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Tesco Mobile review 2018

Luke Thompson
Monday, February 26th 2018

Tesco Mobile was the first supermarket to enter the mobile marketplace. It offers a great selection of 12-month and one-month 4G SIM-only deals as well as handsets on contract.

Running on the O2 network, coverage across the country is good. Customers also benefit from no mid-term price-rises. So is Tesco Mobile any good? Here's what we think.

Is Tesco Mobile any good?

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Pros and cons

  • Roaming at no extra cost
  • Bill capping to avoid shocks
  • Earn Clubcard points
  • No unlimited data
  • No unlimited calls and texts
  • 4G not yet available everywhere

What we like

No extra charge for roaming

Like all other mobile providers, Tesco Mobile allows its pay monthly and pay-as-you-go customers to roam for free in 31 countries. In other words, you can use your UK allowance including data while you're abroad without having to pay any roaming charges.

You can roam for free in a variety of countries including Spain (including the Canary Islands), Sweden, Greece, France and Italy. For a full list visit the Tesco Mobile website.

Bill capping to avoid shocks

We all hate getting unexpected phone bills, but with Tesco Mobile phones you can reduce the chance of such shocks. You can sign up to the capped service, which lets you limit the amount of calls, text, and data that you can make on your mobile.

This prevents you from accidentally going over the limit and incurring additional fees, some of which can add up to quite a significant amount.

Earn Clubcard points

If you are a Tesco Clubcard member you can start racking up points as soon as you begin using the mobile service. The Tesco Mobile website allows you to link your mobile account to your Clubcard account.

For the full list of ways to spend your Clubcard points, visit the Clubcard website.

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What we don’t like

No unlimited data

Tesco Mobile offers a wide range of data options, with the largest being a whopping 30GB per month. Although not unlimited this should be more than enough for most people, unless you want to stream HD video content to your mobile on a daily basis and never use wi-fi.

No unlimited calls and texts

Although not technically unlimited, Tesco Mobile does offer up to 5000 calls and texts in many of its plans. This should be ample for any customer. Just watch out for charges for picture messages at 25p and premium number - such as competition lines. These are not included in your call package.

4G isn't available everywhere

O2's 4G network now covers 97% of the UK. However, you may still find yourself in a "notspot". You can see what the signal is like in your area by visiting the Tesco Mobile coverage checker online.

If you're outside of the range for 4G, you'll be bumped down to 3G. You'll still be able to get online, but downloads and uploads will be slower.

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A Tesco Mobile contract offers nice benefits for those looking to take out a well-priced mobile service on a one-month or 12-month contract. The opt-in capping could potentially save you a fortune in sudden bills, and the choice of SIM deals and handsets is excellent. With the added bonus of Clubcard points, Tesco is a solid choice for a new mobile deal.

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