ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive 30-day bundles and 4G coverage from EE.

In the UK, ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go network with competitive rates for calling, texting and browsing. For occasional mobile users, ASDA Mobile charges just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB. Meanwhile, regular mobile users can save even more money by buying 30-day bundle from £5/month.

Bundles on ASDA Mobile include the popular £10 option which currently includes 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data. This includes double data until the 23rd May 2019, when you have a recurring top-up and bundle on your account.

The coverage on ASDA Mobile is provided by EE, with there being 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. Customers can join ASDA Mobile by ordering a free SIM card from the ASDA Mobile website. This SIM card will slot inside your existing unlocked smartphone, saving you money whilst at the same time giving you coverage from EE.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the ASDA Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available from ASDA Mobile and how they compare to the plans available on other mobile networks. We’ll then look at how you can use your handset on ASDA Mobile, the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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Pricing & Tariffs

ASDA Mobile offers Pay As You Go with no contracts.

In the UK, ASDA Mobile is a low-cost Pay As You Go mobile network. It’s offered by ASDA, the UK’s second-largest supermarket chain, in conjunction with EE who provide the underlying technology and coverage for the service. There are no contracts to sign when joining ASDA Mobile: you can simply order yourself a free SIM card and top it up to get going.

If you’re either a frequent mobile user or a smartphone owner, a 30-day bundle on ASDA Mobile will normally offer the best value usage. With a 30-day bundle, you can convert your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet.

Meanwhile, for light and occasional mobile users, ASDA’s traditional Pay As You Go service may offer better value usage. ASDA charges just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB on traditional Pay As You Go. There’s no need to top-up every month, and your Pay As You Go credit never expires providing you keep your SIM card active by using it at least once every 270 days.

30 Day Bundles

Double data is available on ASDA Mobile bundles until the 23rd May 2019.

For regular mobile users and for anyone with a smartphone, the cheapest way to use ASDA Mobile is normally to buy a 30-day bundle.

With a 30-day bundle, you essentially buy your airtime in bulk from ASDA Mobile. This makes it cheaper than traditional Pay As You Go and gives you greater certainty over how much you’ll spend every month.

For instance, someone using 125 minutes, 100 texts and 250MB of data would normally pay £26.50 on traditional Pay As You Go. With a 30-day bundle, you could instead pay a flat-rate of just £5/month for 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 250MB of data.

Until the 23rd May 2019, ASDA Mobile is offering double data on their all-round Pay As You Go bundles:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile1252,000500MB
250MB
£5.00
ASDA Mobile300Unlimited2GB
1GB
£7.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited6GB
3GB
£10.00
ASDA Mobile800Unlimited8GB
4GB
£12.00
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited12GB
6GB
£15.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited18GB
9GB
£20.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB
15GB
£25.00

To benefit from the double data allowance, you should order and activate a free ASDA Mobile SIM card before the 23rd May 2019. When it arrives, you can set up a recurring top-up and recurring bundle on your account. This will also save you time in the future, so you won’t need to manually top-up every month. There’s no need to undergo a credit check to use this service.

Alongside the all-inclusive bundles, there’s also a £5 Talk and Text bundle for people who don’t use a smartphone (the bundle comes with 250 minutes and 2000 texts). There are also four data-only bundles (£5 for 500MB of data, £7.50 for 1GB of data, £12.50 for 4GB of data and £15 for 6GB of data).

Order ASDA Mobile SIM Card (Free) →

You can order a free SIM card through the above link to take advantage of the offer currently available on the bundles.

Bundle Codes

Once you have a SIM card from ASDA Mobile, you can buy a 30-day bundle by texting the following bundle codes to 2732:

Bundle Buy One-Off Bundle Buy Recurring Bundle*
£5 Bundle Text 5 to 2732 Text AUTO 5 to 2732
£7 Bundle Text 7 to 2732 Text AUTO 7 to 2732
£10 Bundle Text 10 to 2732 Text AUTO 10 to 2732
£12 Bundle Text 12 to 2732 Text AUTO 12 to 2732
£15 Bundle Text 15 to 2732 Text AUTO 15 to 2732
£20 Bundle Text 20 to 2732 Text AUTO 20 to 2732
£25 Bundle Text 25 to 2732 Text AUTO 25 to 2732
£5 Talk & Text Bundle Text Talk 5 to 2732 Text AUTO Talk 5 to 2732
500MB Data Text Data 5 to 2732 Text AUTO Data 5 to 2732
1GB Data Text Data 7.50 to 2732 Text AUTO Data 7.50 to 2732
4GB Data Text Data 12.50 to 2732 Text AUTO Data 12.50 to 2732
6GB Data Text Data 15 to 2732 Text AUTO Data 15 to 2732

* Recurring bundles will automatically renew at the end of the 30 days providing there is enough credit remaining on your account. To disable automatic renewal, text STOP AUTO to 2732.

All of the bundles on ASDA Mobile last for 30 days with any unused allowances expiring with the bundle. To check your current bundle and the remaining allowances in it, you can text BAL to 2732.

Pay As You Go

With classic Pay As You Go, just top-up your phone and pay for what you use.

For occasional users not wanting to top-up every month, it’s possible to use ASDA Mobile on traditional Pay As You Go.

On ASDA Mobile’s traditional Pay As You Go service, you’ll only pay for what you actually use on a per-minute, per-text and per-megabyte basis. Your credit will also never expire providing your SIM card remains active (you can keep it active by using the SIM card at least once every 270 days).

ASDA Mobile charges the following rates on Pay As You Go:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 8p/minute (any network, any time)
Calls to Voicemail 8p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 8p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 4p
Picture Message (MMS) 25p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Internet 5p/MB (buy a 30-day bundle for better value)

The prices stated in this table are standard UK rates. If you’re travelling abroad outside Europe or making international phone calls, higher rates will normally apply. Source for pricing information: mobile.asda.com.

Calls to ASDA Mobile customer service on 2732 are free. A full list of rates can be found on the ASDA Mobile website (scroll to the bottom of the page). This includes the rates for using your mobile phone abroad in other countries through international roaming, and the cost of making international phone calls from the UK.

