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Mobile phones are cheap to buy, but expensive to use, especially if you are calling another country. For information on mobile phone companies and prices see www.mobiles.co.uk
If you choose a contract the phone will be cheap or free but make sure you check the monthly payment and call charges before signing. There is usually a compulsory monthly charge. Most contracts commit you to 12 months, some longer.
To buy a contract mobile phone you will need a "proof of enrolment" letter stating that you are a Cardiff University student and giving your term-time address. You can obtain this "proof of enrolment" letter at the bank letter venue in the Students’ Union during the 3rd and 4th week in September.
However, you always pay a lot more to buy the initial phone and calls are generally more expensive than on contract mobile phones.
You can buy this type of mobile phone from a lot of shops without needing a "proof of enrolment letter" from the University.
There are seven main networks in the UK - they all have shops in Cardiff.
You may also wish to consider Lebara Mobile. They offer international calling rates.
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