About Asda Mobile
If you’re looking for a basic, budget-friendly mobile provider, you might want to consider Asda Mobile. While tariffs aren’t as competitive as other providers, if you don’t require much from your mobile then in-store top up and basic plans can make Asda Mobile a real winner.
At a glance
|The good:||The bad:|
|Wide selection of flexible tariffs||No contracts available on the latest iPhones or Samsung models|
|Good value plans||Speed caps apply on certain tariffs|
|No credit check required||Limited number of perks|
|Data-only plans available|
|Free roaming in the EU|
Asda Mobile phone deals
Asda Mobile's phone deals come at the low prices we’d expect from a supermarket known for its good value.
However, unlike some of their competitors, they only offer SIM-only deals. You can choose a pay-as-you-go SIM but, in truth, you’ll get much better value for money if you choose one of their bundles. This’ll give you an allowance of minutes, texts and data of your choosing.
Asda Mobile is a network to consider if you already have a phone. And the good news is their SIMs work in any handset, provided it’s unlocked.
Asda Mobile SIM-only deals
As Asda Mobile solely provides SIM-only deals, you can’t take out a contract. However, you can set your package to recur monthly if you like consistency.
They offer bundles ranging in price, from as low as £5 and up to £25 a month. With all deals you’ll get an allowance of texts, calls and data, but that’ll vary with the price. At the top end, you’ll get about 15GB of data per month
But here’s the neat thing: the SIMs come preloaded with 10 minutes, 10 texts and 10 – yes, 10! – gigabytes of data. So, you could try Asda Mobile for a month completely for free to test if the network works for you.
What network does Asda Mobile use?
Asda Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator – or in much cuter terms, a piggyback network. This means that it doesn’t operate its own network, but rather runs off one of the Big Four’s (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) infrastructure. All MVNOs do this; it’s what makes them affordable. In Asda Mobile’s case, they use EE’s network. So, when it comes to any network issues, problems or troubleshooting, it’ll depend on what’s going on with EE.
Asda Mobile coverage
You’ll need to check EE coverage. You can do this either through Asda’s coverage checker on their website or through EE directly. While 99% of users will get great 4G coverage, there are always black spots which’ll be more widespread in rural areas. It’s important to remember that the percentage of users doesn’t necessarily equate to percentage of the UK in terms of geography.
You should consider whether EE offers an appropriate level of coverage for your area. While you may be wanting to pinch the pennies with Asda Mobile’s good-value deals, it’s no good if you can’t actually use your phone!
What devices can I get on Asda Mobile?
Unfortunately, you can’t get handsets on Asda Mobile as part of your deal. As a budget network, it’s SIM-only packages only. Therefore, you’ll need to already own your device.
That being said, Asda do sell a range of phones in store and online. Keeping on brand, they’re not the top-of-the-range, latest releases but if this isn’t your main concern, you’ll find something you’re after. Just bear in mind though, that these phones are sold like any other product: you can’t buy them in instalments or on payment plans.
Benefits of Asda Mobile
Unlike some of its competitors, Asda Mobile don’t offer so many perks and benefits. It’s very much a no-frills network. Its main perk is probably the flexible bundles they offer: with a SIM-only deal you can chop and change your package to match your needs at the time.
You can also buy data-only packages. If you’re not fussed about unlimited texts and minutes because you do all your conversing over WhatsApp, for example, then with Asda Mobile’s data bundle you can be sure you’re not paying for stuff you’ll never use.
In line with EU regulations, you can use your phone abroad at no extra charge, though do be sure to follow the government website to see what changes may lie ahead due to Brexit.
How to top up Asda Mobile
Topping up with Asda Mobile is easy as pie. As all deals are SIM-only, you’ll buy your bundle every 30 days. Because of this, you’ve got free reign to assess what package you need for that month, tweaking your data allowance accordingly. But, if you don’t want the hassle, you can set up a recurring payment on a set bundle.
Conveniently, you can top up at any Asda store. Alternatively, you can top up by text or phone, but you’ll need to register a debit or credit card to do so.
While it’s a monthly top-up, you can usually add additional packages (including extra data) throughout the month should you need them.