1p Mobile offers flexible Pay As You Go from 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. Customers get 4G & 5G coverage from EE.
In the UK, 1p Mobile currently offers the lowest Pay As You Go rates of any mobile network for calling, texting and browsing. With an eye-catching tariff of 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/megabyte, you’ll only pay for what you use on 1p Mobile. You’ll get 99% population coverage from EE.
For customers joining 1p Mobile since January 2021, there are no regular monthly payments or commitments to use the service every month. However, you’ll need to top-up your phone with at least £10 of credit every 120 days.
If you’re a regular mobile user, a range of 30-day bundles are available. For instance, you can get unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 250MB of data for £36 per year (equivalent to £3 per month).
1p Mobile is offered by Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group. They offer 4G and 5G coverage from EE.
|Pay As You Go Rates:||1p/minute
|Minimum Top-Up Requirement:||£10 top-up required every 120 days
(or £30 per year with the 1pMobile 1-year SIM)
|Pay As You Go Bundles:||
- 1 Pricing & Tariffs
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Network & Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 About 1p Mobile
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 7 More Information
Pricing & Tariffs
Pay As You Go
1p Mobile’s namesake is their Pay As You Go plan, where you’ll pay just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. You can use this without any regular monthly charges.
These low Pay As You Go rates make 1p Mobile significantly cheaper than other Pay As You Go networks in the UK.
The following table shows 1p Mobile’s Pay As You Go rates in the UK:
|Voice Calls||1p/minute (any network, any time)|
|Calls to Voicemail||1p/minute|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||5p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||1p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||30p|
|Mobile Data||1p/MB (or buy a 30-day bundle from £3)|
For new customers joining 1p Mobile, there are no regular monthly fees (unless you choose to buy a Boost). You will, however, need to top-up your SIM card with at least £10 of credit every 120 days. 1pMobile has an optional auto top-up feature which can add credit to your account every time your balance drops below £2 or when 120 days have passed since your last top-up.
If you had signed up to 1p Mobile before the 1st January 2021, a minimum spend of £2.50 per month may apply on your SIM card. This minimum spend requirement does not apply to customers joining 1pMobile on or after the 1st January 2021.
You can check your Pay As You Go balance at any time by calling 150 from your 1pMobile handset. It’s free to do this.
For instance, you can get a bundle with unlimited minutes & unlimited texts for £3 per month (this also includes 250MB data per month if you pre-pay for one year). You can also get an all-inclusive bundle such as unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB data for £10 per month:
If you only need an inclusive data allowance, there are also two data-only boosts (1GB data for £3 and 4GB data for £6). You can combine both of these plans with the regular 1p/minute and 1p/text rate for calling and texting.
Given the lack of other Pay As You Go networks using coverage from EE, 1p Mobile can be one of the better value options if you’re looking for a contract-free plan with EE coverage.
Minimum Top-Up Requirement
Before joining 1p Mobile, it’s important to be aware of their minimum top-up requirement. 1pMobile requires you to top-up your phone with at least £10 of credit for every 120 days of usage. If you don’t do this, your account will be closed and your phone number will be lost.
When you top up your 1p Mobile account by more than £10, this is taken into account when calculating the deadline for your next top-up. For instance, a £20 top-up will extend your next “top-up due date” by 240 days. For convenience, many customers decide to order a 1-year SIM card with £30 of credit. This is because you won’t need to top-up again for another year.
Beyond the minimum top-up requirement, there are no further requirements to actually spend your credit every month (unless you joined 1pMobile before the 1st January 2021). However, any credit you add to your account is non-refundable so will eventually need to be spent at some point (as it isn’t possible to transfer your credit to other networks).
If you’re only planning to use the SIM card in a spare or emergency handset, the requirement to top-up £10 for every 120 days of usage can actually make 1p Mobile a fairly expensive option. This is because most other mobile networks don’t have a minimum top-up requirement: they simply require you to use your phone at least once every 180 days (this includes the use of Pay As You Go credit that’s already on your account).
Customers who joined 1pMobile prior to the 1st January 2021
If you joined 1pMobile before the 1st January 2021, you’ll be subject to a minimum spend of £2.50 per month on your plan. This is instead of the £10 every 120 days minimum top-up requirement which applies to customers who’ve joined 1pMobile since the 1st January 2021.
Automatic Top-Up Feature
Customers can use 1p Mobile’s automatic top-up feature to ensure their account is topped up by at least £10 every 120 days. The automatic top-up will activate when either the balance on your account drops below £2 or when your next top-up is due.
For customers wanting the ability to choose their own phone number, 1pMobile offers a choice of paid-for memorable numbers. It costs £20 to buy a memorable gold number, or you can choose a regular phone number for £2.
You can search the list of memorable numbers on the 1pMobile website.
You can join 1pMobile without paying for a memorable phone number. If you do this, you’ll automatically be assigned a phone number for free. You can also transfer your existing phone number to 1p Mobile at no extra cost.
Comparison to Alternatives
Pay As You Go Rates
At present, 1p Mobile has the lowest per-minute, per-text and per-megabyte rates of any Pay As You Go network in the UK.
The closest alternatives tend to charge more than 1p Mobile (e.g. 4p/minute, 4p/text and 4p/MB). However, you might still be better off elsewhere as there isn’t the requirement to top-up by £10 every 120 days.
