In the UK, only certain mobile networks allow you to tether. Find out the tethering policy for each UK network.

Personal Hotspot on iPhoneTethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device. It’s often used as a convenient way to get your laptop or tablet connected to the internet on-the-go.

Almost all smartphones today have the functionality for you to tether to another device or to enable a personal hotspot. This includes the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones. However, there is a limitation in that only certain mobile networks will allow you to tether (it’ll sometimes be restricted in your mobile network’s terms and conditions). For this reason, it’s important to find out the tethering policy for your mobile network.

In this article, we’ll review and compare the tethering policy on each UK mobile network. We’ll also highlight some of the best value deals currently available with support for tethering.

Overview of Tethering Policies By Network

The following table shows an overview of which mobile networks and tariffs you’re able to tether on. For further information, select your mobile network for more details about their tethering policy.

Mobile Network Pay Monthly Tethering Pay As You Go Tethering
EE Yes Yes
giffgaff Yes
O2 Yes Yes
Tesco Mobile Yes Yes
Three Yes (on Advanced plans only) No
Vodafone Yes TBC
1pMobile Yes
ASDA Mobile Yes
BT Mobile Yes
FreedomPop Only with £3.99/month add-on
iD Mobile No No
Lebara Mobile No
Lycamobile No
Plusnet Mobile Yes
Sky Mobile Yes
Smarty Yes
Talkmobile Yes Yes
TalkTalk Mobile Yes
Tello Yes
The Phone Co-Op Yes Yes
TPO Mobile No No
Vectone Mobile No
Virgin Mobile No No
VOXI Yes

Cheapest Deals For Tethering

Pay As You Go

Top Up LogoIf you’re looking to tether on Pay As You Go, there are nine mobile networks you’re currently able to choose from. They are 1pMobile, ASDA Mobile, EE, giffgaff, O2, Tello, Tesco Mobile and The Phone Co-Op.

The following table gives a quick summary of some of the bundles available for tethering on Pay As You Go:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
giffgaff500Unlimited3GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0002GB£10.00
EE100Unlimited2GB£10.00
Co-operative Mobile5001,0001GB£10.00
O21001001GB£10.00

At present, ASDA Mobile is our recommended network for tethering on Pay As You Go. Their £10 bundle includes 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of tetherable internet every month. You’ll get 99% population coverage from EE, including both 3G and 4G internet.

To take advantage of the offer, you should order a free SIM card from the ASDA Mobile website.

Order ASDA Mobile SIM Card (Free) →

With 1GB of Internet

iOS8 TetheringIf you’re looking to tether from your smartphone, we’d typically recommend choosing a tariff with at least 1GB of data per month as a minimum. A 1GB tariff will allow you to tether occasionally (e.g. a couple of times per month for when a wi-fi network isn’t available).

At present, multiple mobile networks are offering a SIM card with at least 1GB of tetherable data per month. The following table outlines the main options:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile300Unlimited1GB£7.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.50
Plusnet Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£7.50
Tesco Mobile5005,0001GB£7.50
giffgaff250Unlimited1GB£7.50
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
Three600Unlimited1GB£10.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
1GB£10.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£13.00
Vodafone500Unlimited5GB£13.50
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£15.99
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00

Please remember that the data allowance listed will need to cover your normal smartphone data usage as well as any data use through tethering.

With 2GB of Internet

For occasional tethering (e.g. once per week), we recommend choosing a tariff with at least 2GB of tetherable data. There are currently a range of suitable deals from around £10/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.50
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited5GB£10.00
giffgaff500Unlimited3GB£10.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited2GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0002GB£12.50
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£13.00
Vodafone500Unlimited5GB£13.50
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
3GB£15.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£17.99

With 4GB of Internet

MacBook Pro
With tethering or personal hotspot, your laptop can get access to the internet wherever you are.

If you’re likely to tether regularly on your smartphone (e.g. a couple of times per week), we recommend choosing a tariff with at least 4GB of tetherable data per month.

The following tariffs will allow you to tether up to 4GB per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited5GB£10.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
giffgaff750Unlimited4GB£12.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
Vodafone500Unlimited5GB£13.50
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited5GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£16.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£19.99
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00020GB£20.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
5GB£20.00

With 8GB of Internet

If you’re likely to tether almost every day (e.g. on your commute in to the office), we recommend choosing a tariff with at least 8GB of tetherable data per month. The following SIM-only contracts will be suitable for your usage:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£14.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
giffgaff2,000Unlimited9GB£18.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited16GB£19.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£19.99
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00020GB£20.00
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£20.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£20.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£23.00

In Depth: Tethering Policies By Network

In the following section, we’ll discuss the tethering policies for each mobile network in more detail. For a general overview, see the summary table earlier in this article.

