You will probably find life much easier in the UK if you have a mobile phone – not only to communicate with your friends, family and sponsor, but also to enjoy all that the country has to offer.
Some restaurants or pubs accept orders by logging into an app, and QR codes are dotted around the main street.
If you have just arrived in the UK from Ukraine, you are in luck as some mobile phone providers give out free SIM cards for your mobile phone.
Three UK has removed roaming charges anywhere in Ukraine, and all calls or texts from the UK to Ukraine are now free.
Ukrainians arriving in the UK can get a free 30-day Pay As You Go SIM card from Three.
The card will include unlimited national calls, texts and data.
Simply visit any of the 311 Three stores in the UK to collect your SIM card.
Once your 30 days are up, it’s time to get your mobile phone contract.
You can either head straight to the network provider you’re interested in (be it O2, EE, Vodafone, Three, etc.) or go to a Carphone Warehouse store.
Carphone Warehouse has agreements with a number of network providers, which means it’s easier to compare prices.
If you need to provide an address for the contract, you can use your sponsor’s address for now.
Likewise, to help cover the cost of the contract, there are a number of plans available.
You are eligible for Universal Credit – a payment made to anyone of working age on a low income – as well as Pension Credit.
Your local JobCentre Plus can help you access these benefits.