Vodafone’s £1 per day “Pay As You Go 1” tariff gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

In the UK, Vodafone’s “Pay As You Go 1” tariff allows you to use your mobile phone occasionally and to “never spend more than £1 per day”.

Designed for customers who don’t use their phone very often, there are no regular monthly charges or minimum daily spends. You simply pay up to £1 per day whenever you use your handset, and nothing on the days when you don’t use your mobile phone.

The £1 daily spend limit covers unlimited standard UK phone calls, unlimited text messages and up to 500MB of mobile data. Before you reach the £1 daily spend limit, usage is charged at 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p for every 5MB of data.

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff. We’ll start by looking at how much it costs and how it compares to other Pay As You Go tariffs on Vodafone. We’ll also compare Pay As You Go 1 to what is available on other mobile networks, the type of handsets available and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep your existing phone number when moving from another mobile network to join Vodafone Pay As You Go.

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Pay As You Go 1

Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff: unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data for £1/day.

In the UK, Vodafone’s latest Pay As You Go tariff is called Pay As You Go 1. Designed for customers who don’t normally use their phone every day, the tariff charges £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The charge is only paid on the days when you actually use your phone, and there are no regular monthly fees to be paid on the service.

Before you reach the £1/day threshold, the following charges will apply for your usage:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 20p/minute (capped at £1/day*)
Calls to Voicemail 20p/minute (capped at £1/day*)
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 20p (capped at £1/day*)
Picture Message (MMS) 20p (capped at £1/day*)
Internet Rates:
Mobile Internet 20p per 5MB (capped at £1/day for up to 500MB*)
Additional Internet £1/day for 500MB (maximum once per day)

* A daily spend cap of £1 applies for standard UK phone calls, text messages and mobile internet usage. Other activities do not count towards this daily spend cap (e.g. special-rate phone numbers, picture messages, international calls, roaming outside of Europe, etc).

Only standard UK phone calls, text & picture messages and mobile internet usage will count towards your £1 daily spend limit on Pay As You Go 1. Anything else including phone calls to a special-rate number or international phone calls will be charged as a separate service and will not be included within the £1 daily spend limit.

Standard UK phone calls, text messages and mobile internet count towards your £1 daily spend limit.

As usual, you’re not charged for using the internet over wi-fi on your smartphone. You’re also not charged for receiving an incoming phone call or text message. None of these things will trigger the £1 daily charge.

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If you were to use more than 500MB of data during one day, you’ll be offered Vodafone’s £1 Data Extra add-on. This will give you an extra 500MB allowance for use by midnight the same day. It’s only possible to buy the add-on a maximum of once each day so your data connection will be disabled if you were to use 1GB in one day.

A single day is defined by Vodafone as being midnight-to-midnight (UK time). It’s important to remember this when using your mobile phone in Europe as the difference in time zone needs to be considered when working out how much you’ll pay.

Opting In To Pay As You Go 1

If you’re an existing Vodafone Pay As You Go customer, call 41146 for free on your handset to opt-in to the Pay As You Go 1 tariff. By opting-in, you’ll lose any benefits associated with your current tariff (including your current Big Value Bundle or your Freebie allowance if you have one).

If you’re not currently a Vodafone Pay As You Go customer, you can join the tariff by ordering a free SIM card from the Vodafone website.

Other Pay As You Go Tariffs

As an alternative to the Pay As You Go 1 tariff, Vodafone also offers Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go. These Big Value Bundles are designed for customers who use their phone more regularly, as your credit is automatically converted into a one-month allowance (e.g. £10/month for 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet). Customers with a Big Value Bundle can also benefit from ‘Total Rollover’ of unused allowances.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to benefit from Pay As You Go 1 rates at the same time as buying a Big Value Bundle. You can easily change between the two tariffs at any time but you’ll lose the benefits of the other tariff when you do so.

