Tesco Mobile offers Rocket Packs on Pay As You Go where you can convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance.

Tesco Mobile Rocket Packs

Tesco Mobile has just launched a range of new one-month bundles on Pay As You Go. Called Rocket Packs, the new bundles allow you to convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and internet.

Rocket Packs are available to buy from £5/month and include 4G internet at no extra charge. The most popular Rocket Pack is the £10/month pack which gives you 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB of internet.

In this article, we review the new Rocket Packs from Tesco Mobile. We’ll look at the Rocket Packs available and how they compare to bundles on other networks. We’ll also look at the handsets and the level of coverage available on Tesco Pay As You Go. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep your existing phone number when moving to Tesco Mobile.

Pricing & Tariffs

Tesco Mobile has launched a new Rocket Packs tariff on Pay As You Go. This is now the default tariff on Tesco Pay As You Go, although it’s also still possible to get the older Triple Credit and Tesco Lite tariffs.

Rocket Packs

Tesco Mobile Rocket Pack BundlesRocket Packs are the new Pay As You Go bundles from Tesco Mobile. Designed for smartphone owners and for regular mobile users, they convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance of calls, texts and internet.

At present, Tesco is offering a choice of six Rocket Pack bundles:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Tesco Mobile100100250MB£5.00
Tesco Mobile250500500MB£7.50
Tesco Mobile5005,0003GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0004GB£12.50
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0006GB£15.00
Tesco Mobile2,0005,0008GB£20.00

To buy a Rocket Pack, you’ll need to text the relevant short-code to 28949 (either ROCKET5, ROCKET750, ROCKET10, ROCKET1250, ROCKET15 or ROCKET20 depending on the Rocket Pack you’d like to buy).

Each Rocket Pack will last for one calendar month, with any unused allowances expiring at the same time as your Rocket Pack. If there’s a sufficient amount of credit on your account, Tesco Mobile will try to renew your Rocket Pack automatically. If you don’t want this to happen automatically, you should opt-out by texting STOPROCKET to 28948.

You’ll get Tesco Clubcard points every time you top-up your phone at the normal rate of 1 Clubcard point for every £1 spent. On a £10 Rocket Pack, you’ll get 10 Clubcard points (this is worth up to 40p when you use Clubcard Boost).

Out Of Bundle Charges

Top Up LogoIf you use up all of the inclusive allowances in your Rocket Pack, you’ll pay Tesco Mobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates for all further usage:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 25p/minute (any network, any time)
Calls to Voicemail 15p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 25p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 10p
Picture Message (MMS) 25p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Internet 10p/MB

You’ll also pay these rates if you opt-out of buying a Rocket Pack bundle.

In general, Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go rates are fairly expensive compared to other mobile networks. For instance, ASDA Mobile is a lot cheaper at just 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB. For more information, please see our full comparison of Pay As You Go rates in the UK.

Triple Credit & Tesco Lite

Tesco Mobile Triple Credit
Tesco also offers a Triple Credit tariff on Pay As You Go.

If you’re a light mobile user, you might be better off choosing one of Tesco Mobile’s older Pay As You Go tariffs:

  • Triple Credit: You’ll get bonus free credit every time you top-up your phone. For instance, a £10 top-up will give you £20 of bonus free credit. The bonus credit will expire after one month and can only be used for UK calls, texts and mobile internet. Pay As You Go rates are the same as on the Rocket Packs tariff.
  • Tesco Lite: Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go Lite tariff gives you a discounted rate of 8p/minute, 4p/text and 10p/MB. There is no bonus free credit and it isn’t possible to buy a Rocket Pack bundle.

If you’re a Tesco Mobile Pay As You Go customer, you can switch your tariff at any time by calling 282.

Comparison To Alternatives

£5 per month bundles

5 Pound Note

For £5/month, Tesco Mobile is offering a Rocket Pack with 100 minutes, 100 texts and 250MB of internet.

The best alternative at the £5/month price point is ASDA Mobile’s £5 bundle with 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 200MB of data. On ASDA, you’ll get 3G & 4G coverage from EE.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile200Unlimited750MB£5.00
EE250Unlimited500MB£5.00
Tesco Mobile100100250MB£5.00

£7 per month bundles

For £7.50/month, Tesco Mobile has a Rocket Pack bundle with 250 minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB of data.

A better value deal can be found on ASDA Mobile. For just £7/month, you’ll get 300 minutes, unlimited text messages and 1GB of data:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile300Unlimited2.5GB£7.00
Tesco Mobile250500500MB£7.50

£10 per month bundles

10 Pound Note

Tesco Mobile is offering a £10/month bundle with 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB of internet.

For a better value deal, we recommend giffgaff’s £10 goodybag. For £10/month, you’ll get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of mobile internet (like Tesco, giffgaff also uses coverage from O2). Alternatively, ASDA Mobile is another good option offering 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet using coverage from EE.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited7GB£10.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
EE100Unlimited4GB£10.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0003GB£10.00
Vodafone250Unlimited3GB£10.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£10.00
EE400Unlimited2GB£10.00

£15 per month bundles

15 Pound Notes

At £15/month, Tesco Mobile is offering a Rocket Pack with 1000 minutes, 5000 texts and 6GB of internet.

