Superdrug Mobile offers SIM-only deals, with plans starting from £10/month for 5GB data.

In the UK, Superdrug is a retailer that offers mobile phone SIM cards, starting from £10/month for 5GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. Customers can access 3G and 4G coverage from the Three mobile network and will also earn double Health & Beautycard points on all of their spending at Superdrug.

In addition to all of the SIM-only deals being available on a one-month rolling basis, there’s no credit check required to sign up for Superdrug Mobile. You’ll also benefit from rollover of unused data and you’ll get the cost of your first month’s plan back in Superdrug Health & Beautycard points.

In this article, we’ll review Superdrug Mobile including the SIM-only plans that are available. We’ll also discuss some of the features of the network and how it compares to alternatives like SMARTY. Finally, we’ll look at the network coverage you can expect on Superdrug Mobile and how to keep your existing phone number when changing to their network.

SIM Only Plans

Monthly Plans

In the UK, Superdrug offers a choice of four SIM-only plans, each of them lasting for one month and available without the need for a credit check:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£18.00
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00

The most popular price plan on Superdrug Mobile is the £10 SIM-only deal which gives you 5GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. This is a lot less data than you’d get on SMARTY who offer 30GB of data for £10/month (six times the amount of data for the same price). The £20 plan gives you access to unlimited data, which is also available on SMARTY for the same monthly price.

Data Rollover

On the 5GB, 15GB and 20GB plans from Superdrug Mobile, you’ll get data rollover. This gives you a second chance to use the data on your plan. As long as you renew your plan for another month, any data that remains unused will carry over into the following month’s plan.

To give an example, if you only use 3.8GB of data on the 5GB plan, the remaining 1.2GB will carry over into the following month. This would give you a total of 6.2GB of data the following month (the initial 5GB plus the extra 1.2GB of rolled over data).

For more information, see our guide to data rollover on UK mobile networks.

Health & Beautycard Points

When you sign up to Superdrug Mobile, you’ll receive your first months’ payment back in Superdrug Health & Beautycard points. According to Superdrug, this should normally happen within 5 working days of you activating your SIM card.

As each Health & Beautycard point is worth 1p when spent in a Superdrug store:

  • You’ll get 1,000 points when you sign up to the 5GB plan (worth £10 in Superdrug).
  • You’ll get 1,500 points when you sign up to the 15GB plan (worth £15 in Superdrug).
  • You’ll get 1,800 points when you sign up to the 20GB plan (worth £18 in Superdrug).
  • You’ll get 2,000 points when you sign up to the unlimited plan (worth £20 in Superdrug).

In addition to the points you get for signing up, you’ll also earn double points on your spending at Superdrug so long as you have an active Superdrug Mobile plan. This means receiving 2 points (worth 2p) for every £1 you spend – equivalent to an extra 1% back on all of your spending at Superdrug.

Comparison to Alternatives

In the following section, we’ll compare Superdrug Mobile to the major mobile networks and to alternatives like SMARTY, giffgaff and VOXI.

£10 per month plans

Superdrug’s entry-level SIM-only plan costs £10/month for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of data. This is easily beaten by what is available on other mobile networks.

For instance, SMARTY offers a £10 plan with 30GB of data. SMARTY has the exact same coverage as Superdrug Mobile as both of them use coverage from Three (in fact, the Superdrug Mobile network is actually powered by SMARTY’s technology platform). Other alternatives also worth considering include VOXI (which offers 4G coverage from Vodafone) and giffgaff (which offers 4G coverage from O2).

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£10.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£12.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£12.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£12.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited250MB£13.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 8 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£15 per month plans

For £15/month, Superdrug offers a SIM-only plan with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 15GB of data. This is reasonably competitive against the major mobile networks but SMARTY offers much better value with 50GB of data for £15.

The following table shows SIM-only deals around the £15 per month price point:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£15.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
1 month
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£16.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£16.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£16.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£16.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
12 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£18.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£18.00
24 months
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£18.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 11 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£20 per month plans

Superdrug’s most expensive SIM-only plan is their £20 plan with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.

Nowadays, lots of other mobile networks also offer an unlimited data option. For instance, you can get unlimited data on Three from just £27/month. This includes 5G at no extra cost and access to the Go Roam offer (with inclusive roaming in 71 destinations).

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison to unlimited data plans on other mobile networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£22.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£24.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£26.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£26.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£28.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£28.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£32.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 11 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

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

Network & Coverage

3G & 4G Coverage From Three

In the UK, Superdrug Mobile is a virtual mobile network operator, piggybacking on coverage provided by the Three network. Customers using the Superdrug Mobile service will receive the same coverage as customers on Three.

At the time of writing, Superdrug claims 98.3% population coverage for 3G and 99.8% population coverage for 4G. Before signing up to the Superdrug Mobile service, we’d strongly recommend double-checking the coverage in your area:

Check Superdrug Mobile coverage (superdrugmobile.com) →

Like Three, Superdrug doesn’t offer any 2G coverage. This means you’ll need to use a mobile phone that supports at least 3G technology at a minimum.

