Talkmobile was previously offering a Pay As You Go SIM card where you’ll pay a flat rate of 10p for phone calls of up to one hour.

Important Information: Talkmobile has announced the closure of their Pay As You Go service. From June 30th, it’ll no longer be possible to top-up. From the 31st August, the service will close entirely and customers will lose any remaining credit on their account.

Some of our recommended alternatives for Talkmobile customers include:

  • 1pMobile (1p/minute, 1p/text, 1p/MB): Currently has the UK’s lowest Pay As You Go rates, using 3G & 4G coverage from EE. Read our review.
  • ASDA Mobile (600 minutes, unlimited texts & 2GB data for £10): Provides low-cost bundles with 3G & 4G coverage from EE. Read our review.
  • giffgaff: Low-cost Pay As You Go bundles with 3G & 4G coverage from O2.
  • Vodafone Pay As You Go: Vodafone’s official replacement for the Talkmobile service.

For more information, see our full comparison of the best value Pay As You Go networks and Pay As You Go bundles.

Talkmobile Happy Hour

Talkmobile, a low-cost sub-brand of the Vodafone network, was previously offering a Pay As You Go SIM card where you can talk for up to one hour for a flat rate of just 10p per call. The tariff, which was known as Talkmobile Happy Hour, also has competitive rates for texting and browsing (4p/text and 2p/MB).

In this article, we’ll review the Talkmobile Happy Hour SIM card. We’ll look at the costs of using a Talkmobile SIM card and how they compare to other Pay As You Go networks such as giffgaff and Three. We’ll also look at the level of coverage available on Talkmobile and how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.

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The Happy Hour Tariff

TalkmobileIn the UK, Talkmobile has a fairly unique Pay As You Go offering in the form of their Happy Hour SIM card.

With Happy Hour, you’ll be charged a 10p flat rate for all phone calls to a UK landline or UK mobile, lasting for up to one hour. It’s an ideal tariff for customers making occasional phone calls and it can also serve as a good replacement for making phone calls on your landline.

For phone calls of more than 4 minutes in length, Talkmobile is by far the cheapest Pay As You Go network for calling in the UK. If you tend to make lots of shorter phone calls, the 321 tariff from Three may offer better value.

Pay As You Go Rates

Ten Pence Coin
Pay just 10p for phone calls lasting up to one hour.

For customers calling either a UK landline or UK mobile (that’s phone numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03 or 07), Talkmobile charges a 10p flat-rate for all phone calls lasting up to one hour. After the first hour, you’ll pay an extra 8p/minute but you can avoid these additional charges by hanging up and re-dialling.

For text messages and browsing the internet, Talkmobile charges 4p per message and 2p per megabyte. The following table shows in greater detail exactly how much you’ll pay on the Happy Hour tariff:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 10p connection charge
+ no further charges for up to 60 minutes
+ 8p/minute after the first 60 minutes
Calls to Voicemail 8p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 15p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 4p
Picture Message (MMS) 30p
Video Message 50p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Internet 2p/MB

The prices in this table are stated for UK-to-UK only. If you’re roaming, making international calls or calling a special number (e.g. 08 & 09 numbers), higher charges will normally apply. Source for pricing information:

If you’d like to take advantage of these rates, you can order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from Talkmobile:

Order Talkmobile Pay As You Go SIM Card (Free) →

Comparison To Alternatives

Top Up LogoOn Talkmobile’s Happy Hour tariff, you’ll be charged a 10p flat rate for phone calls up to one hour. If you usually make only very short phone calls of three minutes or less, Three’s 321 tariff will be cheaper at just 3p/minute. For phone calls that are longer than 3 minutes, Talkmobile will be significantly cheaper than other networks.

The Happy Hour tariff compares as follows to rival Pay As You Go networks:

Mobile Network Calls (per min) Texts (per SMS) Internet
Three 3p/minute 2p/text 1p/MB
Talkmobile Happy Hour 10p/call (up to 60 minutes) 4p/text 2p/MB
ASDA Mobile 8p/minute 4p/text 5p/MB
Co-operative Mobile 8p/minute 4p/text 5p/MB
Tesco Mobile Lite 8p/minute 4p/text 10p/MB
Post Office Mobile 8p/minute 10p/text 10p/MB
giffgaff 15p/minute 5p/text 5p/MB
EE 30p/minute 12p/text
O2 30p/minute 14p/text £1/day for 50MB
Vodafone 30p/minute 14p/text £2/day for 50MB

For more information, please see our full Pay As You Go price comparison table. If you’re a fairly frequent user or if you use data on your smartphone, you may also wish to see our article on Pay As You Go bundles.

Pay As You Go Rewards

10 Pound Note
Talkmobile has an alternative tariff called Pay As You Go Rewards. You’ll pay a lot more for your phone calls but you’ll 60 free minutes with every £10 top-up.

Talkmobile also has an alternative price plan, which is known as Pay As You Go Rewards. With Pay As You Go Rewards, you’ll pay a higher rate for your calls and text messages (25p/minute and 12p/text, discounted to 10p/minute and 6p/text to other Talkmobile customers). Mobile internet will cost you 25p/day for up to 25MB of data (then it’s 10p/MB extra if you go over this limit).