Popular Networks

EE

You can tether on all types of tariff from EE: it’s an integral feature of both their Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go plans.

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether from £12.99/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
EE1,000Unlimited1GB£15.99
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£17.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£19.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£19.99
EEUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£26.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£44.99

Source: EE Help Article: Tethering your device
Tariff Information: EE Website

giffgaff

You can tether on any of giffgaff’s latest goodybags. For more information, please see the giffgaff Tethering Policy:

Tethering is allowed on all our goodybags, gigabags and airtime credit (PAYG).
If you tether with a gigabag or a goodybag using your data allowance, your Internet data allowance is shared between all connected devices. If you use up your data allowance before the goodybag expires, we will send a notification to your device to let you know. You will then be charged at 2p per MB from airtime credit balance (PAYG) for the remaining life of your goodybag / gigabag, but once your goodybag / gigabag expires standard rates for mobile data will apply.

Prior to August 2017, the £20 goodybag with Always-On data didn’t allow you to tether once you reached 6GB per month. This restriction no longer applies to new goodybags, although data speeds are still reduced to 384kbps.

The following goodybags will allow you to tether on giffgaff from £7.50/month:

TariffMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
£7.50 Goodybag250Unlimited1GB£7.50
£10 Goodybag500Unlimited3GB£10.00
£12 Goodybag750Unlimited4GB£12.00
£15 Goodybag1,000Unlimited6GB£15.00
£18 Goodybag2,000Unlimited9GB£18.00
£20 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£20.00

Source: giffgaff Support: Tethering Policy
Tariff Information: giffgaff Website

O2

On O2, tethering is permitted on both Pay Monthly contracts and Pay As You Go tariffs. This has been a standard feature of O2’s Pay Monthly contracts since March 2011 (so the rules may differ if you originally took out your contract before this).

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on O2:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£13.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£14.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited6GB£16.00
O21,000Unlimited1GB£16.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£24.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited15GB£35.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited30GB£42.00

On O2 Pay As You Go, tethering was recently made available to all customers. However, if you’re using an iPhone, you may need a software update to enable this feature. We’d strongly recommend against tethering on Classic Pay As You Go, as this will very quickly deplete the credit on your account.

Source: O2 Help & Support: Personal Hotspot
Tariff Information: O2 Website

Tesco Mobile

On Tesco Mobile, you can tether at no extra cost on all tariffs that have an inclusive data allowance. This includes both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go tariffs.

From the Tesco Mobile help pages:

If your tariff has a data allowance included, you can use your device as a personal hotspot at no extra cost. If you don’t have a data allowance, or you go over your data allowance, you’ll be charged our standard rates.

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on Tesco Mobile from £9/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,0001GB£7.50
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00020GB£20.00
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00030GB£35.00

Source: Tesco Mobile Help: Using your phone or tablet as a Wi-Fi hotspot
Tariff Information: Tesco Mobile Website

Three

Three allows you to tether, but only if you have an Advanced Pay Monthly contract. For the majority of Advanced plan customers, tethering will come out of your normal data allowance. However, for customers with all-you-can-eat data, a separate allowance will apply for your tethering. This allowance is 30GB per month on all-you-can-eat data plans taken out from April 2016. Older all-you-can-eat data plans may have a smaller tethering allowance.

The following ‘Advanced’ SIM-only deals allow you to tether on Three from £10/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Three600Unlimited1GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£13.00
Three200Unlimited2GB£13.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£14.00
Three600Unlimited8GB£15.00
Three600Unlimited4GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£18.00
Three600Unlimited30GB£19.00
Three200Unlimited12GB£19.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£20.00
Three600Unlimited12GB£21.00
Three200Unlimited30GB£22.00
Three600UnlimitedUnlimited
30GB tethering
£27.00

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to tether on Three’s Essential plans or on Three Pay As You Go. Restrictions on tethering also apply if you’re using your phone abroad in a Feel At Home country. For more information, see the Three help article on tethering from your smartphone.