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In general, ASDA Mobile compares pretty well against other Pay As You Go mobile networks for their rates. Their 8p/minute and 4p/text tariff is cheaper than most mainstream networks. They also allow you to keep your credit indefinitely providing your SIM card remains active, and top-ups are available from as little as £1 each time.

Some rival mobile networks are slightly cheaper than ASDA Mobile (e.g. O2’s Classic Pay As You Go and Three’s 321 tariff). There may, however, be other considerations such as the level of coverage, customer service and flexibility with top-ups. For more information, see our guide to Pay As You Go SIM cards for light users and our Pay As You Go network comparison table.

Comparison to Alternatives

In the following section, we’ll compare the bundles from ASDA Mobile against rival offerings from other mobile networks.

Less than £10 per month

5 Pound Note
ASDA Mobile has a choice of bundles from £5/month.

ASDA Mobile has a choice of three bundles for under £10/month.

For £5/month, ASDA’s all-inclusive bundle comes with 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 500MB of data (250MB outside of the double data offer). Alternatively, ASDA’s £5 Talk & Text bundle comes with 250 minutes and 2000 texts. For comparison, giffgaff has a £5 bundle with 150 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of internet.

For £7/month, ASDA Mobile has a bundle with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet (1GB outside of the double data offer). The closest comparable alternative is giffgaff’s £7.50 goodybag which, for 50p more every month, comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
giffgaff150500500MB£5.00
ASDA Mobile1252,000500MB
250MB
£5.00
EE100250150MB£5.00
Vodafone150250100MB£5.00
ASDA Mobile2502,000-£5.00
ASDA Mobile300Unlimited2GB
1GB
£7.00
giffgaff250Unlimited2GB£7.50

£10 per month bundles

10 Pound Note

Until the 23rd May 2019, ASDA Mobile offers 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data for £10 as part of the double data promotion (normally 3GB per month).

The closest alternative is giffgaff’s £10 goodybag. This comes with a larger allowance of phone calls (unlimited minutes) rather than ASDA Mobile’s 600 minutes per month. giffgaff’s £10 goodybag also includes unlimited texts and 3GB of data. giffgaff makes use of coverage from O2, whereas ASDA Mobile makes use of coverage from EE.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited6GB
3GB
£10.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
O25005,0002GB£10.00
Vodafone250Unlimited2GB£10.00
EE250Unlimited1GB£10.00

£15 per month bundles

15 Pound Notes
At £15/month, giffgaff currently has the best value offering.

For £15/month, ASDA Mobile offers 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 12GB of data (6GB outside of the double data offer).

As an alternative to ASDA Mobile, giffgaff offers the £15 goodybag as a possible alternative. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 8GB of data. On giffgaff, you’ll get coverage from O2 rather than EE.

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited12GB
6GB
£15.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
O21,0005,0005GB£15.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£15.00

£20 per month bundles

20 Pound Note

For £20/month, ASDA Mobile offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 18GB of internet (9GB outside of the double data offer).

For most people, we’d probably recommend giffgaff as a better value alternative to ASDA Mobile. For £20/month, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of data on giffgaff. Alternatively, there’s also a £25 goodybag on giffgaff with Always-On data (unlimited downloads with 4G speeds on the first 20GB of data per month).

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited18GB
9GB
£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
O22,0005,0008GB£20.00
Vodafone1,000Unlimited8GB£20.00
EE1,500Unlimited4GB£20.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB
15GB
£25.00
O23,0005,00010GB£25.00
EE2,000Unlimited8GB£25.00

For more information, please see our full comparison of Pay As You Go bundles. In addition, if you’re over 18 and willing to sign a contract and to undergo a credit check, it may also be worth considering a Pay Monthly SIM card.

Handsets

ASDA Mobile is a SIM-only mobile network. This means you’ll be given a free ASDA Mobile SIM card, which can slot inside any unlocked smartphone. You can use your existing mobile phone, or you can buy a SIM-free smartphone from retailers like Amazon or John Lewis (see a list of other major retailers here).

If you’re using a handset that was originally provided by another mobile network, it might be necessary for you to first unlock it. For more information, see our guides to unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Order ASDA Mobile SIM Card (free) →

ASDA Mobile provides a three-in-one SIM card, so you can pop out the Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM as required.

Credit Expiry & Inactivity Policy

Phone Call
You should try and use your phone at least once every 180 days.

On ASDA Mobile, your Pay As You Go credit doesn’t expire (this is assuming you aren’t converting your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day bundle). To keep the credit active on your account, you do however need to make sure your SIM card remains active.

The easiest way to keep your ASDA SIM card fully active is to use it for a chargeable activity at least once every 180 days. Your Pay As You Go credit will only expire if your SIM card is left unused for more than 270 days.

The following gives a timeline of what might happen to an unused ASDA Mobile SIM card:

  • If your SIM card has been used within the past 180 days: As long as you use your SIM card at least once every 180 days, your Pay As You Go credit on ASDA Mobile will never expire.
  • If more than 180 days of inactivity have passed on the SIM card: If more than 180 days have passed since your last chargeable activity, ASDA Mobile will suspend your outgoing phone calls. You’ll need to call them on 0800 079 2732 from another phone to reactivate outgoing phone calls on the SIM card. In the mean time, you’ll still be able to receive incoming phone calls and your Pay As You Go credit will still remain on your account.
  • If more than 270 days of inactivity have passed on the SIM card: If more than 270 days have passed since your last chargeable activity, your SIM card will be suspended by ASDA Mobile. You’ll no longer be able to make any phone calls and your Pay As You Go credit will also be removed. At this point, you can still call ASDA Mobile customer services on 0800 079 2732 to recover your phone number.
  • If more than 360 days of inactivity have passed on the SIM card: After 360 days of inactivity on your account, your phone number is deleted and can no longer be recovered.

We’d typically recommend using your SIM card at least once every 180 days to avoid complications. This is a fairly standard policy across most Pay As You Go networks (in fact, ASDA’s policy is one of the most generous and lenient). For more information, please see our article on Pay As You Go inactivity.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage from EE

ASDA Mobile has 99% population coverage from EE on 2G, 3G and 4G.

ASDA Mobile uses EE as its network coverage provider, so customers using ASDA Mobile will get the exact same coverage as customers on EE.

