Lycamobile offers Pay As You Go bundles from £7.50/month with low-cost international calls and coverage from O2.

In the UK, Lycamobile is a specialist provider of international phone calls. They offer Pay As You Go bundles from £7.50/month with 4G coverage from O2. Customers can buy a 30-day bundle with inclusive UK minutes, texts and data with certain bundles also including an allowance of 100 international minutes.

In this article, we’ll review Lycamobile’s UK service including the 30-day bundles and the bundle codes that can be used to buy them. We’ll also look at how Lycamobile compares to other mobile networks like Lebara Mobile and at the coverage that’s currently available on Lycamobile’s service.

Lycamobile Bundles

In the UK, Lycamobile is a specialist provider of international phone calls. You can either buy a 30-day bundle with inclusive international phone calls to 41 destinations, or you can call abroad at Lycamobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates.

Monthly Bundles

Most Lycamobile customers will choose to buy a 30-day bundle. Here, you’ll convert your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of UK minutes, texts and data. On certain bundles, you’ll also receive 100 international minutes which can be used for calling 41 international destinations.

When buying a bundle from Lycamobile, it’s important to be aware that they offer different allowances and different prices online and offline. For the best value usage, it’s always best to buy your bundle online. This will give you the largest data allowances and the lowest monthly prices as listed in the table below.

If you buy your bundle in a shop, by phone call or by text message, you’ll often get a smaller data allowance or may need to pay a little bit more for your bundle. In the table below, we’ve listed the offline data allowances and prices in brackets (read on for the relevant bundle codes that allow you to buy them).

UK Plan S
National Plus
+100 intl.
(3GB offline)
UK Plan Super
+100 intl.
(6GB offline)
UK Plan Mega
+100 intl.
(11GB offline)
UK Plan Unlimited
(£30 offline)
UK Plan Ultra
+100 intl.
(20GB offline)
UK Plan Giga
(25GB offline)
UK Plan Tera

In addition to these bundles, Lycamobile also offers some legacy plans as well as specialist international bundles for calling certain countries like India. You can find these listed on their website.

Inclusive International Minutes

If your bundle comes with an inclusive allowance of international minutes, you can use it for calling phone numbers in the following 41 destinations:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus Greek
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United States

Bundle Codes

You can buy a 30-day bundle from Lycamobile by dialling or texting the relevant shortcode as listed below. One thing that’s worth noting, however, is that Lycamobile has special online-only promotions giving you additional data or a lower monthly price. These promotions are only available when you buy the bundles through their website.

Bundle Name Bundle Code Online Offer
£7.50 UK Plan S (with 500MB data) Dial *139*10744# or text 10744 to 3535
£10 National Plus (with 3GB data) Dial *139*11544# or text 11544 to 3535 Extra 1GB online (4GB in total)
£15 UK Plan Super (with 6GB data) Dial *139*1544# or text 1544 to 3535 Extra 10GB online (16GB in total)
£20 UK Plan Mega (with 11GB data) Dial *139*2044# or text 2044 to 3535 Extra 29GB online (40GB in total)
£20 Forever Data Dial *139*2544# or text 2544 to 3535
£25 UK Plan Ultra (with 20GB data) Dial *139*12644# or text 12644 to 3535 Extra 5GB online (25GB in total)
£30 UK Plan Unlimited Dial *139*5055# or text 5055 to 3535 Discounted to £25 online
£35 UK Plan Giga (with 25GB data) Dial *139*3044# or text 3044 to 3535 Extra 5GB online (30GB in total)
£50 UK Plan Tera (with 50GB data) Dial *139*5044# or text 5044 to 3535

Given the increased data allowance and the money off available, we’d normally recommend buying your bundle online where possible instead of using the relevant phone or text shortcodes.

Voucher Code Offers

On Lycamobile, a number of voucher codes and special offers are currently available.

When you purchase your SIM card online, you’ll get £5 of bonus free credit when you top-up by £20 and £10 of bonus free credit when you top-up by £30. You can also get £3 of bonus credit each month for the first 5 months when you top-up by £10 or more that month. The bonus credit will last for 30 days.