In the past, Vodafone also offered a range of Freebie deals on Pay As You Go, where you’d get a 30-day allowance every time you topped up your phone by £10 or more (e.g. Freebie Minutes, Freebie Texts, Freebie Data and Freebie International Minutes). Unfortunately, the Freebie deals are no longer available to new customers.

Comparison to Alternatives

On Pay As You Go 1, Vodafone charges £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data (or 20p per minute, 20p per text and 20p per 5MB until you reach the £1 daily threshold).

Light Users

If you’re someone who only uses their phone occasionally, it’s possible you’ll get good value from Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff. This is especially the case for customers who don’t use their phone very often, but who’ll use a lot of minutes or mobile data on the days when they do (e.g. emergency usage, or usage on trips when you’re away from home).

The key thing to compare is Vodafone’s £1 daily charge against how much you’d typically pay on other mobile networks. For instance, O2’s Classic Pay As You Go and Three’s 321 tariff charge 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. On these plans, you’ll be able to use either 33 minutes, 50 text messages or 100MB of data with your £1 of credit.

The following table shows a comparison of Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 to rates from rival mobile networks:

Network Calls (per minute) Texts (per SMS) Data (per MB)
1pMobile 1p/minute 1p/text 1p/MB
ASDA Mobile 8p/minute 4p/text 5p/MB
EE 35p/minute 15p/text
giffgaff 15p/minute 5p/text 5p/MB
O2 3p/minute 2p/text 1p/MB
Tesco Mobile 25p/minute 10p/text 10p/MB
Three 3p/minute 2p/text 1p/MB
Vodafone £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts & 500MB data

For more information, see our full comparison of Pay As You Go rates in the UK.

Regular Users

If you’re likely to use your mobile phone for more than 10 days per month, you’ll normally be better off buying a Pay As You Go bundle. This is because Vodafone’s £1 daily charge will quickly add up over the course of a month (you’ll pay about £30 per month if you use your smartphone every day).

For instance, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data for £10/month on Pay As You Go. For someone using their smartphone every day, this is about one-third of the price.

The following table shows Pay As You Go bundles available for £10/month:

ASDA Mobile600Unlimited4GB£10.00

Please see our guide to Pay As You Go bundles for more information and for a full in-depth comparison.


There are two ways to join Vodafone on the Pay As You Go 1 tariff.

If you already have a mobile phone that you’re happy to keep, order a free Pay As You Go 1 SIM card from the Vodafone website. You can top it up from as little as £5 to get started, with usage then costing £1/day on the days you use your mobile phone. Depending on where your handset was originally purchased, it might be necessary for you to unlock your handset before it will accept a Vodafone SIM card.

If you’d like a new mobile phone, you can buy one from the Vodafone website on the Pay As You Go 1 tariff. At the time of writing, you can get a new mobile phone from around £2.50 or a new smartphone from around £40 on Pay As You Go. There’s a minimum initial top-up of £10 when buying a new Vodafone handset.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage

Vodafone offers 98% population coverage across the UK.

Customers on Pay As You Go 1 can access 98% population coverage from Vodafone’s network across the UK. This includes 96% population coverage on 3G and 97% population coverage on 4G.

Before joining Vodafone Pay As You Go, we’d strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:

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


Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s mobile broadband internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).

You can tether without any restrictions on Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff. This makes it a fairly good choice if you occasionally want to get other devices connected to the internet on-the-go (especially given the large 500MB data allowance for £1/day).

For more information, see our in-depth guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.

International Roaming

On Vodafone Pay As You Go, it’s possible to use your phone in 50 European destinations at no extra charge. The same £1 daily spend limit applies when you’re travelling in the EU, giving you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data.

Outside of Europe, it’s still possible to access international roaming. However, the £1 daily charge will not apply for this activity – instead, higher international roaming rates will apply.

For more information, see our full guide to using your mobile phone abroad.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re moving from another mobile network to join Vodafone Pay As You Go 1, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.

To do so, you should start by contacting your current mobile network and asking them for a PAC Code. This is a nine-digit code that authorises Vodafone to take control of your phone number.