At the time of writing, ASDA Mobile offers 99% population coverage, including on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G network. This translates through to about 90% geographical coverage, with the promise this will increase to 95% by 2020. In our opinion, this is a strong plus point of choosing the ASDA Mobile network as EE have the widest 4G coverage of any mobile network at present.

Before ordering a SIM card from ASDA Mobile, we strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the ASDA Mobile website:

Check ASDA Mobile Coverage (mobile.asda.com) →

4G coverage has been available to ASDA Mobile customers since April 2017. If you joined ASDA Mobile before this date, you might need to update to a new 4G-ready SIM card.

Prior to April 2014, ASDA Mobile made use of coverage from Vodafone. The old Vodafone-based service is no longer available to ASDA Mobile customers.

Tethering

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s mobile broadband internet connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).

On ASDA Mobile, tethering is permitted on all Pay As You Go tariffs. This means you can easily share your data allowance with other devices.

For more information, please see our in-depth guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.

International Roaming

On ASDA Mobile, it’s possible to use your mobile phone abroad at no extra cost in 50 European destinations.

If you have a 30-day bundle, you can use your inclusive bundle allowances when travelling in Europe. Otherwise, if you don’t have an active bundle on your account, you’ll pay ASDA Mobile’s normal Pay As You Go rates of 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB.

Outside of Europe, higher roaming fees will normally apply. See the ASDA Mobile website for a full list of international roaming charges.

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.

You should start by ordering a free SIM card on the ASDA Mobile website. Once you’ve done that, contact your old mobile network and ask them for a PAC Code.

After receiving your new SIM card from ASDA Mobile, you’ll need to contact ASDA Mobile Customer Services to give them your PAC Code. You can do this by calling 2732 from your ASDA Mobile SIM card or by calling 0800 079 2732 from any other phone.

After providing your PAC Code to ASDA Mobile, it will normally take about one working day for your phone number to be moved over. It isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from your old network, so you should try to use it up before moving networks.

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:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to ASDA Mobile

Your current network provider:

  More Options

For more information on transferring your phone number between networks, see our guide to using a PAC Code.

More Information

For more information, please see the official ASDA Mobile website.

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  • I have been using the ASDA mobile network for 3 years with no problems. I had a slight delay when transferring my number over to them when first joining ASDA, but a call to the help desk had it sorted straight away. Great value monthly bundles, no contract, whats not to like, I recommend them.
    As they use the EE network comments about slow data transfer speeds could mean you are in a poor reception area for the EE network. I have yet to find a poor reception spot anywhere in London.

  • Jason Cartwright said:

    Currently ASDA are offering double data and double minutes for their monthly tariffs, until late August, so I took the opportunity to transfer my mobile operator from Three to ASDA.

    The outcome proved fatal, a big mistake, for ASDA’s data network is excruciatingly slow. I never encountered slow data transfer on Three’s network nor when using Wi-Fi.

    Regardless of the time of day, in the middle of the night or during the day, ASDA’s network is torturously slow. I previously encountered no speed problems with Three, and have no speed problems when using Wi-Fi.

    My advice is to avoid ASDA’s network like the plague.

    ASDA Mobile may be cheap, but it’s certainly not cheerful.

    • Hi G,
      You can contact ASDA Mobile Customer Services on 2732 (or 0800 079 2732 from a landline) – I’d recommend getting in touch with them directly to see whether they’re able to help you.
      Thanks,
      Ken

  • Hello. Under the ‘£10 Bundles’ section, the information written does not correspond to the grid info. Written says best offer is ASDA 600 minutes, unlimited text and 2GB data, but the grid gives top bundle as ASDA, unlimited calls unlimited texts and 12GB data!!!???

    • Hi Pagey,
      Thanks for your comment. This page is a little bit of a mish-mash at the moment, as ASDA have a 12GB offer bundle which expires on the 9th January 2018. I’ll update the page again shortly, after which it should hopefully be a little bit clearer!
      Thanks,
      Ken

  • Claudia Couldrey said:

    Hi ya
    Once u start the pay monthly sim deal with ASDA … £10 for 12 g data can ASDA change this bundle after a couple of months or if u do auto renew r u able to continue with that amount of data per month indefinitely?
    Many thanks
    Claudia

    • Hi Claudia,
      Unfortunately, the Mega Christmas Bundle is only available until the 9th January 2018. Depending on the dates you buy your bundle, it’s therefore possible to use this up until early February. After that, you’ll need to revert to ASDA Mobile’s standard £10 bundle which currently has 2GB of internet per month.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi Ken, can you tell me why there is so much difference between say ‘ASDA and EE’ for price. Why do some charge 40p per minute while others charge 8p per minute. Is it just greed. Or is there a hidden benefit that props up the price. ie. the expensive one gets priority in peak hours. I have searched the internet and as yet I have not found the reason. I have been thinking about changing back to a ‘pay as you go’ tariff as I use my phone very sparingly. In fact it’s a fraction of what I pay for each month. But I’m amazed at the difference between the providers. If I changed to a low cost provider, would I get an inferior service or regret it for some unseen reason. As you are concidered to be a ‘expert’ (and I mean that in the best possible way) can you explain to me the difference between them. Thank you Ken.

    • Hi Eddie,
      Many thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay in approving your comment. This is a really good question and goes back to the fundamental economics of how mobile networks operate. Basically, the main costs of running a mobile network are fixed costs (e.g. maintaining the network of mobile phone masts along with the associated back-haul and the required licenses for spectrum, etc). The actual variable costs are relatively low so it actually doesn’t cost very much to connect a phone call on the network.
      The challenge for mobile network operators is to recoup the cost of providing their network. Companies like EE do this in one of two ways: either by selling airtime directly to the consumer, or by selling it on a wholesale basis to MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators like ASDA). Brands like EE and ASDA target different segments of the market and have a different strategy for generating revenue. For instance, EE might use the high per-minute charges to try and recoup the cost of running of their network. Meanwhile, brands like ASDA Mobile charge a bit less and pay some money back to EE through the wholesale agreement.
      Practically speaking, you’ll get the same underlying service on both EE and ASDA Mobile. However, on EE, you might get access to a few extra features (e.g. EE customer rewards, in-store support, wi-fi on the Underground, etc). On ASDA Mobile, you may not have access to these extras. Customer service and billing are also handled by ASDA.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Just to let all your readers know, adsa mobile may be cheap, but they are unable to fix a pretty basic issue with the HLR which prevents 25% of my contacts from texting me. FIVE WEEKS and still no resolution… Appalling for the 21st century.