The benefit of choosing ‘Pay As You Go Rewards’ is you’ll get a free allowance every time you top-up your phone (e.g. 60 free minutes or 1400 free texts when you top up with £10 of credit). Your free top-up allowances will then last for between 7 and 30 days depending on how much you top-up.

If you’d like to join Pay As You Go Rewards, you can change to the tariff after getting your SIM card by calling Talkmobile Customer Services on 5888. By default, all customers are placed on the Happy Hour tariff where you won’t be able to earn any rewards.


Unfortunately, Talkmobile only provides Pay Monthly smartphones – they don’t provide any smartphones on a Pay As You Go basis. For this reason, you’ll need to bring your own handset to use on the Talkmobile Pay As You Go service. This could either be a new SIM-free smartphone or it could be an existing handset that you’ve gone and unlocked.

When ordering your SIM card from the Talkmobile website, you’ll need to choose the size of the SIM card you require. The required SIM card will depend on your handset – if you aren’t sure which one you need, see our list of handsets and the required SIM card size in each one.


2G and 3G Coverage From Vodafone

Vodafone Coverage
Customers on Talkmobile Pay As You Go have 99% coverage from Vodafone’s 2G and 3G networks.

Customers on Talkmobile Pay As You Go will get 99% population coverage across the UK. This is because Talkmobile is a virtual network operator that uses Vodafone as their coverage provider. At present, Talkmobile customers are limited to 2G and 3G coverage.

Before ordering your SIM card from Talkmobile, it’s probably worth double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the Talkmobile coverage checker.

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4G Coverage Isn’t Available

Unfortunately, 4G coverage isn’t available on the Talkmobile service. Despite Talkmobile’s status as a fully-owned sub-brand of Vodafone, the parent company has restricted 4G coverage to only customers on their own branded network.



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).

With Talkmobile, it’s possible to tether on any of their plans. This means your inclusive data allowance can be shared with other devices. This can be seen be going through to the Talkmobile help pages and then search for ‘tethering’:

Tethering (using your mobile as an internet hotspot for other devices) is included in all Talkmobile plans. You can tether if you have a data plan and have enabled Wi-Fi hotspot functionality on your phone.

If you’re likely to tether fairly frequently, Talkmobile Pay As You Go will be a comparatively expensive service. For a guide to the best value deals, see our article on the best value SIM cards for tethering in the UK.

Keeping Your Phone Number

Talkmobile Transfer Phone Number
It’s easy to move your number to Talkmobile.

If you’re moving from another network to Talkmobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.

Start by asking your old network to provide you with a PAC Code. It’s free to obtain a PAC Code from your old network, and the code will authorise Talkmobile to take control of your phone number.

Once you have the PAC Code from old network, you should order your free Happy Hour SIM card on the Talkmobile website. Once it arrives, use your new SIM card to call Talkmobile customer services (dial 5888 on your Talkmobile handset). Once you’ve given your PAC Code to Talkmobile, they’ll schedule the transfer of your phone number, normally for the next working day.

For a step-by-step guide on moving your number to Talkmobile, please select your current mobile network from the dropdown menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Talkmobile

Your current network provider:

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More Information

For more information about the Happy Hour tariff, please see the official Talkmobile website.

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  • Its a shame for me Talk Mobile is going, as i mostly use minutes, some texts, but dont need data. Anyway, i filled out their offer of a free Vodafone sim, pre loaded with £10 BIG BUNDLE for myself and partner, a few days later, there was two vodafone packaged sim card letters on the door mat, we both opened our new Vodafone sim packages, popped them into our phones, followed the link activation number, and hey presto!. There is nothing on on them, cant even make a call!. We waited 4 hours thinking it takes time for the bundle to take effect, still cant make a call. Phoned up 191, and explained the situation to the guy on the other end, he said “yes” there are many problems with this offer you were promised from Vodafone, i cant help you from this customer service number, you will have to go to a high street shop and sort it out, explain it to them!. Myself and my partner work 6 days a week, every week!!. My only thoughts are, its a complete con!, both sims ended up in the bin, and we will certainly not be transfering our numbers to Vodafone, let alone even use the company!

  • Pete Forman said:

    Talkmobile are no longer selling SIMs for their PAYG (Happy Hour). Top ups will be unavailable from 30th June and the service will cease on 31th August.

    I have two phones in the household on Talkmobile and neither has been notified of this. Their web site has buried the announcement.

    There is nothing on the top level apart from the absence of PAYG info. If you click on PAYG SIM there is no indication that the service is being discontinued. Poor show.

    • Hi Pete,
      Many thanks for the heads up about this. I’ve just added a notice about this to the page above, as I expect they’ll be notifying their customers about this very soon. It’s a shame that the Talkmobile is now coming to an end, and removing this strong competitor from the UK PAYG market.

  • Tried TM Happy Hour, yes it’s good. But, the mobile data is a worry, with ‘3’ I used about 5 Mbs per months (train times app in iPhone SE). Yet as soon as I turn on Mobile data on TalkMobile after a few seconds 20p worth used. Then after the 2 minute session and less than 1 Mb of data 40p was deducted. So this 2p/Mb is misleading. BTY all apps were turned off for mobile data during this test.
    I’ll have to go back to ‘3 Rewards sim’.
    I got the feeling you were charged 2p every time the app asked for data, and Voda regarded each request as a new (2p) session.

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