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.

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.

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.

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

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):
  • 2GB for £6/month
  • 10GB for £10/month
  • 50GB for £15/month
Best Offer: Get £5 of free credit with the 50GB Data Boost
Coverage: 2G, 3G & 4G coverage from EE

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:

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 Data Boost from £6)

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. 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 signed up to 1p Mobile before the 1st January 2021, a minimum spend of £2.50 per month will apply on your SIM card. This monthly 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.

Data Bundles

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 (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 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).

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 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

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. 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:

Check 1pMobile Coverage (1pmobile.com) →

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

On 1p Mobile, you’ll also get access to Wi-Fi Calling, 4G Calling and 5G coverage if you have a compatible mobile phone.

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.

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 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.

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. 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 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.

More Information

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

Your Comments 66 so far

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 66 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  • If I buy the £30 year deal, under their recent changes in charging in terms of low usage users, will £2.50 be deducted each month?

    • Hi Terri,
      Thanks for your comment. The £2.50/month minimum spend requirement only applies to 1pMobile customers who signed up before the 1st January 2021. As a new customer, it won’t apply to you. They’ve also said there are no plans to change the T&C for customers who’ve joined after the 1st January 2021 (however, that’s not to say they won’t do it in the future).
      Hope this helps,

  • Hi Ken, does EE restrict data speeds to 1p mobile customers, like O2 does to giffgaff/Tesco customers? Is there a traffic management policy in place?
    Also, have you heard any news that they may start up EU roaming charges next year, like some other operators are announcing? Not sure how up to date their website is!

    BTW love your site, lots of useful information!

    • Hi Spencer,
      Thank you for the kind feedback! I do believe the speeds on 1pMobile used to be throttled to 20Mbps. However, I don’t know whether that’s still the case as they now offer 5G coverage (it would seem rather pointless to do so if they still had that 20Mbps cap in place). With regards to EU roaming on other providers, this is still something to keep an eye on at the moment (no news yet on what the MVNOs will do – I imagine it will partly depend on the wholesale agreements they have with their roaming provider).

    • Hi there,
      Absolutely! You’ll just pay the standard 1p/MB rate when using any of these services, or you can use your Data Boost allowance if you have one.
      Hope this helps,

  • Hi. I’m a low user. I have two questions about 1pMobile.

    1) If I buy the £30 one-year deal do I have to spend all the credit in that year? or will unused credit carry over to the next year?

    2) When top ups are due can I use unused credit to pay for the top up?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comment.
      1) The credit will roll over if you don’t use it within the first year. There just isn’t the requirement to top up again for another year.
      2. Unfortunately, not. It needs to be £10 of fresh credit that you add to the SIM card.
      Hope this helps,

    • I use 1pMobile. Yes, any unused credit carries over, and, yes, if you have an accumulated balance then you can use £10 of your balance to extend the 120 days, rather than adding more new funds.

      • Thanks JW – that’s super interesting. Does that mean you can essentially get away with just topping up by £10 every 240 days?
        e.g. top-up by £10 on day 0, spend that £10 on day 120 and then you won’t need to top-up again until day 240?

        • Hi Ken,
          If you have built up credit you can extend the usage period by 120 days using £10 of your existing credit rather than adding another £10 to your credit balance.

          So you don’t end up with ever increasing unused credit if you are a very low user.

        • I think there must be a minimum threshold as I’ve noticed it doesn’t give you that option if your balance is only just over £10.
          It did, however, give me that option after just topping up £10 with a resulting £15.10 balance. So, yes, I could have used £10 of this balance immediately to extend the 120 days, leaving £5.10 to use for calls etc. A button appears on top up history page, that you can click on to choose to do this.

          This is the wording on the top up history page,

          *If your SIM has not been topped-up as per our 120-day top-up requirement, rather than disconnect your service and if you have a large phone credit we will use £10 of your phone credit to extend your usage for another 120 days. All your remaining credit will be rolled over. (Alternative amounts and durations may be agreed via 1pMobile Customer Services)

          • This has now stopped, from live chat
            “Hi there, this was previously offered as a gesture of good will however we no longer are offering this”

  • Hi Ken
    Not sure if you are aware but 1pmobile have changed their data boosts and now only have three

    £6 = 2GB
    £10 = 10GB
    £15 = 50GB

    • Hi Alan,
      Thank you so much for letting me know about this! I’ve just updated this article to reflect the new Data Boost bundles 🙂
      Much appreciated,

  • Hi Ken
    Thanks for such valuable info!
    I’d like to ask if the 1p sim is suitable for a phone that requires a micro SIM? I’ve got a Nokia 105 for kids and it requires a specific size of sim. Any ideas anyone?

    • Hi UmmK,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can use a 1pMobile SIM card inside a phone that requires Micro SIM. You can simply pop out the size of SIM card you require from what they send you in the post.
      Hope this helps,

  • Hi I am looking for a sim provider to put in a tracker system
    Is this network able to do this
    I do not need minutes only text and possibly a little bit of data

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, a 1pMobile SIM card should work inside a tracker system. You should, however, bear in mind the minimum top-up requirement of £10 every 120 days. You’ll need to make sure you top-up with at least this amount in order to keep your SIM card active.
      Hope this helps,

    • Hi Lewis,
      Thank you for the feedback on 1pMobile. Do you have any specifics about what you find misleading on the 1pMobile website? Also, any detailed feedback on their customer support is very much appreciated – I’m sure other readers of this website considering the network will appreciate it very much!

      • Yes
        You CLEARLY advertise “£30 for 1 years credit” .But thats not TRUE is it ? So we shall see what Trading Standards and OFCOM have to say about you tomorrow morning .By the look of you I can see why you think you would get away with this.
        You also say that you have “eye catching” prices 🤭🤣🤣🤣 .Eye watering more like at massive £10 per 1GB . I can reliably inform you that you are not permitted to
        mislead consumers in the way that you are doing
        Meanwhile I wont be wasting anymore money on you .BYE BYE 😁

        • And what was the result ? I bet it was nothing – after all they do clearly state that if you use the £30 before the year is up, then you need to pay more.

          However, as you don’t way what the problem is, it’s to hard to tell.

          Oh, and I don’t think Ken works for them either, so saying “you” is a bit disingenuous.

          I’m thinking of using them as I pay £6 with GiffGaff and I use up all the data allowance in the month (almost 0 phone calls), so I’m hoping to save a bit of money. I try to use Wifi as much as possible but there are places I work where there is no Wifi signal (or rather not a public one), so mobile data is needed.

  • I have less than a £1 on my mobile account. I have not received any prompt like I used to get from 1p when one needed a top up. I cannot get any answer via the two phone numbers one of which was to provide a top up access. Please investigate and explain why this has happened. In the past I used to get am e mail prompt which seems no longer available.

  • Some points:

    There is fully itemised billing down to 1p, including data by the hour.

    SMS delivery reports also cost 1p.

    I pay my excess to charity via premium text (cost: 1p + the donation). You need to enable premium texts. Turn them off again after.

    Calls to the answerphone are 1p per minute.

    • Hi Alana,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, 1pMobile offers 2G coverage so it should be fine to use them on GPRS or EDGE. Is there a reason you want to do this, as opposed to using 3G or 4G?

  • If you have enough credits >£10, 1pmobile will no longer automatically deactivate your account when failing to topup after 120 days have elapsed. I notice this little addition when I last checked my account yesterday on the ‘TopUp history’ tab. There is no mention of this clause in the terms and conditions though.

    +120 credit used to extend usage*

    *If your SIM has not been topped-up as per our 120-day top-up requirement, rather than disconnect your service and if you have a large phone credit we will use £10 of your phone credit to extend your usage for another 120 days. All your remaining credit will be rolled over. (Alternative amounts and durations may be agreed via 1pMobile Customer Services)

    This is useful for those who had built up a sizeable credit via topups and £5 referrals (which also extends the topup date) and no longer finds the tariff suitable for them. They can slowly run this down without fear of losing all accumlated credits >£10.

