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Tesco Mobile Limited (trading as Tesco Mobile) is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. It is operated by Tesco, using the O2[5] network as its carrier except in Hungary, where the network operator is Vodafone and Ireland, where the network operator is Three Ireland.

Tesco Mobile Ltd.
Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded Cheshunt, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom (29 May 2003)
Headquarters Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom , Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic
Key people
Claire Lorains (CEO)[1][2]
Ronan Dunne (Chairman)[3]
Products Mobile telecommunications
Owner Tesco Mobile Services (45%)
Tesco Mobile Communications (5%)
O2 (50%)[4]
Parent Tesco
Website www.tescomobile.com

Network services supported in the United Kingdom: Voicemail, Call Waiting.
Network services not supported in the United Kingdom: Visual voicemail, Conference calling and Call Forwarding (also diverting).

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.[6][7]

Tesco Mobile Customer Care services are contracted out to O2 Communications Ltd in Bury, Greater Manchester. Device Technical support services are contracted out to LucidCX based in Bristol. Device repair services are contracted to A Novo UK Ltd.

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HistoryEdit

Tesco Mobile was established in May 2003,[8] it is run on the O2 network in the United Kingdom, and as such, has 99% network coverage in the United Kingdom.[9]

Other locationsEdit

IrelandEdit

On 19 December 2006, Tesco Ireland announced that it would enter into a joint venture with O2 Ireland to offer mobile telecommunications services.[10] 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 mobile service of the United Kingdom, it has been branded Tesco Mobile.[10] The network commenced operation in 2007. Tesco Mobile has 375,000 customers in Ireland (as of 08 Aug 2017).

In March 2015, after it was announced that Three had successfully purchased O2, it was announced that the O2 Ireland network would go defunct and that the O2 Website / Shops and Network would merge into Three Ireland. As a result, Tesco Mobile Ireland were moved from being a MVNO on the O2 Network to being a MVNO on the Three Network. However, Tesco Mobile customers can still only access O2 Masts, which means that they can not avail of 4G , or increased 3G coverage that Three customers can.

HungaryEdit

Tesco Mobile Hungary will be a 50:50 joint venture, providing Tesco Mobile branded services in Hungary through Tesco stores and online, using Vodafone’s technology and network. Services was ended in April 2016, and the service was taken over by Vodafone

SlovakiaEdit

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 RepublicEdit

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.

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