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Probably the cheapest PAYG deal around.

Pay £5 for the sim card and receive £10 worth of credit and £3 TopCashBack.

All calls = 8p per minute
Texts = 4p each
Web Browsing = 20p per Mb

Asda Mobile uses the Vodafone network and will work in any Vodafone handset.

thx to amibees

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#1
Looks good, but they don't seem to offer any Internet bundles.

Their 20p/MB service talks about GPRS, rather than UMTS/3G. Can someone please confirm the download speeds they are getting with their ASDA Mobile SIM?
#2
Although Asda uses the Vodafone network, as a virtual operator, are you sure that locked handsets will still accept Asda sims?
#3
All three of the locked handsets that we have (locked to Voda) work perfectly fine with the Asda sim card. In fact both of my parents in law's phones (again locked to Voda) work ok as well.
#4
equalityforall
Although Asda uses the Vodafone network, as a virtual operator, are you sure that locked handsets will still accept Asda sims?


I am using a Vodafone 540 handset (Locked) with an Asda SIM.
#5
As suggested recently on Money Saving Expert this is a handy way of downloading £10 worth of apps for £2
#6
I have a Vodafone mobile and it works with ASDA SIM.
1 Like #7
Remember if you're a light user, ASDA are quick to disconnect sim cards and take credit along with it. Under such circumstances the Tesco light tariff is the better option.

Edited By: anewman on Aug 15, 2010 10:25: s
#8
Do you have to use it once every three months etc ?

I know that I bought a Lebara SIM once but didn't use it much and it stopped working with a little credit still on it.

Edited By: halfpenny on Aug 15, 2010 10:29: extra info
#9
I have noted this...

3.2 Where the Services are suspended or disconnected because you have chosen not to use the Services for a continuous period of 180 days, we will, on request reconnect you to the Services, however any credit or top-ups held on your account at the time of suspension or disconnection will not be recredited to your new service. We cannot guarantee under any circumstances that you shall be able to continue to use your original number.
#10
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.
#11
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.


^ Silly comment
#12
VimesUK
I have noted this...

3.2 Where the Services are suspended or disconnected because you have chosen not to use the Services for a continuous period of 180 days, we will, on request reconnect you to the Services, however any credit or top-ups held on your account at the time of suspension or disconnection will not be recredited to your new service. We cannot guarantee under any circumstances that you shall be able to continue to use your original number.


That's pretty much standard for all PAYG services. Just make 1 call every 6 months and it wont be a problem.
#13
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.


also calling premium rate adult chats lines cost a fortune with ASDA mobile ;)
#14
anewman
Under such circumstances the Tesco light tariff is the better option.

Just checked and "Tesco Mobile Pay as you go Lite Tariff is no longer available to new customers" according to their website. Is anyone else up to speed on the best deals at the moment?
#15
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.


Well most packages charge a different rate for 0844 numbers, ASDA is one of the best for rates to regular landline numbers and other mobiles from an ASDA mobile.
#16
halfpenny
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.



Well most packages charge a different rate for 0844 numbers, ASDA is one of the best for rates to regular landline numbers and other mobiles from an ASDA mobile.


They're also fantastic value for calls to foreign countries. 20p a minute standard rate for a large number of overseas destinations.

Definitely the best option for people who only want a phone to make occasional calls or for emergencies and even quite competitive if you are making a regular small volume of calls.

I have an ASDA SIM in an old mobile as a backup phone. Very handy for when I go out cycling or to the pub and don't want to bring an expensive smartphone.
#17
Cracking offer - I will take it abroad and use it as a cheap call home option. Thanks op.
#18
A small word of caution about ASDA's mobile tariff. Each "connection" is charged individually, rounded up to the nearest penny. A connection is basically a single request or response. The end result is that you end up paying alot more than you think when you're using the data services.
The network has good coverage though - it uses Vodafone as a carrier.
#19
Excellent deal! Cheers. Had ASDA sims for 6 months - very pleased with costs and service. Wouldn't use anyone else again. Brilliant if you just want texts and calls....:)
#20
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.


Totally agree with all the replies to this one! Pointless post of the week winner!
#21
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.

You really should read up on this before commenting on this. Non-Geographical Numbers (numbers starting 0500/0800/0808/0844/0845/0870/0871) are charged higher than standard Geographical Numbers (numbers starting 01/02/03).

Many people don't realise that there are many phone providers offering cheaper calls to standard telephone numbers (those beginning with 01, 02 or 03), which don't apply to 0844, 0845, 0870 or 0871 telephone numbers.

Worst still some companies that use these numbers are actually receiving a cut of the phone call costs.

If you have an 'inclusive landline calls' phone package, then it is very rare that 0844, 0845, 0870, and 0871 numbers are all included in your 'free minutes' allocation, unlike normal numbers. Many mobile phone packages also exclude freephone 0800 and 0808 numbers for your bundled minutes. BT and some other companies are starting to include 0845 and 0870, but this only applies to certain packages, and does not apply to 0844 and 0871 numbers.