Source: Three FAQ: Personal Hotspot on your phone
Tariff Information: Three Website

Vodafone

Vodafone has allowed tethering on all of their Pay Monthly plans since June 2011.

The following SIM cards from Vodafone will allow you to tether from £12/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Vodafone500Unlimited5GB£13.50
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£16.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited16GB£19.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£23.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£28.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£41.00

We’ve received mixed feedback from our readers regarding the possibility of tethering on Vodafone Pay As You Go.

Source: Vodafone Website
Tariff Information: Vodafone Website

Other Mobile Networks

1pMobile

Tethering is permitted on 1pMobile, either on the normal 1p/MB rate or on a 30-day Data Boost bundle. If you’re a regular user of tethering or personal hotspot functionality, buying a Data Boost would probably be recommended as the data charges for tethering can quickly add up on the normal 1p/MB rate.

Source: 1pMobile: Data & Internet FAQs
Tariff Information: 1pMobile Website

ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile allows tethering and portable hotspot usage on all of their Pay As You Go bundles. They’re one of the better value mobile networks for tethering on Pay As You Go as you can get 2GB of tetherable data for just £10/month. ASDA provides coverage on EE, including both 3G and 4G internet.

The following Pay As You Go bundles on ASDA Mobile are suitable for tethering:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
ASDA Mobile300Unlimited1GB£7.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited2GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile800Unlimited3GB£12.00
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited5GB£15.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£20.00

Source: ASDA Mobile: Frequently Asked Questions
Tariff Information: ASDA Mobile Website

BT Mobile

As of June 2016, BT Mobile has allowed tethering for customers on their mobile network. This includes customers with a Pay Monthly contract, with a Family SIM offer or with a normal SIM-only contract.

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on BT Mobile from £5/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited500MB£7.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£11.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£12.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£13.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£17.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£18.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£22.00
inc. £5 discount

The prices shown include a £5/month discount for customers living in a BT Broadband household.

Prior to June 2016, clause 25b of the BT Mobile terms and conditions prohibited the use of tethering on their network:

Prohibited use
25. You must not allow our service to be used:

b. to create your own personal hotspot which provides internet access to other devices which may be used by yourself or others (this is sometimes known as ‘tethering’); or

For more information, see the thread on BT’s Community Forums.

Source: BT Mobile
Tariff Information: BT Mobile Website

FreedomPop

On FreedomPop, tethering is not permitted unless you buy the £3.99/month FreedomPop Premium add-on. Realistically, you’ll also need to be on a paid-for data plan as the basic FreedomPop service includes only 200MB of data per month. For more information, please see our full FreedomPop review.

Source: FreedomPop Website
Tariff Information: FreedomPop Website

iD Mobile

Unfortunately, tethering is not permitted on iD Mobile. It’s prohibited by clause 5.3.4 of the iD Mobile terms and conditions:

5.3 You must not use the Services, the SIM Card or an iD phone number or allow anyone else to use the Services, the SIM or an iD phone number for illegal or improper uses, including but not limited to:

5.3.4 tethering (unless explicitly stated in your Agreement with us), downloading, sending or uploading content of an excessive size, quantity or frequency. We will contact you if your use is excessive;

Any such use shall give us the right to charge you any Charges due and terminate the Services immediately.

This is also confirmed on the iD Mobile frequently asked questions page:

Please note that we do not allow tethering on any of our current plans. If you do use this service it is likely to use up large amounts of your data allowance very quickly, and you will be liable to pay any charge that may occur if you go over your allowance.

Source: iD Mobile Terms & Conditions
Tariff Information: iD Mobile Website

Lebara Mobile

On Lebara Mobile, the use of tethering and personal hotspot is not permitted. In the past, this was explicitly stated in the terms and conditions, though the clause has recently been removed their website:

Data usage under any UK Plus Pass is for mobile internet services and data consumption actually on your handset. It does not include using file to file peer sharing or using your handset as a modem to connect other devices such as laptops and tablets – also known as “Tethering”.

