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31-03-2017, 21:27   #46
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Would this one be better? 12gb data and plenty of calls and texts and cheaper! Ha
https://m.mymemory.co.uk/product?p=47257
Do you have to already have a contract/payg sim with 3 for these to work or can anyone use them?
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31-03-2017, 21:39   #47
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Do you have to already have a contract/payg sim with 3 for these to work or can anyone use them?
I think it's essentially a burner sim card? Buy it and when it's expired just throw it away. There's no contract or anything like that.
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I think it's essentially a burner sim card? Buy it and when it's expired just throw it away. There's no contract or anything like that.
Perfect, thanks.
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Would this one be better? 12gb data and plenty of calls and texts and cheaper! Ha
https://m.mymemory.co.uk/product?p=47257
Not really, it only lasts 30 days. And the calls and texts are to the UK, not Ireland.

If you go abroad just once a year, I suppose that could be ok. But the advantage of the one that I linked to is that it lasts 12 months. So if you go abroad a few times a year, you can use it each time, in which case it would work out a lot cheaper then the above.
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I considered that £20 for the US but with Parcel Wizard(or similar) charges and currency conversion and the 30 day thing it's nearly better just to get the T-Mobile 30 day plan when I get there for $30, dump the sim when I'm flying home.
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I considered that £20 for the US but with Parcel Wizard(or similar) charges and currency conversion and the 30 day thing it's nearly better just to get the T-Mobile 30 day plan when I get there for $30, dump the sim when I'm flying home.
Errr, again, the card I linked to lasts for 12 months, not 30 days! And it works in 48 countries. So you can use it on multiple trips.

Also no need for parcelmotel, etc. mymemory deliver directly to Ireland.

I paid €29, including postage for it.

I've been abroad and used my card 3 times in the last 6 months, all in for €29 or to put it another way €10 per trip in 6 months and I'm sure I'll get more use out of it by the end of 12 months.

For T-Mobile you would be looking at paying €36 (including sales tax) and I would have had to pay that three times that (€108) if I had did as you say.

Also there is a real value in getting it all sorted before you go, swapping the sim on the plane and stepping off the plane with a working phone, that you can immediately text family friends at home to let them know you have arrived, let friends you are visiting know that you've landed, order an uber, check public transport directions, google maps, etc. to get to your hotel.

Also who wants to be wasting time on holidays in the US driving around looking for a walmart, shudder, I've better things to do on holidays.

Maybe it would be ok if you are a once a year only traveller. But IME for regular and semi-regular travellers, this card is priceless. And I think saving the effort before hand makes it still well worth it for even a once a year traveller.
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Does the data only sim card allow you to receive calls? I was mainly getting it for use with uber when in the states and I think you need a phone number for it. The driver normally rings you so if the 12 month data only sim allowed incoming calls it would be perfect!
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Does the data only sim card allow you to receive calls? I was mainly getting it for use with uber when in the states and I think you need a phone number for it. The driver normally rings you so if the 12 month data only sim allowed incoming calls it would be perfect!
Good question, I'm not 100% certain. It does look like it has a UK number. But as I mentioned above I normally put my Irish SIM in a second phone and I leave Uber set to that number, so when they ring they call my Irish phone.
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Good question, I'm not 100% certain. It does look like it has a UK number. But as I mentioned above I normally put my Irish SIM in a second phone and I leave Uber set to that number, so when they ring they call my Irish phone.
Unlikely that you could receive calls I'd say. Purely dats.

BK, just a quick question: you probably have not had the need to as yet but assuming you ate the 12gb on that three U.K. Card that you got from mymemoryik, could you top it up online with Irish bank card while in th U.S?
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Any idea if it lasts a whole year every time you top up with that one BK?

I'm actually thinking to use it for different purposes, to have it in a vehicle for GPS/Tracking/Photo feed etc, €29 for a full year of data without having to give it any attention with monthly top ups is pretty good, then if going away it's there if you need it too
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I have to work in the UK for a couple of weeks in May... would that three uk sim that's been mentioned be the best sim to get while I'm there?

Need calls to Ireland and data for maps etc. while I'm there. I have an unlocked phone.

Thanks for any ideas.
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I have to work in the UK for a couple of weeks in May... would that three uk sim that's been mentioned be the best sim to get while I'm there?

Need calls to Ireland and data for maps etc. while I'm there. I have an unlocked phone.

Thanks for any ideas.
You can't make regular calls with this one. It's purely for data, so you'd have to call via what's app, Viber FaceTime or the like.
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I have to work in the UK for a couple of weeks in May... would that three uk sim that's been mentioned be the best sim to get while I'm there?

Need calls to Ireland and data for maps etc. while I'm there. I have an unlocked phone.

Thanks for any ideas.
Maybe the business unlimited plan here would suit you?

https://business.eir.ie/shop/shop-bundles/sim-mobile/

Maps won't use too much data and it's 1gb a month, you don't need to worry about using a new number or carrying a second phone. You need to be a registered business to sign up though, but you don't have to be VAT registered.
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BK, just a quick question: you probably have not had the need to as yet but assuming you ate the 12gb on that three U.K. Card that you got from mymemoryik, could you top it up online with Irish bank card while in th U.S?
No, not with an Irish card, but it looks like you can with a Revolut card, which is tagged as a "UK" card.

Revolut card is free anyway and pretty brilliant for travel, a must have IMO.

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Any idea if it lasts a whole year every time you top up with that one BK?

I'm actually thinking to use it for different purposes, to have it in a vehicle for GPS/Tracking/Photo feed etc, €29 for a full year of data without having to give it any attention with monthly top ups is pretty good, then if going away it's there if you need it too
Good question, I'm not certain, but I think it does work for another year.

However it won't work for what you are thinking of. If you use it in Ireland for more then two months constantly, then they can deactivate it as they realise you aren't really in the UK.

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I have to work in the UK for a couple of weeks in May... would that three uk sim that's been mentioned be the best sim to get while I'm there?

Need calls to Ireland and data for maps etc. while I'm there. I have an unlocked phone.
Well the one I link to is Data only. No calls and texts. You would need to use whastapp or similar to do texts and voice over IP calls back to Ireland.

One option for you would be to do the following:
- Get this Three UK data sim and use it in your primary phone.
- Move your Irish number to lycamobile and sign up to their €15 per month Ireland Plus plan (€7.50 for the first month at the moment).

This plan gives you free calls and texts back to Ireland for free when roaming in the UK (but not data). and it also gives you a virtual UK number so that people in the UK can call and text you.

You could then use your lycamobile sim in a second phone or a dual sim phone if you have one.

http://www.lycamobile.ie/en/roaming-sim-card

BTW if you want to avoid the trouble of two sims, you can buy 1GB of roaming data for use in the UK for €12 on the above lyca sim.

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When travelling in the UK have a 3 mifi which I load with credit and keep in my pocket gives data and use irish one for calls and texts
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