Many companies advertise a separate number that can be used when calling from abroad - This usually begins in the format +44 - There is nothing to stop you using this number from the UK (as it is a normal rate telephone call), and will be included in any inclusive minutes provided by your landline or mobile phone provider. Many others will give you a standard number if you ask.

This site is all about listing these numbers, saving you money, without having to pay additional charges.

http://www.asdamobile.com/compare_tariffs.html
http://www.saynoto0870.com/
#22
ASDA have a min topup of £5.

Some other providers it's a min £10.
#23
sakash
calling 0844 numbers using Asda sim cost a fortune. Therefore, saying calls are 8p is misleading.

So are international numbers. I totally agree with your comment :p
#24
You can also route your calls via an "0800 Buster" number when calling "freephone" 0800 etc numbers from your mobile.

0800 Buster companies use landline numbers which ensures you only pay the landline rate for 0800 calls from your mobile.

One such 0800 Buster number I use is: 0116 304 0800. Simply dial this number followed by your 0800 number then key #.
#25
SUMMONER
Looks good, but they don't seem to offer any Internet bundles.

Their 20p/MB service talks about GPRS, rather than UMTS/3G. Can someone please confirm the download speeds they are getting with their ASDA Mobile SIM?


I just checked the missus' phone which is on ASDA, it flies on the net using hsdPA connection
#26
do they do any deals where you can add other phones like friends and family , so the call becomes free if on the same network !
#27
Well, maybe it is cheap but for the most of the time (I'm talking about 80%) the only way I can use it are emergency numbers, and no one really likes to call them anyway :(
Total lack of coverage.
#28
useless_57

That's pretty much standard for all PAYG services. Just make 1 call every 6 months and it wont be a problem.

Except for Virgin. I've been on a contract for 2 years and just exited, popped in a Virgin PAYG sim that hasn't been used 2 years and it still works.
#29
wiitard
SUMMONER
Looks good, but they don't seem to offer any Internet bundles.

Their 20p/MB service talks about GPRS, rather than UMTS/3G. Can someone please confirm the download speeds they are getting with their ASDA Mobile SIM?


I just checked the missus' phone which is on ASDA, it flies on the net using hsdPA connection


Thanks for that!

Might order one in that case, as it is even cheaper than the 12p/min I am paying on Three.

Is it me or have the per min prices on all the networks sky rocketed in the past 2years!? I mean 20-25p/min... what the heck, cheap is something else!?

Edited By: SUMMONER on Aug 15, 2010 18:03: ..
1 Like #30
shilohpyte
Just checked and "Tesco Mobile Pay as you go Lite Tariff is no longer available to new customers" according to their website. Is anyone else up to speed on the best deals at the moment?

Order a free sim here http://www.tesco.com/mobilenetwork/payasyougo.aspx?page=84
#31
SUMMONER
Looks good, but they don't seem to offer any Internet bundles.

Their 20p/MB service talks about GPRS, rather than UMTS/3G. Can someone please confirm the download speeds they are getting with their ASDA Mobile SIM?


Downloads speeds are great - uses 3G when available.
#32
Asda call charge of 8p per minutes is cheap compared to other PAYG services, however do be aware that Asda bill by the minute, so if you make a call that lasts 61 seconds you will be charged for 2 minutes (16p)
I'm not sure if other PAYG services do this also.


Cheers.
#33
inicholson
As suggested recently on Money Saving Expert this is a handy way of downloading £10 worth of apps for £2

now thats a cracking idea!
#34
Very nice! Thanks!:)
#35
I use Asda. No problems and cheap calls and texts. Love it!
#36
Wish they'd do a bolt-on for daily data.
#37
I use ASDA but considering Giff Gaff as calls are same rate as ASDA but calls betwen same network are free! Also better data price.
http://giffgaff.com/
#38
Brad
I use ASDA but considering Giff Gaff as calls are same rate as ASDA but calls betwen same network are free! Also better data price.
http://giffgaff.com/


Looks interesting....

We also believe that a free number should be just that, so all 0800 and similar numbers really are free.
#39
anewman
Remember if you're a light user, ASDA are quick to disconnect sim cards and take credit along with it. Under such circumstances the Tesco light tariff is the better option.
rubbish i've got asda as a spare and i'm a very light user and they havent disconnected me, i've been with them about two years, very cheap and reliable, it's like it says; 8p a minute to any network any time, and 4p per text, best pay as you go deal out there, no hiden charges no lies no cheating,
#40
rhodyate
anewman
Remember if you're a light user, ASDA are quick to disconnect sim cards and take credit along with it. Under such circumstances the Tesco light tariff is the better option.
rubbish i've got asda as a spare and i'm a very light user and they havent disconnected me

Maybe I had bad luck or this is something Asda has improved on. I had one as a spare and it was disconnected after about a month or two of no use at all and all my credit gone with it. This also happened on another Asda sim I bought for my mum. The Tesco one I got to replace it is active after a few months of no use and still has my credit. Had my hand burned twice by Asda and would never get an Asda sim again.

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