  • michael hickley said:

    I am still on a 2 year contract with i.d.,part of carphone warehouse, who piggy back off 3.The package I got was sold to me by the techy guy,who said based on my usage,i.d.came out the best.obviously the staff are told to sell the carphone warehouse i.d. package.I get 300 minutes, 500(I think) texts, and 1gb of data for £15.50 a month.
    Fast forward to looking at other bundles/packages from other suppliers…..I have chosen ASDA mobile.The £15.00 a month deal is far better than carphone warehouse offers.I was so disgusted with the way I was lied to by carphone warehouse staff,that I cut up my sim cvard, and now use ASDA mobile.When my carphone warehouse contract ends in may 2018,I will not be renewing it.

  • Hi Ken, fantastically easy, unbiased & in-depth reviews. I went with Asda Mobile & loving it. Great monthly bundle allowances for price, easy top up, applying bundles & signal is ee so safe enough + 4G. Thanks for the pointer in right direction. No regrets.

  • PS I went to the EE store to ask about a new handset. They gave me lots of guff about broadband that I don’t need. All the contract prices worked out way more expensive than just getting a new handset online and keeping my EE PAYG sim. I thought that a contract would work out as lower total costs over 2 years because you’re locked in. That’s how it used to be. But it seems not any more.

    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for the update. You’re absolutely right: it’s often cheaper to buy your handset online with a single upfront payment and then to use a SIM Only deal for your airtime. There are several reasons why this is cheaper than a typical 24-month contract e.g. see my article about hidden APRs on a 24-month contract and about the benefits of an unbundled deal. In particular, the trend of buying your handset & SIM card separately has accelerated in the past few years so there’s now a lot more competition in the space.
      Thanks,
      Ken
      Ken

  • Dear Ken
    Thanks for a very useful article. I’m trying to compare whether to switch from EE PAYG (£10pm) to Asda (£7 pm) (or another provider). As you don’t mention boosts in the Asda article, I presume you can’t get data boosts on Asda the way you can on EE? I’m currently on the EE £10 tariff but I get 4Gb per month because I’ve done a data boost every 3 months. But in truth I don’t know how much data I use, and maybe 2Gb is enough. Any ideas whether I can check how much data I use? Also I presume that EE to Asda calls aren’t free in the way that EE to EE calls are. Many thanks.

    • Hi Mike,
      Many thanks for your comment. You’re right: there are unfortunately no free boosts available on ASDA Mobile. Therefore, you’ll lose all of the free boosts you’ve accumulated on EE Pay As You Go. You can check how much data you use through the My EE app/website, or alternatively by following the instructions on this page. If you find you don’t actually use that much data, then a switch to ASDA Mobile can be worthwhile and save you some money.
      With regards to EE-to-ASDA calls, this is treated as cross-network (so different to EE-to-EE calls). Saying that, I’m not aware of EE offering free EE-to-EE calling – do you know which package they’re offering this on?
      Ken

  • Hi Ken,
    Many thanks for your help, all your info is very helpful and simply the best!

    1.
    How can i transfer old one 2one sim number, when even Tmobile is closed to get PAC number?

    2.
    Can i pick asda sim from supermarket for traditional pay as you go?
    3.
    Could just not find any link, which says if e.g. Asda sim on pay as you go traditional pay per minute,text,data (not bundle) will work outside of uk?
    E.g. europe or even usa?
    4.
    How to get roaming?
    5.
    And how much will cost me incoming calls when abroad in eu?
    Or data usage?
    6.
    Can i or anyone top it up online from abroad?

    Or i need to buy few top up cards in advance in case i will be abroad for a year or two?
    Do they have expiry date if unused?

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Joan,
      Many thanks for your questions about ASDA Mobile. I’ll try and answer them in order:
      1. Is your One2One/T-Mobile phone number still active? If so, you can transfer it by obtaining a PAC Code – there are step-by-step instructions here on how to do this. If your old account at T-Mobile has already been closed, it unfortunately won’t be possible to now recover the phone number.
      2. Yes, you can pick up an ASDA Mobile SIM card at ASDA supermarkets in the UK. There’s a charge of 50p when you pick up the SIM card in-store (you can bypass this by ordering the SIM card online for free).
      3. You can indeed use traditional Pay As You Go outside of the UK. In Europe, you just pay the normal amount (8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB). There’s more information in my guide to European roaming. Outside of Europe (e.g. in the US), you’ll pay a lot more – see the ASDA Mobile website for more information.
      4. I believe roaming is enabled automatically, but you can call the Customer Services team on 2732 to check.
      5. Incoming calls are free in the EU and data is charged at 5p/MB.
      6. There shouldn’t be any problem topping up from abroad – see the information here for details on how you can top-up the SIM card.
      Finally, your SIM card has no expiry date providing you keep it active. At minimum, this means using the SIM card for a chargeable activity once every 270 days (ideally, once every 180 days if possible). For more information, see my guide to Pay As You go inactivity & credit expiry.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

      • Hi Ken,
        Thank you very much!

        You have been such a great help to me!!!
        I was a bit confused as what sim to get, but your wisdom got it so much easier to choose!!!
        I am based in 2 countries in Europe, so Asda will work wonders for me and thanks for the trick with sending sms to keep my number!

        Loads of love!
        Thanks again, have only the great days!
        x

  • Just activated an ASDA SIM with the purpose of using it to forward all calls to another mobile number. We’re a club that wants a dedicated number on our literature without publishing individual members numbers. Have since discovered that ASDA don’t support call forwarding!!! So this SIM is going in the bin. Unless anyone knows how to get call fowarding working?

