Continuing on with our London Relocation version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to make your international relocation festive, the next line in the original is: “On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four calling birds.

Please join me in now singing our Christmas carol:

“On the fourth day of Christmas, London gave to me…

MORE CALLING PLANS…”

When you settle into your new apartment rental, your Relocation agent will refer you to various service providers for setting up your utilities. As a preview for phone services, here’s a smattering of calling options. Internet calling services like Skype, for one, are very inexpensive for calling home long-distance. Mobile phones in the UK are also a lot more flexible in their offerings than cell phone plans in the States that lock you in for eternity—service contracts can be at least six months shorter than their U.S. counterparts, and phones aren’t locked to one provider, so interchangeable SIM cards allow you to switch services without paying for a new phone, too. Four major mobile phone operators in the UK are Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, and Orange, and Carphone Warehouse is a good place to make comparisons and purchase phones and services (online and in-store). Finally, though many expats only temporarily relocating to London might bypass a landline phone, if you prefer one, five major landline phone operators in the UK are Virgin, BT, TalkTalk, Vonage, and Primus. The major UK TV subscription services like Sky, Virgin Media, and British Telecom (BT) offer cable, internet, and phone bundles for savings, and online resources like HomePhoneChoices and uSwitch are available for making comparisons. It’s one more thing to think about for a relocation, but something your Relocation agent can certainly assist with!

And now, to continue caroling:

“…pretty fresh hens,
sea turtle tanks
,
and a cartridge to hunt in country.”