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1p Mobile Review 2022: Pay As You Go for 1p per minute, text, and MB

1pMobile offers flexible Pay As You Go costing 1p/minute, 1p/text, and 1p/MB with customers getting 4G & 5G coverage from EE.

Latest Offer: 160GB of data for just £20 a month!

EE’s best selling plan is a 5G ready 160GB data plan with unlimited texts & minutes for just £20. It’s a 24-month basic plan. It may not contain any extras, but you’ll be getting the most 4G and 5G coverage, as well as the fastest 4G data speeds in the UK!

This deal comes with 6 months of free Apple Music, and 3 months of BT Sport.

What is 1p Mobile?

1pMobile is a relatively young mobile virtual network offering the lowest pay as you go rates in the UK. The carrier uses EE as its network provider and it’s owned by Telecommunications Management Limited. 1pMobile launched back in September 2016 and since then it’s been growing at a steady pace.

Despite being considered a budget network. 1pMobile customers get to enjoy great perks such as 4G Calling, Wi-Fi Calling, and 5G. Since the network is powered by EE, its customers get the best network coverage and fastest speeds in the UK.

1p Mobile’s services are generally targeted at light users, if you’re even a moderate data user, you’re most likely better off with another network. You can also purchase data boosts that last up to 30 days, but they don’t include free calls and text. It means any calls or texts you make will be charged at 1p Mobile’s standard rates.

Pro's

  • Lowest rates for calls, texts, and data
  • 4G and 5G coverage from EE
  • Great Value 30-day Packs
  • Great for light data users
  • No credit checks

Con's

  • No extra features
  • No unlimited data
  • No unlimited calls or texts on 30-day plans

Network Coverage & Speeds

1p Mobile 4G Coverage

1p Mobile offers over 99% population and 95% landmass coverage of the UK using the EE 5G/4G/3G/2G network. The most respectable testing bodies rate EE as the best carrier for 4G, and no other mobile network comes close to reaching EE.

However, there are still many other factors that come into play when it comes to getting decent coverage from a mobile network, therefore we recommend testing the carrier yourself. You can try 1p Mobile’s services and if you’re unhappy, there’s a 14-day money-back guarantee.

Since 1p Mobile’s tariffs are no credit check SIM only deals, you can easily switch to another carrier, provided they don’t satisfy your needs. Keeping your phone number won’t be a problem either.

1p Mobile 4G Speeds

1p Mobile uses the EE network to provide the fastest 4G download speeds to its customers. There are no hidden speed restrictions, meaning 1p Mobile and EE users get identical 4G data speeds. EE is ranked first in terms of 4G by Opensignal, OOKLA, umlaut and other objective third-party testing bodies. 1p Mobile’s average 4G download speeds are around 44Mbps, and upload speeds are around 9.7Mbps.

Whilst 1p Mobile offers a decent service that is suitable for competitive mobile gaming, we can’t really recommend its SIM only plans, if this is one of your main intentions for choosing the carrier. Competitive gamers usually burn through more data than an average mobile user. The network’s tariffs aren’t really targeting mobile gamers.

1p Mobile 5G Coverage

1p Mobile customers enjoy one of the best 5G services in the UK, but there’s a small catch. Whilst 5G comes at no extra cost, you should remember that you’ll be burning through way more data with 5G due to significantly faster speeds. Most video players check the speed of your connection and select the quality of the playback for you. On top of that, faster internet means spending less time loading pages and files and surfing more.

At the time of writing, EE offers 5G coverage in 160 UK towns & cities. They also have the widest coverage per location.

1p Mobile 5G Data Speeds

Opensignal’s speed test results rank EE, 1p Mobile’s provider, as the fastest 5G network in the UK, having said that any network that offers 5G will satisfy your needs. According to Opensignal’s September 2021 5G Experience report EE’s 5G download speeds are around 132Mbps, and their 5G upload speeds average around 13.8Mbps.

Please make sure to grab a 5G SIM card and have a 5G ready handset if you want to enjoy super-fast speeds from 1p Mobile.

