In the UK, Lebara Mobile offers 99% population coverage using Vodafone’s 2G, 3G & 4G networks.
Lebara Mobile specialises in low-cost SIM-only plans with inclusive international calls and no need for a credit check. They also offer a Pay As You Go service with competitive per-minute rates for calling other countries.
In the UK, Lebara Mobile makes use of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from Vodafone. They offer 99% population coverage, with the fastest download speeds being around 20Mbit/s on 4G. 5G coverage is not currently available to customers on Lebara Mobile and a launch date is still yet to be set.
Lebara Mobile Coverage Map
In the UK, Lebara Mobile uses 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from Vodafone. This means, as a Lebara Mobile customer, you’ll get coverage in the same places as customers on Vodafone.
Unfortunately, Lebara Mobile doesn’t currently provide a coverage map on their own official website. For this reason, you’ll need to use Vodafone’s coverage checker instead, entering your postcode but ignoring any results for 5G coverage (as 5G coverage is not available on Lebara).
Vodafone’s coverage map will allow you to toggle between the results for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G coverage. You can also get an expected range of download speeds when you tap on the “Data speed info” button after entering your postcode.
If you’d like full access to 5G coverage, consider getting a SIM-only plan from Vodafone instead. Alternatively, VOXI also offers an unlimited data plan with 5G coverage on Vodafone. There’s further information in our guide to the coverage on Vodafone.
2G is the oldest type of coverage available on Lebara Mobile.
Allowing you to make phone calls, send text messages and to the browse the internet at dial-up speeds (up to 0.3Mbit/s), 2G coverage is now rarely used on a day-to-day basis. However, it’s still available as a backup form of coverage in places where 3G or 4G coverage are not available.
Lebara Mobile’s 2G service has 99% population coverage, using Vodafone’s 900MHz spectrum.
Lebara offers 99% 3G population coverage which can be used for phone calls, text messages and data.
Typically, your mobile phone will switch to 3G coverage in places where 4G coverage is not available. In addition, your mobile phone will also drop back to 3G coverage whenever you’re making or receiving a phone call (as Lebara’s 4G coverage doesn’t support phone calls).
As with their other types of mobile coverage, the 3G coverage on Lebara Mobile is provided by Vodafone.
At present, 4G is the fastest type of coverage available on Lebara Mobile. Making use of Vodafone’s 4G network, Category 9 LTE download speeds (up to 450Mbit/s) should in theory be available on the service. In practice, however, average download speeds will be just over 20Mbit/s according to the Lebara Mobile website.
Lebara’s 4G service mainly uses Vodafone’s band 20 (800MHz) and band 7 (2600MHz) spectrum.
Lebara Mobile 5G Coverage
5G coverage isn’t currently available to Lebara Mobile customers.
Unfortunately, Lebara Mobile are still yet to announce a launch date for 5G. However, based on prior form, we’d expect the launch of 5G to be at least a couple of years away. Previously, Lebara Mobile launched their 4G service in 2017, four years after Vodafone launched it in 2013. If this repeats, it’s likely that Lebara Mobile customers will need to wait another few years to get access to 5G.
You can currently get 5G coverage from Vodafone on their Red price plans with at least 5GB of data per month or on their Vodafone Unlimited plans. You can also get 5G coverage on VOXI’s endless data plan.
The following SIM-only deals will currently give you 5G coverage from Vodafone:
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Vodafone’s 5G service is currently available in the following UK towns and cities:
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Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
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Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton (End of 2019)
For more information, read our guide to the coverage on Vodafone or see Vodafone’s website for information about their 5G network.
If you’re travelling abroad to another country, you can use your Lebara Mobile SIM card through international roaming.
Within Europe, you can use your normal UK allowances at no additional charge. The fair usage limits for European roaming depend on your plan, and can be found at the bottom of this page.
You’ll also get free international roaming whilst you’re travelling in India up to a maximum of 200 minutes, 200 texts and 10GB of data per month. If you exceed this fair usage limit, you’ll be surcharged at 10p/minute, 10p/text and 5p/MB. Your coverage whilst roaming in India will be provided by Vodafone’s Indian network.
For all other countries, the relevant international roaming rates are listed on Lebara’s website.
Note that Lebara Mobile also has a number of mobile networks operating in other countries. The information on this page relates to Lebara Mobile SIM cards that are issued in the UK. If you’re using a Lebara Mobile SIM card that was issued in a different country, the coverage provider will be as follows:
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There’s more information in our full guide to using your mobile phone abroad.
For more information, please see the official Lebara Mobile website.