If your company will assist you in setting up utilities prior to your move, take advantage. Remember to open accounts in both spouse’s/partner’s name so that you can use the bill to apply for a bank account, mobile phone, etc. If not, here are the basics:
London has a large variety of telephone providers. The main providers are:
Many companies have special packages for calling the US. Some people prefer to use only a mobile phone and a computer service to make calls back home. Decide how much you will be calling and when prior to deciding which plan is right for you.
Most companies also offer bundles, which include cable/phone/internet for one lower price. Researching the prices and options is the only way to decide what is the right plan for you. The UK government has a helpful website to compare plans and answer your questions: www.ofcom.org.uk
You basically have two options when choosing internet and cable television providers. First you must decide whether you want Broadband (ASDL) or Wireless internet service. Virgin Media supplies broadband service for both internet and cable television and Sky provides Wi-Fi and digital satellite television. Broadband is typically faster although more flats are typically already wired for a digital connection.
If you own a television set, you must purchase an annual TV license. If you purchase a television in the UK, you will receive the TV license bill in the post. Most Post Offices also sell TV licenses. Fines for not having a TV license are extraordinary and they do come to your home to check for a television if you have not purchased a license. For more information, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk