ASDA Mobile offers SIM-only deals from £4/month with no contract, no credit check and coverage from Vodafone.
In the UK, ASDA Mobile is a low-cost mobile network offering SIM-only plans from £4/month. Available with no contract and no credit check, you’ll now get Vodafone coverage on all new ASDA Mobile plans. You’ll also be able to access Vodafone’s 5G network on plans from £10/month.
In March 2021, ASDA Mobile started migrating their customers to their new network which uses coverage from Vodafone. Previously, ASDA Mobile customers had access to 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from EE. All ASDA Mobile customers on the old EE-powered network will need to move to the new Vodafone-powered network before the 15th September 2021.
In this article, we’ll review the new ASDA Mobile network including the SIM-only plans that are available and the Pay As You Go service. We’ll also look at ASDA Mobile’s migration from EE to Vodafone, how ASDA’s plans compare to alternatives and the coverage available on the service.
|Prices From:||£4 per month|
|Best Deal:||10GB data for £10|
No contract & no credit check
|Unlimited Data:||From £20 per month|
|Pay As You Go Rates:||4p/minute
- 1 ASDA Mobile Plans
- 2 Download Speeds
- 3 New Network Migration
- 4 Comparison to Alternatives
- 5 Network & Coverage
- 6 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions
- 8 More Information
ASDA Mobile Plans
In the UK, ASDA Mobile a choice of offers one-month rolling bundles, starting from £4/month with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. You’ll get an allowance of 4G-speed data included on plans from £5/month and an allowance of 5G-ready data included from £10/month.
All of ASDA Mobile’s one-month bundles are available with no contract and no credit check, giving you lots of flexibility to change your plan at any time.
The following table shows ASDA Mobile’s standard one-month bundles:
There’s a maximum download speed of 150Mbps on all of ASDA Mobile’s standard one-month bundles costing £10 or more. On the £5 and £7 bundles from ASDA, you’re restricted to 4G coverage so 5G speeds won’t be available.
Unlimited Data Bundles
Alongside their standard monthly bundles, ASDA Mobile now also offers a choice of following three unlimited data plans:
- The £20 unlimited data plan gives you download speeds of up to 2Mbps. This is enough for most daily usage such as browsing the web, using messaging applications, listening to music and watching standard-definition video. However, you won’t be able to do things like streaming HD-quality video.
- The £25 unlimited data plan gives you speeds of up to 10Mbps. This will allow you to stream in HD and to make HD-quality video calls. You’ll also get a far better experience when downloading and sharing files on your phone.
- The £30 unlimited data plan gives you speeds of up to 150Mbps. This will allow you to do pretty much anything you’d like to do, including downloading large files and watching online video in 4K ultra-HD quality.
The following table shows ASDA Mobile’s unlimited data bundles:
As before, there’s no contract and no credit check when you take an unlimited data bundle from ASDA.
Pay As You Go Rates
If you don’t want to buy a one-month bundle, it’s also possible to use ASDA Mobile on a Pay As You Go basis.
With Pay As You Go, there are no regular monthly charges. Instead, you’ll only pay for what you use on your phone at the rates of 4p/minute, 4p/text and 4p/MB.
Your credit will never expire providing your SIM card remains active (this requires you to use the SIM card at least once every 270 days – ideally every 180 days).
The following table shows ASDA Mobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates:
|Calls to Voicemail||4p/minute|
|Text Message (SMS)||4p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||20p|
Depending on how much you use your mobile phone, it may work out to be better value getting a one-month bundle from ASDA instead. For instance, you can get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for £4/month (equivalent to 100 minutes or 100 texts at standard Pay As You Go rates). You’ll also get 1GB of data included on the £5/month bundle (the same 1GB of data would cost you £40 on regular Pay As You Go).
If you’re using the old ASDA Mobile network with EE coverage, you’ll be paying higher Pay As You Go rates of 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB. You can benefit from the lower rates after moving to the new Vodafone-based network. Alternatively, you can consider moving to a network like 1p Mobile which charges 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB with coverage from EE.
