Tesco Mobile offers Rocket Pack bundles on Pay As You Go, starting from £7.50/month with no contract.
In the UK, Tesco Mobile offers Rocket Pack bundles on Pay As You Go, with prices starting from £7.50/month. You’ll get access to 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from O2 with no need to sign a contract or to undergo a credit check.
In this article, we’ll look at Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, including the Rocket Packs available and how much they’ll cost you. We’ll also look at the Triple Credit tariff from Tesco Mobile, before comparing their Rocket Pack bundles to rival networks like giffgaff and VOXI. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage on Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service and how you can keep your current phone number when moving to the network.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Network & Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
On Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, there are two ways of paying for your usage:
- You can buy a monthly Rocket Pack bundle to cover your usage. Tesco Mobile offers Rocket Pack bundles from £7.50 per month. If you’re a regular mobile user or smartphone user, you’ll normally find Rocket Packs to be the better value option. This is because you’ll get an allowance of minutes, texts and data included in your Rocket Pack.
- You can use traditional Pay As You Go with Tesco Mobile’s Triple Credit offer. Rather than buying an all-inclusive bundle, you can use Tesco Mobile on a traditional Pay As You Go basis with no need to top-up every month. You’ll pay 25p/minute, 10p/text and 10p/MB. Tesco has a triple credit offer that triples your credit for one month whenever you top-up.
With both options, there’s no contract to sign and no credit checks to undergo.
Rocket Pack Bundles
For most people, the cheapest way to use Tesco Mobile on a Pay As You Go basis is by buying a one-month Rocket Pack bundle. Tesco’s Rocket Packs start from £7.50/month and give you an inclusive allowance of UK minutes, texts and data.
There’s currently a choice of five Rocket Packs, ranging from £7.50/month for 2GB of data to £20/month for 40GB of data.
When your one-month Rocket Pack bundle comes to an end, any unused allowances will automatically expire. You’ll then need to buy a fresh Rocket Pack to get a new set of allowances. For convenience, there’s an option to set up automatic payments on your account which can make it a hassle-free experience to buy a Rocket Pack every month.
Tesco Mobile’s Rocket Pack bundles can often be beaten by what is available on other networks. For instance, giffgaff’s £10 golden goodybag comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of data (increased to 10GB per month at no extra cost from your third month onwards).
On giffgaff, you’ll get the same coverage you would on Tesco Mobile as both mobile networks use coverage from O2.
Pay As You Go Pricing
If you either don’t have a Rocket Pack on your Tesco Mobile account or if you’ve already used up your Rocket Pack allowances, you’ll pay Tesco Mobile’s standard Pay As You Go rates for using your mobile phone.
On Tesco Mobile, phone calls will cost 25p/minute. Text messages will cost 10p each and using mobile data will cost 10p/MB (equivalent to £100 per gigabyte). For this reason, if you’re a heavy user, charges can add up very quickly on standard Pay As You Go. If you regularly use your mobile phone, it may therefore be cheaper getting a Pay As You Go bundle instead.
|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
|Text Message (SMS)||10p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||25p|
In general, Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go rates are fairly expensive compared to other networks. 1pMobile has much lower Pay As You Go rates, at 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB (coverage from the EE network). Alternatively, ASDA Mobile charges 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB.
For more information, see our full comparison of Pay As You Go rates in the UK.
Triple Credit Plan
If you don’t want to top-up every month and to buy a Rocket Pack for your usage, Tesco Mobile has a triple credit offer. If you’re on their traditional Pay As You Go service without a Rocket Pack bundle, you can receive bonus credit as follows:
- When you top-up with £10 of credit, you’ll get £20 of bonus free credit that lasts for one month (making a total of £30 credit).
- When you top-up with £15 of credit, you’ll get £30 of bonus free credit that lasts for one month (making a total of £45 credit).
- When you top-up with £20 of credit, you’ll get £40 of bonus free credit that lasts for one month (making a total of £60 credit).
The bonus free credit can only be used for standard-rate calling, texting and browsing inside the UK. It isn’t possible to use your bonus credit for other things like buying a bundle, premium-rate calling, international calling or roaming outside of Europe. Your bonus credit is always used before your normal credit and expires one month after the date of your top-up.
Bonus Bundles on Triple Credit
In addition to the triple credit offer, you can also benefit from a free bonus bundle when you top-up by £10 or £15 in one go:
- When you top-up with £10 of credit in one go, you can choose from 50 texts, 75 minutes or 250MB of data.
- When you top-up with £15 of credit in one go, you can choose from 5000 texts, 200 minutes or 1GB of data.
Comparison to Alternatives
£7.50 per month bundles
On Tesco Mobile, you’ll currently pay £7.50 for a Rocket Pack with 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 2GB of data.
As an alternative to this, consider ASDA Mobile’s £7 bundle which gives you 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 2.5GB of data. This is 25% more data than you’d get on Tesco Mobile and with a cost saving of 50p per month. You can also consider giffgaff’s £8 goodybag which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data.
£10 per month bundles
Tesco Mobile’s £10 Rocket Pack bundle comes with 5000 minutes, 5000 texts and 8GB of data.
The following table shows some alternatives to this. For instance, you can get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of data for £10/month on giffgaff. Like Tesco Mobile, giffgaff also uses coverage from O2.