Once you’ve obtained the PAC Code from your old mobile network, you can order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from Vodafone. When the new SIM card arrives, place it inside your handset and provide your PAC Code to Vodafone through this form on their website.

After providing your PAC Code to Vodafone, your phone number will normally be transferred on the next working day. Please be aware that it isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from your old network to Vodafone, so you should try to use up your credit before moving your phone number over.

For a step-by-step guide on how to transfer your phone number to Vodafone, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Vodafone

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More Information

For more information about Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1, please see the official Vodafone website.

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  • I want to keep my mobile service with Free in France but would like to use a sim card with vodaphone pay as you go when I’m in the UK. Do I need to provide vodaphone with a PAC which surely will discontinue my account with Free in France

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, a PAC Code can only be used to transfer a phone number between two UK-based networks. Therefore, you won’t be able to transfer a phone number from Free Mobile in France to Vodafone in the UK.
      With regards to keeping your old service, it should simply be swapping out your Free Mobile SIM card for a Vodafone SIM card when you’re in the UK (and then back to the Free Mobile SIM card when you go back to France). You’ll just need to make sure your handset is unlocked. Alternatively, you can use a dual-SIM smartphone which will allow you to have both SIM cards in a phone at the same time.
      Hope this helps,

  • I would like to see if Vodafone are faster than Three on my 4G mobile broadband router. Vodafone’s mast is much nearer to our property, so in theory should be better.

    If I get a PAYG SIM, is the speed throttled or limited in any way? Would it be a fair test or do I need to take out a contract for unlimited data when the time comes?

    Apologies, I couldn’t see this question already answered. Thank you Ken for a fantastic website!

    • Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your comment. I think the best way to test this out is probably to get a VOXI SIM card with endless data. You’ll pay £30 for a one-month bundle with unlimited data, and it works on a Pay As You Go basis so there’s no need for a credit check. That SIM card definitely shouldn’t be throttled as they offer 5G download speeds on it. If you’re happy with performance, you can either decide to stay on VOXI’s £30 plan, or you can switch to Vodafone’s £30 Unlimited Max data plan which has a 12-month contract (along with some extras like VeryMe Rewards and Vodafone Global Roaming Plus).
      With regards to Vodafone Pay As You Go, unfortunately I don’t know whether this is throttled. It definitely doesn’t have access to the fastest speeds available on Vodafone’s Pay Monthly SIM cards or VOXI’s £30 plan. Therefore, using a SIM card from VOXI might be a more accurate test 🙂
      Hope this helps,

  • ON PAYG1 you are charged the daily amount If you switch your phone on and don’t make calls / receive calls / whatever.

    That’s unreasonable – other providers don’t charge until you actually user their services.
    Mebe that’s how Voda make their service economic…..
    I think that’s a pain….

    • Hi Henry,
      Thanks for your comment. You shouldn’t automatically be charged the £1 daily amount if you don’t use your phone for calling, texting or mobile data. I think what’s potentially happening is that your phone might be using data automatically in the background (e.g. for email notifications, other app notifications, instant messages via WhatsApp, etc). You could try disabling the “Mobile data” feature on your smartphone to see whether this stops you from being charged automatically.
      Hope this helps,

      • Thanks for answering – not to be argumentative / disingenuous – BUT I checked with Voda’s CS and a nice gentleman (in the UK not Egypt!) stated that it was “broken as designed” – and that if I just switched my device on – in this case a MiFi it would trigger the daily charge. I challenged him, but he was firm with his statement.
        Other companies (well, I only use Three) don’t charge until you start to send traffic.
        Having ‘suffered’ with Voda’s diabolical systems for many years now I cynically think that they have taken the lazy way out / don’t know whether you’re sending traffic or not – so the charge gets triggered.
        ‘suppose I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth – the rates are very good for low volume web browsing – irritating as Voda doesn’t seem to keep a record of when I’ve used the service which can mean a disconnection / deletion of my details and account for which I then can’t produce a record. A case of Big Brother bullying the customer.

