If your company will assist you in setting up utilities prior to your move, take advantage of their offer. If not, here are the basics for setting up utilities on your own. In either case, remember to open accounts in both spouse’s/partner’s names so that you can use your bills to apply for a bank account, mobile phone, etc.
London has a 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 frequently you will be calling and at what times of day 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 which plan is right for you. The UK government has a helpful website to compare plans and answer your questions: www.ofcom.org.uk
All three major providers below offer Broadband (ASDL) or wireless internet service, cable television and entertainment packages with special channels, and bundled mobile telephone deals. Although flats are typically already wired for a digital connection, be sure to order your service in advance to avoid long wait times.
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.