This is an update that I was successfully able to do two things (from the US) with my (previously US activated) Vodafone UK SIM:
Using this link I paid via PayPal, which allows me to use my US credit card on the back end:
When you select your VISA payment option, beware of PayPal's DCC. To pay in GBP:
Click on "currency options"
Choose "Currency for this purchase" as GBP
Gives you the dreaded fear message:
"your card issuer will determine the currency conversion rate and what fees they may charge …."
Payment PayPal shows as £5 from Vesta Payment Solutions UK Limited.
With the credit added to my SIM, I was then able to Purchase a BIG VALUE BUNDLE
If you're in Europe, you can use credit to purchase a bundle via text; in the US it would have used my data plan. So I did it by logging into MyVodafone UK account online:
- Click on Big Value Bundles Pay as you go 1
- Click on Big Value Bundles tab (if necessary)
- Choose from the different sized bundled plans
- Choose Pay with Balance (if you h ave credit) else Pay With Card (may require a UK credit card, I didn't try it)
Received this confirmation:
You've added a £10 Big Value Bundle to your mobile number.
The plan I purchased was £10 and gives within EU:
6 GB data (UK residents) / 3 GB (non-UK residents)
Unlimited - texts
250 - minutes
The only thing left to do is see if it works when I arrive in Germany in a few days. I will report back!