SMARTY Mobile offers low-cost SIM cards such as 2GB data for £5, 12GB data for £8 and unlimited data for £16.
In the UK, SMARTY is a low-cost mobile network, offering SIM-only deals with 4G coverage from Three.
SMARTY’s latest price plans claim to give you “all the data you need for less”. For instance, you can get a SMARTY SIM card with 2GB data for £5/month, with 12GB data for £8/month or with 30GB data for £10/month. For heavy users, there’s also 50GB data for £15/month and unlimited data for £16/month.
In this article, we’ll review the SMARTY mobile network, including their latest SIM-only plans and the offers that are available on SMARTY. We’ll also compare SMARTY’s price plans to those available on other mobile networks like giffgaff. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage you can expect on SMARTY and how you can keep your current phone number when moving to the network.
- 1 SMARTY SIM Only Plans
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Handsets
- 4 Network & Coverage
- 5 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 7 More Information
SMARTY SIM Only Plans
In the UK, SMARTY Mobile currently offers SIM-only deals from £5 per month. Claiming to give you ‘all the data you need for less’, the plans range from 2GB of data for £5/month up to fully unlimited data for £16/month (this is normally £20/month but is discounted to £16/month when you order through this link).
The following table shows a summary of the plans from SMARTY Mobile:
|2GB Data:||£5 per month
|4GB Data:||£6 per month|
|8GB Data:||£7 per month|
|12GB Data:||£8 per month|
|30GB Data:||£10 per month|
|50GB Data:||£15 per month|
|Unlimited Data:||£16 per month
(exclusive deal, reduced from £20)
|Calls & Texts:||Unlimited minutes and texts on all plans|
|Contract Length:||1-month rolling plan (no credit check)|
|Network Coverage:||99% coverage from Three (3G & 4G)|
SMARTY’s cheapest price plan is their hidden 2GB data plan which costs £5 per month. It gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data with no contract or credit check.
You won’t find this plan when you buy directly on SMARTY’s website – you’ll need to buy it through this link instead. If you go directly to SMARTY’s website, the cheapest plan you’ll find is 4GB data for £6.
SMARTY’s 4GB data plan launched in March 2021. Costing just £6 per month, the plan includes enough data for the average smartphone owner in the UK (in 2019, the average UK consumer used around 3GB of mobile data each month). You’ll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included with no credit check.
Prior to March 2021, SMARTY offered a £6 per month data discount plan with 1GB of data.
For £7 per month, you can get 8GB of data per month on SMARTY.
The 8GB data plan is available without the need for a contract or credit check. You’ll also get inclusive minutes and texts as on SMARTY’s other price plans.
Prior to March 2021, SMARTY offered a £7/month data discount plan with 2GB data.
SMARTY’s 12GB data plan is available for £8 per month. The 12GB plan is a cheaper alternative to the 30GB data plan which has historically been very popular on SMARTY.
The 12GB plan is available on a one-month rolling basis with no contract and no credit check, and you’ll get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included with it.
Prior to March 2021, SMARTY offered a £8 per month data discount plan with 3GB of data.
Historically, SMARTY’s 30GB data plan has been one of their most popular options. Costing just £10 per month, you’ll get a lot more data than you’d normally get for the same price on other mobile networks.
On the 30GB plan, you’ll also get unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts. It’s available on a 1-month rolling basis with no credit check required, and with 3G & 4G speeds on the Three network.
For comparison, giffgaff only offers 9GB of data for the same price on their £10 golden goodybag.
SMARTY’s £15 plan comes with 50GB of data per month.
On the 50GB plan, you’ll also get unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts included. You can get it on a one-month rolling basis with no credit check required.
The 50GB data plan is just £1 per month less than the unlimited data plan so you may find it worthwhile upgrading to get the extra peace of mind.
As a special offer for June 2021, SMARTY is offering their unlimited data plan for £16 per month with no contract. This is reduced from the normal price of £20 per month and is only available at the discounted price when you order through this link. It’ll be priced at £20 per month if you go directly to SMARTY’s website.
SMARTY’s unlimited data plan gives you unlimited 4G data with no speed restrictions or hidden fair usage limits. Because it’s the cheapest way of getting unlimited data on a one-month rolling plan, this tends to be a popular choice for heavy smartphone users. You can also use it as an unlimited data SIM card in other devices like your tablet, mobile broadband dongle or 4G home broadband router.
In the past, there was a fair usage limit of 1,000GB per month which was used to identify non-permitted commercial usage of the service. This fair usage limit is no longer in place for SMARTY customers. However, if you’re travelling abroad to one of 35 European destinations, you’ll only be able to use up to 20GB of data abroad at no extra cost each month.
Pay As You Go Rates
All of SMARTY’s price plans include unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts. You’ll also get an inclusive allowance of mobile data at up to 4G speeds.
