iD Mobile offers low-cost mobile phone deals with 5G coverage, data rollover & inclusive roaming in 50 destinations.
In the UK, iD Mobile offers low-cost mobile phone deals with 4G & 5G coverage from Three. It’s part of the Currys Mobile group, alongside the Carphone Warehouse and Mobiles.co.uk. It was set up in 2015 as their own-brand budget-orientated mobile network.
In this article, we’ll review the iD Mobile network, including the plans available and the features included. We’ll also look at the coverage available on iD Mobile and how you can keep your current phone number when switching to iD.
|Plans From:||£6 per month|
|Best Deal:||70GB data for £10 per month|
|Unlimited Data:||From £16 per month|
|Coverage:||4G & 5G coverage from Three
- 1 iD Mobile Plans & Bundles
- 2 Features
- 3 Network & Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 More Information
iD Mobile Plans & Bundles
In the UK, iD Mobile currently offers three types of price plan:
- SIM Only Deals: Get a SIM card for your existing mobile phone from only £6/month. You can choose from a range of 1-month, 12-month and 24-month plans.
- Pay Monthly Phones: Get a brand new mobile phone on a 24-month contract.
- Pay As You Go SIM: Get an iD Mobile Pay As You Go SIM card with no contract and no credit check from £6/month.
SIM Only Deals
If you already have a mobile phone that you’re happy to keep, you can get one of iD Mobile’s SIM-only deals from £6 per month. This is a low-cost SIM card that you can put inside your mobile phone to get unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and an allowance of 5G mobile data.
In general, the best value deals are available when you take a 12-month contract on iD Mobile. For instance, you can currently get 100GB data for £12 per month on a 12-month contract from iD.
The following table shows the best 12 month SIM-only deals from iD Mobile:
For additional flexibility, consider one of iD Mobile’s one-month rolling plans. With a one-month rolling plan, you’ll have a lot more flexibility to change or cancel your plan when required. However, you’ll get slightly reduced allowances compared to a 12-month plan. For instance, you’ll currently get 50GB data for £10 per month on a 1-month rolling contract from iD Mobile:
If you’re looking for an unlimited data plan, iD Mobile has a £16 unlimited data plan (1 month contract):
You’ll need to undergo a credit check when you take a SIM-only deal from iD Mobile. If you’re looking for a SIM-only deal without the need for a credit check, you can consider alternative networks such as giffgaff, SMARTY and VOXI. Alternatively, iD Mobile offers Pay As You Go SIM cards with no credit check required.
Pay Monthly Phones
If you’d like to buy a new smartphone, you can get one on a 24-month iD Mobile contract. These contracts are sold directly on the iD Mobile website as well as through the Carphone Warehouse, e2save and Mobiles.co.uk.
You can get a handset from a range of manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Google, Honor, Motorola, Oppo, Sony and Xiaomi.
Before ordering, it’s worth comparing the prices available across the multiple websites that sell iD Mobile contracts. For instance, e2save and Mobiles.co.uk sometimes offer slightly lower prices than those available on the Carphone Warehouse website.
A full list of available handsets can be found on the iD Mobile website. You can then compare this to the prices available on the Carphone Warehouse, e2save and Mobiles.co.uk websites.
Pay As You Go SIM
For customers not wanting the hassle of a credit check, iD Mobile also offers Pay As You Go SIM cards.
On iD Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, you can choose from the following Pay As You Go bundles from £6 per month:
In general, you’re far better off choosing a one-month rolling contract as this will give you much better value for money than on Pay As You Go. For instance, you can get 50GB data for £10 per month on a 1-month rolling contract. This compares to the 6GB data for £10 per month on iD Pay As You Go.
For more information, see our full guide to the UK’s best Pay As You Go SIM card deals.
All of iD Mobile’s SIM-only deals and Pay Monthly plans include a data rollover feature. This gives you a bit more flexibility in how you can use your data, as unused data can rollover into the following month’s allowance.
To give an example, if you have 1.2GB of unused data remaining on a 4GB plan, the unused 1.2GB will be rolled over into the following month’s allowance. This would give you a total of 5.2GB of data to use the following month (the original 4GB data plus the 1.2GB of rolled-over data). Your rolled-over data will always be used first, and data can only be rolled-over for a maximum of one month.
Data rollover is not available on iD Mobile Pay As You Go.
Inclusive Roaming in 50 Destinations
On iD Mobile, you can use your mobile phone abroad in a total of 50 destinations at no extra cost. This includes the 46 EU/EEA destinations, plus four further Eurasian destinations.
EU & EEA inclusive roaming destinations:
- Canary Islands
- Cyprus (South)
- Czech Republic
- French Guiana
- Isle of Man
- Saint Barthelemy
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Other inclusive roaming destinations:
The inclusion of these four additional destinations is fairly unique to iD Mobile and allows them to advertise a higher number of inclusive destinations for roaming. However, we suspect few people are planning to travel to those places so the extra destinations may be of limited use in practice.
