Tesco launches first 18 month SIM-only deals into the UK market


Two tariffs introduced, with the cheapest offering 1,000 minutes. 5,000 texts and 1GB of 4G of data for just £10 per month

Tesco Mobile has become the first company to introduce 18 month SIM-only contracts into the UK market.

Two tariffs have been introduced: 1,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data for £10 per month and 1,500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of data for £12.50 per month, Both deals come with 4G at no extra cost.

Those signing up to the plans can also opt to take advantage of Tesco Mobile’s ‘Anytime Upgrade’  deal, where they can choose to upgrade their handset before the end of the 18 month term without having to pay off their SIM deal or early termination fees.

The firm, a joint venture with O2, said it is launching the offerings as an increasing number of consumers turn to SIM-only deals to get the best value tariffs whilst keeping their handset.

Tesco Mobile chief marketing officer Simon Groves said: “Our customers told us that they are happy to commit to a deal for a longer period of time if it means they don’t have to worry about looking around for the best deal. 

Switching to a SIM-only deal could save these customers hundreds of pounds a year because the cost of a new handset isn’t included in the monthly tariff.”