frequently asked questions

🚀 joining honest

Switching your number, tied into contracts and referring friends

🤦 tech issues

Data, hotspot and logging in

📱 plans and pricing

Changing plan, multiple SIMs, data, handsets and hotspot

💷 bills and payments

Direct debit, viewing your bills and billing queries

🤑 loyalty discount

What is it? How quickly does it increase? What happens when I change plan?

✈️ going abroad

EU roaming, calling abroad and Smart Travel

🤳 network technology

5G, WiFi calling, data speeds, eSIMs and Apple watches

🦸 tech for good

carbon negative, B Corp, carbon capture technologies, and tree planting

can’t find what you’re looking for?

No problem, just send us a message we’ll be happy to help.

joining honest

how do I join honest?

To join Honest Mobile, first order your SIM on our website. When your SIM arrives, download the app, confirm which plan you want to be on and activate your SIM.

You can then use the app to transfer your number or get a new number.

how do I set up my honest SIM?

Once your SIM has arrived with you download the Honest app, log in with the email address you used to order the SIM and follow the instructions.

Click here to read our step by step instructions for setting up your SIM.

how do I transfer my number?

To transfer your number you’ll need a PAC (porting authorisation code) from your current mobile network. To get one text PAC to 65075 – it’s free. You should have the code within 60 seconds and it will be three letters followed by six numbers – ABC123456.

Enter your PAC into the Honest Mobile app as part of the activation process – and choose the day you’d like your number to transfer. It has to be a working weekday, and can normally happen the next day as long as you provide your transfer details before 5:30pm.

On the day of your transfer we’ll send you a reminder it’s happening. At some point during the day, your old SIM will stop working and your new Honest Mobile SIM will start working with your new number. 

can I choose a new number?

Yes, absolutely. When you activate your SIM in the app, you can either choose to transfer your existing number or choose a new mobile number 👍

how long does it take for my number to switch?

Transferring your number from your old SIM to your new Honest SIM is normally instant but it can sometimes take a couple of hours to switch. So please choose a day when using your mobile phone is not critical – it’s less than 1% of cases but good to bear in mind!

i'm tied into a contract, can I still join?

Yes of course, but, there is normally an early termination fee so please make sure you check this first.

Text “INFO” to 85075 (it’s free) to find out how long you have left on your contract and whether you have an early termination fee. 

how do I refer a friend?

Refer a friend to give them two months free and boost your loyalty discount by 1% 🎉  Unlimited referrals means you can get up to 100% off!

Head to the rewards section of the Honest app to find your referral code, customise your code and easily share it with your friends. 

what is a PAC code and how can I use it?

A PAC (porting authorisation code) lets you transfer your number to Honest Mobile from your current mobile network. To get one text PAC to 65075 – it’s free. You should have the code within 60 seconds and it will be three letters followed by six numbers – ABC123456.

Enter your PAC code into the Honest Mobile app as part of the activation process – and choose the day you’d like your number to transfer.

what is a STAC code and how can I use it?

A STAC code lets you cancel your contract with your current network. If you use a STAC code, you will lose the number with your current network.

If you want to transfer your number to honest and cancel your current contract with your current provider, you need to use a PAC code instead.

To get your STAC code, simply text ‘STAC’ to 75075. It’s free and you should receive a message with your STAC within 60 seconds. You can enter your STAC code in the honest mobile app to cancel your old mobile contract.

tech issues

how do I log into my account?

You can log in to your account using the Honest app or at 

Remember to log in using the same email address you used to buy your SIM.

my data isn't working?

Sorry to hear that! Don’t worry – there are a few steps to get it back up and running:

  1. Check your settings on your phone to make sure data is turned on
  2. If your data is on, try restarting your phone
  3. If that hasn’t worked, please check your APN settings for android and for iPhone
  4. If that still hasn’t worked, please log into the app and send us a message on instant chat and we’ll help you get up and running again
what are APN settings?

If your data isn’t working you might need to check your APN settings – follow these guides to do that for android and for iOS

how do I set up hotspot?

Follow these steps to activate personal hotspot/tethering for Android and iOS.

how do I listen to voicemail?

To access your voicemail dial 121 from your phone

how do I turn on or turn off my voicemail?

Type #61# into your keypad and dial to turn off your voicemail if you don’t answer a call. Turn your voicemail back on by dialling *61#

calls aren't coming through to my voicemail?

Sorry to hear that! If calls aren’t going through to voicemail please dial ##002# to reset your call diverts and then 1211 to reactivate voicemail

do you have WiFi calling?

Yes, WiFi calling is enabled on all SIMs so you can make calls and send messages over WiFi, even when you don’t have signal with Honest. 

can I remove content restrictions from my SIM?

Yes, you can. You’ll have to make a £1 credit card payment to prove your age, this will be credited to your next bill.

If you don’t have a credit card send us a photo of your passport, driving license or other photo ID via customer support and we’ll unlock content restrictions for you.

how do I block or report phishing messages?

Report them to the National Cyber Security Centre by forwarding any suspicious messages to 7726.

plans and pricing

what plans do you have?