    • Hi Jason I just noticed this as well, I currently have £17.73p credit and an due a top up in two days time when it will be 120 Days since my last £10 too up, would I be right in assuming if I don’t pay another £10 they will deduct £10 from My Balance, leaving Me £7.73p and giving Me another 120 Days usage??
      Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Jason
      I have just checked this with 1p Mobile and it is correct that £10 can be taken from a large credit balance to extend the top up date by 120 days and roll over the remaining credit. Good news for lighter users.
      But the £5 referral/friends bonus will not extend the top up date (i.e. it’s £15 to use in 120 days). I have just confirmed with them.
      I am very impressed with their answering of questions on live chat and telephone.

  • lucy davies said:

    Hi Ken, does 1p mobile have the same system as other networks whereby they are obliged to give you a pac code so that you can leave their network and still keep your number? Thanks for the informative site!

      • It does indeed help, thank you very much! I do appreciate your rapid response, and I think you are doing a great job providing this kind of information. I’m sure I will be using your site again. Many thanks!

  • Matthew Joyce said:

    Hi Ken

    I’m with 1p mobile they have changed a bit (for the better) since your review. For example topup £10 40 days before the 120 days is up and you don’t have to top up again for 160 days. Topup more than £10 and you don’t have to top up for longer eg £20 topup extends by 240 days. Very fair policy in my view.

    • Hi Matthew,
      Thanks for your comment. This is fantastic news for customers of 1pMobile, especially as it gives the added flexibility. I suppose it also removes the disincentive to top-up early, which is good for them as well 🙂
      Thanks again for sharing!

  • stuart watson said:

    I love the idea of 1p mobile sounds bloody great however I like to top up my phone not using my bank details, known it is possible for any company to get hacked and steal a persons bank details this is why I like till top up vouchers instead. I would welcome 1p if they sold till top up vouchers, just not happy doing money transactions over the internet.

  • Great review, most useful. I frequently help friends set up their new smartphones and select a mobile service provider. This is a great source of information/comparisons for low users. Thanks Ken.

  • 1p looks good and if you set auto top up then you do not lose your credit or number even if you fail to use the phone within the normal 6 month cut off time.

    I too would welcome a review of Vectone mobile.

  • Really. If anyone is troubled about a £2.50 a month contract…How much is a postage stamp these days ?
    If I get keep my old slider phone on this deal I am in.

  • Delight is another 2g offering! But someone said you had to top up every 90 days otherwise it expired. Hoever that seems to have been removed from their website. Can you confirm ken? There seems to be no review for vectone or delight? I know its time ken but would be worth it

  • I set up a 1p sim on behalf of my Sister-in-Law last and I’m amazed at the control the user gets within their online account.

    You can switch on and off using a radio button, things like voice mail, adult content, restrict the use of data, text and calls. These are just a few things and other networks could learn from this network instead of having to ring customer service just to change something.

    As for payment this too is great and something else they do is top up via PayPal and again you can turn auto top up on and off when ever.

    If you look at it, not so much as a PAYG system but more of a £2-50p per month contract but without a contract it really is a good deal and I have no trouble running the S-i-L sim over the next six months or so I may well be tempted to ditch my Plusnet monthly sim for this.

  • The only thing thats spoils this package is the minimum £30 per year spend. For a light user equates to using 8+ mins per day. A lot of very light users like me and my wife may only require an occasional call. My wife uses less than 2 minutes under a minute every month, I average about less than 15 per month and maybe 10mb.

    For lots of light users, a TRUE pay as you go package such as three’s 321 payg (watch out for 3g only and patchy coverage) or O2’s classic payg (5p per min but good coverage and 2g support) makes more sense.

