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5 of the best Tesco Mobile SIM-only deals in 2018

By Mike Whitehead
Wednesday, July 11th 2018

Tesco is renowned for providing good quality products at competitive prices so it’s no surprise to see the exact same philosophy applied to their range of Mobile SIM deals available at the moment.

Monthly mobile upgrades continue to spiral upwards in price whilst the technology appears to be more focused on specific features, such as the camera. In light of this, more and more of us are keeping our phones beyond the initial contract terms and scouring the market for the best SIM-only deals on the market.

Here’s the five best Mobile SIM deals currently available from Tesco Mobile along with all the information you’ll need to make a decision that suits you. All Tesco Mobile SIM deals come with 4G as standard, where available.

Tesco Mobile

1. Tesco Mobile

12-month 8GB deal

  • Data
    8GB
  • Texts
    5000
  • Minutes
    5000
  • Contract length
    12 months
  • Monthly cost
    £12.50

This 8GB deal should be more than enough for all your general browsing requirements and leave a little extra for some YouTube time during the month. Plus, Tesco permits tethering, so you can also use your data to create a personal hotspot should you need to.

Tesco runs on 4G as standard (when available) so downloads should be fairly speedy. The texts and minutes allowances are pretty substantial, too. The only real downside is the 12-month contract, but we can't imagine why that would be a problem, especially at this price.

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2. Tesco Mobile

12-month 50GB deal

  • Data
    50GB
  • Texts
    5000
  • Minutes
    5000
  • Contract length
    12 months
  • Monthly cost
    £35

For the more data-hungry amongst us, this deal could be the one for you. This is as close as Tesco Mobile gets to unlimited, and with 50GB of data you are highly un likely to run out.

This should satisfy the browsing, streaming and downloading needs of almost everyone, and even though it's a 12-month contract, when you're paying just 70p for every 1GB, this is well worth considering.

Tesco Mobile

3. Tesco Mobile

Pay-as-you-go free SIM 6GB deal

  • Data
    6GB
  • Texts
    5000
  • Minutes
    1000
  • Contract length
    One month
  • Monthly cost
    £15

If you’re looking for a strong data package without the burden of a fixed-term contract, Tesco Mobile has a solid range of pay-as-you-go SIM packages. The pick of the bunch is this one. It comes with 6GB data allowance, 1000 minutes and 5000 texts for £15.00. Plus, if you want to switch to another provider at the end of one month, you can.

This package is part of Tesco Mobile’s ‘Rocket Pack’ range of pay-as-you-go free SIM deals and includes 4G as standard where available. Your SIM is sent first-class in the post and is a tri-SIM so should fit all phone makes and models.

Tesco Mobile

4. Tesco Mobile

12-month 15GB deal

  • Data
    15GB
  • Texts
    5000
  • Minutes
    5000
  • Contract length
    12 months
  • Monthly cost
    £15

Back on to the 12-month deals, this deal offer excellent value for money. 15GB of data should go a long way to cover most browsing and streaming requirements.

Unfortunately the largest data allowance on offer from Tesco Mobile on a one-month contract is currently just 4GB, so if you're after a bigger chunk than that you'll have to go for thre 12-month option.

Tesco Mobile

5. Tesco Mobile

Pay-as-you-go free SIM 3GB deal

  • Data
    3GB
  • Texts
    5000
  • Minutes
    500
  • Contract length
    30 days
  • Monthly cost
    £10

If you’re looking at deals combining monthly budget and no tie-ins then this pay-as-you-go deal could be the one for you. For just £10 you get 3GB of data, 5000 texts and 500 minutes. The minutes allowance is are lower than with the other deals, but should still be more than sufficient for most call needs during a month.

The cheapest deal with Tesco Mobile is actually £6 a month over a 12-month contract but only offers 100MB data allowance. Unless you very rarely go online, 100MB is pretty pointless - it would only keep you online for about four hours – so we'd advise you plump for this one instead.

Frequently asked questions

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What’s the difference between pay monthly and pay-as-you-go SIM deals?

Exactly as the deal names suggest, the pay monthly contracts are usually linked to a fixed-term contract – typically 12 months. However, there are some deals available on just one-month contracts. Pay-as-you-go contracts are not tied to any fixed term. The payback is that most pay monthly contracts offer more attractive features, such as a higher data allowance.

How do I get a pay monthly SIM deal?

Simply click on the link provided beneath each of the pay monthly deals outlined above. This link will take you through to Tesco Mobile's page where all the tariffs are available for you to look at. Choose whichever tariff suits you by clicking on the ‘Choose this tariff’ button on the right-hand side.

How do I get a pay-as-you-go free SIM deal?

The links above for the pay-as-you go deals will take you through to the deals page where you can select which option suits you by clicking on the ‘Order free SIM’ button at the foot of each deal block.

How long does my pay-as-you-go deal last?

Each ‘Rocket Pack’ deal lasts for one month. So, if you get a SIM on the 10th April, you have until midnight on the 9th April to use all the allowances that come with it. Tesco Mobile will text you both five days and one day before it ends to remind you to utilise any of the allowances. You can also renew early, if you’re running low on data, by calling Tesco Mobile on 282 free from your phone.

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