  • Hello ! I have a Vodafone Big Value Bundles SIM card. How can I switch to the Pay As You Go 1 tariff without using calls to the operator? Is it possible to do this using SMS?

  • Chris Steer-Kemp said:

    Hi, my son has a Vodaphone 1 sim card. We went away Monday and he had £10 credit. Now 3 days later his balance is £0. Hiw is this possible?

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. The best thing to do would probably be to get in touch with Vodafone as they should be able to give you a breakdown of the charges that have been incurred. The most likely scenario is there might have been some additional usage that isn’t covered by the £1/day charge (e.g. perhaps a call to a non-standard number)?

  • Zenah Reed said:

    Hi Ken.

    I’m on the pay as you go 1 and find it great and will be moving my daughter to it as she manly uses her phone to txt me after dance or when out with her friends.

    I do have a question though. If I make a call that last say 6min or more will it be caped once it gets to the £1 after 5min or keep charging me at 20p per min for the whole call but all others are free after that. At the moment if I need to make a longer call I send a few txts first to get my unlimited minutes

    • Hi Zenah,
      Thanks for your comment. As far as I understand, the charge will automatically be capped as soon as you reach £1. There shouldn’t be any need to hang up and redial. So a phone call lasting for more than 5 minutes should only be charged as £1 and any further usage of your phone for the rest of the day will then be free.
      Hope this helps,

  • Karl Newbold said:

    Hello. If i was to get the £5 top up sim and i do not use my phone at all say for 3 months will the £5 top up still be active?

    Reason i ask this is because i very rarely use my mobile (its for emergencies only. I might make 10 calls or 30 texts a year from my phone.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Karl,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, on “Pay As You Go 1” there are no regular monthly charges – you’ll just pay up to £1/day when you use your mobile phone. Therefore, you could leave your phone unused for 3 months and your credit would still be there. The main thing to be aware of is just the inactivity policy as leaving your phone unused for too long would cause it to be disconnected!
      On a side note, it might be worth having a quick read of my article on Pay As You Go SIM cards for light users. There might be some alternative SIM cards there that work out to be even better value than Pay As You Go 1.
      Hope this helps!

    • Hi Joe,
      Thanks for your comment. On Pay As You Go 1, your £10 usage would only last for 10 days if you were to reach the daily threshold each day. If you like, you could alternatively choose the Big Value Bundles tariff which gives you 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data for £10/month. This is probably a better value option if you’re a regular smartphone user. Alternatively, I recommend having a look at VOXI (also a part of Vodafone) – they’ll give you 6GB of data and unlimited minutes for £10/month.
      Hope this helps,

  • Karen Hardman said:

    What happened to the big value bundle?
    That was better value for money yet l can’t find it anywhere on the recorded options, or is this intentional ?

  • Hi ken
    With payg 1 do i have to turn mobile data on to get on the internet can i use my phone anywhere if i do this

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you’ll need to switch on the “mobile data” setting on your phone to access the internet on-the-go with this tariff. Once it’s switched on, you can use up to 500MB of data per day (including whilst you’re out and about) for £1/day.
      If you’re using the internet over wi-fi, there is no need to switch on mobile data and you won’t be charged by Vodafone.

  • Hi ken
    I am a vodafone customer on payg but i’m thinking of going over to payg1 could i keep my existing number and would my credit be transfered

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can switch over to Pay As You Go 1 whilst keeping your existing phone number and credit. You’ll lose any remaining bundle allowances if you have one (e.g. from your Big Value Bundle), or any benefits specific to your old plan (e.g. Freebees). You can switch to Pay As You Go 1 by dialling 41146.
      Hope this helps,

  • Hi Ken,

    I recently got a new phone and sim for my grandma who rarely uses her phone. I got her onto payg1, but I have had a text on her phone saying that to she has been put onto a value bundle that and I will have to top up £10 a month. I used the 2345 number and it said to opt out of payg1 press whatever, so is the phone on value bundle or payg1?