    Thanks

    Tom

    • Hi Tom,
      Many thanks for your comment. I believe you can manage your call divert settings on ASDA Mobile by dialling *#21#. You’ll definitely be able to change the settings for divert to voicemail, but I’m not sure if you’re able to divert calls to another number (but definitely worth calling the number and giving it a go!). Some Pay As You Go tariffs do not support call diversion, as it causes complexity for the user deducting money from their account (as you need to pay the per-minute fee for diverted calls, and as there’s no guarantee there’ll definitely be credit on the account).
      Ken

  • Hi ken. In the article u state that you will get the exact same coverage on asda as ee. I am on delight, which runs on ee. I changed from ee to delight because they are nuch cheaper. At home with delight im lucky to get 1 bar of signal. If i put my ee sim into the same phone in exactly the same location, i get full signal, as soon as i go back to delight, 1 signal bar. How can this happen, if, like you say the coverage will be the same?

    • Hi Alan,
      Thanks for your comment. Delight Mobile uses coverage from EE, but they only allow you to access 2G and 3G. Meanwhile, when you were using EE directly, you would have also been able to access EE’s 4G network. Because of this, it’s possible your coverage could be worse on Delight Mobile if the 3G coverage in your area is worse than the 4G coverage.
      With ASDA Mobile, you really should have the same level of coverage as they now give you access to 2G, 3G and 4G.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • alan jones replied:

        Thanks for your reply ken. I should of also said i am using a phone which is not 4g. 2g and 3g only. It is a prestigio 5504 . Not a 4g phone

        • Hi Alan,
          Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, I’m not sure why this is happening as they should both use the same underlying signal. A good way to check this for yourself is to manually search for networks on your phone: you should see the same signal for Delight and EE (more accurately, EE will probably show up as Delight if you have a Delight SIM card inside the phone).
          Ken

  • Hi guys,
    Just a quick update to the table above. The good news is 4G will be coming very soon to ASDA Mobile. Following the extension of ASDA Mobile’s contract with EE, 4G will made available to customers in Spring 2017.
    Ken

  • Despite me switching from Asda Mobile to Plusnet Mobile I would recommend Asda Mobile as they are a good provider. The reason I switched was because I’ve recently started using my phone a bit differently (using data!!) and Plusnet Mobile are cheaper for the amount I intend to use (roughly 500-1000MB) whereas Asda Mobile would cost me £10 a month Plusnet is £7.50 so I switched.

    Asda Mobile is best for people that don’t use data on their phone as they offer cheap standard rates or the £5 Talk and Text bundle or for moderate users of data by purchasing one of their 30 day bundles.

    I wouldn’t rule out a return to Asda in future as their bundle ranges are good, customer service is one of the best and their offers are great. They gave me 1.5GB free Data in October and the Christmas Bundle (20GB data, unlimited calls and texts) was a tremendous help in december and the first few days of January.

  • We have taken Asda mobile on this offer. However you will lose all data and minutes on 31st December 23:59 It will not run past this date.

    • Hi Jackie,
      Thanks for your comment. You can purchase the £10 Mega Christmas Bundle at any time up to 31st December. However, once you’ve bought the bundle, the allowances will last 30 days from that date. Hence, you can actually buy it on the 31st December and your allowances would then last until the 30th January.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Asda Mobile’s home page is currently advertising a 30day Mega Christmas Bundle, which offer unlimited minutes/texts plus 20GB data for £10.

    I cannot determine if this is a one-off, or whether a bundle bought now could be renewed before Christmas, but it seems like a good deal either way.

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for the heads up about this! I’ll try to find out more before writing a proper update, but it looks like a fantastic deal from ASDA Mobile! Based on the name, I’m expecting it should be available until Christmas at least so you should probably be able to buy at least two of these bundles 🙂
      Ken

      • Hi David,
        I’ve just had clarification that the Mega Christmas Bundle will be available to buy until the 31st December 2016.
        Hope this helps,
        Ken

  • Ken, I will be visiting the UK from the US a couple of times a year. The ASDA Mobile Sim PAYG looks like a great deal. I have a UK relative I can have the sim sent to. Will I need a UK credit card to pay the tariffs or to top up the SIM card?

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. There’s no need to have UK-based credit card to top-up your phone. If you’re topping up over the telephone hotline, there’s a possibility they’ll decline a non-UK card (however, it’s always worth trying as this varies by network). If they do decline your card on the phone, you can always top-up in-person at shops electronically or buying a ASDA Mobile top-up card (for this, you can use any payment method including cash, etc). For more information, please see my guide to topping up your UK mobile phone.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • I have recently swapped from EE to Asda, as their sims work in phones locked to EE. Brilliant .. way cheaper ( I was a very light / emergency user on EE). I haven’t noticed any reduction in call quality or signal strength. Now I’m not scared to use my phone due to the high cost. I’d definitely recommend. Very friendly people when you call customer services too, and it’s free to call .. sorry EE but yours cost 25p per call for payg users.

  • I was recently the victim of what is apparently called a SIM swap – somebody requested a PAC and “stole” my ASDA Mobile number. To stop this happening to you, call 2732 and put a password on your number. ASDA Mobile customer service were fantastic and got my number back within a few days. In the meantime the local ASDA store gave me a free SIM (with a different number) to use, a bit of a nuisance but OK under the circumstances, and my old number was allocated to the new SIM once ASDA Mobile got it back.
    I have the same gripe as others about not being able to text 5 digit numbers and I do wish I could renew bundles immediately they run out rather than having to wait until the end of the 30 days or roll over an unused balance. My usage is highly variable so I either run out after 2 weeks or am left with a huge unused balance after 30 days if I buy a bigger bundle.

  • I will be visiting the UK in July and thought I would purchase an Asda PAYG sim. Can I get a sim from an Adsa store or do I need to obtain it on-line?

  • Hi. I can’t send messages to a five digit short code number. The number is to a local radio station. Is there a block?

    • Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. I’ve just taken a look into this for you and unfortunately, it looks like five-digit short codes aren’t currently supported on ASDA Mobile. For more information, visit their FAQs and search for ‘short code’:

      At the moment, we don’t offer this service on Asda Mobile. However, due to the number of requests we have received from our valued customers, we are looking at introducing the service in the near future.

      Ken

  • Great site full of helpful info,thanks Ken
    Just changed from EE to Asda mobile no problems apart from internet which after a short call ,no waiting for it to be answered,the problem was sorted,friendly staff as well,and it was a UK call center.

  • Hi ken. Asda not good value for low users. Delight offer 1p mb 2p text and 3p per min calls. Plus you get unlimeted delight to delight calls and text. No top up required. They also run on ee. Ideal for low users

  • To quote AsdaMobile from 2013;

    ‘We are pleased to announce that we will be using EE and in 2014 all our customers will have access to 4G signal’

    Yet another untruth from an MVNO.

