Which network does Tesco Mobile use?

Using O2 as its network provider, Tesco Mobile offers decent 3G, 4G and 5G coverage with good download speeds all at a competitive price point.

Latest Offer: 8GB for just £10/month

Tesco Mobile January 2021 SIM OfferTesco Mobile offers 8GB of data for just £10/month, on an 18-month plan. The deal includes 5000 UK minutes & texts.

With Tesco Mobile’s  you can save up to £40 in-store every month at Tesco. All you have to do is to choose and eligible pay monthly plan on Anytime Upgrade or SIM Only and Tesco will give you Clubcard Plus for free for 6 months! You’ll also get double data with Tesco Clubcard Plus.

tesco-mobile-article-logoTesco Mobile is a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), which means the network doesn’t own a wireless network infrastructure, but instead piggybacks on another. Tesco Mobile belongs to the British retailer Tesco, and it uses O2 as its network carrier except in Ireland, where the network is using Three as its provider.

 

Tesco Mobile launched back on 29th May 2003, and now the network operates in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. As of January 2014, the network started to offer a 4G service in the UK. Tesco Mobile also provides 5G coverage in 60 cities and towns across the country. The network’s 5G launched in October 2019.

 

You can find pay monthly SIM deals, pay monthly handset deals and pay as you go tariffs on Tesco Mobile. The carrier’s average 4G download speed is measured at 18Mbps and upload speed is at 6.4Mbps. There are no tests performed on 5G data speeds as of yet, but reports suggest that Tesco Mobile customers get an average of 150Mbps download speeds.

 

While the mobile network’s members enjoy 5G speeds, they’re unfortunately missing out on voice call quality improving features such as 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling. Tesco Mobile customers don’t get to benefit from O2’s free Wi-Fi hotspots either.

 

If the O2’s coverage is the best that works for you, but you’re not set on Tesco Mobile, you can always check Sky Mobile. It’s also powered by O2, meaning you get the very same coverage. You can read Half Cooked’s Sky Mobile Review to learn more about it!

 

Alternatively, you might also want to have a read about Three Mobile, as the network offers 5G, 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling at no extra-cost and they’re all available to each and every customer. Make sure to read our Three Review to discover what more the network offers.