    • Hi Rochelle,
      Thanks for your comment. You can switch to the Pay As You Go 1 tariff by dialling 41146 from the handset. You should then be moved over the Pay As You Go 1, and you should receive confirmation of this fact.
      Hope this helps,

  • Richard Woods said:

    Hi Ken,
    this SIM would be for emergency call from our lift so Minimum usage requirement is very important we we recently discovered our previous SIM had been deactivated without us knowing. In your ‘Best Pay As You Go SIM Card For Light Users’ article from 3rd Feb 18 you mention the Minimum usage requirement for the Vodafone Pay As You Go 1 tariff is Once every 270 days. Is that still the case?

    This looks like the best SIM for us from your reviews – would you agree? Any other suggestions very much appreciated.



    • Hi Richard,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, this information should still be correct – it’s discussed in more depth here and you can follow the links to read the full terms and conditions. Technically speaking, the terms refer to 180 consecutive days of non-use, after which you’ll be given a further 90 day grace period (so 270 days in total). I’d personally try to use it every 180 days just to be safe, but the terms suggest it should be fine to go to 270 days.
      Is there a facility to make periodic phone calls or text messages, to ensure the SIM card activity requirements are met?

  • I have automatically been put on the new PAYG 1 tariff and have £8 credit. Why does it then say I have no texts, no minutes and no data? Bit confused!

    • Hi Denise,
      Thanks for your comment. Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff is more classic Pay As You Go rather a Pay As You Go bundle. For this reason, there’s no need to convert your credit into a one-month allowance of minutes, texts and mobile internet like there is on other plans.
      Rather, when you start using your mobile phone, Vodafone will charge you 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p/5MB from your £8 of credit. This is capped at £1/day. When you reach the £1 daily threshold, you’ll then get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data for the rest of the day. The charge is only paid on the days when you actually use your phone.
      Hope this helps,

  • I have the vodafone sim in my spare phone which i keep in my van for emergencies or if i forget my main phone so use it very rarely. Is this the right plan for me and when do i have to pay? When you read the info. it appears to be say you pay a £1/day. If i load my phone with £10 will that last forever if i do not use the phone? As usual the details of plans never seem to say what is actually going to happen and appear designed to ‘lure’ people onto them (or am i just an old git 🙂 )

    • Hi Mel,
      Thanks for your comment. The Vodafone Pay As You Go 1 SIM card can certainly be a good option for you 🙂 You’ll pay a maximum of £1/day on the days when you use your mobile phone (20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p/5MB until you reach the £1 daily cap).
      You’re right in saying the credit should last a long time if you don’t use the phone. It doesn’t expire after 30 days like it does on a Pay As You Go bundle. The one thing that’s worth watching out for however is Vodafone’s inactivity policy which requires you to use your phone for a chargeable activity at least once every 180 days. Providing you do this, your remaining credit will not have any expiry dates.
      Hope this helps,

      • Many thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, the reply does not say how the fee is paid. I am assuming that the sim will have to be loaded with a minimum amount then the call charge, etc will be knocked off, but at no more than a rate of £1/day. Is that correct?

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, on the Pay As You Go 1 tariff, any credit remaining at the end of the month will carry forward to the next month.
      Hope this helps,

  • Hector MacNeil said:

    My wife rarely uses her phone except for competitions GM etc. Seemingly this new PAYG 1 which Vodafone is automatically changing her to doesn’t include these numbers in their £1/day. But worryingly is the fact that in their TOC it mentions possible background “chatter”, whatever that is, which would be included.
    At the moment my wife just tops up when necessary after she’s used up her credit doing competitions I’m just worried that she’ll lose out with this new tariff being charged for usage she has no control over.

    • Hi Hector,

      Thanks for your comment. You’re right: Vodafone’s £1/day charge only covers phone calls and text messages to standard UK numbers (most phone numbers beginning with 01, 02, 03 and 07). More precisely, you’re charged 20p/minute for these calls but it’s all capped so you’ll pay no more than £1/day. If she’s only ever using her phone for the premium rate phone numbers, this £1/day charge shouldn’t be activated (as it’s more of a cap, rather than an actual charge).

