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Lebara Mobile plans explained

Got friends and family overseas who you like to chat to? Lebara Mobile could be the mobile network for you.

It's a SIM-only provider that specialises in cheap international calling, offering SIM deals that let you buy minutes and packs for phoning numbers around the world. It's great value, easy to use, and incredibly flexible.

What can I get from Lebara Mobile?

You get a pay-as-you-go SIM card. When you want to use it, either pick a plan above, or top it up later and buy a bundle (or 'plan') of calls, texts, and data - almost all of which include some calling minutes to international numbers. You'll also get free calls and texts to other Lebara Mobile numbers.

You can just pay as you use, but since rates are quite high, we wouldn't recommend it. You're better off getting a 30-day or seven-day plan.

Plans can be bought either online or by texting the right code to 38885. They auto-renew when they run out - which is great if you want the ease of a pay-monthly contract, but remember to cancel if you don't want to continue a plan.

And, because the whole system is PAYG, Lebara Mobile doesn't require a credit check before you sign up.

All In One plans

These have got a bit of everything: minutes, texts, 3G data, and international calling minutes for over 40 countries. They're available on a variety of tariffs so you can pick one that suits your use.

The countries you can call with your international minutes are: Aland Islands, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA.

UK Plans

Lebara's national plans are ideal for those months when you don't need to phone abroad as much. You get some UK minutes, UK texts, and 3G data, plus a handful of international minutes to sweeten the deal, which you can use to call EU countries.

You can also buy Data Passes - bundles of 3G data for the UK that you have 30 days to use.

International Plans

Here's where Lebara gets good. There are absolutely loads of 30-day and seven-day International Plans that you can get, each of which give you a bundle of minutes that you can use to call certain countries. Most also include a bit of 3G data and some UK texts as well.

You'll find them in various sizes too, so you can choose one to suit your calling habits or your budget.

Some of the International Plans available include:

  • Unlimited International - Nothing but unlimited calls to around 40 countries - the same ones covered in the All In One plans
  • Flexi World - Minutes that you can use to call numbers either in the UK or any of the 40+ covered countries, plus UK texts and 3G data
  • Flexi China & South East Asia - Minutes you can use to call numbers in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, plus extra minutes that you can use to call either those countries or the UK
  • Flexi Western Europe - Minutes to call numbers in the UK and 23 Western European countries
  • Flexi Pakistan - Minutes to call UK and Pakistan numbers
  • Pakistan Power Pack and Bangladesh Big Bundle - 500 minutes to either Pakistan or Bangladesh respectively, 500 UK minutes, and 1GB of 3G data
  • Ghana plans, Nigeria plans, and Jamaica plans - Minutes to call numbers in each given country that you have 30 days to use

Remember that all of Lebara's plans are flexible. You can sign up to one, then switch to another plan the next month if you want to call some different countries.

What's Lebara Mobile coverage like?

Lebara Mobile piggybacks on Vodafone's network and shares its coverage. That means that around 99% of the population can get signal for calls and texts, and 3G mobile internet coverage isn't too far off either. In other words, you can call your friends and family abroad wherever you are in the country.

Sadly, there's no 4G on Lebara yet - you'll have to stick with the slower speeds of 3G.

Read more about mobile coverage

What's good about Lebara Mobile?

  • Excellent for international calling
  • One of the cheapest ways to call Pakistan, Bangladesh, and China from the UK
  • Free calls and texts to other Lebara numbers
  • Flexible pay-as-you-go system
  • Good value
  • No credit check necessary
  • Get extra credit if you top up £20 or more, set up auto top up, or transfer your old phone number

What's bad about Lebara Mobile?

  • No 4G - mobile internet is 3G only
  • Bolt-ons and out-of-plan tariffs are expensive
  • No phone contracts or long-term SIM plans
  • Not the strongest customer service around
  • Data allowances aren't very high


  1. How do I check network coverage?

    All networks have a coverage checker on their websites, so check there as your first port of call. These give a good indication of whether you will get a signal in different parts of the country. It’s worth noting that these offer a simplified view of coverage and aren't necessarily 100% accurate, but they give you a good indication all the same.

    See our guide to mobile coverage for more info

  2. If I switch, can I keep my mobile number?

    Yes you can. All you have to do is ask your old network for your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) before your contract is up. Then give the PAC - likely a nine-digit number - to your new provider and you’ll usually be able to use your old number within a working day.

    For more info, see our guide: Can I keep my mobile number?

  3. How do I switch mobile contracts?

    First, pick a new mobile contract by comparing different packages on our site, and click through to sign up to one that looks good.

    Then, simply contact your current provider to cancel, and switch to the new contract. Providers should walk you through the process when you sign up.

    Compare mobile deals here

  4. Can I use my mobile phone abroad?

    It is possible to use your phone abroad, but before you can do so you may have to activate roaming with your network operator. Different countries incur different charges, but your operator should send you a message about roaming prices upon your arrival. And remember, unlike at home, you may be charged for receiving calls as well as making them.

    If you're travelling within the EU, you can use your usual monthly allowance at no extra cost - whatever network you're with.

    See our guide to using your phone abroad for more info.