In February 2017, a FAQ was posted on the Lebara Mobile website with regards to tethering:

Is tethering allowed on lebara?
No Trevor! You can try but it’s something we do not recommend. Thanks for asking

Source: Lebara Mobile Passes Terms & Conditions
Tariff Information: Lebara Mobile Website

Lycamobile

Lycamobile doesn’t allow tethering on their network. The terms and conditions pertaining to tethering can be seen on the Lycamobile bundles page (scroll to the bottom and click the small link saying ‘Terms and Conditions’):

The offer is for non-commercial, private, personal use only – Lycamobile reserves the right to withdraw or suspend the offer or to disconnect you if we suspect that offer is being used for commercial purposes, for conferencing, or if it is not being used in a handset (in a SIM box for example), if it is being used for tethering or if any reason Lycamobile reasonably suspects that you are not acting in accordance with this policy where we consider that the usage was illegitimate.

Source: Lycamobile Bundles Page
Tariff Information: Lycamobile Website

Plusnet Mobile

On Plusnet Mobile (which was previously known as LIFE Mobile until November 2016), it’s possible to tether on all of their SIM-only plans.

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on Plusnet Mobile from £5/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Plusnet Mobile250500500MB£5.00
Plusnet Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£7.50
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited5GB£10.00
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£10.00
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£15.00

If you’re a Plusnet home broadband customer, you can benefit from double data through the Mates Rates offer.

Source: Plusnet Mobile: Tariff FAQs
Tariff Information: Plusnet Mobile Website

Sky Mobile

On Sky Mobile, it’s possible to tether on all tariffs at no extra charge. A unique feature of the network is you can also save unused data allowances in a “data piggybank” (this can be useful if you only need to tether very occasionally).

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on Sky Mobile from £10/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
500MB£5.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
1GB£10.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
3GB£15.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
5GB£20.00

If you’re a Sky TV customer, you’ll also receive unlimited calls and unlimited texts as part of your tariff.

Source: Sky Mobile website
Tariff Information: Sky Mobile website

Smarty

Customers of Smarty are able to tether without any restrictions. This is detailed in the Smarty Support Centre:

You’re entitled to use your data however you like, no matter which of the 3 SMARTY plans you’re on. So you can tether and use your phone as a mobile hotspot with your full allowance if you want to.

The following 30-day plans from Smarty will allow you to tether from £7.50/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.50
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00

Source: Smarty Help – Tethering and mobile hotspots
Tariff Information: Smarty Website

Talkmobile

With Talkmobile, you can tether on any of their plans. For more information, go to their help pages and search for ‘tethering’. This will give you the tethering policy for their network:

Tethering (using your mobile as an internet hotspot for other devices) is included in all Talkmobile plans. You can tether if you have a data plan and have enabled Wi-Fi hotspot functionality on your phone.

As of April 2017, the Talkmobile brand is being gradually phased out. The mobile network is no longer available to new customers.
Source: Talkmobile Help Pages
Tariff Information: Talkmobile Website

TalkTalk Mobile

You can tether on all current tariffs available from TalkTalk Mobile. There’s a FAQ page on TalkTalk’s website explaining how to tether on their network.

You must have TalkTalk home broadband before you’re allowed to take a deal from TalkTalk Mobile.

In 2015, TalkTalk Mobile offered an All-in SIM card where tethering was prohibited on the tariff. The All-in SIM card is no longer available to new TalkTalk Mobile customers.

Source: TalkTalk Help: Mobile Tethering
Tariff Information: TalkTalk Mobile Website

Tello

On Tello, it’s possible to tether on any of their tariffs. This is detailed in the Tello help centre:

Do you offer tethering?
Yes, tethering is available on Tello. You can share data through tethering (creating a hotspot) with any device capable to use a data connection. There are no limitations and no extra charges, besides the data usage that will be deducted from your national plan or Pay As You Go balance.

On Tello, you can build your own custom plan from £4/month.

Source: Tello Help Centre
Tariff Information: Tello UK Website

The Phone Co-Op

On The Phone Co-Op, it’s possible to tether on both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go plans. This was confirmed by an Internet & Data FAQs page on their old website (the page has since been removed during a website redesign):

Can I use tethering?
We are happy for you to tether your phone to any other device, to share its internet connection, though we cannot guarantee that every phone will be compatible.

You can use the following Pay As You Go bundles to tether on The Phone Co-Op:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Co-operative Mobile5001,0001GB£10.00
Co-operative Mobile7501,0002GB£15.00
Co-operative Mobile1,0001,0004GB£20.00

Source: The Phone Co-Op: Internet & Data FAQs
Tariff Information: The Phone Co-Op Website

TPO Mobile

On TPO Mobile (The People’s Operator), tethering is prohibited on both Pay Monthly contracts and on Pay As You Go tariffs. The condition is specified in the network’s fair usage policy:

Using your phone as a modem (tethering) is not permitted.

