Talkmobile offers SIM-only deals from £5/month with unlimited minutes and 3G & 4G coverage from Vodafone.

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

In this article, we’ll review the Talkmobile network and the Talker SIM-only deals that are currently available from them. We’ll then compare Talkmobile’s SIM-only plans to deals from rival mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

Talkmobile SIM Only Deals

At present, there’s a choice of four SIM-only deals available on the Talkmobile network. All of the plans come with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts, plus an allowance of data between 1GB and 12GB per month. You’ll have a 30-day rolling contract with all Talkmobile plans, giving you lots of flexibility to change your plan at any time:

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

For customers making a large number of phone calls but using very little data, it’s possible to get unlimited minutes for just £5/month on Talkmobile’s Talker A price plan. This is currently one of the UK’s cheapest SIM-only deals with unlimited calling.

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 lots of phone calls. However, alternative mobile networks tend to offer more data for the same monthly price so will be a better option for most customers with a smartphone.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
12 months
iD Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
1 month
iD Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£6.00
24 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited500MB£6.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 3 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£7.50 per month deals

For £7.50 per month, Talkmobile offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data on their Talker B price plan. This compares as follows to what you’d get on rival mobile networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
iD Mobile500Unlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2.5GB£7.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£8.00
1 month
iD Mobile500Unlimited4GB£8.00
1 month
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£8.00
1 month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£10 per month deals

For £10/month, it’s currently possible to get the Talker C price plan on Talkmobile with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data.

As an alternative, we’d recommend SMARTY’s 30GB plan which gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data (coverage from Three). Alternatively, VOXI has a £10 plan with 6GB of data and endless social data (like Talkmobile, the coverage on VOXI also comes from Vodafone).

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
18 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£11.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited4GB£11.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
24 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 3 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£12 per month deals

Talkmobile’s £12 Talker D price plan comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 12GB of data. This compares fairly well to what you’d get on major mobile networks like EE and O2.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£12.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited500MB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£13.00
18 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited250MB£13.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£14.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£14.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited4GB£14.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£14.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 7 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 or see our guide to 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 (on Red 5GB and above or on 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 Live38 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (April 2020)
Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
6 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton (End of 2019)

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, you can use tethering and personal hotspot 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.

To keep your phone number, start by asking your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can request 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 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 virtual mobile network operator from the Carphone Warehouse. The company was acquired by Vodafone in October 2011 and then operated 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 later 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 one of four SIM-only deals which include unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of 4G data.

More Information

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

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