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ASDA Mobile Coverage and Network Review

3rd April 2017

Asda Mobile Network Coverage

Asda Mobile is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) which uses EE’s infrastructure. That means wherever EE has coverage, Asda Mobile does too, which is great news, because EE has more 4G coverage than any other UK network. 

Beyond that, Asda Mobile aims to stand out through a range of affordable tariffs, many of which can be changed every 30 days.

Pros

Cons

Short term plans

No inclusive roaming

Competitive prices

No Pay Monthly

Our Verdict 

Coverage

Asda Mobile has 97% UK population coverage for 4G, and 4G coverage for over 75% of the UK’s landmass. That’s spread across over 666 major towns and cities, as well as over 6,900 small towns, villages and other communities.

Additionally, Asda Mobile has 99% 2G coverage and 98% 3G coverage.

Network Type Coverage by population
4G  97%
3G 98%
2G 99%

Use Asda Mobile’s coverage checker below to find out more about Asda Mobile's 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.

4G from Asda Mobile is now available in thousands of towns, cities and villages. Locations with 4G coverage include but are not limited to the following cities:

Aberdeen, Armagh, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Derry, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter,  Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Inverness, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Newry, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Peterlee, Perth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Ripon, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, St Asaph, St David’s, Salford, Salisbury, Stirling, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, City of Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton Worcester and York.

Recent locations to benefit from EE (and by extension Asda Mobile) 4G include Sidmouth, Ilfracombe, Midsomer Norton and Wymondham.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

Asda Mobile customers can get 4G speeds which are roughly five times faster than a standard 3G connection.

Asda Mobile offers average download speeds of 33.83Mbit/sec and average upload speeds of 13.81Mbits/sec, which is plenty fast enough to smoothly stream and web browse.

  • Average Download Speed: 33.83 Mbit/sec
  • Average Upload Speed: 13.81 Mbit/sec

Being an EE MVNO, Asda Mobile uses EE’s spectrum bands, which means it has access to the 800MHz band, the 1800MHz band and the 2600MHz band.

That leaves the network able to deliver consistent 4G services both in urban and rural locations, indoors and out.

You can find in depth details of those bands in our 4G frequencies guide.

  • 800MHz used for 4G
  • 1800MHz used for 4G
  • 2100 MHz used for 3G
  • 2600 MHz used for 4G

Plans

Asda Mobile offers a range of SIM Only bundles along with a Pay As You Go service. In either case you’ll get 4G at no extra cost and can use any or all of your data allowance to tether.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

Asda Mobile doesn’t currently offer any Pay Monthly plans.

SIM Only Plans

Tethering

Yes

Max Data Allowance

6GB

Contract Length

30 Days

Asda Mobile has a handful of SIM Only bundles, each of which lasts 30 days. These come with a maximum of 6GB of data, though for a limited time all bundles come with an extra 2GB free, which could bring the maximum up to 8GB. These bundles automatically recur every 30 days.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

Asda Mobile offers a range of Data Only bundles, ideal for use with a tablet or if you just need to boost your mobile data without adding extra minutes and texts. These top out at 4GB.

Pay As You Go

Asda Mobile also offers a Pay As You Go service with rates of 8p per minute, 4p per text and 5p per megabyte of data. There aren’t any bundles specific to Pay As You Go, but the SIM Only ones would be suitable, as they only last 30 days.

Asda Mobile Roaming Destinations

Asda Mobile doesn’t currently offer any cheap or inclusive roaming rates for data, minutes or texts, but nor are the costs extortionate, especially in the EU, where you’ll pay just 5p per megabyte of data.

Conclusion

Asda Mobile has low prices and short term plans that last just 30 days, giving you more flexibility than some networks.

With tethering allowed too and EE’s robust infrastructure it’s a solid choice, but data limits aren’t high and free roaming isn’t included, so Asda Mobile isn’t ideal if you travel a lot or use a lot of mobile data.

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