Lycamobile also offers an exclusive £15 bundle for customers who transfer their phone number in from another mobile network. The exclusive bundle gives you unlimited UK minutes, 100 international minutes, unlimited UK texts and 20GB of UK data for £15/month (this compares to the regular 16GB allowance which is available to all Lycamobile customers). You can benefit from the exclusive bundle for a maximum of 6 months.

Unlimited Data

Lycamobile offers a £25 unlimited data plan called UK Plan Unlimited (this costs £30 if you buy it offline). This gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and unlimited UK data. For customers buying online, the price is currently discounted to £19 for the first 90 days.

As a cheaper alternative, Lycamobile also offers a £20 Forever Data plan. This gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and Forever UK Data. You’ll get 4G speeds on the first 9GB per month, with download speeds then being reduced to 128kbps for the rest of the month (around 0.1Mbps which is approximately equivalent to 2G speed).

Unfortunately, neither plan comes with an allowance of international minutes so you’ll need to pay for this separately through Lycamobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates.

On other mobile networks, it’s currently possible to get unlimited data from £18/month:

12 months
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
2Mbps max
24 months
1 month
10Mbps max
24 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.00
24 months
24 months
18 months
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
18 months

For more information, see our full guide to unlimited data plans in the UK.

Pay As You Go Pricing

If you don’t have an active 30-day bundle, Lycamobile will charge you their standard Pay As You Go rates. These are currently 19p/minute for calling UK mobiles and 12p/minute for calling UK landlines. You’ll also pay 19p for every text message you send, and 12p for every megabyte of data you use.

The following table shows Lycamobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 19p/minute to other UK mobile phones
12p/minute to UK landlines
Calls to Voicemail Free
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 23p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 19p
Picture Message (MMS) Not available.
Internet Rates:
Mobile Data 12p/MB

Each time you top-up your Lycamobile SIM card, you’ll get unlimited free calls and texts to other Lycamobile UK customers for the next 30 days.

If you’re calling a phone number in another country, you’ll pay Lycamobile’s discounted international calling rates:

CountryCalls to MobileCalls to LandlineText Message
China (+86)3p/minute1p/minute19p/message
India (+91)2p/minute2p/minute19p/message
Ireland (+353)19p/minute7p/minute19p/message
Italy (+39)19p/minute7p/minute19p/message
Pakistan (+92)8p/minute8p/minute19p/message
Poland (+48)5p/minute1p/minute19p/message
Romania (+40)5p/minute1p/minute19p/message
Sri Lanka (+94)15p/minute12p/minute19p/message
Turkey (+90)12p/minute3p/minute19p/message
United States (+1)6p/minute6p/minute19p/message

Cost of international calls & international text messages on the Lycamobile network (calls & texts made to a phone number in another country whilst you're in the UK). Last updated on 8th January 2018. Source:

You can see a list of international calling rates for each country in our full guide and comparison of international rates.

Alternatives to Lycamobile

If you’re looking for an alternative bundle with inclusive international phone calls, we’d currently recommend getting a SIM card from Lebara Mobile.

On Lebara, you can get a SIM-only bundle from just £5/month with inclusive international calls to 41 destinations. You’ll also get an allowance of UK minutes, UK texts and 4G mobile data using coverage from Vodafone.

Lebara Mobile1,000
+100 intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+100 intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.
Lebara MobileUnlimited
+unltd intl.

Order Lebara Mobile SIM Card →

For more information, see our in-depth review of Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only deals.

You can also consider O2’s International Big Bundles which start from £10/month. This gives you an allowance of international minutes for calling either 29 or 51 international destinations.

If you choose a Vodafone Pay Monthly SIM card with inclusive entertainment, you’ll get 100 UK-to-EU minutes included every month.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From O2

In the UK, Lycamobile uses coverage from the O2 network. You’ll get access to O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks, with around 99% population coverage on each one. The coverage you’re able to get should be the same coverage available to customers on O2.

