1p Mobile offers flexible Pay As You Go costing 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. Customers get 4G 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. There are no regular monthly payments or commitments to use the service every month. However, smartphone users can optionally buy a data boost add-on from £6/month.
An important requirement of 1pMobile is that customers are required to top-up their phone with at least £10 of credit every 120 days.
1p Mobile is offered by Telecommunications Management Limited, the sister company of Utility Warehouse and a part of the FTSE 250-listed Telecom Plus PLC group. They’ve offered 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from EE since September 2016.
|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)
|Data Boosts (optional):||
|Best Offer:||Get £5 of free credit with the 50GB Data Boost|
|Coverage:||2G, 3G & 4G coverage from EE|
- 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 customers pay just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB. These low Pay As You Go rates make 1p Mobile significant 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 Data Boost from £6)|
There are no regular monthly fees on 1p Mobile, but you’ll 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.
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.
If you regularly use mobile data on your phone, you can buy a 1p Mobile Data Boost bundle from £6.
One of 1p Mobile’s best value bundles is their 50GB data boost which costs £15 per month. This gives you significantly more data compared to what you’ll get for the same price on other networks. As a special offer, customers joining 1p Mobile with a 50GB data boost will get £5 of free Pay As You Go credit with their 1pMobile SIM card.
Alternatively, you can buy the 2GB data boost which costs £6/month or the 10GB data boost which costs £10/month. Both of these will also provide a significant discount on the regular 1p/MB rate if you’re a regular data user.
The following table shows Data Boosts bundles that are currently available from 1p Mobile:
|Data Boost Bundle||Cost||Potential Saving*|
|2GB Data||£6 for 30 days||Save up to £14 compared to standard rates (£20 at 1p/MB)|
|10GB Data||£10 for 30 days||Save up to £90 compared to standard rates (£100 at 1p/MB)|
|50GB Data||£15 for 30 days||Save up to £485 compared to standard rates (£500 at 1p/MB)|
You can buy a Data Boost bundle at any time from your Pay As You Go credit. However, any unused data remaining from the Boost will expire after 30 days and won’t carry over.
You’ll normally be better off buying a Data Boost bundle when your average mobile data usage exceeds 600MB (0.6GB) per month. At this threshold, you’ll pay £6 for 600MB of data at the normal 1p/MB rate (or you can buy the 2GB Data Boost for the same price).
If you use up your entire Data Boost allowance, further usage will be charged at the normal 1p/MB rate.
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. However, any credit you add to your account is non-refundable so will eventually need to be spent on 1pMobile 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).
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.
Prior to the 25th April 2017, 1pMobile had a minimum spend requirement of £5/month. This minimum spend requirement is no longer in place. The only requirement is now to top-up by at least £10 for every 120 days you’re connected as a 1p Mobile customer.
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 be assigned a phone number automatically for free. You can 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 charge a lot more than 1p Mobile (e.g. 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB). Although these rates are much higher, you might still be better off as there isn’t a requirement to top-up by £10 every 120 days. Alternatively, consider something like Vodafone Pay As You Go 1 (costing £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 50MB of data).
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 Data Boost which gives you 10GB of 4G mobile data. Usage of calls and texts will then be charged separately at the rate of 1p/minute and 1p/text.
Compared to other Pay As You Go networks, you’ll tend to get more data for £10/month on 1pMobile. However, other Pay As You Go networks will normally include an allowance of calls and texts with their bundles:
£15 Per Month Bundles
1pMobile’s £15 Data Boost comes with 50GB of mobile data (plus £5 of free credit when you sign up for the plan). Calls will be charged at 1p/minute and text messages will be charged at 1p/SMS.
This is significantly more data than you’d get on other Pay As You Go networks, albeit without the inclusion of unlimited minutes and unlimited texts which is fairly standard on other 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. Download speeds of up to 20Mbps are available on 1p Mobile.
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:
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 Data Boost allowance 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 2020), the group has 267,000 mobile network customers. It isn’t clear, however, 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 four 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.
|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 around 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/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.