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How to Buy a Prepaid Sim Card ( Pay-As-You Go Sim Card ) for Internet Access at London Heathrow Airport or London City Airport !

November 7, 2013
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London Heathrow Airport © Copyright Rod Allday and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2869130

Once you are through the beggage claim and customs look for a WHSmith Bookstore.

I bought my sim card in the WHSmith Bookstore at London City Airport. The same bookstore you will find at London Heathrow Airport (see below for more details)  or other London or UK Airports.

This time I bought a Virgin media sim card, which uses the Orange Network in the UK. It will not have any money on the sim card so I also asked immediately for a top up for 10 Pounds. I did not have to show any ID-card. The Pay As You Go sim card itself costs 1.90 Pounds.

I use an inexpensive Huawei Vodafone 858 Android phone. This phone is my mobile wifi hot spot for my iphone. More details here and how to configure the android phone: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/how-to-dataroaming-and-roaming-fees/

I had to go to Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Network operators. This will initiate a search for available telephone networks. I selected the Orange PCS Ltd 3G network to get access.

Once you have access to the network you need to call 789111.
Here you will be guided through until you can enter the 16 digit number on your top up voucher (from WHSmith for 10 Pounds). Switch off your phone.

For your account to be activated might take a few hours. Once you switch on your phone again you will receive a message from Virgin media which will ask if you would like to have the internet access configured. Just click OK. No need to do any setup yourself. The internet access should work and look like this belwo:

APN – Settings for virgin media (Virgin Media uses the T-Mobile Orange Network in the UK):

general.t-mobile.uk

Name:T-Mobile Internet

APN:general.t-mobile.uk

Proxy:Not set

Port:Not set

Username:t-mobile

Password:**

Server:Not set

MMSC: Not set

MMS  proxy:Not set

MMS port:Not set

MCC: 234

MNC: 30

Authentication type: PAP

APN type: default,supl

London Heathrow Airport

There is a WHSmith Bookstore for example at the departure floor before going into the security check.

I bought a Pay As You Go PAYG prepaid sim card from Vodafone at London Heathrow Airport at Terminal 5. The PAYG sim card costs 1.99 Pounds with zero balance on it. I also purchased a top up for 10 Pounds.

Once you started your mobile phone with the sim card you need to get the new telephone number by placing a call to *#100#
You need the telephone number as soon as you want to contact the help line of vodafone.

These are the APN Settings for the Vodafone PAYG sim card:
Name: Vodafone PAYG
APN: pp.vodafone.co.uk
Proxy: 212.183.137.012
Port: 8799
Username: wap
Password: wap
MMSC: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms
MMS Proxy: 212.183.137.012
MMS Port: 8799

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

How to buy a prepaid sim card for internet access at the Copenhagen Airport: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/how-to-buy-a-prepaid-sim-card-for-internet-access-at-the-copenhagen-airport/

With the Kindle on the Beach – This is the Future

August 6, 2013
Kindle on the Beach

Reading the Kindle on the Beach

No problem reading books on the kindle (Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
) even in the sun on the beach. Try to do this with an ipad.
It is lighter than a book and whenever I finish a book I just switch on my inexpensive Huawei Vodafone Android Phone ( Huawei U8160 Vodafone VF858 Android Unlocked ) with
a local prepaid sim card and use this phone as the wifi hotspot for my kindle.
This way I can load new books and not having to leave the beach.
The picture was taken on the island of Sardinia (Italy).
The prepaid sim card costs 25 Euro (Vodafone) is valid for 1 month and allows for 3 GB Data transfer.
If I use my iphone from Switzerland I would have to pay 3000 CHF (2400 Euro) in roaming fees.