    Virginmedia promised exactly the same when it started using the EE network!

  • I lost my cherished mobile number (worth over £1,000) as was not told that after 90 days of no OUTGOING calls, the SIM gets suspended. Asda telephone support had no clue about this EE catch and wasted time trying to to recover it. By the time EE got involved, the number was out of my hands. Furthermore, both Asda and EE had no ‘reference’ on their system to the cherished number – just a SIM number but nothing they claimed connected it to the number itself (which was previously ported across from Orange). I found that hard to believe – how could you not know what your client’s mobile number is – even the PPI spammers seem to achieve this rather well. I had had this fab number with Orange for over 10 years – but lost it in an instant with Asda Mobile. Customer Service is absolutely shambolic. There is not an ounce of lie in that last sentence. This truly is a bad set up and I would never recommend them as long as I stay alive, purely on the basis that both Asda and EE is an incompetent and amateur partnership trying to compete with their more experienced competition. They have no idea of the real world, and when problems arise, they are a lost cause from the very start. If the thought of ‘PAC code’ and Asda Mobile / EE is going through your head, please think about something else. Seriously.

  • Hi Ken,

    How do you check what is left of your 30 day bundle?

    When I text ‘BAL’ it just says 300 mins, unlimited text, 500MB each time.

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. I didn’t know that BAL would only tell you your monthly allowance rather than what remains of the bundle you have. Is the information available in the menus when you call 2732?
      Ken

      • In order to test this I have just texted BAL to 2732.

        The reply tells me that “Your balance is £7.34. In your £10 bundle you have 376:14 min Unlimited texts 683MB.”

  • Hi Ken

    I have been using Asda Mobile for over a year now, and have been reasonably satisfied with the service they offer.

    My main gripe is that they are somewhat miserly when compared to GiffGaff, when it comes to the data allowance within their more expensive bundles.

    Users are able to buy additional data at £7.50 per GB, and unlike their regular bundles, these packages can be renewed once the data has been used up, rather than having to wait for the 30 days to expire. That said, it is my understanding that you have to call customer services, at a cost of 25p to achieve this, which makes me look elsewhere.

    I do not normally use a lot of data, but spend much of the summer on the road, when it becomes useful to have reasonable internet access via a tablet or a dongle. My latest workaround is to buy preloaded 6Gb EE 4G Sims for £15 from ebay, so neither Asda nor GiffGaff benefit from my travels.

    Asda do not permit texting to 5 digit short codes, such as BBC Radio 2’s 88291 number. I would not normally text such numbers, so never saw this as a problem. However, Barclays bank recently asked me to confirm an online payment by texting Y to a short code, and being unable to do this caused me a lot of problems.

    Asda say they are ‘looking into’ allowing such texting, but they have been ‘looking into’ creating online account management for over 18 months now, so I’m not holding my breath.

    I am of the opinion that Asda are relying upon the fact that they use the EE network, which IMHO seems superior in many rural areas, to maintain their market share. In other respects I perceive them to be surprisingly behind the curve in what they offer.

    • You can call from a landline but now as 0800 is free you can use that number instead then its free. Sainsburys is always free even when calling abroad. Hope this helps

  • Pete Andeseren said:

    Run a mile to avoid ASDA mobile!
    Horrible service.
    Broken promises.
    Couldn’t care less about customers.
    Take your money, and then *ignore* you.
    Like everything with the ASDA brand – it is cheap rubbish.

  • Hi Ken – I tried to top up my phone by £5 with voucher but it kept saying incorrect voucher code and put me on hold for customer services – when I got through it gave you different options 1 for this and 2 for that etc – when I was put through to an advisor I was told my credit had gone down by £2.45!! I asked how as the message says at the beginning you will be charged either 10p or 15p (cant remember) for speaking to customer services – they said I have rang an 0845 no which I hadnt – I had only rang them – I asked them for this no that I was supposed to have rang and they gave it to me and it was EE – and by pressing 1 or 2 whichever the CS option no was it passes your call via ‘a switchboard’ and then charges you!!
    I complained and was told it would be investigated – that was 12 months ago – every now and again when I am in ASDA – I goto their CS desk where they sell the phones etc and use their own phone to ring ASDA CS/EE and speak to them and each time I am told its still being investigated – I was told to send in a letter of complaint if I wasnt happy.

  • Hi I tried Asda mobile but when I make a call it just makes a horrid noise and it miss calls all the time and the Internet runs slow .my phone is an s3 . But works fine on orange.

    • Hi Philip,
      Thanks for your comment: this is a really odd problem to be having on your phone. Have you tried calling ASDA Customer Services and asking them if they know what could possibly be wrong? Otherwise, it might be worth trying your ASDA SIM card in a different handset (this should tell you whether it’s a problem with the handset or a problem with the network/SIM card).
      Ken

  • Hi, Ken I have a Nokia lumia 520 on Asda Mobile, Calls ok, ordinary Texts ok. But try to enter comps by 5 figure text entry – NOT A Chance. Why is this ? would love an answer as have £20 credit and this will last for ever if I am unable to enter these comps. If not possible will move provder at first possible moment.

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m not aware of any reason why you shouldn’t be able to text premium-rate shortcodes on the ASDA Mobile network. It’s probably worth giving ASDA Customer Services a call on 2732 – they should hopefully be able to investigate for you.
      Let me know how you get on & if there are any further problems!
      Ken

  • Thank you Ken. Yes gift gaff I am considering it, I wanted to know before I move. face to face is important to me, as use it for international call, phone I talk less, text little, but more on Internet. I am looking. Asda does not do video calls.

  • Ken, I have been using Asda network, now I am simfree apple phone, I heard asda do not have Nanotechnology sim, and I won’t be able to use face time, as asda do video on network. Also asda has no 4G,
    pls reply, thank u

  • Hi. Does anyone know how to stop reminder messages from asda. my daughter recieves constant reminder messages telling her to top up. just looking at her message history and she is gettimng them several times an hour. this is making the phone unusable.

