Re: Cheapest PAYG Mobile? 1p
Originally Posted by SamTheMan
I hardly use my mobile, it's only here for emergencies. Mt payg is with Tesco, and i'm sure i don't need to pay every three months to keep it going.
There are 3 different PAYG tariffs with Tesco Mobile.
Rocket Pack Tarrif, Triple Credit Tariff and Lite Tariff.
The first 2 involve top ups with free credit and/or bundles thrown in much like any other mobile service. The standard rate charges however associated with these is awful:
Calls - 25p/min
Texts - 10p
Data - 10p/MB
Voicemail - 15p/min
Any bundle calls/texts/data only last a month and are then lost.
If you only use your mobile for emergencies I will assume you are on the Lite Tariff as Tesco describe it thus:
"Our pay as you go Lite tariff is great if you use your phone occasionally"
This has a cheaper standard tariff but nevertheless is is still far far more expensive than many other mobile services. The Lite Tariff is:
Calls - 8p/min
Texts - 4p
Data - 10p/MB
Voicemail - 8p/min
By comparison, 1pMobile's charges are:
Calls - 1p/min
Texts - 1p
Data - 1p/MB
Big difference !
There is a minimum top up of £10 for Tesco Mobile.
All this said, the scenario of a purely "Emergency Phone" has been discussed in this thread. It is a unique scenario for which the tariff imo is a secondary issue. It's not really what this thread is about. The most important requirement for any emergency mobile would be the network coverage. You would want the very best coverage wherever you happened to be, full signal strength at all times. The network which would deliver that, imo, would be Vodafone, unquestionably. The tariff is more expensive than Tesco and others, but since you won't be using the phone except for that emergency then it hardly matters.