In the UK, only some mobile networks allow you to tether or use personal hotspot. 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 whilst you’re 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 Apple iPhone and Android-powered smartphones. However, there is a limitation in that only certain mobile networks will allow you to tether in their terms and conditions. For this reason, it’s important to find out the tethering policy for your mobile network before choosing a new tariff and using the personal hotspot feature.

In this article, we’ll compare the tethering policy on different UK mobile networks. We’ll also highlight some of the best value deals currently available with tethering support.

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, please 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 Yes
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 Yes
Lycamobile No
Plusnet Mobile Yes
Sky Mobile Yes
Smarty Yes
Talkmobile Yes Yes
TalkTalk Mobile Yes
The Phone Co-Op Yes Yes
TPO Mobile No No
Vectone Mobile No
Virgin Mobile Yes Yes
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 from which you’re able to choose from. They are 1pMobile, ASDA Mobile, EE, giffgaff, Lebara Mobile, O2, Tesco Mobile and The Phone Co-Op.

Currently, giffgaff is our recommended network for tethering on Pay As You Go. On giffgaff, a £10 top-up will give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data (increased automatically to 4GB once you’ve been on the tariff for 3 months). You’ll get 99% population coverage from O2, including both 3G and 4G, and there’s no need to undergo a credit check.

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

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile600Unlimited3GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile5005,0003GB£10.00
EE1,000Unlimited2GB£10.00
O25005,0002GB£10.00

With 2GB of Internet

iOS8 TetheringIf you’re looking to tether from your smartphone, we’d typically recommend choosing a tariff with at least 2GB of data per month as a minimum. This will allow you to tether occasionally (e.g. a couple of times per month for when a wi-fi network isn’t available).

The following table gives an quick overview of available deals with at least 2GB of tetherable data each month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£7.50
giffgaff250Unlimited2GB£7.50
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
Virgin Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£9.00
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£10.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
2GB£12.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£15.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£17.00
O21,000Unlimited3GB£18.00

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

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
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0005GB£11.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£11.00
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£12.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited4GB£12.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
5GB£15.00
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£15.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£15.00

With 8GB of Internet

If you’re likely to tether almost every day (e.g. on your commute into 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
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£16.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
10GB£20.00

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 on EE:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
EEUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£14.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£17.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£20.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£21.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£25.00
EEUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£35.00

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

giffgaff

You can tether on any of giffgaff’s latest goodybags. This is explained in more detail within giffgaff’s 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.

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

TariffMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
£5 Goodybag150500500MB£5.00
£7.50 Goodybag250Unlimited2GB£7.50
£10 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£10.00
£12 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£12.00
£15 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
£20 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
£25 GoodybagUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00

Prior to August 2017, the £20 goodybag with Always-On data would only allow you to tether on the first 6GB per month. This restriction no longer applies to new £20 goodybags, although data speeds are reduced to 384kbps once you reach 9GB per month.

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

O2

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

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

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
O21,000Unlimited1GB£13.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
O21,000Unlimited3GB£18.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited15GB£20.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£22.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited40GB£25.00
O2UnlimitedUnlimited40GB£35.00

If you’re a customer of O2 Pay As You Go with an older iPhone, it might be necessary for you to install a software update to enable the tethering feature. We’d strongly recommend buying a Big Bundle if you’d like to tether on Pay As You Go (as tethering on Classic Pay As You Go will very quickly deplete your balance).

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,0001GB£7.50
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0005GB£11.00
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00015GB£15.00
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00025GB£20.00
Tesco Mobile5,0005,00050GB£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 on most of their plans, with the exception of Essential Pay Monthly contracts taken out between July 2016 and September 2018. Providing you have an Advanced Pay Monthly contract or Three Pay As You Go, you can tether using your normal allowance in the UK and Europe.

For customers with a 100GB or all-you-can-eat data allowance, a separate 30GB allowance applies for tethering and personal hotspot (may be lower on some all-you-can-eat data plans taken out before April 2016).

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

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Three600Unlimited1GB£10.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£11.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£16.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£17.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£18.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited100GB
30GB tethering
£20.00
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
30GB tethering
£27.00

Restrictions apply on tethering if you’re travelling to a Feel At Home country outside of Europe. For more information, see the Three help article on tethering from your smartphone.

Prior to April 2018, tethering wasn’t possible on Three Pay As You Go.

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:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
Vodafone1,000Unlimited2GB£13.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£17.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£22.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£24.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£24.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£27.00
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited45GB£31.00

On Vodafone Pay As You Go, it should also normally be possible to tether. However, a number of readers have fed back in the comments and elsewhere online that they’ve experienced problems doing so. For this reason, we’ve listed this as “TBC” in the summary table above.

Source: Vodafone Website
Tariff Information: Vodafone Website

Other Mobile Networks

1pMobile

Tethering is permitted on 1pMobile, either using the normal 1p/MB rate or on a 30-day Data Boost bundle.

If you’re a regular user of tethering or personal hotspot on 1pMobile, buying a Data Boost would probably be our recommended option. This is because the data charges for tethering can very quickly add up at the normal 1p/MB rate.

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

ASDA Mobile

ASDA Mobile allows tethering and portable hotspot 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 Mobile600Unlimited3GB£10.00
ASDA Mobile800Unlimited4GB£12.00
ASDA Mobile1,000Unlimited6GB£15.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£20.00
ASDA MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£25.00

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

BT Mobile

BT Mobile has allowed tethering for all customers of their mobile network since June 2016. This includes customers with a Pay Monthly contract, with the Family SIM offer or with a normal 12-month SIM-only contract.