We have 4GB, 10GB and unlimited data plans. You can find all our plans here.

All plans have:

  • Unlimited calls to standard UK numbers
  • Unlimited texts to standard UK numbers
  • Personal hotspot with no usage restrictions or speed limits
  • Free EU roaming
  • Bill cap to stop overspend
can I change my plan?

Absolutely! All our plans are flexible. You can change your plan anytime you like using the Honest Mobile app. On the homepage tap the second row which is your monthly cost and select the tariff you’d like to switch to. 

can I add more than one SIM to my account?

Yes you can! Open the Honest Mobile app and on the homepage tap the SIM+ icon next to your number. Then select order a new SIM.

You can add as many SIMs as you like and pick the plan once the SIM has arrived. 

can I do data sharing across multiple SIMs?

No, I’m afraid we don’t offer data sharing between SIMs. 

how much is data usage outside my plan?

If you need more data than you have on your current plan you can upgrade to a bigger plan anytime. 

Our unlimited plan gives you unlimited data but is capped at 3G speeds after you use 650GB in a month. 

how long is your minimum contract?

The minimum contract with Honest is 30 days, you can leave anytime you like. But, you will be given a 30 day notice period with a final billing.

does data rollover?

No data doesn’t rollover. But our smart notifications will let you know if we think you’re on a bigger plan than you need to be.

is personal hotspot restricted?

No personal hotspot/tethering is unrestricted – you can hotspot to anything you like!

do you offer an unlimited plan?

Yes, we offer a 30 day unlimited data plan and a 12 month unlimited data plan.

All unlimited plans are limited to 3G speeds after using 650GB in a month.

You can find more details here.

how much are picture messages (MMS)?

Picture messages (MMS) cost 18p /message.

All Honest plans include unlimited text messages, but picture messages are chargeable. You can always send photos via WhatsApp, Signal, Facebook Messenger or other messenger apps! This will use data on your plan or WiFi and save you money.

which numbers get extra charges (premium numbers)?

Non-geographic/service numbers (starting 08, 118 or 09).

Calls to numbers starting 0800 and 0808 are free for anyone to call.

The charge for calls to service numbers starting 0843/4, 0871/2, 09X  are split into two elements

We charge 21p per minute plus; 

A service charge (set by the company you’re calling – they’ll tell you this).

do you sell handsets?

No, we don’t sell handsets, we’re a monthly SIM-only contract provider. You can buy a Fairphone from us though, the world’s most sustainable handset, or check out Reboxed, Relove Technology and Raylo for recycled sustainable phones. 

bills and payments

what day will I receive my bill?

You’ll receive your bill on the 5th of the month, or nearest working day.

what do I do if my bill is wrong?

If you think your bill is wrong, please contact us by email ( or send us a message via the chat box here or in the app – our team will be with you in seconds! 

how do I view my bill?

You can view your bill in the app under the account section (bottom left). We also send your billing information to your email address. 

how does my bill cap work?

Your bill cap stops you from spending too much money on things that cost you extra such as premium or international calls, international roaming or picture messages. For example, if your cap is £5, you will only be charged £5 over your standard monthly plan. 

how long is your minimum contract?

The minimum contract with us is 30 days, you can leave anytime you like. But, you will be given a 30 day notice period with a final billing.

loyalty discount

how does the loyalty discount work?

We’re really proud of our loyalty discount – it means for every month you’re with Honest your plan goes down.

Our loyalty discount increases by 5% every year – capped at 30%.

how quickly does my loyalty discount increase?

Your loyalty discount increases each month at a rate of 5% per year.

do I keep my loyalty discount when I change plan?

Yes of course! You can upgrade, downgrade and you’ll still have your discount. 

does my loyalty discount apply to all my SIMs?

The loyalty discount on each of your SIMs ticks up separately

does my loyalty discount apply to bolt-ons?

Your loyalty discount doesn’t apply to our bolt-ons like smart travel, it’s only applied to our monthly plans.

does my loyalty discount apply to usage outside my plan?

Your loyalty discount can’t be applied to usage outside your plan, it’s only applied to our monthly plans.

going abroad

what do I need to do if i'm going abroad?

If you’re travelling within the EU, you can roam freely and use your normal data allowance. Just make sure EU roaming is on!

When travelling outside the EU, you have the option to switch on Smart Travel. Smart Travel gives you a certain amount of data, calls and messages, for a fixed daily price. 

If you choose not to use Smart Travel, you’ll be charged at our standard international rates.

do you have free EU roaming?

Yes, all our plans include free EU roaming. That means you can call and message UK numbers as normal and use your normal data allowance. If you’re on our unlimited plan, you’ll be limited to 20GB /month.

We have a fair usage policy of 60 days. That means you can roam for free for a maximum of 2 months – after that you’ll have additional charges.

Please check the countries where we have EU roaming here. 

how does smart travel work?

Smart Travel gives a specific amount of minutes, messages and data for a fixed price each day. You’ll only be charged if you make a call or send a message on that specific day.

Pricing varies for different countries. You can find our pricing here.

how much does it cost to call international numbers?

