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iD Mobile: what is it and how good are its SIMO and phone deals?

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iD Mobile is one of the many networks available in the UK, so what makes it stand out? Whether its a SIM plan or new phone contract you're after, the Carphone Warehouse owned iD remains one of the cheapest options around.

Recently becoming a 5G network, iD has made strides recently to catch up with other MVNOs and the core four networks. While it doesn't offer any fancy incentives like EE, Vodafone or O2, the affordability it offers is what makes it stand out.

Whether you're after SIM only deals or mobile phone deals, iD Mobile could be a great choice and one that seems to be growing more and more lately.

Whether you want to learn more about iD Mobile and its best deals or, you simply want to compare some prices, you're in the right place. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the network.

What is iD Mobile?

As we mentioned above, iD Mobile is owned by the brand everyone knows - Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab). That relationship means you don't have to worry about iD Mobile being some dodgy company you need to be wary of. 

But on the complete opposite end of the price spectrum to Carphone, iD Mobile is one of the cheapest options around for both your phone and SIM. In fact, iD currently has one of the UK's cheapest SIM only deals (opens in new tab).

However, while this is great for budget hunters, anyone who powers through data and loves a good Netflix binge, we'll tell you now that iD probably isn't for you. To secure those cheap prices, iD specialises in affordable yet low data plans - both on phones and SIM.

While the affordability is the key selling point here, iD offers a few other benefits. Whether it be its selection of 30-day SIM only plans, the ability to cap your bills, data rollover or inclusive roaming, iD Mobile isn't just about cheap bills.

iD Mobile: coverage, networks and 5G

What network is iD Mobile?

As an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), iD Mobile uses the Three network (opens in new tab). It has used Three since its expansion and it doesn't look like it will be changing any time soon.

This means that iD Mobile has the same coverage, speeds and reach as Three and although its 5G rollout was different, there are few differences to note between the networks.

Is iD mobile a 5G network?

Yes, as of quite recently iD Mobile is a 5G network. However, it is rolling this out slowly, only offering it on select handsets and SIM only deals at first with the plan to roll it out to everything.

iD Mobile was one of the later options to rollout 5G with the four main networks - Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone - and a number of other MVNOs beating iD to it.

iD has a 5G coverage checker and a list of the devices that are available on its website (opens in new tab) to see in full.

iD Mobile: features and incentives

Does iD Mobile have WiFi calling?

Yes, as a relatively recent update to iD Mobile you can make calls and send texts over Wi-Fi if you have no signal. And, as long as you have a decent Wi-Fi connection you will find that your calls are clear and shouldn't be interrupted.

Does iD Mobile offer roaming?

iD Mobile offers inclusive EU roaming. That means you can roam like at home in 50 destinations throughout the EU, EEA and beyond. That essentially means you have the same texts, minutes and calls as you would at home.

There is an easy guide to this on the iD Mobile website (opens in new tab) but it is worth keeping in mind that roaming could change. EE and other networks have announced changes to their roaming abilities and costs and others could follow.

How long is an iD Mobile contract?

This completely depends on what you go for. If you choose a phone contract, you will be tied in for 24 months - no surprise there!

However, if you instead go for a SIM plan, there is three options - 1, 12 and 24 months. The cheaper offers from iD tend to be 1-month rolling contracts but if you're looking for something with a lot of data, it will likely be either 12 or 24 months long.

This is pretty normal and what you'll find from most other networks.

Can I tether with my iD Mobile contract?

Yes, you can tether with any iD Mobile SIM plan. However, it is worth considering that most of iD Mobile's data caps are quite low, especially if you're just getting a SIM.

ID Mobile warns to be careful when using tether abilities and that's a good warning to adhere to. However, as the network has built up its larger data offers lately, you should be fine to go all in on tethering with those.

Does iD Mobile have an app?

It does indeed. Want to keep an eye on your data? iD Mobile's app is perfect for that. You can see how many minutes are left, check your remaining data and add more data if needed along with a host of other features.

Head over to the iD Mobile website (opens in new tab) to see all of the offers it currently has, both on mobile phones and SIMO.

Alex is a journalist who has written extensively about all things broadband, SIMs and phone contracts, as well as scouring the internet to land you the best prices on the very latest in gadgets and tech. Whether that be with the latest iPhones and Android handsets, breaking down how broadband works or revealing the cheapest SIM plans, he's in the know, and will help you land a bargain.