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The People’s Operator reviews

The People’s Operator (TPO) is an ethically-minded provider. Every time you make a payment, it donates 10% to a charity of your choice. All its SIM-only plans come on 30-day contracts. Its pay-as-you-go plans come with inclusive minutes, texts, and data.

But there are a few drawbacks. There are no unlimited SIM plans and on the cheapest deals, allowances are low. Tethering – sharing your smartphone’s internet with other devices, like your laptop – is not permitted, and your handset will need to be unlocked to work with a SIM from The People's Operator. Here’s everything you need to know…

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About The People’s Operator

The People’s Operator gives a quarter of its yearly profits to charity; namely, the TPO Foundation. It also gives 10% of your monthly bill to any charity of your choice, whether that’s an international or local cause. Its SIM-only contracts are some of the cheapest on the market, and there are no excess charges for going over your monthly data limit.

Payment options

There are two options: SIM-only, and pay-as-you-go. In comparison to similar plans offered by other providers, TPO’s SIM-only plans are cheap. Its basic plan comes with 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 512MB of data. The premium plan comes with 2400 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G-ready data.

There are three pay-as-you-go bundles. You top these up with credit as and when required to pay for calls, texts, and data. You receive a different amount of inclusive allowances depending on how much credit you add.


The People’s Operator is a mobile virtual network operator, running on the Three network. This means that data, texts, and calls sent and received on your TPO mobile are carried through Three's network. Because of this, TPO’s plans benefit from widespread coverage.


There is no official information about the internet speed you get with The People’s Operator. The provider doesn’t give an estimate, or even an approximate figure. However, TPO is a mobile virtual network operator, running on Three, which achieves an average 3G speed of 7Mbps and an average 4G speed of 17Mbps. The speed for TPO is likely to be similar, but this is only an approximation.


The extras offered by The People’s Operator differ from those offered by other providers. Instead of extras that impart a personal benefit, TPO’s additional features are charity-based. When you sign up you have to choose a cause. Then, when your monthly bill is extracted from your account, 10% of the total amount is donated to your chosen charity.

Money off unlocking

To join TPO, your smartphone has to be unlocked. This can be expensive. To assist with this, The People’s Operator offers a small discount towards the cost of unlocking your handset. To take advantage of this, you need to use the mobile unlocking service chosen by TPO. While this may be convenient, it isn’t the cheapest option.

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