For more information, see our guide to the best Pay As You Go SIM cards for light users.
£10 Per Month Bundles
On 1p Mobile, you can buy a £10 bundle which gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB data.
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of what you can get for £10 per month on other Pay As You Go networks:
£15 Per Month Bundles
1pMobile’s £15 bundle comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 50GB of data.
In general, this compares fairly strongly to the £15 plans on other Pay As You Go mobile networks:
For more information, see our guide to the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.
Network & Coverage
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage from EE
At the time of writing, customers can access 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G network.
Before signing up to 1pMobile, we strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the 1pMobile website:
If you have a 5G-ready phone, you’ll also be able to access EE’s 5G network in 160 UK towns and cities on 1p Mobile.
1p Mobile’s 5G service can give you much faster download speeds (around five to ten times faster than 4G). You’ll also benefit from more network capacity and a lower amount of latency.
You can check the 5G coverage in your area by entering your postcode on 1pMobile’s online coverage map:
According to 1p Mobile, there are no speed restrictions on their 5G service.
APN Internet Settings
Before you’re able to access the internet on your smartphone, it may be necessary to input the Access Point Name (APN) settings for your 1p Mobile SIM card. On the iPhone, you can do this through Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Mobile Data Network and on Android, you can do this through Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Mobile networks > Access point names.
You’ll need to input the following settings to access the internet on 1pMobile:
- Name: 1pMobile
- APN: data.uk
- User: user
- Password: one2one
- Type: CHAP
For more information, please see the help documentation on the 1pMobile website. If you’re using a 1p Mobile SIM card in a handset that’s locked to EE, you may need to use alternative APN settings that are detailed on the 1pMobile website.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It provides you with a mobile broadband connection for use on other devices.
On 1p Mobile, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is permitted. You’ll just pay the normal rates for any data that’s consumed through this feature (that’s 1p/MB if you’re on Pay As You Go, or you can use your Boost if you have one).
As normal, we’d recommend switching off data-intensive features such as background app updates when tethering to your laptop. This is because it can very quickly consume lots of data, leading to the balance on your Pay As You Go account becoming depleted very quickly.
For more information, see our in-depth guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.
On 1pMobile, you can use your mobile phone abroad through international roaming. To do this, you’ll need to enable both the “international calling” and “international roaming” features within your 1pMobile account. This can be done by logging in to the 1pMobile website and enabling both of these options in the “Network settings” section.
If you’re travelling within Europe, you’ll benefit from roam-like-at-home (European roaming at no extra charge). This means you’ll continue to pay your normal UK rates whilst travelling in Europe. You can also use your Data Boost allowance when you’re travelling in Europe (up to a maximum of 14GB per month if you have the 50GB Data Boost).
If you’re travelling outside Europe, additional roaming fees will apply to your service. These fees are substantially higher than your normal UK rates (e.g. in the USA, you’ll pay £1/minute, 25p/text and 20p/MB).
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re moving from another mobile network to 1p Mobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.
To do so, start by asking your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one from your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.
Once you’ve gotten a PAC Code from your old network, order your new SIM card from the 1pMobile website.
After your new SIM card arrives, you can log in to your online account to submit your PAC Code to 1pMobile. Once you’ve done this, your phone number transfer should normally be processed on the next working day. You should try to use up any remaining Pay As You Go credit on your old mobile network as it can’t be transferred to 1pMobile.
For a step-by-step guide on moving your phone number to 1p Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:
About 1p Mobile
1p Mobile has been available in the UK since September 2016. It’s offered by a company called Telecommunications Management Limited (TML), which has operated in the UK since 1998. TML is part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC and is also the sister company of Utility Warehouse.
According to the Telecom Plus PLC group financial report (September 2021), the group has 306,700 mobile network customers. However, it isn’t clear how these customers are split up across the 1p Mobile and Utility Warehouse brands.
In our opinion, it’s good news that 1pMobile is backed by one of the UK’s largest public companies. The network is now also firmly established having been around for more than five years. Saying that, we’d still recommend doing your own research when choosing a new mobile provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
|How much will I pay to use 1p Mobile?||
You’ll pay 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB to use 1p Mobile. There are no regular monthly charges so you’ll only pay for what you actually use. A full list of Pay As You Go rates can be found on the 1p Mobile website.
|Does the Pay As You Go credit on 1p Mobile expire?||
No. Your Pay As You Go credit won’t expire but you’ll need to make sure your account remains active. You can do this by topping up your phone with at least £10 of credit for every 120 days you’re connected to 1p Mobile.
For customers who joined 1p Mobile before the 1st January 2021, a minimum spend of £2.50 per month will apply on your SIM card.
|What network does 1pMobile use for coverage?|
|How do the rates on 1p Mobile compare to other networks?||
1pMobile has the lowest Pay As You Go rates of any mobile network in the UK. They charge just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. The closest alternatives typically charge 4 times more (4p/minute, 4p/text and 4p/MB).
|Can I keep my existing phone number?||
Yes. It’s a straightforward process to keep your phone number when moving to 1p Mobile. Simply ask your existing mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get this through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. Give the PAC Code to 1p Mobile once you’ve activated your SIM card.
|Who owns 1p Mobile?||
1pMobile is owned by Telecommunications Management Limited. It’s part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC and is also the sister company to Utility Warehouse.
For more information about 1pMobile, please see their official website.