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. From a quick search on Google, it seems like this is a very common issue for users on ASDA Mobile. I wasn’t able to find a solution to your problem but you could try replying to the text message with the keyword “STOP” (there’s a possibility they’ll be monitoring this keyword). Aside from that, your best bet would probably be to contact ASDA Customer Services on 2732. They should hopefully help you turn off the reminder text messages.
      Ken

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment. According to these guys on the EE community forums, an ASDA Mobile SIM card will work on handsets locked to EE or T-Mobile. It may also work on some newer Orange handsets but your mileage may vary depending on when the handset was bought.
      In practice, I would strongly recommend you unlock the handset from EE before using it on the ASDA Mobile network. Both EE and Orange will only unlock handsets for the person who bought the handset originally. You must also have that original account open (e.g. see the instructions for unlocking an iPhone from EE or Orange). If you don’t unlock the handset before switching to ASDA Mobile, you may find it becomes permanently locked to EE.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • Hi Ken,
        Thanks for replying to my query as quickly as you did, I am thinking of buying a Huawei Y530 smartphone from asda which is on offer and currently on EE, having asked the staff in-store for advice. I got the impression that they weren’t very clued up on the products, I have read the posts linked to EE and find that it may well be a good idea to go ahead with the purchase…

        Thanks Again For The Advise, You’re A Top Man, Cheers..

  • I decided to move from EE to Asda Mobile after reading on the Asda website that this would be so easy and take no more than 2 days. Big mistake. I am now 3 days into the process and it has not happened. I am being told it will take up to a further 5 days to happen. In the meantime I basically have no phone. I would urge anyone reading this not to attempt to join Asda mobile

  • Hi Ken, decided to go with ASDA mobile as phone presence. giffgaff might do vouchers but you have to email customer services and you can call ASDA free on the landline number now.

    However, no one seems to know how much it costs to dial 0870 and 0845 numbers? You had a review of this once but I noticed it is hopelessly out of date. An update on that would be greatly appreciated for all networks.

    Thanks though ken for your effort in this website

    • Hi Amir,
      Thanks for the feedback! It’s certainly difficult to find information about the cost of calling non-geographic numbers. For ASDA Mobile, you can find the information on this page:

      For 0800 and 0845 numbers: 10p/minute + 10p connection charge
      For 0870 numbers: 35p/minute + 35p connection charge
      For 0843 and 0844 numbers: 30p/minute + 30p connection charge
      For 0871 and 0872 numbers: 35p/minute + 35p connection charge

      Hope this helps,

      Ken

      • This will have changed on 1 July 2015.

        Calls to 080 are free.

        Calls to 084, 087, 09 and 118 have an Access Charge and a Service Charge.

  • Hi Had to change my phone after the vodaphone/EE switch over because my old phone wouldn’t work. I had a old cheap phone to keep me going which works fine. My son has given me his old Network free BLACKBERRY 8520 and although calls and text are working perfectly, it won’t let me connect to any free WiFi or my home router. Have been it touch with ASDA online but still no joy? Do I need a different ASDA Sim card to be able to connect to the web? The phone worked for my son but all I get is the message “contact your provider”? Cheers

  • Asda Mobile have overnight changed their bundle line up, which with the exception of the basic £5 offering, now offers better value.

    Unfortunately, as part of that process they have managed to make their website less navigable; hence it is no longer immediately obvious that you can buy bundles by texting the appropriate code to 2732

    The FAQ answer to “Where can I buy bundles?” now says “Dial 2732 from your handset or 0800 952 0393 from any UK landline”. This strikes me as a backward step, in that I can envisage the call centre becoming unnecessarily busy.

    The bundle line up is here https://mobile.asda.com/pages/tariffs-prices

    In order to see the relevant code you need to click upon the bundle you are interested in, which makes it turn red. This then changes the content of the associated green box, and reveals the code that you can text to buy that bundle.

    Text the following codes to 2732 to purchase the relevant 30 day bundle.
    £5 = 100 minutes, 2000 texts, 100MB data – Code = 5
    £7.50 = 250 minutes, 2000 texts, 250MB data – Code = 7.50
    £10 = 500 minutes, 2000 texts, 500MB data – Code = 15
    £15 = 1000 minutes, 2000 texts, 1GB data – Code = 20
    £20 = 1500 minutes, 2000 texts, 2GB data – Code = 20
    Data bundles can run alongside regular bundles.
    £5 for 500MB – Code = data5 (this used be data)
    £7.50 for 1GB – Code = data7.50

  • richard laverick said:

    I was on LIFE mobile (Phones4u, uses the EE network) but couldn’t get any signal where I live. Does this apply to changing to an ASDA Mobile sim card? Also, is giffgaff on ee due to us not being able to get any signal via LIFE Mobile (EE)?

  • After many years as a satisfied ASDA PAYG user, I have been transferred to the new EE service,and I cannot text to 5 numeral addresses any more. This means one cannot text Argos and numerous other businesses, along with the BBC,LBC and other broadcasters. Asda EE is now only a partial service and I wonder how many other shortcomings there are to discover. Would I be able to text 5 number addresses with the Sainsbury Vodophone service ? Ken.London

  • What if you are changing to the Asda network, wanting to retain your existing number, and your already with EE.?

  • Hi Ken

    You may wish to draw readers’ attention to the fact that Asda’s content filter blocks some 20% of non-adult websites, including all shortened Twitter links.

    Unlike other providers Asda do not enable users to remove this restriction online or via a free phone call, even though their FAQ and blocked content landing page say call 2732 to remove the filter.

    This is completely misleading and tantamount to theft. The call cost users 25p and they are told that they must take their passport into an Asda store to ‘prove’ they are over 18 (I am 57). Of course the same store will sell customers alcohol as long as they ‘look’ over 18.

    I see this requirement as totally OTT, and impossible to comply with given that my nearest store is nearly 50 miles away.

  • tony murray said:

    Hello Ken,
    thanks for this valuable site.
    My wife and I (76 yrs) both obtained ASDA phones, ALCATEL One Touch 282 using the VODAPHONE network and eventually successfully changed over to EE network. Suddenly my phone has ‘locked’ such that I get a ‘Dial SOS number?’ or ‘Network key?’ in the window and can not remove it. I have tried removing battery and sim without success. I have put my sim into my wife’s phone and it works normally. When I put her sim into my phone I have the same problem. I have contacted ASDA mobile using my wife’s phone and they say I have to go to a 3rd party unlocker. We went through that route having to pay 2 x £10.00 to unlock the phones from the VODAPHONE network.
    Any suggestions?

    regards

    tony murray

    • Hi Balbus,
      As far as I’m aware, a handset locked to EE won’t work on the ASDA Mobile service. You’ll need to unlock it before using it on ASDA.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • When i purchased an Asda phone in September i was not
    aware of the pending change.