For anything else that’s not included in your SMARTY plan allowance, you’ll need to top-up your SMARTY account with a cash add-on. This add-on can then be used to pay for your out-of-plan usage:
|Calls to UK landline & mobile||Included with base plan|
|Calls to Voicemail||Included with base plan|
|Calls to International Numbers||3p/minute to £2/minute|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||3p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||Included with base plan|
|Picture Message (MMS)||Included with base plan|
Prior to the 4th February 2020, SMARTY charged £1.25/GB for additional mobile data. This was reduced to £1/GB on the 4th February 2020.
It isn’t possible to use SMARTY on a purely Pay As You Go basis. This is because you’ll need to maintain an active plan at all times to be able to make and receive phone calls on your SIM card.
SMARTY Group Plans
You can get a 10% discount on all of SMARTY’s price plans by setting up a Group plan. There needs to be at least 2 SIM cards to create a group on SMARTY. Each person on the plan continues to have their own individual data allowance but all payments will be made from one account. You’ll also be able to manage all of the SIM cards from one login.
You can have up to 8 members in your SMARTY Group, which can include friends, family members or additional SIM cards for yourself (e.g. a data SIM for your tablet, dongle or router). It’s possible to start a Group as long as you’re aged 18 or over and as long as you’re happy to pay for all of the plans.
|SMARTY Plan||Standard Price||Group Plan Price|
Each member of your group can choose a different price plan. For instance, if one person has the 30GB data plan and another person has the unlimited data plan, you’d pay a total of £27/month (£9 for the 30GB plan plus £18 for the unlimited plan).
For more information, see the page about Group Plans on SMARTY’s website.
Comparison to Alternatives
£5 per month plans
For £5 per month, SMARTY offers a hidden price plan on their network with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB data. This can be upgraded to 4GB of data for £6 per month and to 8GB of data for £7 per month.
Around the same price point, you’ll normally get a smaller allowance of data on other networks. However, it can be worth considering a Vodafone Basics plan if you want 4G coverage from a big-name network. Alternatively, Three also has some very good SIM-only deals which will give you access to 5G coverage on their network.
The following table shows comparable SIM-only deals:
£10 per month plans
For £10 per month, you can get SMARTY’s 30GB SIM-only plan. Compared to other mobile networks like giffgaff, it’s a much larger allowance of data for the same price. You’ll also get it on a one-month rolling basis, giving you lots more flexibility compared to plans on other networks.
The following table shows a list of comparable SIM cards at this price point:
6 months half price
£15 per month plans
For £15 per month, SMARTY offers a 50GB SIM-only plan. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 50GB of data on a one-month rolling basis.
The following table compares SMARTY’s £15 plan to what is available on other networks:
£20 per month plans
SMARTY has a £16 unlimited data plan giving you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.
The following table compares SMARTY’s unlimited data plan to what is available on rival mobile networks:
£15 for 3 months
For more information, see our full guide to unlimited data plans in the UK.
SMARTY is a SIM-only mobile network, so you’ll need to provide your own unlocked phone to use with the service. You can use any compatible 3G or 4G smartphone, including your existing mobile phone or one that you’ve purchased SIM-free.
If you’re planning to use your existing smartphone, it might be necessary for you to first unlock it before using it on SMARTY. For more information, see our step-by-step guides to unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
If you’re looking to buy a new unlocked smartphone, there are a number of online retailers where you can buy a SIM-free smartphone.
Network & Coverage
3G & 4G Coverage from Three
At the time of writing, SMARTY offers 98.7% population coverage on 3G and 99.8% population coverage on 4G. You can check the coverage in your area by entering your postcode on SMARTY’s online coverage map:
Like Three and other mobile networks that use coverage from Three, SMARTY doesn’t provide any 2G coverage. This means a SMARTY SIM card won’t work in a 2G-only phone. You may also experience limited functionality when using a SMARTY SIM card in some dual-SIM phones where the second SIM card slot is restricted to 2G.
On SMARTY, you can now access 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling as long as you have a compatible mobile phone.
For more information, see our guide to SMARTY’s mobile network coverage.
At present, 5G coverage isn’t available to customers on SMARTY. They’ve said that 5G will be launching in the future but the current focus is on upgrading 3G and 4G coverage instead.