      With regards to the “background chatter”, this refers to when you have mobile data enabled on your phone but when you’re not actively using any applications. For instance, your mobile phone will check for new e-mails, WhatsApp messages, etc even when you’re not actively using it. So long as you disable the “mobile data” feature on the handset, there shouldn’t be any background chatter and therefore you won’t pay for this. It’s worth noting that the charge is again implemented as a daily cap: you’re actually charged 20p for every 5MB of data you use, capped so you’ll pay no more than £1/day.

      Hope this helps,


  • Wendy Nugent said:

    Hello Ken. Forgive me, but there’s no mention of the Vodaphone “Basic” package which offers U/L minutes and texts and a very small amount of data for £6 a month…. or a bit more data for £8 a month. It’s tucked away on their website – but hard to find – and is also offered under the USwitch umbrella too. Part of the deal is that the price will only increase by RPI annually … which seems fair. Seems a bit too good to be true … but I’ve phoned them and had it confirmed – he said it’s cheap coz of the small amount of data.

    Thanks., Regards.

    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks a lot for letting me know about this! This is definitely a really interesting offer from Vodafone, though it does come with a 12-month contract (rather than being Pay As You Go). There are also a number of restrictions to be aware of on the tariff e.g. you won’t be able to use it when you’re outside the UK. For this reason, it might also be worth investigating alternatives like giffgaff’s £10 goodybag which, in my opinion, offers greater flexibility, no contract & the ability to use your mobile phone abroad.
      Hope this helps,

      • Wendy Nugent replied:

        Sorry for delay in replying. Just as a matter of interest, I spotted that O2 does a similar deal called Classic 321 (I would imagine you already know about it). But it does seem to included overseas use. For me it has the advantage that there is an O2 shop sited more conveniently than the Three shop … maybe there are more O2 shops in the UK? The staff were helpful when I went in to enquire. And I would guess that O2 coverage is no worse than Three …. but presumably it’s horses for courses on that point.

        Lastly, I have, for the moment, decided to stay with Asda PAYG with their 8p and 4p pricing for calls and texts due to their excellent customer support in the UK … the communication abilities of some overseas call centre staff are a bit daunting at times. Most phone call centre staff, like PayPal staff, are helpful … but, occasionally, not easy to understand.

        • Wendy Nugent replied:

          I should have said … the O2 Classic 321 deal is a similar deal to the Three 321 offering – but with, possibly, a couple of benefits over Three.

        • Hi Wendy,
          No problem, and thanks for getting back to me! O2’s Classic Pay As You Go tariff is a fantastic choice – in case you’re curious, I’ve reviewed it here in more detail. Like you say, it’s very similar to Three’s 321 tariff, and also comes with a number of benefits like O2 Priority. You can roam in the EU at no extra charge (but this is also possible on all other networks), whereas Three also gives you some non-EU destinations. Comparing the two, Three is probably still better value overall, as you can also buy an All-in-One bundle the times when you need it (whereas it isn’t possible to do the same on O2 Classic Pay As You Go).
          Finally, in relation to your very first comment, I’ve put together some notes on Vodafone’s Basic SIM Only deals here.
          Hope this helps!

          • Wendy Nugent. replied:


            Just to say I called O2 PAYG Customer Service the other day (August 2018). Asked if he could confirm (or otherwise) that you MUST top up with a tenner every six months. The fella said – NOT necessary to top up, but you need to make a chargeable call … and advised doing so every couple of months rather than call once every six months. He couldn’t direct me to a written statement to that effect though, but was certain that that was the case. And the Ts and Cs do still state that top up is required to keep your number live.

            I suppose it would be prudent to take out a plan using a number that isn’t particularly precious in order to get first hand knowledge rather than take the chance that a cherished number might get lost … but I do believe they let you know that they intend disconnecting you (in the event you do nothing for six months).



    I subscribed to this service on 28.3.18 and I happen to travel to Finland.
    NOBODY from the UK can contact me, whilst I am in Europe because it cuts-off after 1 ring.

