recharge.

This is because the SIM Card is a UK SIM Card that roams in Europe, and the roaming is only meant to be for short durations. The network sets a maximum of 30 days.

However this 30 day restriction gets “reset” if you use the SIM Card again in the UK. Then you can again use the SIM Card in Europe for up to 30 days and so on.

Here’s some examples:

John is going to France for two weeks, Italy for three weeks and Spain for one week. He’s not visiting the UK at all.

John will need to buy two (2) SIM Cards. The first will work for 30 days (and cover him for his France trip and two weeks of his Italy trip) but he won’t be able to recharge the first SIM Card. Instead, after 30 days he’ll throw the first SIM Card away and use the second SIM Card which will cover the remainder of his time in Italy and Spain.

Tabitha is going to France for three weeks, UK for two weeks, Spain for three weeks, UK for one week and finally to Sweden for three weeks.

Tabitha can use the same SIM Card and simply recharge it every 30 days. That’s because at no time is Tabitha in Europe for more than 30 consecutive days. When Tabitha goes to the UK and uses the SIM Card there that will “reset” the 30 day Europe restrictions.

What's included with the UK & Europe Phone SIM Card

5G/4G data

Choose 10GB, 30GB, 60GB or UNLIMITED GB. If you choose 30GB, 60GB or UNLIMITED GB you can use a maximum of 12GB in Europe due to roaming restrictions. Need more than 12GB in Europe? Just buy two (2) or multiple SIM Cards (each will give you 12GB to use in Europe).

Unlimited calls and texts

When you’re in the UK: you can use your unlimited calls and texts to UK landlines (starting with 01 and 02), national numbers (starting with 03), free call numbers (0800) and UK mobiles (starting with 07), and you get unlimited calls and texts to other people who are using our SIM Card.

When you’re in the included European countries: you can use your unlimited calls and texts to local landlines and mobiles in the same country (eg when in France call and text French numbers), landlines and mobile in other European countries (eg when in France call and text German numbers), UK landlines (starting with 01 and 02) and UK mobiles (starting with 07), and other people who are using our SIM Card. For example, when you’re in France you can call a local Paris restaurant, text someone in Germany, call your airline in the UK and text someone else who is using our SIM Card.

Unlimited calls and texts are subject to a Fair Use Policy of 43,200 minutes of calls (yes, that's 720 hours of calls) and 43,200 texts.

Incoming calls and texts are free for you

It's free for you to receive calls and texts from anyone anywhere in the world. So if someone in Australia calls or texts you in doesn't cost you anything (the person calling will pay whatever it costs them to call or text a UK number).

A local UK mobile number

The SIM Card has a local UK mobile number which you can write on baggage labels, government forms, and give to family and friends.

Free unlimited wi-fi on the London Underground

You get free unlimited high speed fibre optic Wi-Fi at over 250 London Underground stations. Connect once, register, and then your phone will automatically connect (just like how your phone auto-connects each time to your home Wi-Fi).

There’s no mobile coverage at London Underground stations (many are very deep underground), so being able to connect to free Wi-Fi is a great feature.

Running late? Send a Whatsapp message. Keep in touch on Instagram and Facebook. Plan your journey, check train times, directions and connections. Stay up to date with the news, sports scores and the latest updates from your friends.

Access to exclusive UK cinema, cafe and restaurant offers through the Three+ rewards app

With our UK SIM Card you get exclusive offers from the Three + rewards app. This includes Cineworld, Caffe Nero, Frankie & Benny's, Uber Eats + more.

Use your phone as a hotspot and share the data

How does it all work?

Our SIM Card comes pre-loaded with high speed 5G/4G data, unlimited calls and texts, and lasts for 30 days from activation. Simply take out your normal Australian SIM Card and insert our SIM Card into your phone on arrival in the UK or Europe. Within minutes the SIM Card will self activate and your phone will be ready with data, calling and texting.

With our SIM Card you'll be able to stay connected using all your apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Maps etc), and you'll be able to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive SMS text messages.

When you're in the UK you can (i) use your data for all your favourite apps such as (but not limited to) Whatsapp, Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram, Email + all your other apps (ii) hotspot your phone and share the data and (iii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landline numbers (beginning with 01 and 02), UK mobile numbers (beginning with 07), UK national numbers (beginning with 03), UK freephone numbers (beginning with 0800), and other people using our SIM Card (iv) use your unlimited texts to text UK mobiles and other people using our SIM Card. For example, suppose you're walking along Oxford Street in London. You could use Google Maps to find directions, take some photos and send them on Facebook Messenger to your friend in Australia, make a call to a restaurant in Manchester to make a reservation, send a text to your friend in Glasgow, and call your traveling companion who is also using our SIM Card.