    When i phoned to day (post April) they told me i should
    have checked their website.

    Surely the onus is on them to tell me not for me to look
    at websites in the event of changes to their network
    etc.

  • I was offered 100 free minutes to stay with Asda in October.
    I agreed.

    It is now May and they have refused me to use their service.
    Not only that the phone i bought at Asdamobile doesnt work
    possibly because it is on the old network.

    I have tried contacting them but it has cost me a lot of
    money to try and get it sorted.

    It would have been nice if i could have kept my number but
    they choose not to do this either.

  • Has anyone received their unused credit cheque, or in my case the requested Asda voucher yet?
    I have yet to receive mine. Suppose it’s early days yet.

    • Further to my last post, I received my Asda Gift Card today, however it was for a very much lower amount than that which was claimed.

      I have written an appropriate response to them. There was no contact address in the letter but fortunately there was an “If undelivered” address on the back of the envelope.

  • I have been an ASDA mobile customer for a good few years and after reading the problems on this and other sites I approached the changeover to EE with dread and nearly fled to Gifgaf untried. Am I glad I didn’t. The sim pack arrived three days after ordering it and having plucked up the courage to switch I held my breath and…. having followed ASDA’s clear instructions I was switched (including my original number), set up for internet, picture messaging etc. within two days! I had already carted my new sim (dual sim phone) around with me to check coverage and I found everywhere I went I had as good, if not better, coverage than the old ASDA mobile using Vodafone. I wonder whether all the one stars simply reflects a lack of feedback from those, like me, that have found the process painless. I have to say that having had no problems I have not tried the customer services aspect and so cannot comment on this (yet!)

  • As an existing customer I was expecting to be switched over from the ASDA Vodaphone network to the new EE one. But when I inserted the new SIM card which they’d sent me, it told me that my phone was locked to the old network. I phoned ASDA for a network unlock code, only to be told that my mobile cannot be unlocked and that it is therefore nothing but a useless bit of plastic! I now have a choice if I want to stay with them – I can accept a basic £5 hand-set from them or buy another new, decent one at my own expense!!
    To add insult to injury, I bought my mobile in ASDA itself.
    I’m absolutely amazed at the shoddiness of their service, feel like I’ve been ripped off and will be leaving them as soon as my remaining credit is used up.

  • Is there anyone who can tell how to send and receive pics on this PAYG Asda EE, mine or the girlfriends won’t send and when my son sends any all I get is gobbledee gook

  • Laurence Johnston said:

    I’m using the Asda £10 bundle at the moment and I think it’s pretty decent except when I tried to ring a government department. It was an 0845 number and the recorded message from Asda said I hadn’t any credit to ring this number. Why can I not call 0845 and how do I rectify this.

    Thanks

    Laurence Johnston

    • Hi Laurence,

      Unfortunately, ASDA’s PAYG bundles only include calls to UK landline & mobile numbers (most numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03 and 07 – see this guide for more information). For 0845 numbers, you’ll pay a 10p connection charge followed by 10p/minute (see this help article). Unfortunately, as all of your credit has been used to buy a bundle, you don’t have any credit remaining to call 0845 numbers.

      The good news is that most Government departments have now switched to using 0345 numbers (included within your ASDA allowance). If you double-check online for the latest contact details, you should hopefully find an 0345 alternative.

      Hope this helps,

      Ken

      • Wherever you see an 084 or 087 number advertised it is often useful to try calling the matching 034 or 037 number. If it works, it will be a cheaper call. If it doesn’t, there will be no charge.

        Thousands of organisations have changed to 03 numbers in the last year or so, but very many third-party websites are still advertising the old 084 or 087 numbers.

        Sometimes the new number will be an unrelated 030, 033 or 080 number, in which case you’ll need to check the official website of the organisation you are calling in order to find that new number.

    • Hi Peter,

      Don’t worry… I’m not an employee of ASDA 😉 There’s a difference between how I’ve listed the ASDA bundles and how they do so on their own website.

      ASDA has four basic bundles at £5/month, £10/month, £15/month and £20/month. Each of the bundles can be upgraded with 500MB of extra data. In my article, I’ve listed the basic bundles and data added bundles as separate entries in the table: hence we start with 8 bundles. On the ASDA website, they don’t show this clearly – they only show four bundles.

      There’s also a £5/month standalone bundle for 500MB of data. This is listed both in my table and on ASDA’s website. Hence, I’m up to 9 bundles whereas the ASDA website is now up to 5.

      Finally, ASDA have a £5/month add-on for BlackBerry Internet Service. I haven’t listed it here as most people don’t use a BlackBerry. I end up with a total of 9 bundles whereas the ASDA website ends up with 6.

      The details are the same but I think the table on this website should provide a clearer overview of the options.

      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Acording to Asda mobile all of their phones sold for use on Asda mobile after a certain date are unlocked. If you have an older one (I do – Alcatel OT-C550) they say they will give you an unlock code (without it the new SIM will not work). On their website you put in the IMEI number and it might give you a code, if it does not (mine did not) you have to phone them on a 0845 number (I tried doing it on their usual 2732 number but they said I had to ring the 0845 number). After waiting in the queue(which gives no info on how long the queue is) for 29 minutes I was cut off as it had used all of my remaining credit. Bearing in mind any credit you have on the old SIM is lost when you switch, they will not transfer credit to the new SIM, I am obviously not keen to put more credit on my old SIM and how much would I need anyway just to get through to them.
    I tried emailing them and pointed out they took all of my credit with their queue. The acknowledgement said they would reply within 24 hours. It took them 49 hours to reply and they told me I had to phone them.
    It does seem unreasonable that we have to pay per minute for calls to arrange to get their new SIM working and that it appears they will not deal with it by email.
    Perhaps it’s all designed to make me give up and buy a new phone.

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