Before ordering a SIM card from Lycamobile, you should double-check the availability in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Lycamobile’s online coverage map:

Check Lycamobile Coverage ( →

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling are not currently available to customers on Lycamobile.

For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on O2 or mobile networks also using O2 coverage.

5G Coverage

Although O2 offers 5G coverage to their own Pay Monthly customers, this isn’t currently available to customers using Lycamobile. Instead, you’ll need to join O2 directly on their network to get access to 5G. Alternatively, you can get access to 5G on price plans from Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile.

O2 currently offers 5G coverage in the following UK towns and cities:

Now Live60 towns and cities are live on O2 5G (August 2020)
Aberdeen, Ashford, Banstead, Basildon, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chatham, Chesterfield, Coventry, Dartford, Derby, Dundee, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Esher, Gateshead, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Lowestoft, Luton, Manchester, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Rainham, Redhill, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, South Shields, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunbury, Sunderland, Thundersley, Warrington, Weybridge, Windsor, Worthing, York
Planned &
14 towns and cities planned
Birkenhead, Cambridge, Hove, Kingston-upon-Thames, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wolverhampton (Summer 2020)
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Eton, Guildford, Reading (January 2020)

Unfortunately, Lycamobile are yet to confirm when 5G coverage will become available on their network. For more information, see our round-up of the 5G rollout in the UK.

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’s often used as a convenient way to get your other devices connected to the internet on-the-go.

Unfortunately, Lycamobile’s UK plan terms and conditions prohibit the use of tethering or personal hotspot on your smartphone. This restriction can be found in the terms and conditions of their UK plans:

The offer is for non-commercial, private, personal use only – Lycamobile reserves the right to withdraw or suspend the offer or to disconnect you if we suspect that offer is being used for commercial purposes, for conferencing, or if it is not being used in a handset (in a SIM box for example), if it is being used for tethering or if any reason Lycamobile reasonably suspects that you are not acting in accordance with this policy where we consider that the usage was illegitimate.

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

International Roaming

You can continue using your Lycamobile SIM card abroad through their international roaming service.

If you’re travelling to another EU or EEA country, it should be possible to use your normal UK plan allowances at no extra cost. If a limit applies to how much data you can use abroad from your bundle, you should be told about this when buying your plan.

You can use your Lycamobile plan allowances abroad at no extra cost in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you’re travelling to any other country, Lycamobile’s international roaming rates will apply.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re switching from another mobile network to Lycamobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.

You can start by requesting a PAC Code from your old mobile network. This is available free of charge through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. It’s a legal requirement for your old mobile network to provide you with a PAC free of charge and within 60 seconds of your request.

Once you have the PAC Code from your old network, order your new SIM card from the Lycamobile website. After your new SIM card arrives in the post, fill out this online form to get your phone number moved over.

For step-by-step instructions on how to move your phone number to Lycamobile, please select your current mobile network from the dropdown menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Lycamobile

Select your current mobile network:

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It isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from another mobile network to Lycamobile. For this reason, you should try to use up any remaining Pay As You Go credit before moving your phone number to Lycamobile.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Pay As You Go bundles are available on Lycamobile?
Lycamobile offers a range of Pay As You Go bundles from £7.50/month. For instance, you can get the following allowances if you purchase your bundle online:

If you purchase your bundle offline (e.g. by phone, by text message or in a store), you may get a smaller data allowance or you may need to pay more for your bundle.

What is a Lycamobile bundle code?
You can buy a bundle from your Lycamobile Pay As You Go credit by dialling the relevant shortcode on your phone or by texting a relevant shortcode to 3535. You can find the latest Lycamobile bundle codes here.
Which countries can I call using the international minutes?
If your Lycamobile bundle has an allowance of inclusive international minutes, you’ll be able to use them to call phone numbers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus Greek, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.
Does Lycamobile offer any unlimited data plans?
Yes. Lycamobile currently offers a choice of two unlimited data plans:
  • The £25 UK Plan Unlimited (£30 if you buy it offline) gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and unlimited UK data. It’s discounted to £19 for the first 90 days when you purchase online.
  • The £20 Forever Data plan gives you unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and Forever Data. With Forever Data, you’ll get 4G speeds on the first 9GB per month. Download speeds will then be reduced to 128kbps (about 2G speed) for the rest of the month.