When choosing an ASDA Mobile bundle, it’s important to be aware of the download speeds available on each plan.
The following table summarises the download speeds available on each ASDA Mobileplan:
|£5 bundle (with 1GB data)||4G||Uncapped 4G speeds (typically 23-35Mbps)|
|£7 bundle (with 3GB data)||4G||Uncapped 4G speeds (typically 23-35Mbps)|
|£10 bundle (with 10GB data)||4G & 5G||Up to 150Mbps|
|£15 bundle (with 18GB data)||4G & 5G||Up to 150Mbps|
|£20 bundle (with 30GB data)||4G & 5G||Up to 150Mbps|
|£25 bundle (with 50GB data)||4G & 5G||Up to 150Mbps|
|Unlimited Data Plans|
|£20 unlimited data bundle||4G & 5G||Up to 2Mbps|
|£25 unlimited data bundle||4G & 5G||Up to 10Mbps|
|£30 unlimited data bundle||4G & 5G||Up to 150Mbps|
New Network Migration
If you joined ASDA Mobile before the 1st March 2021, you’ll be using their old mobile network which offers 4G coverage from EE. If this is the case, you’ll have until the 15th September 2021 to move to the new ASDA Mobile network which uses coverage from Vodafone.
For information on how to move to the new network, you should follow the instructions on the ASDA Mobile website. As part of the network migration, you’ll need to change to a new ASDA Mobile SIM card. If you need to get your handset unlocked from EE, ASDA Mobile can also provide you with an unlocking code.
When switching to the new ASDA Mobile network, you can keep your unused Pay As You Go credit. You won’t, however, be able to transfer your remaining bundle allowances. You’ll also need to set up your payment details again from scratch. It’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing a date to move over to the new service. As compensation, ASDA Mobile will give you a free one-month bundle when you upgrade to their new network.
If you don’t want to move to the new Vodafone-powered service (e.g. because you aren’t able to get coverage from Vodafone in your area), your old ASDA Mobile service will close on the 15th September 2021. You can consider moving to another mobile network that uses EE coverage such as 1pMobile or Plusnet Mobile instead.
Comparison to Alternatives
£5 per month bundles
ASDA Mobile currently offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of 4G data for £5 per month.
For the same price, it’s also worth considering Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only deals. On Lebara Mobile, you’ll also get 4G coverage from Vodafone with no need for a contract or credit check.
The following table compares ASDA Mobile’s £5 plan to similar one-month rolling plans from other networks:
£10 per month bundles
On their new mobile network, ASDA Mobile is currently offering unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of data for £10/month.
At this price point, it may also be worth considering SMARTY’s 30GB plan. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data with 4G coverage from Three for £10/month.
The following one-month rolling plans are available around the £10 per month price point:
£15 per month bundles
For £15 per month, it’s possible to get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 18GB of data on ASDA Mobile. This gives you access to 5G coverage from Vodafone with download speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The following table shows alternative £15 price plans that are also available on a one-month rolling plan:
£20 per month bundles
A better value alternative is SMARTY’s unlimited data plan. This is currently available for £16 per month. It gives you unlimited data with 4G coverage from Three and without any speed restrictions as on the unlimited data plan from ASDA.
The following table shows alternatives to ASDA Mobile’s £20 unlimited data plan:
For a more in-depth comparison, see our full guide to the best SIM-only deals in the UK.
Network & Coverage
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From Vodafone
On the new ASDA Mobile network, you’ll get 99% population coverage from Vodafone’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. It should therefore be possible to get an ASDA Mobile signal in all of the same places where you can get a signal from Vodafone.
Before joining the new ASDA Mobile network, it’s worth checking to make sure you’re able to get coverage where you live. You can do this by entering your postcode on ASDA’s online coverage map:
For more information, see our guide to Vodafone’s UK network and coverage.