On Three, you’ll get access to 5G at no extra cost, with 5G coverage available in all of the following towns and cities:
|Now Live||194 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (June 2021)|
Aberdeen, Abingdon-on-Thames, Adlington, Aldershot, Aldridge, Ashford, Balloch, Barnsley, Barrow-in-Furness, Basildon, Bath, Bedford, Belfast, Belfast Airport, Billericay, Billingham, Birdwell, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopthorpe, Blackburn, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brentwood, Brighton, Brimington, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Brookmans Park, Broughton Astley, Burton upon Trent, Campton, Cannock, Cardiff, Carlisle, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesham, Chorley, Christleton, Clayton-le-Woods, Clifton, Coedkernew, Colchester, Copmanthorpe, Corringham, Coventry, Crawley, Crook, Cullingworth, Danderhall, Delph, Denholme, Derby, Dewsbury, Dinnington, Doncaster, Dundee, East Kilbride, East Midlands Airport, Edinburgh, Egginton, Ellesmere Port, Exmouth, Falkirk, Gateshead, Glasgow, Gorebridge, Grays, Greenock, Grimsby, Guildford, Hamilton, Hartley, Hatfield, Heanor, Heathcote, Hedge End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Heswall, Heywood, Horley, Horwich, Huddersfield, Hull, Huntingdon, Inchinnan, Ingleby Barwick, Ipswich, Irlam, Isle of Grain, Iver, Kings Hill, Kings Langley, Kinmel Bay, Kirkheaton, Kirknewton, Knowl Wall, Leeds, Leicester, Leyland, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Lower Stondon, Luton, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Margate, Marlow Bottom, Marston Moretaine, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Milnrow, Milton Keynes, Motherwell, Neston, Newark-on-Trent, Newcastle, Newhall, Newport, Newquay, Newton Aycliffe, Newton-le-Willows, Newtownabbey, Normanton, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Ottershaw, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Pontefract, Porthcawl, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Redcar, Redditch, Royston Yorkshire, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Shelly Green, Shrewsbury, Slough, South Heighton, South Kirkby, South Normanton, South Ockendon, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Southport, St Albans, St Blazey, St Columb Road, Stafford, Stansted Airport, Stevenage, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sunderland, Sunninghill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thornaby-on-Tees, Ullesthorpe, Wakefield, Wallingford, Walton-on-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Westhoughton, Weybridge, Wickford, Wigan, Winterbourne, Worcester, Worksop, Writtle, York
For more information, see our guide to 5G coverage 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 useful for getting a mobile broadband connection on the go: for instance, sending e-mails on your laptop or watching YouTube videos on your tablet.
SMARTY allows the use of both tethering and portable hotspot. This is confirmed in the SMARTY help centre:
You’re entitled to use your data however you like, no matter which of the SMARTY plans you’re on, so you can tether and use your phone as a mobile hot spot with your full allowance if you want to.
You can also use your SMARTY SIM card inside a data-only device such as your tablet, mobile broadband dongle and 4G broadband router. This is confirmed on SMARTY’s website.
On SMARTY, it’s possible to use your mobile phone abroad through international roaming.
Within Europe, you can use your SMARTY plan allowances at no extra cost. However, on price plans with more than 20GB of data, European roaming is capped at a maximum of 20GB per month.
If you’re travelling outside Europe, you’ll be required to top-up your account with a cash add-on before you depart. You’ll then pay SMARTY’s international roaming rates.
Between September 2017 and July 2018, international roaming was not available to customers on SMARTY. If you joined the SMARTY network before July 2018, you’ll need to make a change to your mobile phone settings to use your SIM card abroad.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’d like to keep your current phone number when moving to SMARTY, it’s a straightforward process to transfer it from your old mobile network.
To do so, start off by ordering a SIM card from SMARTY.
Once you’ve done this, ask your old network to provide you with a PAC Code. This can be obtained through your old mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. Once you’ve done this, you’ll normally receive your PAC Code within 60 seconds.
When your new SIM card from SMARTY arrives in the post, pop it inside your mobile phone and activate the service. To start with, it will come with a temporary phone number assigned to it. This will allow you to test out SMARTY’s service before you move your phone number over.
Once you’re happy to continue, you can log in to your SMARTY account dashboard to provide your PAC Code and to have your phone number moved over.
For step-by-step instructions on how to move your phone number to SMARTY Mobile, please select your current network from the drop-down menu below:
For more information about transferring your phone number between networks, see our guide to using a PAC Code.
Frequently Asked Questions
|What SIM-only deals are currently available from SMARTY Mobile?||
SMARTY currently offers a choice of the following seven SIM-only deals for your mobile phone:
|Is it possible to get unlimited data on SMARTY?||
Yes. SMARTY offers unlimited data for £16/month. It’s available on a one-month rolling basis with no credit check required. You’ll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included in the price.
|What are data discount plans on SMARTY?||
Prior to March 2021, SMARTY offered a range of data discount plans on their mobile network (e.g. 1GB data for £6/month, 2GB data for £7/month and 3GB data for £8/month). You’d get a discount on the following month’s bill at the rate of £1 per GB for any data that you don’t use.
Nowadays, SMARTY’s newer price plans offer much better value. This is even without the data discount feature. For instance, you can get 2GB data for £5/month or 4GB data for £6/month on the new plans.
|How does SMARTY compare to giffgaff and VOXI?||
On SMARTY, you’ll get a lot more data than you would on giffgaff or VOXI. For instance, you can get 30GB of data for £10/month on SMARTY. This compares to 9GB of data on giffgaff and 12GB of data on VOXI. SMARTY uses coverage from Three, whereas giffgaff uses coverage from O2 and VOXI uses coverage from Vodafone.
|What coverage will I get on SMARTY?||
On SMARTY, you’ll get 3G & 4G coverage from Three. This covers around 99.8% of the UK population, but it’s worth checking the coverage in your area on SMARTY’s website.
|Does SMARTY offer 5G coverage?|
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number. Ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one free of charge through your mobile network’s app or website, or by texting PAC to 65075. This PAC Code should be given to SMARTY once you’ve activated your SIM card.
For more information, please see the official SMARTY Mobile website.