On other mobile networks, it’s possible to get unlimited data from £18/month.

What’s the coverage like on Lycamobile?
You’ll get 99% population coverage from O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks in the UK. You can check the availability of coverage where you live using Lycamobile’s online coverage map.
Does Lycamobile offer any 5G coverage?
No. Unfortunately, Lycamobile doesn’t offer any 5G coverage at present. Instead, you can join O2 directly as a Pay Monthly customer to get access to 5G. Alternatively, 5G is also available on price plans from Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile.
Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. It’s easy keeping your current phone number when joining Lycamobile. Ask your current mobile network to give you a PAC Code. This can be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. You can then submit this PAC Code on the Lycamobile website after ordering your SIM card.

More Information

For more information, please see Lycamobile’s official UK website.

Your Comments 26 so far

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  • Good day. I used the 10 pound plan with 100 international minutes and activation code *139*11544# during last few months. But last week it stop worked. What happens?

  • I have no problems with Lyca regarding the value for money etc the only thing that bugs me about it is finding the bloody bundle codes, which does take some finding!!!!!!!

  • Disgrace. Tried ordering a SIM and I think they do not post overseas. I can’t even fill my address up.

    Pls learn from giffgaff about posting overseas

    • Niko constant replied:

      they do ship overseas lyca have several websites for each country plus all you had to do was ring customer service on lyca and get it done that way ok lyca is a good network one of the best try what I said 1st then if all else fails come back then and talk ish ok

  • I recently used a text code to activate a Lyca bundle after buying top up cards. I cant remember the text code, and Lyca themselves just want me to sign up on their site.

    Where can I find those codes? I think it was something like 2020 or 4020 or something.

  • Hey Ken,

    I’m travelling across Europe and I purchased my lycamobile data sim in the Netherlands. Unfortunately it stopped working upon leaving the country. I keep receiving SMSes to set my data limit by dialling *175# but when I do that it shows me an error saying that this is an invalid code. I’m not sure what to do in this case. I’ve tried all the possible APN settings and have now defaulted to the original ones as on using them I get “lycamobile” and “3G” in my status bar. Also, sometimes whatsapp works which makes me think that the issue is the data limit which is set at very low(as whatsapp uses very little data allowing it to get through). Do you know of a way in which I can resolve this situation? I would really appreciate the help as I’m very dependent on the internet whilst travelling.


  • Hi Ken,

    I am on Lyca and I have bought a new device which requires micro sim while my old one uses standard. How can I keep the same phone number with the new micro sim card?

    Thank you,


  • I think it’s a disgrace that you have to wait 49min to get an answer from a company that is meant to be so great they just rip you off. giffgaff is giving £20 deal unlimited calls and texts and as much data as you can eat. guess where the better deal is, no competition at all

  • I am a Lyca customer and to be sincere, i enjoy most of their services and they are the cheapest to call abroad. But if someone says this particular service is “pure junk, arrant nonsense, sucks” i wont blame that person cus theres no point saying that
    the bundle is unlimited, and then bringing it down to 2G after the first 10GB… thats braking the law of fair contract terms such as wrong product info!!!

  • Steven Parkes said:

    Hi Ken,

    You’ve recommended Lycamobile recently. Is it possible to send MMS messages on this carrier? If so, How?

    • Hi Steven,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s possible to send picture messages on Lycamobile (at least, I haven’t been able to find any info on how to do this).

  • Hi Ken!

    Thanks for this, just went to see the Lycamobile website and it seems to suggest calls & SMS between Lycamobile users are free? Can you verify?