All the costs of calling numbers abroad can be found here

who are honest mobile's roaming partners?

You can check our partners on the price pages here

network technology

which network do you piggyback on?

We piggyback on Three’s network – we’re not owned by Three we just use their masts.

what's my signal like with Honest?

We piggy back on Three’s network. We chose to work with Three because they have the fastest 5G to power us for the next few years. If you want to check the signal in your area simply click here.

do you support 5G?

Yes! All our SIMs are 5G enabled, giving you access to the UK’s fastest 5G. You must have a 5G compatible phone to use 5G. 

5G with Honest means faster downloads – ultra fast – up to 100x faster than 4G and faster page load times. 

Bring on super-speedy streaming and near-instant downloads! 🏃 

Learn more here.

do you support 4G?

Yes, we support 4G data including 800MHz spectrum as well as VoLTE, which improves call quality and data whilst calling. 

do you support 2G?

No. If you have a 2G only phone, unfortunately Honest Mobile won’t work with your handset.

do you have WiFi calling?

Yes, WiFi calling is enabled on all SIMs so you can make calls and send messages over WiFi, even when you don’t have signal with Honest.

We don’t currently support WiFi calling abroad.

what connection speeds do you offer?

We have the UK’s fastest 5G on all our plans. We don’t have any speed limits and have seen customers using speeds of 1.2gbps. So that means super-speedy streaming and near-instant downloads! Read more about 5G here.

We support 4G on the UK’s best network for data. In real-world testing, this means your speeds will be up to 50Mbps under normal conditions. Sometimes they’ll be faster, sometimes they’ll be slower. This is plenty fast enough for streaming 4K content.

do you allow hotspot?

Absolutely! Tethering is supported on all our plans and is included at no extra cost.

We don’t currently support international hotspotting.

do you offer eSIMs?

We don’t offer eSIMs at the moment but we will be rolling them out this year!

do you have visual voicemail?

We don’t support visual voicemail at the moment. We’re working on building it.

Apple has to support visual voicemail on a network by network basis. We’d love to support it if Apple would let us! 

In the meantime you can use HulloMail. To set up HulloMail, download the app and sign up. When choosing your network, choose Three. Use the Activation Number stored in your contacts by HulloMail.

do you support Apple watches?

We don’t support the 4G Apple Watch at the moment. When Apple opens up its supply chain we’ll be delighted to. For the moment though it’s not an option.

tech for good

what does carbon negative mean?

Carbon negative means that we take out twice as much carbon from the air as we create. We do this for every call you make, text you send and selfie that you take as well as the emissions from the manufacture of your phone and everything we do here at Honest HQ. Read more about all our sustainability work here.

didn't you used to be carbon netural?

Yes! Now we’ve gone even further! We’ve always aimed to build sustainability into our business 💪  Since the beginning we have captured all the CO2 from all calls, texts and data made using Honest’s network. Then in August 2020 we went fully carbon neutral as a business – we have always taken responsibility for our carbon footprint 👣

do you plant more trees beyond carbon capture?

Yes! On top of being the world’s first carbon negative mobile network we donate 1% of our revenue to plant trees for all our customers with 1% for the Planet. Customers can track how many trees they’ve planted in the Honest Mobile app 🌳

We’re always looking for ways to reduce our emissions- sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to keep up to date with our sustainability journey 🍃

what carbon capture technologies do you use?

We have invested in BioChar, Direct Air Capture and tree planting to doubly remove our carbon footprint. Read more about all our sustainability work here.

where is the honest forest?

The honest forest is made up of all the trees we plant with the donations we make to 1% for the Planet and TreeSisters. The honest forest is all over the world – Colombia, Brazil, Madagascar…

what is a B Corp?

A B Corp is a new kind of business – one that balances purpose and profit. To be a certified B Corporation you have to legally change the objectives of your company to consider the environment, suppliers, employees and customers 🏆

We think business should be a force for good. For us, being a B Corp means doing the right thing for people and the planet in every decision we make. It means that we have a ‘triple bottom line’ – our goal is not only to make a profit but also look after people 🧕 and the planet 🌎

We’re excited to be the first UK mobile network to be a certified B Corporation 🎉

Being a B Corp is great news for our customers too as it means we’re legally obliged to consider you as part of our decision-making process. The B Corp certification is a stamp of approval from an independent body that shows that we’re doing what we say we do and we’re committed to continually improving 🏅

when did you certify as a B Corp?

We certified as a B Corp in 2020. Andy and Josh used B Corps principles to build the employee culture and policies at Honest HQ – and it shows. Everyone’s happy as Larry. Whoever Larry is!

what is 1% for the planet?

1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses and NGOs fighting the climate crisis. The organisation was set up to sniff out and fight greenwashing. The certification is given to businesses and individuals that have committed to donating 1% of annual revenue to environmental causes. Our donations are helping us to plant One Million Trees with TreeSisters.

does honest ever sell my data to third parties?
do you offer eSIMs?

We don’t offer eSIMs at the moment but we will be rolling them out this year!