Competitively priced, flexible and available with no credit checks, there's a lot to recommend Talkmobile SIM deals. We take a look at everything it's got to offer and see how it compares to rival networks.
Who is Talkmobile?
Talkmobile is a subsidiary of Vodafone and uses its parent company's network to provide a fast and reliable service.
At the time of writing, Talkmobile's offers 4G coverage for 99.9% of the UK. And its speedier 5G service now covers 130+ towns and cities around the country.
While Vodafone is very much a premium network with lots of perks, Talkmobile specialises in no-frills, low-cost SIM plans, with a choice of 12-month contracts of one-month rolling contracts.
And in a genuinely unique selling point, Talkmobile says it constantly reviews the market and benchmarks its prices accordingly with a view to ensuring that it continues to be one of the UK's best-value networks.
What SIM only deals can I get from Talkmobile?
Unlike some providers that offer a huge array of SIM contracts, Talkmobile keeps things simple with a range that takes in just nine plans to choose from.
Four of these are one-month options, while the other five run over 12 months. Let's have a look at what you get for your money...
Talkmobile 30-day SIM plans
- 1GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 3GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 5GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 12GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
Talkmobile 12-month plans
- 2G of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 3GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 6GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 30GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
- 50GB of data w/ unlimited calls and texts
Talkmobile perks and benefits
All Talkmobile plans offer inclusive roaming in 41 European locations. So you can use your data, calls and texts allowances while you're holidaying in these destinations and it won't cost you anything extra.
You're also free to use your phone for tethering, which means you can turn your phone into a makeshift router and get online with a range of different devices around your home or when you're out and about.
Which network does Talkmobile run on?
Talkmobile service is based on Vodafone's nationwide UK network, which provides 99.9 per cent UK population coverage.
So when it comes to 4G and 5G, you're getting the same service and speeds as you'd get with Vodafone SIMs.
If you're not sure if you get Talkmobile in your area or in locations you frequent, use its coverage checker to find out.
What's the cheapest Talkmobile SIM only deal?
At £5 per month, Talkmobile's 1GB, 30-day plan is its cheapest. And is actually one the UK's cheapest full stop.
But with a relatively small data allowances, it's probably best suited to light users. By which we mean people who only use the internet on their phone to check the odd email, send WhatsApp messages and browse a few sites per day.
Most users will be better off with still competitively priced 30-day plan with a monthly allowance of 6GB, which comes in at £8 per month.
Does Talkmobile offer unlimited data SIMs?
Talkmobile's range of SIMs does not include an unlimited data SIM card. However, it does offer a plan with 50GB per month that's priced £15 per month.
Given that the average Briton only gets through about 3GB of data per month, that should be plenty for all but the heaviest users.
Talkmobile review: is it any good?
Because Talkmobile uses Vodafone's infrastructure, it's one of the best networks for coverage.
It's also fairly priced, very flexible and with no credit checks to pass. All of which makes it an ideal choice for anyone who is on a tight budget.
With inclusive roaming in 41 European locations, Talkmobile's roaming scheme is excellent too. Especially for a 'value network'.
On the downside, there's no customer rewards scheme a la O2 Rewards. And it's worth noting that you can't rollover unused data from month to month.
But for all that, we're very impressed with Talkmobile. It does the basics very well. And offers customers quite a lot for not much outlay.
Roaming with Talkmobile
As of April 2022, all Talkmobile plans include roaming in 41 locations. These are divided into two zones.
Countries in zone one are:
Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus (Excludes Northern Cyprus), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
Countries in zone two are:
French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Norway, Reunion, St Pierre and Miquelon.
In countries deemed to be Zone 3 and Zone 4, additional charges apply.
In Zone 3, for instance, it'll cost you 15p per megabtye of data you use. While in Zone 4, you'll pay 10p per megabyte.
You can get a full picture of roaming charges and the locations in Zone 3 and Zone 4 on Talkmobile's site.
Can I upgrade a Talkmobile SIM only deal?
You can. With 30-day plans, you can upgrade with 30 days' notice. It's just a case of choosing a SIM with bigger allowances when your current plan ends.
If you're on a 12-month Talkmobile SIM, you'll need to give them a ring to upgrade mid-contract. But they'll be only too happy to change your contract to a more expensive one with more data.
More SIM-only deals
Take a look at the SIM deals you can get from other providers too:
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- iD Mobile SIM-only deals
- Lebara Mobile SIM-only deals
- O2 SIM-only deals
- Plusnet Mobile SIM-only deals
- Sky Mobile SIM-only deals
- Smarty SIM-only deals
- Tesco Mobile SIM-only deals
- Three SIM-only deals
- TPO Mobile SIM-only deals
- Virgin Mobile SIM-only deals
- Vodafone SIM-only deals
- VOXI SIM-only deals
Does Talkmobile offer 5G SIMs?
At the time of writing, Talkmobile is yet to launch a 5G service. But it's due to go live with one some time in 2022.
Should I get unlimited data and texts?
Talkmobile does not offer any SIM plans with unlimited data. So if you're dead set on an unlimited data plan, you'll have to look elsewhere.
However, Talkmobile does offer plans with allowances of 30GB and 50GB. Either of which ought be ample, even for really heavy mobile internet users.
How do I cancel a Talkmobile SIM only contract?
To cancel your Talkmobile plan give them a ring on 5888 from your Talkmobile phone or 0333 304 8064 from any other phone.
Can I get a Talkmobile data-only SIM?
No, Talkmobile doesn't offer data-only SIMs of the kind that some people buy to use in their tablets.
But the good news is that you can use your Talkmobile SIM in an iPad or Android tablet, provided it has a SIM slot.