Superdrug shares the same parent company with Three, the Hong Kong-based CK Hutchinson group. SMARTY is also part of the same group (in fact, the Superdrug Mobile service is built on top of SMARTY’s technology platform).

5G Coverage

Unfortunately, 5G coverage isn’t currently available on Superdrug Mobile. Whilst Three, Superdrug’s host mobile network, has a 5G network, they haven’t yet made it available to customers using Superdrug Mobile.

If you’d like to access 5G coverage from Three, you should choose a SIM-only deal from Three instead. At present, they offer 5G at no extra cost on all of their plans, with coverage being available in the following locations:

Now Live68 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (July 2020)
Aberdeen, Abingdon-on-Thames, Aldershot, Aldridge, Balloch, Barrow-in-Furness, Basildon, Bath, Bedford, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Borehamwood, Bradford, Brighton, Brookmans Park, Cannock, Cardiff, Chatham, Clayton-le-Woods, Coventry, Crawley, Cullingworth, Derby, Doncaster, Dundee, Glasgow, Gorebridge, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Heanor, Hedge End, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Inchinnan, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Leyland, Liverpool, London, Lower Stondon, Luton, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Motherwell, Neston, Newquay, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Redcar, Royston, Sheffield, Slough, St Albans, Stevenage, Swadlincote, Swindon, Telford, Westhoughton, Wickford, Wigan

For more information, see our guide to the 5G roll-out in the UK.

Tethering & Personal Hotspot

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s data connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s often used as a convenient way to get mobile broadband without the need to buy a separate device.

On Superdrug Mobile, you can share your data plan with other devices through the tethering or personal hotspot feature of your phone. This includes your full allowance, including on the £20 unlimited data plan:

Will I be able to tether?
Your data is yours to use how you want. You can tether and use your phone as a mobile hotspot with your full allowance if you want to – enjoy!

International Coverage

On Superdrug Mobile, it’s possible to use your mobile phone in other European countries at no extra charge. If you’re travelling to a country outside Europe, it’s still possible to use your mobile phone but you’ll need to buy a cash add-on before you depart.

For more information, see our full guide to travelling abroad with your mobile phone.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re leaving another network to join Superdrug Mobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.

To start with, ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. This is a nine-digit code that authorises the transfer of your phone number to Superdrug. You can get a PAC Code free of charge through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.

Once you have the PAC Code from your old network, order your new SIM card from the Superdrug Mobile website. Once it arrives, you can enter your PAC Code on Superdrug’s website following these instructions.

For a step-by-step guide on how to transfer your phone number to Superdrug Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Superdrug Mobile

Select your current mobile network:

  More Options

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What SIM-only plans are available on Superdrug Mobile?
On Superdrug Mobile, there’s currently a choice of four SIM-only plans:
  • £10 plan: 5GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts
  • £15 plan: 15GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts
  • £18 plan: 20GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts
  • £20 plan: Unlimited data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts

All of the plans are available on a one-month rolling basis with no contract to sign and no need for a credit check.

What network does Superdrug Mobile use for coverage?
Superdrug uses Three’s mobile network for coverage. This covers 99.8% of the UK’s population. You can check the coverage that’s available in your area. Unfortunately, 5G coverage is not available on Superdrug Mobile.
Does Superdrug Mobile offer unlimited data?
Yes. Superdrug offers a £20 unlimited data plan where there are no limits on how much you can download each month. You’ll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included in the price.
How does Superdrug Mobile compare to SMARTY?
For most people, a SIM card from SMARTY will offer much better value than a SIM card from Superdrug Mobile. For instance, SMARTY offers 30GB of data for £10/month (versus 5GB on Superdrug Mobile). Alternatively, you can get 50GB of data for £15/month (versus just 15GB on Superdrug). Both Superdrug and SMARTY use coverage from Three, with Superdrug’s service actually being powered by SMARTY’s technology platform in the background.
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 website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. Your PAC Code should be provided to Superdrug Mobile once you’ve activated your SIM card online.

More Information

For more information, please see the official Superdrug Mobile website. You may also find it of interest to read our guide on mobile networks that use coverage from Three.

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  • I’m with superdrug and I’m shocked at how people thinks its amazing. It’s the worst signal and loading pages since the 90s. I’m trying to get my pac code to move on to try id but have been hanging on the phone for 1 hour 32 minutes, so I’ve given up. I wouldn’t recommend at all. It’s slow and customer service is a joke.

    • Hi Daniel,
      Great question! I don’t think they’ve said anything about 5G yet, so fingers crossed but unfortunately I don’t have any information! 🙁
      Ken

  • Hi I’m having trouble staying connected to the internet. I brought my sim yesterday and added another 4GB as I use my data alot for cycling. It keeps logging out on my ride and messed up my recording. And when at home is always saying no connection /no internet! It just wont stay connected. It’s a bit pain and disappointing. Is there something I need to do?
    Even sending this message has taken over 7 attempts

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