    Whilst I am travelling in Finland NOBODY in Finland can contact me on 07464****** because it rings once and cuts-off automatically as call cancelled.

    Whilst in Finland today 04.04.18, I conducted an experiment this afternoon and asked my friend in Finland sitting next to me to ring my Mobile Phone +447464****** what happened was the phone rang Once on my phone and it automatically cancelled itself. On my Friends Phone he was getting my voicemail inbox.

  • Jackie Harris said:

    I have only just found out about the closure of Talkmobile’s PAYG – no email, no text and I still have Talkmobile (or at least that’s what it says on the Home screen of my mobile) service at the old Talkmobile rates of 10p access charge for voice calls.

    I’d prefer to stay with Vodafone, so with this Pay As You Go 1 tariff, would I only pay for outgoing calls and texts (that I make infrequently).

    Also, as I have an older style 2G phone I can’t use Three.

    It seems that there are considerably fewer true PAYGs out there now – so many require regular top up. I did look at O2 Classic tariff, but I see from the Ts and Cs that you have to top up £10 every six months.

    • Hi Jackie,
      Thanks for your comment. I’ve got a guide to all of the traditional or “true” Pay As You Go tariffs so possibly worth a quick look when choosing your new mobile network! 1pMobile is the cheapest (1p/minute, 1p/text & 1p/MB) but requires you to top-up £10 every 120 days. ASDA Mobile is probably my recommended all-round option: they charge 8p/minute, 4p/text and 5p/MB (coverage from EE and no minimum top-up required, you just need to use your phone at least once every 270 days).
      Hope this helps,

      • Hi Ken,

        Thanks for your reply. I think a visit to the local Vodafone store is on the cards. I would prefer to stay on the Vodafone network (I already have a Plusnet contract with coverage from EE and the signal on that isn’t that great). I make very few calls and texts from my main phone, so I need to clarify that the £1 per day charge is only levied when I MAKE calls and send texts, rather than receive them.

        I’m also hoping that moving to Vodafone will enable someone between Talkmobile and Vodafone to sort out the PAC issue – I really don’t want to lose my number.

        • Hi Jackie,
          Thanks for your reply. I’m pretty sure the £1/day charge is only levied when you make or send outgoing phone calls and text messages (the pricing is structured in such a way that you’ll pay 20p/minute and 20p/text, capped at £1/day). Saying that, do check with Vodafone directly if you’d like official confirmation and for information on how to move your phone number over in the most efficient way.

  • This is a very expensive PAYG option. If you need the Vodafone network maybe due to where you live you should consider Talkmobile. You could easily be paying £30 per month for a payg sim – you can get a good contract phone for £30 per month. Why would someone pay 20p per minute and 20p per text when they are 1p from 1p mobile using EE network? Surely no one will be fooled by this. Very strange offering

    Great site Ken for all things mobile – keep up the good work?

    • Hi Miles,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I believe Talkmobile has now been closed down and Vodafone is encouraging Talkmobile customers to switch to their own brand. I do agree, however, this isn’t a particularly good deal for people who use their smartphone every day. It is however a potentially interesting tariff if you’re someone who rarely uses their phone but then uses it for a lot of things when they do (e.g. for someone who uses their phone only at the weekends).

      • I have just seen that talk mobile have been taken over by Vodafone and the payg offering has been withdrawn. Clever move by Vodafone to limit cheap access to the Vodafone network

        • Hi Miles,
          Yes – very unfortunate! It’s been rumoured for a couple of years already – when Mobile by Sainsbury’s shut down in 2015, TalkTalk came out and said Vodafone was pulling out of the MVNO market. Whilst Vodafone denied the claims, no independent MVNOs have launched on the Vodafone network for two years (VOXI is a slight exception, though it’s really a sub-brand of Vodafone rather than an independent MVNO). TalkTalk Mobile is in the process of moving to O2, leaving Lebara the only MVNO with coverage from Vodafone.

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