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Calls and Postal Services in the United Kingdom

Calls and Postal Services in the United Kingdom

It is easy to connect with friends and family overseas from the UK, and you can usually get good deals on international calls. International parcel delivery is highly reliable. High-speed Internet access is available at your place of study and in libraries, some shops and many cafes.

International Calls from Mobiles

The cheapest way to make international and UK phone calls is using a mobile phone. Many packages offer discounted long-distance call rates, and you can easily find deals designed for international students.

Typical UK mobile phone packages

  1. Pay-monthly plans: you sign up with a mobile phone network and agree to use the network’s service for a minimum period at a fixed monthly cost (normally 12 months).
  2. Pre-paid plans: you sign up with a network and pay a minimum of 12 months' service in advance, at a lower rate than monthly plans.
  3. Pay-as-you-go plans: you buy credit for calls and messages in advance, either directly from the network or in the form of vouchers.

Long-distance Call Rates from Landlines

Calling at certain times during the day can save you money. International calls between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and all day on both Saturday and Sunday will be charged at cheaper rates.

If you make frequent international calls home, you are recommended to buy a prepaid international phone card or account-based card. Compare cards carefully and select the one which best meets your needs.

International Postage from the UK

If you enjoy sending letters or gifts home, then you are going to be impressed. The UK provides excellent international postage and shipping services. Post offices are usually open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday. Stamps are widely available at newsagents, supermarkets and special vending machines.

Internet Services

The majority of the UK institutions provide free Internet access and email accounts for their students. Rooms in halls of residence normally provide free Internet connection for the entire term or academic year.

While you’re studying in the UK, you will find that most high streets have Internet cafés where you pay for computer use by the hour. If you have your own laptop, wireless Internet access is available for free in many coffee shops and public areas. Some train services also provide wireless Internet for a small fee.