Alternatively, VOXI currently offers 12GB of data and endless social media data for £10/month. The coverage on VOXI is provided by the Vodafone network.
£15 per month bundles
Tesco Mobile’s £15 Rocket Pack bundle includes 5000 minutes, 5000 texts and 20GB of data.
This compares as follows to other mobile networks:
£20 per month bundles
On Tesco Mobile, the £20 Rocket Pack bundle comes with 5000 minutes, 5000 texts and 40GB of data.
For a better value alternative, we’d recommend giffgaff’s £20 goodybag. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 80GB of data (twice the amount of data you’d get on Tesco Mobile).
For more information, see our in-depth comparison of Pay As You Go bundles in the UK.
Network & Coverage
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From O2
Before you sign up to the Tesco Mobile network, it’s important to double-check the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on the Tesco Mobile coverage map:
5G coverage isn’t currently available to customers using Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service. This includes both the Rocket Pack and Triple Credit plans, both of which are limited to 4G speeds as a maximum.
If you’d like to access 5G on Tesco Mobile, you’ll need to choose one of the following 5G Pay Monthly SIM cards:
Like their 2G, 3G and 4G service, the coverage on Tesco Mobile’s 5G service is also provided by O2. This means you can access 5G coverage in all of the following UK locations if you have a 5G-ready price plan:
|Now Live||73 towns and cities are live on Tesco Mobile 5G (September 2020)|
Aberdeen, Ashford, Banstead, Basildon, Belfast, Birmingham, Blaydon, Bradford, Bridge of Don, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chatham, Chesterfield, Chipstead, Coventry, Dartford, Derby, Dewsbury, Dundee, Dyce, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Esher, Gateshead, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Hull, Jarrow, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Lowestoft, Luton, Manchester, Mansfield, Middlesbrough, Morley, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Orpington, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Rainham, Redhill, Rotherham, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sheffield, Slough, South Shields, Staines-upon-Thames, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunbury, Sunderland, Thundersley, Tynemouth, Warrington, Washington, Weybridge, Windsor, Worthing, York
|14 towns and cities planned|
Birkenhead, Cambridge, Hove, Kingston-upon-Thames, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wolverhampton (Summer 2020)
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Eton, Guildford, Reading (January 2020)
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 laptop or tablet). It’s often used as a convenient way to get access to mobile broadband on other devices.
On Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, you can tether or use personal hotspot without any restrictions. This means you can share your inclusive data allowance with other devices.
If you’re travelling to one of 48 European Home From Home destinations, you’ll be able to use your Rocket Pack allowances at no extra cost. Alternatively, you’ll pay the same Pay As You Go rates as you normally would inside the UK. The Triple Credit offer is also valid for usage in Europe.
If you’re travelling to a country outside Europe, additional roaming rates will apply for this. This is often prohibitively expensive (e.g. £5/MB in the USA) so remember to double-check the roaming costs before you depart.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re changing from another mobile network to Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, it’s a straightforward process keeping your current phone number.
Start by asking your current mobile network to give you a PAC Code. You can get a PAC through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.
Once you have a PAC Code from your old network, you can order your new Pay As You Go phone or SIM card from Tesco’s website. To start with, you’ll be assigned a temporary phone number by Tesco Mobile which you can use to try out the service. If you’re happy to continue, follow the instructions on Tesco’s website and text PORT to 23424. This will start the process of moving your phone number to Tesco Mobile.
For a step-by-step guide on moving your phone number to Tesco Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:
It isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from your old mobile network to Tesco Mobile. You should therefore try to use it up before moving your phone number over.
Frequently Asked Questions
|What Pay As You Go bundles are available on Tesco Mobile?||
On Tesco Mobile, you’re currently able to choose from the following Pay As You Go bundles:
All of your Rocket Pack allowances last for one month and any unused allowances cannot be rolled over into the following month.
|How do Tesco Mobile’s Rocket Packs compare?||
While Rocket Packs offer reasonable value, they can be beaten by Pay As You Go bundles on other networks. For instance, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of data for £10/month on their £10 golden goodybag. Alternatively, VOXI (which uses coverage from Vodafone) offers 12GB of data and endless social media data for £10/month.
|Can I use Tesco Mobile without topping up every month?||
Yes. You can use Tesco Mobile on a traditional Pay As You Go basis at 25p/minute, 10p/text and 10p/MB. You can benefit from the triple credit offer when you use Tesco Mobile on traditional Pay As You Go. This gives you £20 of free bonus credit that lasts for one month, when you top-up your phone by £10.
|What are the Pay As You Go rates on Tesco Mobile?||
On Tesco Mobile, the standard Pay As You Go rates are 25p/minute, 10p/text and 10p/MB for mobile data. This is significantly more expensive than other networks. For instance, 1pMobile charges just 1p/minute, 1p/text and 1p/MB (coverage from the EE network). Alternatively, ASDA Mobile charges 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB (coverage also from EE).
|What coverage will I get on Tesco Mobile?||
Tesco Mobile offers 99% population coverage on O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks in the UK. You can therefore get a Tesco Mobile signal in the same places you can get a signal from O2. You can use Tesco Mobile’s online coverage map to check availability in your area.
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. Simply ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app. Once you’ve done that, you can provide the PAC Code to Tesco Mobile following the instructions on their website.
For more information about Tesco Mobile’s Pay As You Go service, please see their official website.