When you're in the European countries: you can (i) you can use up to 12GB of your data (ii) hotspot your phone and share the data (iii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landline numbers (beginning with 01 and 02), UK mobile numbers (beginning with 07), UK national numbers (beginning with 03), UK freephone numbers (beginning with 0800), other people using our SIM Card, local landline and mobiles numbers in the same country, and landline and mobile numbers in other European countries (v) use your unlimited texts to text UK mobiles, other people using our SIM Card, local mobile numbers and mobile numbers in other European countries. For example, suppose you're doing a cruise on the River Seine in Paris. You could take a selfie and send it on WhatsApp to your friend in Australia, make a call to your cousin in London, send a text to your traveling companion who is also using our SIM Card, call a restaurant in Paris to make a lunch reservation, and call your tour company in Germany.

The SIM Card is posted from Sydney which means you'll have it before you leave. You can choose Regular Post (5-10 business days) or you can choose Express Post if you need your SIM Card urgently. There are no pick up options and we don't sell our SIM Card in any shops.

All iPhones are compatible with the SIM Card (including iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro) and most other mobile phones are also compatible (if you've got a 10 year old dinosaur phone it probably won't work).

Keep reading the FAQs below for answers to more frequently asked questions.

Will I know my mobile number before I leave to the UK/Europe?

Yes. Once you receive your SIM Card, simply email us quoting the SIM Card serial number and we'll be able to tell you your UK mobile number so you'll know it before you leave to the UK/Europe. This way you can tell your family and friends, include the number on your baggage labels, on government forms etc.

What phone number is the SIM Card?

The SIM Card has a UK mobile number (the format is 07XXX-XXX-XXX, for example 07100200300). This is a standard regular UK mobile number--the same mobile number format as every other mobile number in the UK. Think of it like as if you were a tourist to Australia and your mobile number was 0404 123 456.

Does the SIM Card work with the new iPhone 14?

Yes. Our SIM Card works with the new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, and iPhone 14 Pro.

How can I check my data balance?

You can easily keep an eye on your data balance by logging into your account at Three.co.uk.

When you log in you'll see that you cash credit balance is £0. This is normal. Your SIM Card does NOT have £ cash money on it - instead it has a 30 day pack of unlimited calls & texts + data.

And remember that when you're in Europe you can only use up to 12GB of your data. You can of course use the remaining data balance in the UK.

Do you offer UK based support if I have a problem?

Yes. We have a dedicated Rapid Response Support Team based in London you can call, email or WhatsApp message, whether it's at 5am when your plane lands at Heathrow, or at 10pm when you're at dinner in Madrid.

Travel is stressful enough, and after flying for almost 24 hours you want to know that you can speak to someone if you have a problem or question. That's why we have a dedicated UK based Support Team available by phone, email and WhatsApp message.

How and when do I activate the SIM Card?

Activation is super easy and takes just a couple of minutes: when you receive your SIM Card, just go to the website address on the SIM Card to request activation and enter the date you want your SIM Card to start working. It’s that simple!

You can activate your SIM Card from Australia, the UK/Europe, or even from the Moon! You just need a computer or phone connected to the internet to activate the SIM Card.

Can I activate the SIM Card in Europe? Or do I have to activate in the UK?

You activate your SIM Card on our website before you leave to the UK and Europe. It doesn't matter if you first use the SIM Card in the UK or Europe.

I'm not travelling for several months - Can I buy the SIM Card now?

Yes. Be a savvy traveler and plan everything well in advance so you’re the envy of your traveling companions. You can buy the SIM Card now and activate it at anytime up to 24 months from the date of purchase. But don’t worry because the 30 days only starts from the date you select when you activate it.

Is my phone compatible? Will my phone work?

All iPhones are compatible with the UK & Europe SIM Card and that includes the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Google, Xiaomi, Motorola, Nokia, LG + others are also compatible with the UK & Europe SIM Card.

If you’re unsure, just email us at info@ukprepaidsimcard.com.au or or send us a WhatsApp message to +447882165545.

Can I hotspot my phone using the UK & Europe SIM Card?

You can hotspot your phone and share data with your laptop, iPad, tablet, games console etc. When you're in the UK you can use as much of your data as hotspot. But when you're roaming in Europe you can only use up to 12GB due to network roaming restrictions.

How does the free unlimited Wi-Fi work on the London Underground?

With our SIM Card you get free unlimited 100Mbps wi-fi at over 250 London Underground stations. Many stations are deep underground with no 3G/4G/5G service, so having free wi-fi is really helpful to stay connected. You can check train times and plan your journey, keep in touch on WhatsApp etc, and check the latest news.