The following SIM-only deals will allow you to tether on BT Mobile from £7.50/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited500MB£8.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£10.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£12.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£13.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£15.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£18.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£18.00
inc. £5 discount
BT MobileUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£35.00
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 in-depth 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

Lebara Mobile allows the use of tethering on their network, but typically advises customers against doing so. According to an FAQ posted on their website in January 2017:

Tethering is something that we don’t advise since our data plans are design to be use with our sim cards not to be shared. You can share data if your device lets you, but if you have connection issues or other issues related to the tethering, we won’t be able to assist you.

Previously, the use of tethering was explicitly prevented in the Lebara Mobile terms and conditions, but this clause has now been removed from the contract.

Source: Lebara Mobile 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 (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:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Plusnet Mobile250500500MB£6.00
Plusnet Mobile1,000Unlimited1GB£8.00
Plusnet Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£10.00
Plusnet Mobile2,000Unlimited3GB£12.50
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£15.00

If you’re a Plusnet home broadband customer, you can benefit from double data through the Plusnet 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 £5/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
500MB£6.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
2GB£12.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
5GB£15.00
Sky Mobile10p/min
Free for
TV customers
10p/txt
Free for
TV customers
10GB£20.00

If you’re a Sky TV customer, you’ll 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 from the legacy TalkTalk Mobile service. There’s a FAQ page on TalkTalk’s website explaining how to tether on their network. Please note that TalkTalk Mobile is in the midst of being closed down, as of January 2018.

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

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

As of April 2018, Virgin Mobile has removed the restrictions on tethering previously found in their terms and conditions. The following SIM-only deals from Virgin Mobile will allow you to tether:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetMonthly
Cost
Virgin Mobile1,500Unlimited1GB£7.00
Virgin Mobile1,500Unlimited2GB£9.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited4GB£12.00
Virgin Mobile2,500Unlimited5GB£13.00
Virgin Mobile5,000Unlimited15GB£18.00
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00

Prior to April 2018, it wasn’t possible to tether on Virgin Mobile contracts taken out after the 24th January 2013. This was stated in the old terms and conditions for 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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  • This is a really useful site and Ken has obviously put in a lot of effort. I sometimes use PAYG tethering (giffgaff 5p/Mb or 1pmobile 1p/Mb) and it would be helpful if Ken included the basic no-bundle PAYG tethering rates for each network.

    • Hi Neil,
      Many thanks for the feedback! This is something I’ve previously considered in the past, but I thought it was probably a rare occurrence for people to tether on traditional Pay As You Go (mainly because the charges will add up very quickly when calculated on a per-megabyte basis). Out of interest, how much data do you typically use via tethering? Another option for low frequency tethering is something like Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1. They charge £1/day for up to 500MB of data and unlimited minutes, with the fee only being charged on the days when you use it.
      Ken

      • Basic out of bundle PAYG tethering is not the cheapest but its easy and I only pay for what I use, which varies greatly from month to month. On average I spend about 7gbp a month tethering with 1pmobile. If the 1pmobile signal is poor the giffgaff signal is usually okay but basic GG out of bundle tethering is 5 times more expensive than 1pmobile. I don’t know of any basic out of bundle PAYG tethering allowed other than 1pmobile and giffgaff. Virtual operators on Vodafone allowed it at one time (eg. talkmobile) but not anymore.

  • Tony Witton said:

    Hi Ken. I have 10 gb allowance on this tablet (Nexus 7) through 3 on open ended £15 pm contract. Far too much data allowance for my needs as usually only use less than 2gb per month. Also paying virgin £10 pm on pay as you go big talk deal for my phone Samsung J3. Wondered if could tether the phone to the tablet to save the £10 pm with virgin and use up some of the spare capacity on the 3 mobile broadband Nexus device?

    • Hi Tony,
      Many thanks for your comment. There’s no reason why you couldn’t tether from your tablet to your mobile phone, though usually people try to do it around the other direction! Typically, you’ll need to continue paying for a mobile phone plan of some kind anyway as you’ll want to be able to make & receive phone calls on it. Also, you’ll only have a mobile internet connection when you bring your tablet everywhere with you (which kind of defeats the point of having a smaller mobile phone!).
      There are now some great SIM-only deals available on the market (e.g. unlimited minutes, unlimited texts & 12GB data for £15/month on Three). Have you considered changing your mobile phone to use a SIM card like this, and then tethering from your mobile phone to your tablet where necessary? This should save you £10/month compared to your current arrangement, will include unlimited calls & texts and will possibly even give you a slightly larger data allowance).
      Ken

      • Tony Witton replied:

        Hi Ken. Yes – this has helped. Very well explained. Thank you. Think I got myself in this state as when I bought the tablet (from Argos) I didn’t have a smartphone (just an old non smart one with virgin big talk deal at 10.00 per month). When I opened the tablet box it said I had to ring 3 to get the Sim activated (I think it was originally supposed to be 2gb for 7.50 per month). The 3 tele sales man cleverly convinced me i needed 10gb at 15.00 per month – which I now know I didn’t as monthly I’ve never been above 2gb. Hey ho! You live and learn .kind regards

  • So, I changed from Lycamobile to Three, same price 35 -35 unlimited Internet. Three has much better speeds and support online than Lyca. If with Lyca I couldnt get above 3mbps, with Three I see even 15 Mbps. Tethering is ALLOWED on Three if you are in UK at the 35 pounds Option. I have over 30GB of tethering in one week and like 10GB of Mobile usage and speeds are the same and everything is okay. For real average download in London from Three I see around 0.6-1.2 real MB speed downbload, but mostly on lower end than higher end, but is enough for Streaming Movies, download some games and not wait 1 week for the to finish. Also I do not recommend waiting for them to deliver your sim if you need it fast and just pay 99pences at any shot that has Three Sim.

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