    • Hi Ian,
      Thanks for your comment! You’re right… calls and texts to other Lycamobile numbers are indeed free of charge on the Lycamobile network!

  • mary degannes said:

    Dear sir,
    I recently returned from the USA and discovered that their Lycamobile has unlimited domestic and international text plans depending on the plan that one chooses etc, etc.
    Futhermore, looking at the UK Lycamobile, I’ve discovered that our plans are unprotected which means no unlimited international texts included etc.
    For me to obtain an unlimited international text feature, how does one obtain with with their basic plan? I look forward to hearing from you about my humble request. thank you.

    • Hi Mary,
      Thanks for your comment. Lycamobile in the UK is a totally different network to Lycamobile in the US. As such, the two networks have substantially different tariffs. I’m not currently aware of any UK network offering unlimited international texting: as an alternative, you could consider using an instant messaging app (e.g. WhatsApp) to achieve the same outcome – all it requires is the other person also has the application installed (they can be anywhere in the world).
      Hope this helps,

  • @onkalo….you quite obviously work for Lycamobile. I do not use the smartphone at home as I have broadband with Virgin. I work on call and can have 2 hours a day where I can freely browse the internet on my phone each working day – result? the 10GB of 4G has gone in less than 2 weeks. That 10GB has now been reduced to 5GB a month(July 2014). The ASA has recently UPHELD my complaint about Lycamobiles advertising claims. Unlimited should mean unlimited – not ‘unlimited’ to 5GB a month. They lie and flaunt the law as they see fit. Absolutely rubbish company.

  • Having been with both giffgaff and lycamobile
    Have experienced exactly the same problems with chronic abuse of advertising a service that dose not exist yet one is expected to pay for after ² weeks with either company I found signal was greatly reduced dare I say it deliberately slowed down to the point of being useless
    Yet they are happy to take ones money for this
    It seems 2g is being sold but advertised as something its not
    There is no such thing as being throtteled after 10g in fact next time one tops up you can expect 2g from the 1st day of usage
    I be tried sims in various phones in Birmingham city center
    Its not built up area or signal traffic
    But simply
    Selling mutton dressed as lamb
    Don’t waste your time
    By the way tesco mobile
    Like the above company’s also have same problem ie
    They all use o2 !!!

  • Who the earth uses 10gb of mobile internet per month?? You’re so greedy!

    I am on an unlimited goodybag from giffgaff and on one month i tried my best to use as much internet as i could possibly do and i couldnt use more than 6 -7 gb per month, and now on normal internet usage with heavy skyping, voip, hangouts, lots of internet radio listening and youtube and photo uploads to google+ i rarely reach 4 gb internet usage per month!

    10 gb of 4g internet speeds (albeit them being slower as is on the slowest network possible – O2) then throttled down to EDGE speeds if, by a miracle it happens to go over 10gb, plus all those minutes and unlimited texts, plus such very low international calling for £12 or £15 or how much it costs is such a good generous offer! how much more can you ask for??

    Stop being greedy! Obviously you have an internet connection at home which you are using it half of the time in a month, and for that rest of the time that you are mobile and on the go 10 gb of internet seems a very generous allowance!

    • Hi Onkalo,
      There’s a large variation in the amount of data different people use. I agree, 10GB is a lot of data (the average data consumption is closer to 1GB/month). Most people should be OK with a 10GB allowance. That said, I think the principle that many people are unhappy about is claiming 10GB to be truly unlimited. My own personal feeling is that Lycamobile should advertise the tariff as having “10GB of 4G internet” rather than “unlimited 4G internet”.

      • That is bang on.. this is a clearly misleading ad..i am staying in the UK on work visa right now and bought this plan with glee..about a week down with video chats back home and some youtube surfing, i am being throttled to 2g.. sucks.. big time..

  • Re lycamobile.

    whats the point in having fast 4g Internet which then basically ‘dies’ with ridiculously slow speeds because you have used the 10gb up.

    most smartphones will use thst 10gb up within 2 weeks so you are then stuck with crap Internet on your phone for the rest of the month.



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