Once you're at an Underground Station, switch on Wi-Fi and connect to Three_WIFI.

Full details can be found here.

Can I use the UK & Europe SIM Card in Scotland, Ireland or Wales?

Your UK SIM Card can be used across the UK. The UK comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not the Republic of Ireland).  So this means when you are in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you can use your data, unlimited minutes to UK landlines and UK mobiles (including other people using our SIM Card) and unlimited texts to UK mobiles (including other people using our SIM Card).

When you’re in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) please remember this is not part of the UK, it is part of Europe, so this means you can (i) only use up to 12GB of your data (due to roaming restrictions) and (ii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landlines, UK mobiles, other people using our SIM Card, local numbers in ROI, and numbers in other European countries. For example, you can use up to 12GB of your data, text a friend in the UK, call a Dublin restaurant to make a booking, and call your tour company in Germany.

Can I use the SIM Card in Dublin, Ireland?

When you’re in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) please remember this is not part of the UK, it is part of Europe, so this means you can (i) only use up to 12GB of your data (due to roaming restrictions) and (ii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landlines, UK mobiles, other people using our SIM Card, local numbers in ROI, and numbers in other European countries. For example, you can use up to 12GB of your data, text a friend in the UK, call a Dublin restaurant to make a booking, and call your tour company in Germany.

Can I use the UK & Europe SIM Card in any other countries?

Yes! You can use up to 12GB of your data, and your unlimited calls & texts in more than 30 European countries:

Aland Islands, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Vatican City.

You don’t need to do anything once you get to these countries other than to turn data roaming to “ON” in your phone settings. No extra SIM Card, no fiddling about, no special activation requests. 

When you're in the European countries: you can (i) you can use up to 12GB of your data (ii) hotspot your phone and share the data (iii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landline numbers (beginning with 01 and 02), UK mobile numbers (beginning with 07), UK national numbers (beginning with 03), UK freephone numbers (beginning with 0800), other people using our SIM Card, local landline and mobiles numbers in the same country, and landline and mobile numbers in other European countries (v) use your unlimited texts to text UK mobiles, other people using our SIM Card, local mobile numbers and mobile numbers in other European countries. For example, suppose you're doing a cruise alone the River Seine in Paris. You could take a selfie and send it on WhatsApp to your friend in Australia, make a call to your cousin in London, send a text to your traveling companion who is also using our SIM Card, call a restaurant in Paris to make a lunch reservation, and call your tour company in Germany.

IMPORTANT! 30 day Europe use restriction! You can only use the UK SIM Card in Europe for a maximum period of 30 days, even if you recharge it after 30 days. This is because of network roaming limitations. So after 30 days of use in Europe the SIM Card will stop working unless you use it again in the UK (which “resets” the 30 days). Staying in Europe for longer than 30 days? The solution is easy! Just buy two (2) or multiple SIM Cards.

Why can I only use 12GB in Europe?

The Three UK mobile network has a “Europe fair use policy” and you can only use up to 12GB of the data in Europe. This means that once you use 12GB in Europe the data will stop working (but you can then use the remainder of your data in the UK). Sorry, there’s nothing we can do to get around the Europe fair use policy.

Need more than 12GB in Europe? Buy two or multiple SIM Cards and each will give you 12GB to use in Europe.

Does Brexit cause any problems? I heard there's now daily charges in Europe?

Because of Brexit some UK SIM Cards now charge a daily fee to use the SIM Card in Europe. However with our SIM Card there is NO additional daily fee to use the SIM Card in Europe.

What happens when I'm out of the UK?

Your SIM Card can be used in the following European countries: Aland Islands, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Vatican City.

When you're in the European countries: you can (i) you can use up to 12GB of your data (ii) hotspot your phone and share the data (iii) use your unlimited calls to call UK landline numbers (beginning with 01 and 02), UK mobile numbers (beginning with 07), UK national numbers (beginning with 03), UK freephone numbers (beginning with 0800), other people using our SIM Card, local landline and mobiles numbers in the same country, and landline and mobile numbers in other European countries (v) use your unlimited texts to text UK mobiles, other people using our SIM Card, local mobile numbers and mobile numbers in other European countries. For example, suppose you're doing a cruise alone the River Seine in Paris. You could take a selfie and send it on WhatsApp to your friend in Australia, make a call to your cousin in London, send a text to your traveling companion who is also using our SIM Card, call a restaurant in Paris to make a lunch reservation, and call your tour company in Germany.