A slightly better alternative is giffgaff’s £15 goodybag. You’ll get 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data. giffgaff also uses signal from O2 so the level of coverage you get will be identical to that on Tesco Mobile.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£15.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited10GB£15.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£15.00
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0006GB£15.00
Vodafone250Unlimited5GB£15.00

£20 per month bundles

20 Pound Note
giffgaff has Always On data with unlimited downloads for £20/month.

On Tesco Mobile’s £20 Rocket Pack bundle, you’ll get 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and 8GB of internet.

Better value deals can be found on giffgaff, Three and ASDA Mobile. For £20/month, giffgaff has unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and Always On data (unlimited downloads with 4G speeds on the first 9GB per month). Three has an All-in-One 20 bundle with 12GB of data, whilst ASDA has a £20 bundle with 8GB of data on EE.

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited80GB£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£20.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£20.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
Vodafone1,000Unlimited10GB£20.00
Tesco Mobile2,0005,0008GB£20.00

For more information, please see our full comparison of Pay As You Go bundles.

Handsets

iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeTesco Mobile currently offers a range of 46 handsets on Pay As You Go. Some of the most popular choices include:

You can see a full list of available handsets on the Tesco Mobile website.

If you’d like to keep your current handset, it’s also possible to order a free Tesco Mobile SIM card. If you do this, you should make sure your handset is unlocked for use on any mobile network. You may find it useful to read our guides on unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage from O2

Tesco Mobile Coverage Map 2016
Tesco Mobile makes use of coverage from O2.

Tesco Mobile is a 50:50 joint venture between O2 and Tesco. As such, Tesco Mobile uses O2 as its network coverage provider and customers will receive the same level of coverage as customers on O2.

At the time of writing, Tesco Mobile has 99% population coverage. There’s about 98% population coverage for 3G internet and about 78% population coverage on the faster 4G mobile network.

To check the coverage in your area, you should enter your postcode on the Tesco Mobile coverage map:

Check Tesco Mobile Coverage (tescomobile.com) →

For more information, please see our in-depth guide on mobile phone coverage in the UK.

Tethering

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with other devices (e.g. with a laptop or tablet).

Tethering is permitted on all of Tesco Mobile’s Rocket Pack tariffs. This is a key selling point of the service as many other low-cost mobile networks will not allow you to tether you on Pay As You Go.

Keeping Your Phone Number

Transfer Phone Number to Tesco
It’s a straightforward process to transfer your phone number to Tesco Mobile.

If you’re joining Tesco Mobile from another mobile network, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.

To begin the process of moving your number to Tesco Mobile, you should contact your old mobile network and ask for a PAC Code. A PAC Code will authorise the transfer of your phone number to Tesco Mobile. It’s a legal requirement for your current network to provide you with one within two hours of your request.

Once you have the PAC Code from your old network, you should order your new phone or SIM card from the Tesco Mobile website. Once the new phone or SIM card arrives, you can submit your PAC Code through this online form. You’ll be able to choose a date for your phone number to be transferred (the next working day will normally be the earliest available option).

For step-by-step instructions on moving your number to Tesco Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Tesco Mobile

Select your current mobile network:

  More Options

You won’t be able to transfer Pay As You Go credit from your current network over to Tesco Mobile. For this reason, you should try to use up remaining credit on your old network before transferring your number to Tesco Mobile.

More Information

For more information about the Rocket Packs tariff, please see the official Tesco Mobile website. For a full comparison of Rocket Packs against other UK bundles, please see our guide to the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles.

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  • Kathy OHea said:

    I’m on my UK contract with Tesco, but I’m in southern Ireland and need bundles from Tesco. How do I do this as the phone numbers I’m calling from aren’t being answered.

    • Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for your comment. Are you trying to buy a Rocket Pack bundle? If so, it should be possible to buy one by texting the relevant shortcode to 28949.
      Ken

  • John Bratchell-Hunt said:

    Today I bought a Tesco mobile sim with a £10 Rocket Pack not realising that, in fact, the Rocket Pack is a form of contract as you are required to top up monthly or loose service. All I wanted was some credit on a phone to act as a backup, credit that I could top up as and when needed. The package containing the sim clearly stated “no-contract sim”. I think this is miss representation and should be investigated. Not happy Tesco and will be ditching the sim card.

    • Hi John,
      Sorry to hear about the confusion with Rocket Packs. I’d consider giving Tesco Mobile Customer Services a call. First of all, they should be able to switch you to either their Lite plan (8p/minute & 4p/text) or their Triple Credit plan (25p/minute & 10p/text). On both of those plans, there’s no need to top-up every month and you simply need to pay for what you actually use. On the second part, it might be worth putting in a complaint with them (and letting them know about the confusion) – they might be able to cancel the Rocket Pack and to refund the credit to you.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

    • Hi John,
      You shouldn’t lose service at the end of the thirty days. I just started up with the same deal in January too. My first 30 days runs out tomorrow. When it does I expect to still have incoming service and voicemail, until I choose to add some credit to buy another Rocket pack at a later date.
      As long as I do that within at least 90 days , maybe longer, I expect the service to continue.

      Tesco’s Customer Service are always very helpful. Give them a ring and ask them to run through your options on renewing or not with you again.

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