If you choose an ASDA Mobile plan costing £10 or more, you’ll also have access to Vodafone’s 5G network in 100 UK towns & cities.
The main benefit of using 5G on ASDA Mobile is the ability to access download speeds of up to 150Mbps (around five times faster than 4G). This is available on all plans costing £10 or more, except from the £20 and £25 unlimited data plans which have a speed limit of 2Mbps and 10Mbps. You’ll also benefit from greater network capacity and a lower amount of latency which should make things feel more responsive on your phone.
At present, ASDA Mobile offers 5G coverage in the following UK towns and cities:
|Now Live||100 towns and cities are live on ASDA Mobile 5G (April 2021)|
Aberdeen, Alexandria, Ambleside, Aughton, Basingstoke, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Blaydon, Bolton, Bootle, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Clydebank, Crawley, Crosby, Dewsbury, Dinas Powys, Droylsden, Dudley, Dundee, Eccles, Edinburgh, Eston and South Bank, Felling, Gateshead, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gosforth, Guildford, Hebburn, Helensburgh, Horwich, Huddersfield, Hull, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Jarrow, Killingworth, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Lisburn, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Longbenton, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Middlesbrough, Morley, Mosborough, Newbury, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Oldbury, Paisley, Penarth, Pendlebury, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prescot, Prestwich, Pudsey, Rawmarsh, Reading, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sheffield, Shipley, Solihull, South Shields, Southampton, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Stretford, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swinton, Tynemouth, Urmston, Wallasey, Wallsend, Warrington, Washington, Whitley Bay, Wolverhampton, York
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For more information, see our guide to Vodafone’s 5G network.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s mobile internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s often used as a convenient way to get access to mobile broadband internet on the go.
On ASDA Mobile, it’s possible to tether on all plans. However, we wouldn’t recommend tethering on the £20 unlimited data plan. This is because the 2Mbps speed limit makes things very restrictive in terms of what you can do when you tether.
If you’re travelling abroad, it’s possible to use your ASDA Mobile SIM card through international roaming.
If you’re travelling to one of 36 European destinations, you’ll be able to use your ASDA Mobile bundle allowances at no extra cost. This is subject to Vodafone’s acceptable usage policy which says you’ll need to spend more time in the UK than abroad.
If you’re travelling to a country outside the EU, you won’t be able to use the allowances from your bundle. Instead, you’ll pay substantially more (e.g. 75p/minute, 8p/text and 20p/MB when you’re travelling in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand).
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re switching from another network to ASDA Mobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.
After your new ASDA Mobile SIM card arrives in the post, you can submit your PAC Code online through your ASDA Mobile account. Alternatively, call ASDA Mobile customer services on 2732 to give them your PAC (0808 006 2732 if you’re calling from another network). Once you’ve done this, your phone number transfer will normally take place on the next working day.
For a step-by-step guide on moving your phone number to ASDA Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop down menu below:
For more information on transferring your phone number between networks, see our guide to using a PAC Code.
Frequently Asked Questions
|What bundles does ASDA Mobile offer?||
On ASDA Mobile, it’s currently possible to choose from the following one-month bundles:
In addition, ASDA Mobile also offers a choice of unlimited data plans from £20 per month.
|Can I get unlimited data on ASDA Mobile?||
Yes. On ASDA Mobile, there’s a choice of three unlimited data plans, each with a different maximum download speed:
All three plans will give you access to Vodafone’s 5G network but you’ll need the £30 plan to benefit from the faster speeds available on 5G.
|Can I use ASDA Mobile on a Pay As You Go basis?||
Yes. It’s possible to use ASDA Mobile on a Pay As You Go basis without the need to top-up your phone every month. It’ll cost 4p/minute, 4p/text and 4p/MB on traditional Pay As You Go.
|What coverage will I get on ASDA Mobile?||
On ASDA Mobile, you’ll have access the following types of coverage from Vodafone:
|Can I keep my existing phone number?|
For more information, please see the official ASDA Mobile website.