IMPORTANT! 30 day Europe use restriction! You can only use the UK SIM Card in Europe for a maximum period of 30 days. After 30 days, the UK SIM Card will stop working unless you use it in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). That’s because the UK SIM Card is a UK SIM Card that roams in Europe (long term use in Europe is not allowed by the network provider). Staying in Europe for longer than 30 days? The solution is to buy two (2) or multiple SIM Cards.

Will the SIM Card work on a cruise ship?

The SIM Card doesn’t work on a cruise ship when you’re traveling in open waters. It would only work when you are very close to shore or docked.

Can I hotspot my mobile phone when I'm out of the UK?

You can hotspot your phone and share data with your laptop, iPad, tablet, games console etc. When you’re roaming in Europe you can only use up to 12GB due to network roaming restrictions.

Can I call or text Australian numbers?

Calling and texting to Australian landline and mobile numbers is not included and costs extra: you can add extra cash money to your UK SIM Card by purchasing a recharge voucher on our website. You can buy the voucher with your Australian credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or with Paypal (wait until you receive your SIM Card and then buy the voucher).

You only need to buy a voucher if you want to make traditional phone calls/texts through the mobile network. Less than 1% of customers buy a voucher because they use apps like WhatsApp, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, etc to call/text family and friends in Australia.

If your family member or friend traveling with you is using international roaming with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone etc, then they still have an Australian phone number, so it will cost extra to call or text them. But if they're also using our SIM Card, then you'll both get unlimited calls and texts to each other!

Calling & texting Australian numbers when you’re in the UK: £0.03/minute (3p/minute) to call, £0.25 (25p) to text and £0.40 (40p) to MMS picture message.

Calling & texting Australian numbers when you’re in Europe: £1.40/minute to call, £0.35 (35p) to text and £0.40 (40p) to MMS picture message.

Most customers have told us they use free voice and messaging apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger to call and text family and friends in Australia. These apps are free because they use your data to make the call or send the text.

Can I call or text Europe numbers?

When you're in Europe, you get unlimited calls and texts to other Europe numbers within the same country or elsewhere in Europe. For example, if you were in Paris, you can call your Paris hotel, Paris taxi company or a new Parisian friend you've made. And you can call or text numbers in Germany, or Spain, or Portugal. 

When you're in the UK, calls and texts to Europe numbers are not included and cost extra. You'll need to purchase a recharge voucher on our website if you want to call or text Europe numbers when you're in the UK. Remember that Dublin is in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and ROI is NOT part of the UK, it is part of Europe. To check the calling and texting rates from the UK to Europe check out the "Pay As You Go" rates here.

Can I make FaceTime calls? What does it cost?

Yes you can make FaceTime calls. FaceTime audio and video calls use data - either 4G/5G or Wi-Fi. It's free to make FaceTime calls. Your SIM Card includes 25GB of 4G/5G data.

Can I make WhatsApp audio and video calls?

Yes you can make WhatsApp calls. WhatsApp audio and video calls use data - either 4G/5G or Wi-Fi. It's free to make WhatsApp calls. Your SIM Card includes 25GB of 4G/5G data.

Do I get a UK mobile number with the UK & Europe SIM Card?

The UK Phone SIM Card is posted to you from Sydney and comes with a local UK mobile number that you'll know before you leave Australia.

Can I add more data?

No. You can’t add more data if you use it all up. Data will stop working completely. So if you think you’ll be a heavy data user, consider choosing the 60GB or UNLIMITED GB SIM Card.

Note that whichever SIM Card you buy you can still only use up to 12GB of the data when you’re in Europe due to Europe roaming restrictions

How do I add extra ££ credit to my UK & Europe SIM Card?

To add extra credit to your UK & Europe SIM Card, wait until you receive it from us, then purchase a recharge voucher on our website with your Australian credit card. Full details will come with your sim card about how to do this but you can also read more about how to add extra credit on your UK SIM Card.

Do I need to unlock my mobile phone?

Your mobile phone must be network unlocked to use the UK & Europe SIM Card.

If you’ve got an iPhone you can easily check if it’s unlocked by going to Settings > General > About. If “No SIM restrictions” appears next to Network Provider Lock, your iPhone is unlocked.

If you don’t have an iPhone then an easy way to check if your phone is unlocked is to insert another SIM Card into your phone from a different provider, restart your phone, and if the different provider name appears in the status bar, then your phone is unlocked. If your phone is locked you’ll get an error message saying you need to insert a valid SIM Card, in which case contact your network provider and request an unlock.

Need to unlock your phone? If you have an iPhone then the Apple website provides handy information about how to unlock your iPhone. Additionally you can also check out the Telstra websiteOptus website and Vodafone website for more information about unlocking your phone.