    I get very frustrated when packages are labelled or reviewed as pay as you go when in fact they are prepaid monthly (or 4 monthly) contracts.

    • Hi Andrew,
      Agreed, and I don’t think 1pMobile is a very good solution for anyone who uses their phone very lightly. As you say, people would actually be much better off choosing a slightly more expensive network but without the 120-day minimum top-up requirement. I think this tariff is really for people who want the flexibility (i.e. people who use their phone enough to spend £30/year, but not on a predictable enough month-by-month basis to warrant buying a bundle).
      To pick up on one other point: there’s a requirement to top-up at least £10 every 120 days, but there’s no requirement to actually spend that credit. Of course, the credit is non-refundable so you’ll need to use it eventually, but there’s nothing to stop you from building up a balance and then using it all in one go. Therefore, I do consider 1pMobile to be a Pay As You Go tariff (albeit, a fairly unique one in the market with the minimum top-up requirement).

  • Hi Ken
    I have been using 1p mobile for 10 months now and its great. I am a light user and it costs me next to nothing to use my sim free iphone. 1p uses the EE network which has great coverage.
    The Three 3/2/1 payg deal is competitive, which I used to use, but the major advantage of 1P over 3 aside from price is that you can use a 1P sim in old style Nokia 2G phones if necessary. 3 sims only work in newer 3 and 4G phones

  • Great website. As a light user of a 2g phone, 1p mobile looks very very good. What are the charges for voicemail. I believe some companies charge for a viocemail arriving on your phone even if you do not listen to it.

  • Iain Harrison said:

    Firstly, thank you for such an informative website. I used to maintain a similar site and I know how difficult it can be. You do it brilliantly!

    I’d like to add one more thing about 1pmobile: they are the only PAYG service that gives you a VAT invoice. This means that a VAT-registered customer only pays a net 0.8p per minute.

    OK, it is not a huge saving, but a VAT invoice also keeps the accountants happy!

    • Hi Iain,
      Many thanks for the kind words, and also for sharing this really useful insight! Great to see that 1pMobile is making it really easy to get a VAT invoice. I did have a brief look into this topic in the past, though it was mainly for PAYM contracts rather than PAYG. This is something most mobile networks make pretty hard to maintain (especially Pay As You Go networks), so 1pMobile should be congratulated for offering this.

  • I don’t understand the 120 days rule. Will the credit expire or will it be carried over the next 120 days?

    • Hi Ottavio,
      Your credit on 1p Mobile will not expire, but you’ll need to top-up your SIM card at least once every 120 days. If you don’t top-up for more than 120 days, your account will be closed and your credit will be lost.
      Hope this helps,

    • Hi Andy,
      Yes! You can see the fees for international roaming here on the 1pMobile website. For roaming inside the UK, costs are fairly reasonable due to EU regulations. Outside of the EU, however, you can expect to pay a lot more (typically between 85p/minute and £1.75/minute). If you regularly travel abroad to other countries, I’d possibly consider Three instead due to their low-cost international roaming.
      Hope this helps,

  • Pete Forman said:

    1pMobile have just modified the way that the (optional) auto top works. It used to be just money based, kicking in when your balance went below £2. Now it will also happen when the 120 day limit is reached. That prevents disconnection.

    Kudos to them for acting on the suggestion that I sent them.

    • Hi Pete,
      This is a fantastic change from 1pMobile, so thanks very much for the heads up about it. Do you by any chance have any information on how to activate this feature? I’d love to include the information in the review above, as I think there’ll be lots of people who can benefit from it.
      Thanks again,

  • Hi Ken
    I’ve been used 1p mobile since December 2016. The service is excellent and I have not had any problems. The major advantage over 3 payg is the cheaper rate and that you can use the 1p sim in a 2g only phone which is not possible with 3.
    The other change just introduced is the removal of the £5 top up which is a shame but the 30 day credit expiry has been raised to 120 days which is great. Another plus point is that you can Topup with PayPal which is very useful.

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