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The People’s Operator 4G Coverage and Network Review

17th July 2017

The Peoples Operator Network Coverage

The People’s Operator uses EE’s infrastructure to provide widespread 4G coverage to over 99% of the UK population across thousands of towns, cities and villages.

But this MVNO aims to stand out through low prices, with 4G plans starting at £2.99 per month for 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 512MB of data.

That’s not all, The People’s Operator will also give 10% of your monthly charge to a charity of your choice.

Pros

Cons

Gives to charity

No tethering

Good 4G coverage

Low data limits

Low prices

No inclusive roaming beyond Europe

Our Verdict 

Coverage

The People’s Operator has great coverage across all network types thanks to its use of EE’s infrastructure. There’s 99% 2G coverage, 98% 3G coverage and even speedy 4G has 99% UK population coverage.

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

Use The People’s Operator’s coverage checker below to find out more about The People’s Operator’s 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.Use The People’s Operator’s coverage checker to see what coverage is like in your area.

4G from The People’s Operator is now available in hundreds of towns and cities. 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 The People’s Operator) 4G include Sidmouth, Ilfracombe, Midsomer Norton and Wymondham.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

The People’s Operator mostly uses standard 4G, which is roughly 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.

It has average download speeds of 18.92Mbit/sec and average upload speeds of 9.8Mbits/sec, which is fairly typical of 4G and fast enough to browse, stream and download smoothly.

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

The People’s Operator uses the 800MHz band, 1800MHz band and 2600MHz band for 4G.

The 2600MHz band is short range but high capacity, so it can deal well with congested areas like inner cities, but isn’t as strong in rural locations where masts are spread out.

Fortunately, that’s where the 800MHz band comes in, as this is long range, making it a great fit for countryside locations, and it can also penetrate walls, for good indoor coverage.

The 1800MHz band is a middle ground. 

For more in depth information, check out our 4G frequencies guide.

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

Plans

The People’s Operator offers a range of SIM Only plans, as well as a Pay As You Go service. All plans come with 4G at no extra cost, but none allow you to tether.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

The People’s Operator doesn’t currently offer any Pay Monthly plans.

SIM Only Plans

Max Data Allowance

8GB

Contract Length

30 Days

The People’s Operator has a range of SIM Only plans, all of which last 30 days and automatically renew every 30 days.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

The People’s Operator offers three different Data Only plans designed for use with tablets. You can get 512MB of data for £3.49, 1GB of data for £5.49 or 6GB of data for £16.99.

Pay As You Go

The People’s Operator offers a number of Pay As You Go bundles, each of which lasts 30-days and can be set to automatically renew.

Bundle

Minutes

Texts

Data

Cost

Power Bundle

200

500

512MB

£7.50

Super Bundle

300

Unlimited

2GB

£10

Wonder Bundle

500

Unlimited

2.5GB

£12.50

Extra Bundle

500 Unlimited 4GB £15

Ultra Bundle

1200 Unlimited 5GB £18

Jumbo Bundle

2400 Unlimited 6GB £20

Outside of your bundle you’ll pay 4p per minute, 3p per text and 2p per megabyte of data.

The People's Operator Roaming Destinations

The People’s Operator allows customers to use their minutes, texts and data at no extra cost in the following European destinations:

Aland Islands, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Canary Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, San Marino, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Conclusion

The People’s Operator is the network for anyone who wants to give something back, with 10% of your spend being donated to a charity of your choice.

It’s a great way to help without having to spend any extra and it’s something no other network offers.

But even beyond its charitable nature The People’s Operator is worth considering, thanks to strong 4G coverage and decent prices.

However, a lack of inclusive roaming beyond Europe or tethering holds it back and none of its plans are suited to very heavy data users.

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