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 Mobile200Unlimited500MB£5.00
Tesco Mobile100100250MB£5.00
EE100250150MB£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 Mobile300Unlimited2GB£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
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited4GB£10.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0003GB£10.00
Vodafone250Unlimited3GB£10.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£10.00
EE100Unlimited2GB£10.00
EE250Unlimited1GB£10.00
EE5,000Unlimited50MB£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 Mobile1,000Unlimited8GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£15.00
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0006GB£15.00
Vodafone250Unlimited5GB£15.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£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
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£20.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
Vodafone1,000Unlimited10GB£20.00
Tesco Mobile2,0005,0008GB£20.00
EE1,500Unlimited4GB£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.

Your Comments 31 so far

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  • 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.

  • lucy dollochin said:

    I have loaded my top up with £10 so that the rocket pack can renew . The £10 has disappeared
    please can you help

    • Hi Lucy,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for me to help out as I don’t work for Tesco and I can’t see the history on your account! However, this is something that Tesco Mobile should be able to investigate for you – you can contact them via live web chat by calling 4445 on your Tesco Mobile phone.
      Ken

  • the whole rocket pack is a rip off why do you loose your credit if you do not use your phone all the while, we bought a tesco mobile with £10 top up free registered it and that was it as the phone is used for emergencies but had a shock a month later to find out there was no credit as we had been put on the rocket pack ,, the whole thing is a con to make tesco more money ,,,and now it has happened again ,, so that is £20 to Tesco and 50p used,

  • christopher Wright said:

    I had a traditional pay as you go Tesco Nokia phone.(long term user).
    I have recently been persuaded to upgrade to a modern mobile by my children.
    I bought a Tesco moto e4 with a new sim card.
    I put £10 on the phone.
    Then when I went to use it (I only use mobiles on an occasional basis) I found all my credit gone.
    I asked my son what had happened .
    He thought I had apps playing in the background (which I knew nothing about) that were using up my credit, so with his help we have turned those off.

    I then topped up again and I rang into Tesco mobile to check my balance to see if I had stopped the drainage of my credit.
    It said I was on some Rocket policy,which I again didn’t understand.
    I thought I was on the old standard pack, but no, the new package apparently only lasts a month and all credit is wiped off at the end of the month. So not happy.

    I did go into Tesco (Exeter Extra) and tried to speak to the mobile rep,but he was more interested in a previous customer who he had called the manager to, as he thought there was a fraud going on.

    So I had a very bad customer experience, and felt treated like an old fool and fobbed of.
    The previous promise from the rep from whom I had bought my new phone, was that I could move my old contacts from my Nokia to the moto.I was told all I had to do was bring the two phones into Tesco.
    Not possible I was told by the second rep.
    I am not sure if that meant not possible or I can’t be bothered!
    So watch out if you upgrade.

    And yes Tesco, you can refund me my lost credit if you want to make me happier and put me back on a proper pay as you go, not rob as you like CON-tract.

    • Hi Christopher,
      I’m really sorry to hear about the negative experiences you’ve had on Tesco Mobile. Obviously, as I have nothing to do with them, I’m unable to answer on their behalf about what has gone wrong. However, I can offer two pieces of advice which I hope can be helpful in some way:
      1. You can change your Tesco Mobile tariff by dialling 282. You can switch to either the Triple Credit or Lite tariff, which may prove to be much more suitable for your usage. Alternatively, you can also take a look at my guide to the best Pay As You Go SIM cards for light usage.
      2. It’s worth making a formal complaint directly to Tesco Mobile if you’re not happy about the service they or their staff have provided. You can do this by calling them on 4455.
      Ken

    • Hi Muhammad,
      Thanks for your comment. This is probably something I’d recommended taking up directly with the Tesco Mobile team. You can reach them by calling 4455 on your Tesco Mobile handset.
      Ken

  • How come Vodaphone roll over data each month and also give you loyalty points, what benefit/s is/are there to join Tesco, to me it looks like the worst bundle to choose. I will be changing as soon as my remaining credit runs out.

    • Have you ever tried getting Vodafone’s Customer Service to sort a problem for you? That may be why they need to offer other things to attract and keep customers. I left them years ago and would never go back even if they were offering free, unlimited everything .

  • I purchased a £10 rocket pack on 18th January, which was supposed to be £5 for use in January and £5 to renew on 18th February. Why is it I have now had a text to say you could not renew the ‘rocket pack’ on 18th February and I would have to pay full charges. I purchased this pack from you as I am a very light user of my phone and was assured this was the best tariff on the market for me. What has gone wrong OR is this just yet another Tesco con.

