Talkmobile offers SIM-only deals from £5/month with unlimited minutes and 99% 4G coverage from Vodafone.

In the UK, Talkmobile is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone offering SIM-only deals from £5/month. Customers with a Talkmobile SIM card will get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of data with 99% population coverage from the Vodafone network.

In this article, we’ll review the Talkmobile network and the Talkmobile SIM-only deals. We’ll compare Talkmobile’s SIM-only plans to those from rival mobile networks before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

Talkmobile SIM Only Deals

On Talkmobile, you can choose from a range of 12-month and 1-month SIM-only deals. All Talkmobile SIM cards come with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of data between 1GB and 100GB per month.

For the best value overall usage and the largest data allowances, you should choose a 12-month contract from Talkmobile. 12-month plans are currently available from £7/month, with the first 3 months available at half price.

The following table shows 12-month SIM cards from Talkmobile:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£9.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
12 months

For instance, you’ll pay £3.50/month for the first 3 months when you sign up for Talkmobile’s £7/month plan.

If you’re looking for greater flexibility, Talkmobile also offers a range of one-month rolling plans. Here, you’ll have the ability to change your plan at any time. However, you’ll get a smaller data allowance to start with and it also won’t be possible to take advantage of the half price promotion.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£8.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£9.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
1 month

If you aren’t sure how much data you require, see our guide to mobile download limits. If you’re mainly looking for a SIM card to make lots of phone calls, Talkmobile’s £5 plan on a 1-month contract is our recommended choice. It’s one of the UK’s cheapest SIM-only deals to include an unlimited allowance of minutes.

Comparison to Alternatives

£5 per month deals

Talkmobile’s £5/month Talker A price plan comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data.

Around this price point, the inclusion of unlimited minutes on Talkmobile is attractive to people making a large number of phone calls. You’ll get a fairly modest 1GB of data but this should suffice for basic usage of your smartphone whilst you’re out and about.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
iD Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
Three600Unlimited1GB£5.00
12 months
iD Mobile500Unlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
1 month
iD Mobile1,000Unlimited2GB£6.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited500MB£6.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£7 per month deals

For £7 per month, Talkmobile currently offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data. This is available on a 12-month contract with the first 3 months at half price (so just £3.50/month). Alternatively, you can choose this on a flexible 1-month rolling basis without the half price offer.

Talkmobile’s £7 plan compares as follows to other mobile networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
12 months
iD Mobile500Unlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£8.00
1 month
iD Mobile500Unlimited4GB£8.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£8.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 6 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£10 per month deals

Talkmobile doesn’t currently offer a £10 per month plan, though they have some other price plans available in this price range (e.g. you can get up to 9GB of data for £9/month).

If you’re willing to consider an alternative mobile network that uses coverage from Three, a potential alternative is SMARTY’s 30GB plan. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data for £10/month.

Alternatively, VOXI has a £10 plan with 8GB of data and endless social data. As with Talkmobile, the coverage on VOXI is provided by Vodafone.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£9.00
12 months
iD Mobile500Unlimited7GB£9.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£9.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£9.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£9.00
18 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£10.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
24 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 5 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£12 per month deals

Talkmobile’s £12 price plan comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 15GB of data. This compares fairly well to what you’d get on rival networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£12.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£12.00
12 months
O2500500500MB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£13.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited250MB£13.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£14.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£14.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 6 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

For more information, see our full guide to the UK’s best value SIM-only deals.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From Vodafone

Talkmobile offers 99.7% population coverage using Vodafone’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. It operates by piggybacking on the Vodafone network so you’ll get coverage in the same places as customers on Vodafone.

Before signing up for a Talkmobile SIM-only deal, we’d recommend checking the coverage in your area using Talkmobile’s online coverage map. You’ll be able to enter your postcode to see the types of coverage available where you live:

Check Talkmobile Coverage (talkmobile.co.uk) →

For more information, see our in-depth review of the coverage on Vodafone. Alternatively, see our overview of how mobile phone coverage works in the UK.

5G Coverage

At present, 5G coverage is not available to Talkmobile customers. If you’d like access to 5G coverage from Vodafone, this is currently available from £15/month on Vodafone’s own Pay Monthly plans. You’ll get 5G coverage on the Red 5GB plan and above as well as Vodafone’s unlimited data plans. It’s also available on VOXI’s 5G endless data plan.