For more information about iD Mobile’s inclusive roaming feature, please see the iD Mobile website.
Unlimited Data Plans
If you’re looking for an unlimited data SIM card, you can choose from the following unlimited data plans from £16 per month on iD Mobile:
You’ll get access to Three’s 4G and 5G network on this plan, with no hidden fair usage limits. See our guide to the UK’s best unlimited data plans for further information.
Network & Coverage
4G & 5G Coverage from Three
In the UK, customers on the iD Mobile network will have access to 4G and 5G coverage from Three. You can expect 99% population coverage on 4G and 54% population coverage on 5G (subject to you having a 5G-ready phone).
Before you order an iD Mobile SIM card or phone, it’s strongly recommended that you check the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the iD Mobile website:
Check iD Mobile coverage (idmobile.co.uk) →
You’ll also get Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling on compatible devices. There’s more information about this on the iD Mobile website.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s a good way of getting a mobile broadband connection on your other devices.
iD Mobile now allows tethering and personal hotspot on all of their plans. This is confirmed in their FAQs:
Can I tether on iD Mobile?
You can tether on iD Mobile, but please be warned – it can use up a lot of data very quickly and can work out to be very costly if you don’t take the right precautions (see the below FAQ for more details).
How much does tethering cost?
It takes a lot more data to do things on a laptop than on a phone, even if you’re just playing games or streaming videos. So, if you’re using your network connection to tether, you’ll use up more data than you might think.
Until the end of 2018, tethering was not permitted by iD Mobile’s terms and conditions. Nowadays, there shouldn’t be any restrictions on tethering (even though it’s discouraged in the iD Mobile FAQs).
iD Mobile offers an international roaming service so customers can use their mobile phone when travelling abroad to other countries.
When you travel to other EU & EEA destinations, you can use your UK plan allowances at no extra charge when you’re there (subject to iD Mobile’s open data fair usage policy). In addition, you can use your normal UK allowances when you travelling to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Macedonia.
If you’re travelling further afield (e.g. to the USA, Canada, Turkey or Dubai), it can cost you a lot more to use your iD Mobile SIM card whilst you’re there. There’s detailed information about the international roaming charges on the iD Mobile website.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re switching from another mobile network to iD Mobile, it’s a straightforward process keeping your current phone number.
Start off by getting a PAC Code from your old mobile network. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. It’s always free obtaining a PAC Code and you should be sent one within 60 seconds of your request.
Once you have the PAC Code from your old mobile network, you can order your new SIM card or phone from the iD Mobile website. Alternatively, you can get it from the Carphone Warehouse, e2save or Mobiles.co.uk.
When your new phone or SIM card arrives from iD Mobile, you’ll initially be given a temporary phone number. You can use this to test out the service. Once you’re happy to move your phone number over, submit your PAC Code through the iD Mobile website. Your phone number transfer will then normally take place on the next working day.
For step-by-step instructions on how to move your phone number to iD Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:
Frequently Asked Questions
|What is iD Mobile and what plans do they offer?||
In the UK, iD Mobile is the own-brand mobile network from the Carphone Warehouse. They offer 4G & 5G coverage from Three on the following types of plan:
|Does iD Mobile offer Pay As You Go?||
Yes. iD Mobile currently offers a choice of Pay As You Go plans from £6 per month. However, you’re far better off getting a one-month rolling contract instead (as long as you’re happy to go through a credit check). For instance, you can get 50GB data for £10 per month on a 1-month rolling contract. This compares to the 6GB data for £10 per month on iD’s Pay As You Go service.
|What coverage will I get on iD Mobile?||
You’ll get 99% population coverage on 4G, piggybacking on Three’s mobile network for coverage. 5G coverage is also available to around 53% of the UK’s population.
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s a straightforward process keeping your current phone number when you switch to iD Mobile. Ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. This can be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. Once you’ve done this, you can provide the PAC Code to iD, either when you sign up for the service or once you’ve activated your SIM card.
For more information about iD Mobile, please see their official website. It’s also worth checking the Carphone Warehouse, e2save and Mobiles.co.uk websites as they also stock products from iD Mobile.
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Does iD Mobile also uses CGNAT like SMARTY do? I couldn’t use SMARTY to connect my work laptop with my work VPN due to the frequent IP address changed.
Would that be the case with iD Mobile too?
Paul matthews said:
I been trying to ring this company up now for about a week and I still can’t get through to them so if and when I do I am going to cancel my phone Contract whit them
Why has the I.d 3.99 sim only not available now, 20.07.2019
Sadly, the £3.99 tariff was withdrawn from sale by iD Mobile last week 🙁
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