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Tesco Mobile

Tesco Mobile Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded Cheshunt, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom (29 May 2003)
Headquarters Cheshunt, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom
Area served United Kingdom , Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic
Key people Anthony Vollmer (CEO)[1]
Ronan Dunne (Chairman)[2]
Products Mobile telecommunications
Owners Tesco Mobile Services Ltd (45%)
Tesco Mobile Communications Ltd (45%)
O2 Communications Ltd (10%)[3]
Website .com.tescomobilewww

Tesco Mobile Limited (trading as Tesco Mobile) is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. It is operated by Tesco, using the O2[4] network as its carrier except in Hungary, where the network operator is Vodafone.

On 30 January 2014, Tesco Mobile started offering 4G service for its Pay Monthly and Sim Only customers at no extra cost, extending the service to Pay As You Go customers on 24 July 2014.[5][6]

Tesco Mobile Customer Care services are contracted out to O2 Communications Ltd in Bury, Greater Manchester. Device Technical support services are contracted out to Wireless Data Services (WDS, a Xerox Company) based in Poole, Dorset. Device repair services are contracted to A Novo UK Ltd, an internationally renowned device repair centre in Norwich, Norfolk.


  • History 1
  • Other locations 2
    • Ireland 2.1
    • Hungary 2.2
    • Slovakia 2.3
    • Czech Republic 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Tesco Mobile was established in May 2003,[7] it is run on the O2 network in the UK. As such, the virtual operator is able to offer comprehensive coverage of the UK population with customers at the end of June 2012.

Other locations


On 19 December 2006, Tesco Ireland announced that it would enter into a joint venture with O2 Ireland to offer mobile telecommunications services.[8] The service, which is Ireland's second MVNO (the defunct Cellular 3 having been the first), uses the O2 network but operates separately. It has been allocated the area code 089. As with Tesco's UK mobile service, it has been branded Tesco Mobile.[8] The network commenced operation in 2007.

Tesco Mobile has 200,000 customers in Ireland (as of 26 July 2011).


Tesco Mobile Hungary will be a 50:50 joint venture providing Tesco Mobile branded services in Hungary through Tesco stores and on-line, using Vodafone’s technology and network.


On O2 December 2009, Tesco Stores SR announced that it would enter into a joint venture with Telefónica Slovakia to offer mobile telecommunications services. The service, which is Slovakia's second MVNO (the naymobile having been the first), uses the O2 network but operates separately.

Czech Republic

In May 2013, Tesco Stores ČR a.s. announced that it would enter into a joint venture with Telefónica Czech Republic to offer mobile telecommunications services. The service, uses the O2 network but operates separately.


  1. ^ By on 10/3/2013 11:04:05 AM (2013-10-03). "Vollmer replaces Fogg as Tesco Telecom chief". Mobile Today. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  2. ^ Ronan Dunne at LinkedIn
  3. ^ 
  4. ^ "Telefónica O2 UK and Tesco Mobile joint-venture". Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ Collins, Katie (2014-01-30). "Tesco Mobile introduces free 4G for new and existing customers (Wired UK)". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  6. ^ "4G - Tesco Mobile". 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Tesco Mobile Limited in Hertfordshire - Free Companies House Name Check on Tesco Mobile Limited". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  8. ^ a b "O2 signs 136,000 contract customers". Mobile Today. Noble House. Retrieved 2006-03-18. 

External links

  • Official website
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