WiFi Calling and 4G Calling

1p Mobile may be a small MVNO, but their SIM only plans offer great value. On top of offering 5G at no extra cost, its customers can also benefit from call quality improving perks such as 4G Calling and WiFi Calling.

4G Calling allows a mobile user to make calls over 4G. This improves overall voice quality significantly, and also eliminates indoor black spots, making the handset available in more locations.

With WiFi Calling you can keep your smartphone connected by using an available WiFi connection, even if there’s no cellular signal. WiFi Calling’s performance heavily depends on the quality of the WiFi you’re connected to.

Personal Hotspot

Tethering or turning your phone into a personal hotspot is allowed by the network, plus there are no restrictions. However, tethering other devices to your phone will make you burn through your data allowance at a much faster rate. Some apps may use data even in the background and at the end of the day, more devices means more mobile data. We recommend opting for an unlimited data plan (or a large data plan) for users planning to tether regularly. Unless you pick 1p Mobile’s 50GB data boost, it will be risky for you to tether. Make sure to check how much data you’ve spent after each tethering session to be on the safe side.

International Roaming

You can take your 1p Mobile tariff with you when you travel to any of 46 European destinations. You can still use your 1p Mobile SIM outside these selected destinations, but the rates will differ in each location you’re visiting. The network’s charges are highly competitive.

There is a fair usage policy when using the data in the EU if you have 1p Mobile’s 50GB boost. You can use up to 14GB of data at max, and any additional data used over 14GB will be charged at the standard rate of 1p a MB. There are better choices if you’re regularly roaming abroad.

Features

No Top-up For a Whole Year

For customers who don’t want to worry about topping up, if you top up £30 with 1pMobile you won’t have to top up for a whole year. Having said that, after the first year, you must top-up at least once every 120 days. The network is objectively the best choice for light data users.

Gold Numbers

1pMobile allows you to choose your own phone number that is memorable, provided it’s not taken by someone else. However, this is a paid service. Gold numbers are just £20, or you can search for something else that is unique and special to you, for £2.

UK-Based Customer Support

The network’s helpful advisors are on hand to provide both online and telephone support, and their service is completely based in the UK. 1p Mobile is the highest-rated mobile network on Trustpilot with over 10,000 reviews.

Half Cooked’s Overall Breakdown

1p Mobile is the perfect choice for a mobile customer who already has a handset and is looking for a light SIM deal. They have the best rates for everything, be it calls, texts, or data.

The network also offers 5G, WiFi Calling, and 4G Calling at no extra cost, increasing the value you get from your plan drastically. The only main issue we have with the network is; their 30-day prepaid plans don’t give you unlimited calls and texts, but their prices are quite competitive so it’s tolerable.

We give 1p Mobile 4 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend them. However, If you make long calls every day, or if you’re a big data spender, we recommend you to look for another network.

Frequently Asked Questions

What network does 1pMobile use?

1p Mobile uses EE as its network provider. Its host network offers the best 4G coverage and fastest 4G data speeds and so does 1pMobile. The carrier also offers 5G.

How often must I top-up?

You have to top-up at least once every 120 days for £10. If you top-up £30 in one go, you can use your SIM without having to add credit for a whole year.

Does 1p Mobile have 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling?

Yes, 1p Mobile customers can enjoy 4G Calling and WiFi Calling at no additional cost. However, both these features require a handset that supports them.

Do I get any free Wi-Fi access with 1p Mobile?

No, 1p Mobile is a low-cost mobile virtual network operator and to stay competitive they have to cut out many great features. If you’re looking for a network with free Wi-Fi, we’d recommend checking out BT Mobile’s deals.

Does 1p Mobile have 5G?

Yes, 1p Mobile offers 5G at no extra cost. The network’s 5G service is also powered by EE.

Who owns 1p Mobile?

1p Mobile is owned by Telecommunications Management Limited.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Half Cooked’s overall rating for 1p Mobile