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. Based on your message, I wasn’t quite clear on which Rocket Pack you’d bought from Tesco Mobile. Assuming it was the £10 Rocket Pack, this would be £10 for a 30-day period (the cost & allowances are not split up on a month-by-month basis). Upon the expiry of your bundle, it will cost another £10 to renew for 30 days.
      Ken

    • The rocket pack was £10, £5 for January and £5 for February. I have been to tesco this morning and they admitted it was a fault on their part and have now put the outstanding amount onto my phone. I shall use this for the next month and then shall be changing to another companies tariff as I really can’t have the hastle of having to go your store every month just to get the service I have paid in advance for.

      • Hi cris just to make it clear.you said you toped up £10 and you bought a £10 rocket pack it does not split it in to two month’s that €10 would of been for 1 month .what you should of done is topped up £10 and got the £5 rocket pack then you would of had £5 credit for the next month then bought the £5 for the next month it was not tesco folt

  • Jeananne Evans said:

    Have just received new Microsoft mobile on monthly contract from Tesco, how do I keep my old Motorola phone number which was on Tesco pay as you go? I don’t need a PAC number it says but no other info’ Sorry I am a bit of a technophobe!

    • Hi Jeananne,
      Yes – you can keep your current phone number and there’s no need to get yourself a PAC Code. To do this, you just need to call Tesco Mobile Customer Services on 4445. They’ll handle the transfer for you. More information here in case it’s of interest.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi Ken,

    If you buy a new rocket pack sim from Tesco and you do a first top-up with at least £10, then Tesco will give you a £10 gift card until 04/09/16. The first top-up is automatically converted to a rocket pack, so basically you can have 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 500 Mb for free! The terms and conditions for the gift card offer are here: http://www.tescomobile.com/about-us/terms-and-conditions/general/promotional-terms-conditions#sectionS) . The rocket pack sim is normally £0.99 in the store but if you top up with £10 it is free.

    This summer Tesco is also offering free European roaming (until 03/09/16) in 31 countries so you effectively get 500 minutes to phone the UK from Europe and 500 Mb to use abroad for free! For more information see here: https://shop.tescomobile.com/homefromhome.

    Stefan

  • Hi ken thank you for such an informative site x im looking for pay as you go my tesco mobile app to install on my mob. When i try to install it either puts me on tescos Ireland…..or tells me i cant instal because im not a pay monthly customer!!!?? Any suggestions plz Ken as id like to see if i can upgrade my mob(Samsung Galaxy 3) on a monthly plan . Much appreciated x

  • chris miller said:

    Hi Ken,
    Many thanks for your prompt reply to my original query.
    I now have another one.
    I worked in the Republic of Ireland for a number of years,and i ended up using the 3 Ireland network,which only covers the Republic and not Northern Ireland.The phone is nothing special,i just lked using it,and would be interested to find out if i can unlock it and use it in the UK.
    The phone is a SONY ERICCSON J108i CEDAR.
    I have tried to contact 3 Ireland,but to no avail.they were not interested in helping me at all.
    Any suggestions ? I have thought of having a day out in Dublin,taking the phone with me,buying some credit,and then seeing if i can receive a PAC code,whilst i am in Ireland.
    Thanks.

    Chris.

  • Jonny Terry said:

    Ken

    Hoping you know more than Tesco tech support. I’m on the PAYG Lite tarrif with an old tech Nokia Asha 201, which doesn’t have 3G but in principle should allow access to email via an email client (built-in). I can access the internet, which I don’t need, but haven’t been able to get either the email or social media clients to work (just get a communication error message), despite trying all the settings I can find online. I had read that this may be because Tesco only offers WAP access. Can you comment on this?

    Thanks
    Jonny

    • Hi Jonny,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t know the Asha 201 in very much detail. I did come across this page on Tesco’s website – I assume you’ve already tried following the instructions there? According to the guide, e-mail should be supported so I’m not sure why it doesn’t work on your handset.
      Ken

  • Hussein Mohamed said:

    Would you please update me if you are offering unlimit internet service (eat data as u go) and how much will be cost in both type pay as you go or contract

    • Hi Hussein,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, Tesco Mobile doesn’t have any tariffs with unlimited internet. The only networks with unlimited internet are giffgaff (£20/month for unlimited 3G), Three (from £17/month for unlimited 4G) and TalkTalk (£12/month for unlimited 3G, only available to TalkTalk broadband customers).
      Ken

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