Huawei Vodafone Android

Huawei Vodafone Android

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

List of APN settings for different countries to surf over data networks ( internet ) with your smartphone and where to buy the prepaid sim card

June 29, 2012

This list is helpful for all who use a local prepaid sim-card when visiting another country and need to setup internet access on their smarthphone or router: ( how do you get a sim card

A) Switzerland and Italy and Denmark:

Switzerland

Settings for Swisscom – Access Point Names:

Name : Swisscom
APN : gprs.swisscom.ch
Proxy : <Not set>
Port : <Not set>
Username : <Not set>
Password : <Not set>
Server : <Not set>
MMSC : http://mms.natel.ch:8079
MMS proxy : 192.168.210.002
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 01
APN type : <Not set>

Where can I buy a sim card ? How do you get a sim card ? Where can you get a sim card ?

Swisscom Shops or Swisscom Partner Shops such as the Mobile Zone (see map). Select Partner Shops to view the locations. Switzerland is pretty well covered.
Activation of my prepaid sim card took less than 10 minutes in the Swisscom Shop and costs 19.90 CHF.

Settings OK TalkEasy Sim Card:

Name : OK
APN : Netgprs.com
Proxy : 192.168.10.2
Port : <Not set>
Username : tsl
Password : tsl
Server : <Not set>
MMSC : http://mms.natel.ch:8079
MMS proxy : 192.168.210.002
MMS port : 8080
MCC : 228
MNC : 03
Authentification Type: PAP
APN type : default,supl

Where to buy ?

Sim-Card tarrifes.
Places to buy. I bought my Sim-card for 15 CHF in a KKiosk. You find a KKiosk for example at the airports in Switzerland and at Railwaystations. They also open on Week-ends. However they will activate the card only during week days. You also need to provide an identity card.

Lebara Sim Card (prepaid) can be bought at Amazon: Lebara SIM Card (Switzerland)
The Lebara Sim Card can be reloaded at any ticket machine on the train stations in Switzerland.

Italy

Settings for Vodafone:

Name: Acc. Internet da cell

APN: mobile.vodafone.it

Proxy: not set

Port: not set

Username: not set

Password: not set

Server: not set

MMSC: not set

MMS-Proxy: not set

MMS-Port: not set

MCC: 222

MNC: 10

Authentication-Typ: not set

APN-Typ: default,supl

Where to buy?

I bought the vodafone micro sim-card in the vodafone shop in Budoni, island of Sardina in Italy at 9:45 am on a Monday. It was activated by 2:20 pm the same day. The card allows for one month 500 MB data transfer and unlimeted local sms to vodafone users for 10 Euro. For the activation of the Micro sim-card 15 Euro additionally were charged. Only a copy of my passport was taken. No forms to fill or any other data required from my side.

Settings for TIM – Telecom Italia:

Name: mms
APN: mms.tim.it
Proxy: not set
Port: not set
Username: not set
Password: not set
Server: not set
MMSC: http://mms.tim.it/servlets/mms
MMS Proxy: 213.230.130.089
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 222
MNC: 01
APN Type: mms

If you want to buy a prepaid sim card on amazon:Uno Mobile Italian Prepaid SIM Card

Denmark

Lebara Sim Card
These APN (AccessPointName) Settings have worked for me:
Name: Lebara internet
APN: internet
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: <Not set>
Password:<Not set>
Server:<Not set>
MMSC:<Not set>
MMS proxy:<Not set>
MCC: 238
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN type: default

Where to buy ?
Sim Card can be bought online at Amazon:
Lebara SIM Card (Denmark) or for example WHSmith or 7-Eleven.
More details on how to activate internet access on the lebara sim card see here.

See also: Quick Reference Card on how to setup internet access for your smartphone

B) All countries around the world (globe) :

The following links were provided by experts on Linkedin
Ivan Pisachev (Linkedin Profile):

World’s GPRS APN List

Flexispy Mobile APN Setting to use GPRS

Dirk-Jan Koeman (Linkedin Profile):

List by Vysoo

List of all International Manual GPRS Settings Arranged Country-wise: WorldWide by Amit Rawat

 

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