I've been reading recent posts about paygo phones, and I want to be sure that my understanding on a couple of points is correct.
We will be in the UK for 16 days. It has become necessary for us to be "reachable" from the US. (On most trips, we use a very inexpensive calling card to make regular calls home, but this is the first situation where it is absolutely necessary for us to be able to be called from the US.)
Because I don't want to use my US cell phone number - we want to be reached only in the case of an emergency - I believe that the best option is for me to visit a carphonewarehouse near our hotel (there is one very nearby) and buy an inexpensive paygo cell phone for a few pounds, loading it with 10 GBP of "calling credit." We would use this for some local calls within the UK (we are traveling in the south/southeast of England and will be no farther from London than Dorset) but, more importantly, we would give folks in the US this number so that they can reach us in an emergency.
Here are my questions:
(1) Am I correct that there is no charge placed against the paygo phone for incoming calls made from the US? I understand that there is no charge - at all - for calls placed to a UK paygo phone so long as that phone is in the UK. Is that right?
(2) Will such a phone work throughout the south/southwest area of England?
(3) When using a paygo phone outside London, are the calls made locally (within Sherborne or Bath, for instance) still local calls, or they considered long distance, since the phone is a "London phone?"
Is there anything else that I should know about using such a phone?
Thank you very much for your help.