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.

Order 1pMobile SIM card (Free with £10 top-up) →

Pay As You Go Rates: 1p/minute
1p/text
1p/MB
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:
  • Unlimited minutes & texts for £3
  • 1GB data for £3
  • 4GB data for £6
  • 10GB data for £10 (with unlimited minutes & texts)
  • 50GB data for £15 (with unlimited minutes & texts)
Coverage:

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:

Calling Rates:
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
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 1p
Picture Message (MMS) 30p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Data 1p/MB (or buy a 30-day bundle from £3)

The prices stated in this table are for UK usage. If you’re travelling abroad outside Europe or making international phone calls, higher charges will typically apply. Source for pricing information: 1pmobile.com.

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.

Monthly Bundles

If you use your mobile phone fairly regularly, it can sometimes be worth buying a one-month bundle. These are known as 1p Mobile Boosts.

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
1pMobileUnlimitedUnlimitedNo data£3.00
1pMobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
1pMobileUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£15.00

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.

Gold Numbers

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£10.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
1pMobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited7GB£10.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited7GB£10.00
EE500Unlimited5GB£10.00

£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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited75GB£15.00
1pMobileUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£15.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00

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

1pMobile is a virtual network operator (MVNO), making use of EE as their network coverage provider. This means customers of 1pMobile will receive the same coverage as customers on 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:

Check 1pMobile Coverage (1pmobile.com) →

On 1p Mobile, you’ll also get access to Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling if you have a compatible mobile phone.

For more information, see our guide to EE’s network and coverage or find out how mobile phone coverage works in the UK.

5G Coverage

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:

Check 1pMobile 5G Coverage →

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.

International Roaming

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:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to 1pMobile

Select your current mobile network:

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About 1p Mobile

1p Mobile (Telecommunications Management Limited) is the sister company of Utility Warehouse.

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?
1p Mobile piggybacks on the EE network for coverage. This means you’ll get 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G. You can also get 5G coverage in selected areas with a 5G-ready phone. Enter your postcode on the 1p Mobile website to check the coverage available in your area.
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.

More Information

For more information about 1pMobile, please see their official website.

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  • I would like to use 1p sim for when I do an irl stream on TWITCH, I only this occasionally so what would be the best sim option for me do you think please ?

    I was thinking of the ONE YEAR FLEXI
    £30 to use over 365 days
    No need to top-up for a whole year.

    • Hi Scott,
      Thanks for your comment. My main worry about this is you’re likely to use up quite a lot of data when you do your IRL stream on Twitch. At 1p/MB, you can use up your credit very quickly! I’d personally consider getting a Pay As You Go bundle with more data instead (you only need to buy a bundle when you’re doing a stream).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Not sure where you’ve gone Ken? Are you ok? I have comments that are weeks old and aren’t approved anymore. That’s a shame as your website is excellent. Just to let you know 1p mobile has one of the cheapest per MB for roaming. The USA is only 2p a megabyte and 10p a minute which is excellent. For a small number of messages this is excellent even the 20p/megabyte which is in every country.

    Could we have your roaming guide updated as a lot has changed. Now EU isn’t ‘free,’ outside of Europe I feel is getting cheaper. Sky charge just £2 for it’s ten countries outside of Europe and it’s free to receive.

    • Hi Amir,
      Thanks a lot for your contribution and also for pointing out 1pMobile’s great US roaming rates (or Sky Mobile for heavier usage). Apologies for the delay in approving your last comment – unfortunately, it got lost in the approval queue. It’s now approved and on site.
      Thanks again!
      Ken

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