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iD Mobile Coverage and Network Review

27th February 2017

iD Mobile

iD Mobile is a mobile network owned by the Carphone Warehouse that uses Three’s network. They offer a range of great value Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go and SIM Only plans. Plans available include GoTo plans with data rollover and Takeaway plans with free roaming abroad.

iD Mobile 3G coverage reaches 95% of the UK population, while 4G coverage reaches 65% of the UK population. All plans come with 4G at no extra cost and deliver average downloads speeds of 18.92 Mbit/sec.

Pros

Cons

Affordable and flexible plans

Tethering not supported

Data Rollover

Maximum 10GB data allowance

4G at no extra cost

Less Roaming Destinations Than Three

Our Rating

Coverage

As iD Mobile uses Three’s network as you'd expect it has the same coverage as Three.

Meaning iD Mobile has over 65% UK population coverage with 4G and 95 per cent with 3G, which is a little below some of its rivals using other networks. However, Three are aiming to achieve 98% population coverage in 2017, so iD Mobile coverage is improving all the time. 

Network Type Coverage by population
4G  65%
3G 98%
2G N/A

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

Towns and cities with partial or full coverage include but are not limited to: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Swindon, Watford and York.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

iD Mobile uses standard 4G, which is around 5 times faster than a standard 3G network. You can expect average 4G download speeds of 18.92Mbit/sec and average 4G upload speeds of 9.8Mbit/sec. That’s enough to smoothly stream high resolution videos and music, rapidly download apps and quickly upload pictures.

  • Average Download Speed: 18.92 Mbit/sec
  • Average Upload Speed: 9.8 Mbit/sec

iD Mobile uses 800MHz and 1800MHz bands for 4G, as well as the 2100MHz band for 3G. The 800MHz band helps with indoor and rural coverage, while the 1800MHz helps meet data demands in congested areas. 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

Plans

iD Mobile has a range of plans available from as little as £4 per month. Plans come in 4 core types with each offer a unique specific benefit. All plans come 4G at no extra cost, but tethering is not supported on any iD Mobile plans.

 

GoTo

ShockProof

Takeaway

Data Only

Data Rollover

Yes

No

No

No

Roaming

No

No

Yes

No

Spending Cap

No

Yes

No

No

Tethering

No

No

No

No

4G

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Data

6GB

6GB

10GB

15GB

Contract

1, 12 and 24 month

1, 12 and 24 month

12 and 24 month

1 month

Deals

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GoTo Plans – Free Data Rollover

GoTo plans come with data rollover meaning that unused data is carried over to the next month. That’s a great feature because it means you are less likely to run out of data!

GoTo plans are available with mobiles phones or SIM Only. You can choose a 1 month, 12 month or 24 month contract.

ShockProof Plans – Spending Caps

ShockProof plans are perfect for those who want to control their spending. They come with a pre-set spending cap of £5 which can be raised if you prefer.

What that means is that once your allowance is used up you won’t spend more than £5 extra a month. They are great for parents looking to control their child’s spending or for those fearful of unexpected bills.

Takeaway Plans – Free Roaming Abroad

Takeaway plans give you free roaming abroad in 29 countries, so are perfect for those who regularly travel to foreign countries. When abroad in a destination you can use texts, calls and data allowances like you would at home.

Free roaming is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and USA.

Takeaway plans are available on 12 month and 24 month contracts with either a mobile phone or SIM Only.

Popular SIM Deals

Deal Plan Allowances View Deal
ID-SIM-compressor

250MB data

250 minutes

5000 texts

£4 a month

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ID-SIM-compressor

4GB data

500 minutes

5000 texts

£10 a month

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ID-SIM-compressor

2GB data

250 minutes

500 texts

£7.50 a month

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ID-SIM-compressor

1GB data

250 minutes

5000 texts

£5 a month

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ID-SIM-compressor

4GB data

1000 minutes

5000 texts

£14 a month

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Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

Data Only plans are for tablets, dongles and MiFi. That’s because they come with a data allowance, but no inclusive texts or minutes.

They are only available on 1 month rolling contracts.

Pay As You Go

iD Mobile also offer a trio of Pay As You Go bundles which come with a combination of texts, data and minutes. Bundles last for 1 month and can be setup to recur each month.

Bundle

Minutes

Texts

Data

£5 Value

125

500

100MB

£10 Value

500

Unlimited

1GB

£15 Value

1000

Unlimited

4GB

View Pay As You Go Deals

Once your allowance runs out you’ll enjoy low rates of 3p per min, 2 per text and 1p per MB of data. And if you prefer you can top-up and use your allowance without a bundle.

Conclusion

iD Mobile is a robust, good value 4G network. It’s major strengths come from the low prices and the extras you get from the plans – whether that’s free roaming abroad or roll over data. If either of those things are important to you it’s one of just a small number of suitable networks.

Those looking to tether should consider looking elsewhere. While, those living in rural areas should check coverage before joining iD Mobile.

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