What happens to my apps, contacts, emails etc on my phone?

Everything stays the same! Nothing changes when you use the UK & Europe SIM Card. All your apps, contacts, emails or any other settings on your phone don’t change because they are all stored on your phone, and not on your SIM Card. For example, all your WhatsApp contacts and conversations will still be on your phone when you use our SIM Card (and your WhatsApp number doesn't change either!)

What mobile network does the UK & Europe SIM Card use?

The UK & Europe SIM Card uses the Three UK mobile network in the UK, and roams onto different local networks when you’re in Europe.

The Three mobile network is the UK's fastest 5G network, and the combined 3G & 4G network covers 99% of the UK outdoor population. The Three mobile network won the Speedtest.net fastest 5G mobile network award for Q1/Q2 2023. You can read more on the Three mobile network website.

You can check specific coverage on the Three UK network by entering an address or post code into the network coverage maps.

I'm staying longer than 30 days. Can I recharge?

Yes - if you're staying longer than 30 days just recharge on our website. You can use your Australian credit card to recharge. You can keep recharging again every 30 days if you're staying even longer (you can keep recharging forever if you want). Unused data, minutes and texts do not rollover. However you can only use the SIM Card for a 30 day continuous period in Europe (the 30 days resets if you use the SIM Card in the UK). Staying longer than 30 days in Europe? Just buy two or multiple SIM Cards.

What are your delivery options?

All orders are dispatched from our Sydney office on the next business day after you order. For example, if you ordered on Friday it would get posted on Monday. Order on Tuesday it will post out on Wednesday.

You can choose standard delivery (2-5 days) or express delivery. You can read more here about our delivery options.

Do you have any customer reviews?

Yes! Head on over to our home page here, scroll down and you'll see reviews from our Google Business page and our Trustindex page.

Can I re-use my phone SIM Card for another trip?

You can re-use your SIM Card within six (6) months of the last recharge. For most customers the "last recharge" will be the date you initially activated the SIM Card in your phone.

After six months without a recharge your SIM Card is considered inactive by the Three UK and it is permanently and forever cancelled, cannot be re-used or recharged and the mobile number cannot be retrieved for future use. To confirm, this means that if it has been more than six months since you last recharged your SIM Card cannot be re-used.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Paypal, credit card (Visa, Mastercard & American Express), Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Our entire website, and our checkout page, is protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) which is a security protocol that provides privacy, authentication, and integrity to Internet communications. SSL encrypts data that is transmitted across the web. This means that anyone who tries to intercept this data will only see a garbled mix of characters that is impossible to decrypt.

You can click the little padlock icon in your browser's address bar to verify that the checkout page is secure before entering your credit card details.

What is your money back guarantee?

We’re so confident that our SIM Card will work for you that we provide a 100% money back guarantee if the SIM Card is faulty/defective and doesn't work. To take advantage of the money back guarantee we just need you to do the following:

1. If you get to the UK/Europe and your SIM Card isn’t working, you must contact us on WhatsApp (+447882165545) or email help@ukprepaidsimcard.com.au. Just connect your phone to wi-fi to do this.

2. When you contact us, include your name and your SIM Card serial number (it’s on the back of the SIM Card and starts with 8944).

3. Allow us a reasonable amount of time to fix the issue (it will be a maximum of 24 hours, but usually in as little as 1-2 hours).

4. If we can’t fix the issue because the SIM Card is faulty/defective then we’ll provide a 100% refund of the amount you paid for your SIM Card.

Just to be clear, the money back guarantee only applies if you do steps 1-3 above. So, for example, if you wait until you get back to Australia to contact us then the money back guarantee won’t apply.

Is your website secure?

Our entire website, and our checkout page, is protected by SSL.

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a type of technology that helps protect online credit card transactions. It does this by encrypting, or scrambling, the information that is sent between a customer's computer and the website they are making a purchase from. This makes it much harder for anyone to intercept and read the information, such as credit card numbers, during the transaction.

When you see a website that uses SSL (likes ours does), it will typically have a padlock icon in the address bar and the website address will start with "https" instead of "http". These are signs that the website is using SSL and that your information is being transmitted securely.

In simple terms, SSL helps ensure that when you make a purchase online, your credit card information is kept private and secure, and only the intended recipient (the website) can read it.

Do you have a shop or office I can visit?

We don’t have a shop or office, but we do offer a new service if you are in Melbourne. We can deliver the SIM Card to you, and help you install it, show you how to activate the SIM Card, and set up the Three UK app on your phone. The cost for this is $150. If you’d like to know more, just email us at info@ukprepaidsimcard.com.au.

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