I’m traveling from California to London UK for 2-3 weeks. I’ve not been for 5+ years. I have family business to attend and will need to keep working. iPhone SE 2020, iPad mini and Last generation MBP are coming with me and will be used daily for communications and work work.
What accessories do you recommend to handle internet connectivity and voltage differentials? What others things do I need to keep in mind?
I look forward to hearing from a few of you. Cheers! Neil.
In the UK Apple Pay works on the same system as contactless card payments. If somewhere accepts contactless payments then they will also accept Apple Pay. There could be exceptions to this but I have not encountered this while using Apple Pay for the last few years.
As @rbender mentioned pretty much everywhere accepts Apple Pay through the contactless system. I very rarely carry cash and pay for pretty much everything through Apple Pay. During the COVID lockdowns most companies began accepting contactless payments without a minimum payment. There will always be exceptions to this (as well as some places that prefer cash for small payments), however, more and more places now accept contactless/Apple Pay for any amount. You can even use it to buy tickets in public buses.
Travelling anywhere I’d suggest using a VPN. I don’t know where you’re staying, but some London hotels have excellent, free or cheap WiFi, others exorbitantly expensive rubbish. Get an unlimited 4G plan and use your phone as a hot spot.
I thought this was illegal in the UK, but it turns out we made charging to pay by card illegal. However, card providers prohibit setting a minimum limit.
iPhone should travel to the UK without issue - I spent my honeymoon in Hawaii and my iPhone worked perfectly as it covers the radio spectrum we use here.
GiffGaff is a decent firm, there’s also Smarty who do no contract deals. Unlimited data is cheaper than GiffGaff as well. I’ve used them in the past in a 4G router for wifi in an area where we couldn’t get a phone line.
I am currently in Ireland traveling with seven individuals ages 17-23. I bought three of these from Amazon a few weeks before our trip so that everyone would have their own charger. So far they are working great. Very reasonably priced as well.
There is free WiFi available most everywhere. I use those that are identifiable, e.g. hotel, coffee shop, etc. Use a VPN for a bit of safety. No need IMHO to get a local SIM unless you are planning a receive lot of phone calls. Use FaceTime/WhatsApp for voice on Wifi. 5g in big cities, 4g most everywhere else. Some 3g in rural. Can buy inexpensive plug adapters at airport. You Apple chargers will work.