United Kingdom Communication

Phone

The main networks are T-Mobile , Vodafone , Orange , 3 and O2 , and all have 3G services as well as GPRS (excluding 3). GPRS and 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte. GPRS (Voice, Text, Basic Internet) coverage is sparse in mountainous areas but reaches 99% of homes, 3G signal (MMS, Video, Internet etc) has similar huge gaps outside of urban areas (dependent on network) and may also be difficult to get indoors. T-Mobile and Orange are both now run by Everything Everywhere and share each others signal. A 4G service has just started in a small number of the largest cities. OpenSignal provide independent United Kingdom coverage maps comparing network quality and data speeds. There is no charge for calls that you receive on your handset except for those roaming; charges are only for calls that you initiate.

Language

The UK's official language is English. English is spoken throughout the United Kingdom, although there are parts of major cities where immigration has led to a variety of languages being spoken as well. Welsh (Cymraeg) is also widely spoken in Wales, particularly in North and West Wales. Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) can be seen and heard in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, but there are only 60, 000 native speakers. Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) can be seen and heard in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, but there are only 60, 000 native speakers.

Internet

There are some Wi-Fi hotspots, although intentionally publicly available wireless is not yet widespread outside central London. Most McDonald's restaurants in the UK now offer free Wi-Fi. Many coffee shops offer paid Wi-Fi. The most you should pay for Wi-Fi access across the UK is £1 for half an hour. Many chain cafés will charge more for no extra value. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though time is rationed. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access either via their cable TV system or WiFi, although the prices are quite steep.