Mobile networks like VOXI and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.
In the UK, Vodafone offers 98% population coverage, with about 97% of the UK population covered by Vodafone 4G.
Aside from being a customer of Vodafone directly, you can also access the exact same coverage through a mobile network that piggybacks on Vodafone. At present, you can choose from either VOXI or Lebara Mobile who’ll sometimes offer you lower prices if you’re under-30 or if you’re calling abroad.
In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from Vodafone. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with Vodafone coverage, ranging in price from £5/month up to £20/month and more.
Mobile Networks Using Vodafone Coverage
The following table shows a list of mobile networks offering coverage from Vodafone. On all of these networks, you’ll get the same coverage as customers on Vodafone, but sometimes with lower prices (e.g. a cheaper monthly bundle or lower international rates):
|Mobile Network Brand||Coverage Provider||2G||3G||4G||Coverage Checker|
|Lebara Mobile||Vodafone||✔||✔||✔||Check Lebara Mobile Coverage|
|Talkmobile||Vodafone||✔||✔||✘||Check Talkmobile Coverage|
|TalkTalk Mobile||Vodafone*||✔||✔||✘||Check TalkTalk Mobile Coverage|
|Vodafone||Vodafone||✔||✔||✔||Check Vodafone Coverage|
|VOXI||Vodafone||✔||✔||✔||Check VOXI Coverage|
Besides Vodafone, only Lebara Mobile and VOXI are open to new customers at present.
Talkmobile is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, available only to existing customers already on the network. Customers with an existing Talkmobile plan are able to stay on their plan, but are gradually being encouraged to switch over to Vodafone.
TalkTalk Mobile closed to new customers in April 2017. Customers are being encouraged to switch to O2 as their TalkTalk Mobile contracts come to an end.
Tariff Information & Coverage Information
You can find out more information on each network by clicking on their logo to visit the relevant website:
Deals By Price Range
Through the rest of this article, we’ll compare the best value SIM cards giving you coverage from Vodafone. We’ve separated all of the tariffs out by price range and tariff type to make it easier for you to find the most appropriate deal.
Please select your preferred price range to see a list of currently available deals:
Pay As You Go
If you’re looking for a traditional Pay As You Go tariff where you don’t need to top-up every month, Vodafone currently offers Pay As You Go 1. With the ‘Pay As You Go 1’ plan, you’ll pay up to £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data (you’ll be charged at 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p per 5MB until you reach the £1/day limit). In our opinion, this is a good choice if you use your mobile phone from time to time but tend to use it quite a lot on the days when you do.
Lebara Mobile is a good alternative for international calling, with international rates available from as little as 1p/minute. However, in our opinion, it’s a poor alternative for regular Pay As You Go usage in the UK. At the time of writing, Lebara Mobile charges 19p/minute, 19p/text and 9p/MB for usage in the UK (this is similar to Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 but without the £1 daily spend cap).
For a lower-cost traditional Pay As You Go tariff, it’s highly likely you’ll need to consider a different mobile network, not offering coverage from Vodafone. For instance, both O2 and Three offer substantially lower rates of just 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB. See our full comparison for more information.
Less than £10/month
If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly SIM card costing less than £10/month, it might be worth investigating the hidden ‘Vodafone Basics’ plans. Available from just £6/month on a 12-month contract, the plans are normally hidden away on the main Vodafone website. They’ll give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of data, but without the ability to use your mobile phone abroad and with a few other restrictions on paid-for services and add-ons.
On Pay As You Go, Vodafone offers a £5 Big Value Bundle with no credit check required. The bundle comes with 100 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
From £10/month, you can choose from a range of deals on Vodafone, VOXI and Lebara Mobile.
On a Pay Monthly basis, we recommend having a look at Vodafone’s Basics plan and at VOXI’s £10 bundle. The Vodafone Basics plan is available to all new customers but has a 12-month contract period and only works in the UK. Meanwhile, VOXI is only available to customers under 30, but there’s just a 30-day rolling contract, no credit check and unlimited social media data.
The following table shows tariffs available from £10/month with coverage from Vodafone:
Pay Monthly Contracts
The following deals from £15/month come with coverage from Vodafone:
Pay Monthly Contracts
Pay As You Go Bundles
£20/month and more
The following deals are available from £20/month with coverage from Vodafone:
Pay Monthly Contracts
For more information about data speeds and tethering, tap the data allowances in the table above. For Pay Monthly contracts, you can tap the mobile network’s logo for information about the length of the contract.
For more information, see our guide on mobile phone coverage in the UK. You can also read our in-depth reviews of individual UK mobile networks.