Source: The People’s Operator: Fair Usage Policy (7th January 2015)
Tariff Information: The People’s Operator Website

Vectone Mobile

Vectone Mobile does not allow tethering on their network. This is mentioned in clause 5e of their network terms and conditions:

5(e) Vectone mobile reserves the right to withdraw or suspend the services or to disconnect you if we suspect that offer is being used for commercial purposes, for conferencing, or if it is not being used in a handset (in a SIM box for example), or if it is being used for tethering.

Source: Vectone Mobile Terms & Conditions
Tariff Information: Vectone Mobile Website

Virgin Mobile

Since the 24th January 2013, it hasn’t been possible to tether on new contracts from Virgin Mobile. For full details, see the terms and conditions on the Virgin Mobile service:

Data usage on some Virgin Media tariffs is for mobile internet services and data consumption actually on your handset. It does not include using your handset as a modem to connect other devices such as laptops and tablets – also known as “Tethering”. Please refer to your terms and conditions and other communications from Virgin Media to check whether this applies on your tariff. This applies to all new and upgrading customers since 24 January 2013.

If your contract was originally taken out before the 24th January 2013, you should check as the specific terms and conditions may differ for your tariff.

Source: Virgin Media: Terms and conditions of service
Tariff Information: Virgin Media Website

VOXI by Vodafone

On VOXI, the sub-brand of Vodafone for under-25s, it’s possible to tether or use personal hotspot without any restrictions. From the VOXI Benefits page:

Tether without restrictions
Turn your VOXI mobile into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, letting other devices use your data.

Source: VOXI Website – Network Benefits
Tariff Information: VOXI Website

More Information

For more information on your network’s tethering policy, please refer to their official website. For information on how to tether from your smartphone, see our article on how to use your smartphone’s tethering functionality.

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  • You 100% can Tether Vodafone PAYG Big Value Bundle data allowance, i am doing so now to make this post with my £30/20GB PAYG Bundle i’ve signed up to with an Android device tethering with my laptop.

    • Hi Robin,
      Many thanks for the feedback on this. Based on your feedback, I’ve just updated Vodafone in the table above to show ‘TBC’ in the Pay As You Go Tethering column. I’ve received really mixed feedback on this issue in the past and Vodafone doesn’t seem to officially confirm the policy anywhere on the website.
      Thanks again,
      Ken

  • hello

    i have just brought a vodafone sim so i can use my phone as a moblie hotspot on pay as you go.

    This does not work, i have contacted vodafone payasyougo support and they say that they do not allow tethering on pay as you go 🙁

    • Hi Fred,
      Many thanks for your comment. Are you using an iPhone or another device (e.g. Android)? I’ve previously heard conflicting reports around Vodafone PAYG, as people have suggested that tethering should now work. So I’d really like to gather a bit more information on why it doesn’t seem to work for everybody (e.g. I wonder if Vodafone’s carrier settings on the iPhone are stopping you from using this feature?).
      Thanks,
      Ken

      • Hello Ken

        Thank you for replying

        I am using a Microsoft Lumia 550

        I only purchased the Vodafone sim card 2 days ago due to the data allowance being able to be used as a hotspot.

        This all worked fine for the first day.
        Then on the 2nd day the hotspot is refusing to work, when I try to turn it on I get a message in yellow stating ‘we can’t set up a mobile hotspot.’

        I have now spent the last two days being a human tennis ball in the game of Vodafone customer service tennis.

        I so far have had two Vodafone tecs tell me two different things, one saying yes pay as you go does support tethering and the other saying only pay monthly supports tethering.

        I have had online support tell me no, pay as you go do not allow tethering.

        but the latest tec sent me a new APN with proxy address and port numbers and now I can not access the internet on my phone at all let alone turning it into a hot spot.

        do you have any advice on how to get the £30 Vodafone credit back from them as I will have you use another network if they can not supply the service I require.

        • Hi Fred,
          Thanks for the feedback, and sorry to hear about the problems you’ve experienced from Vodafone. It is indeed very hard to get a clear answer from them, and I’m not quite sure what has happened in this case. Unfortunately, Pay As You Go credit is typically non-refundable. However, it’s worth putting in a formal written complaint to Vodafone. This will help to escalate the issue, and will be the only way to get a refund for your credit if applicable.
          Ken

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