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

Now Live45 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (May 2020)
Ambleside, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Guildford, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prestwich, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Southampton, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
2 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth (2020)

For more information, see our guide to rollout of 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 tablet or laptop). It’s a convenient way of getting access to mobile broadband whilst you’re on-the-go.

On Talkmobile’s SIM-only deals, it’s possible to use the tethering and personal hotspot feature on your smartphone to share your data allowance with other devices.

International Roaming

On Talkmobile, it’s possible to use your mobile phone abroad through international roaming. However, you’ll need to make sure you enable this functionality before departing on your trip abroad. You can do this by calling Talkmobile customer services on 5588 from your mobile, or calling them on 0333 304 8064 from any other phone.

If you’re travelling to one of 41 European destinations, it’ll be possible to use your normal UK allowances at no extra charge. In all other destinations, you’ll need to pay extra for roaming. The Talkmobile website has a full list of their international roaming rates.

For more information, see our guide to using your mobile phone abroad.

Keeping Your Phone Number

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

In order to keep your phone number, start by asking your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one 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 Talkmobile website. When your new SIM card arrives, call Talkmobile customer services on 5588 and give them your PAC Code so they can arrange the transfer of the phone number (normally they can do this on the next working day). Alternatively, it’s also possible to provide your PAC Code at the same time as signing up for your contract.

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

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Talkmobile

Select your current mobile network:

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History of Talkmobile

Talkmobile was launched by the Carphone Warehouse in 2007.

Talkmobile originally launched in 2007 as the own brand mobile virtual network operator from the Carphone Warehouse. The company was acquired by Vodafone in October 2011 and operated for a number of years as Vodafone’s low-cost 3G only sub-brand.

In 2017, Vodafone made the decision to close the Talkmobile brand to new customers. They also closed the Talkmobile Pay As You Go service. 4G coverage was made available to Talkmobile customers in July 2017, before the network re-opened to new customers in 2019.

Today, Talkmobile offers 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from Vodafone. Customers can sign up for a Talkmobile SIM-only deal which includes unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of 4G data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What SIM-only deals are available on Talkmobile?
Talkmobile offers a range of SIM-only deals which are available on either a 12 month contract or on a 1-month rolling contract. The best value plans can be found on a 12 month contract:
  • £7/month: 3GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £9/month: 9GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £12/month: 15GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £20/month: 100GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.

At present, you’ll get the first 3 months at half price when signing up for any of the above deals through the links.

What is the 3 month half price offer?
When you choose a 12-month SIM-only deal on Talkmobile, you’ll get the first 3 months at half price. For instance, the £7/month deal will cost you £3.50/month for the first 3 months. It will then revert to the original £7/month price for the remaining 9 months of your plan. Unfortunately, the half price offer is not available on one-month rolling plans.
What network does Talkmobile use?
Talkmobile uses the Vodafone network for coverage. They claim to offer 99.7% population coverage on Vodafone’s 2G, 3G and 4G network. You can check the coverage in your area using Talkmobile’s online coverage map.
Is 5G coverage available on Talkmobile?
No. Unfortunately, 5G coverage is not available to customers on Talkmobile. Given the position of Talkmobile as Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand, it’s unlikely you’ll get 5G coverage any time soon on Talkmobile. In the past, Talkmobile customers only received 4G coverage four years after the launch of 4G on Vodafone.

If you’d like access to 5G, you should choose a Vodafone Red or Vodafone Unlimited plan. Alternatively, see our guide to 5G SIM-only deals.

Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. It’s easy keeping your current phone number when moving to Talkmobile. Simply 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. This PAC Code can be entered when you order your Talkmobile SIM card or it can be provided at a later date to Talkmobile’s customer service team.

More Information

For more information, please see Talkmobile’s official website.

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  • In giffgaff for £12 you got 11gb, because after 3 months with them every top up for £10 and more give you 1gb extra every time you use all data.

  • Hi Ken,

    Do you know where it’s stated what Talkmobile’s out of bundle charges are? I can’t find this anywhere…

    Thanks,

    Ex

    • Hi Exidy,
      Thanks for your comment. You can find the out of bundle charges for Talkmobile’s latest price plans here. In short, they charge 40p/minute and 14p/text. Additional data usage beyond your allowance requires the purchase of a Booster (e.g. £6/week for 1GB of data).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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