Mobile networks like VOXI, Talkmobile and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.

The UK has only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Alongside them, there are a number of other mobile networks that piggyback on coverage from one of the four big providers.

At present, three other mobile networks also offer coverage from Vodafone: VOXI, Talkmobile and Lebara Mobile. As the three mobile networks piggyback on Vodafone for coverage, customers will get the exact same coverage as customers on Vodafone.

In this article, we’ll present a list of mobile networks using coverage from Vodafone in the UK. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with Vodafone coverage, ranging from £5/month up to £20/month and more.

Mobile Networks Using Vodafone Coverage

In the UK, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage using their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. Download speeds of up to 450Mbps can be obtained on Vodafone’s 4G network using Category 9 LTE technology.

On selected 5G price plans from Vodafone and VOXI, it’s also possible to access Vodafone’s 5G network coverage. 5G coverage is currently available in more than 45 UK towns and cities. You’ll need a 5G-ready phone and a 5G-enabled plan to get access to 5G, with download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps available on it.

The following table shows a list of mobile networks offering coverage from Vodafone:

Mobile NetworkCoverage Provider2G3G4G5GCoverage Checker
Lebara MobileVodafoneCheck Lebara Mobile Coverage
TalkmobileVodafoneCheck Talkmobile Coverage
TalkTalk MobileVodafone1Check TalkTalk Mobile Coverage
VodafoneVodafoneCheck Vodafone Coverage
VOXIVodafoneCheck VOXI Coverage

1 TalkTalk Mobile closed to new customers in April 2017. TalkTalk home broadband customers are now offered a discounted contract from O2.

5G coverage is available on Vodafone Red plans with at least 5GB of data, on all Vodafone Unlimited plans and on VOXI price plans costing £15 per month or more. On other networks like Talkmobile and Lebara Mobile, you’re currently limited to using 4G coverage.

Our current recommendation if you’re looking for a SIM card with coverage from Vodafone is as follows:

Talkmobile with 3 months half price

Talkmobile is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, offering competitive SIM-only deals from just £3.50 per month for 3 months (£7 per month thereafter).

The following SIM-only deals from Talkmobile are well worth a look:

  • Purple 7: 3GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts (costs £3.50/month for the first 3 months, then £7/month).
  • Purple 9: 9GB data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts (costs £4.50/month for the first 3 months, then £9/month).

The 3 months half price offer is available until the 30th September 2020 so you’ll need to sign up by that date to take advantage of the offer. Talkmobile also offers a range of larger data allowances, up to 100GB per month.

See Talkmobile SIM only deals →

VOXI with £10 Double Data

VOXI is currently offering double data on their £10 plan, allowing you to get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 12GB of data (doubled from the normal amount of 6GB per month). You’ll also get endless social media data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger without using your regular allowance.

If you’re a heavy data user, VOXI’s £15 plan comes with 15GB of data and access to 5G coverage. You’ll also get endless social media data and endless video streaming data for use on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. This can be upgraded to 45GB of data for £20/month or endless data for £35/month.

Order VOXI SIM Card →

If you’re looking for features like Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling, these are currently only available on Vodafone.

Coverage & Price Plan Information

You can find out more information about each individual network by tapping on the relevant logo to visit their website:

  • Lebara Mobile focuses on the international calling market and offers a range of 30-day bundles with inclusive international calling.
  • Talkmobile offers 4G price plans with coverage from Vodafone. SIM-only deals start from just £5/month with unlimited calls and unlimited texts.
  • VOXI offers low-cost SIM only deals with a large allowance of data and endless social media data. All of their price plans work on a one-month rolling basis, with no need to undergo a credit check when you join the network.

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 the plans out by price range to make it easier for you to find the best value deal.

Please select your preferred price range to see a list of currently available deals:

Under £10/month

If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly SIM card costing less than £10/month, you can get a Vodafone Basics plan from £6/month. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of 4G data with download speeds of up to 10Mbps.

The main limitation to be aware of is that Vodafone Basics is a UK-only plan. For this reason, you won’t be able to use it when you’re outside the UK. There are also a few other restrictions on paid-for services and add-ons.

Around this price point, you can also consider the 12-month SIM cards from Talkmobile. These will give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of data with uncapped download speeds on 4G. You’ll be able to use your mobile phone when travelling abroad and you can get the first 3 months half price until the 30th September. For instance, Talkmobile’s 3GB plan costs £3.50/month for the first 3 months (and then £7/month thereafter).

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Lebara Mobile1,0001,0002GB£5.00
1 month
Lebara Mobile1,0001,0002GB£5.00
No contract
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£5.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited9GB£9.00
12 months

From £10/month

Starting from £10/month, you can choose from a range of price plans across Vodafone, VOXI, Talkmobile and Lebara Mobile.

The most popular tariff at this price point is VOXI’s £10/month plan. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 12GB of data and endless social media data. It’s a one-month rolling plan with no credit check required – you can read our full review of VOXI for more information.

Alternatively, Vodafone offers a £10/month Basics plan on a 12-month contract. This is a UK-only plan with some additional benefits such as access to Vodafone’s VeryMe Rewards programme.

The following table shows tariffs available from £10/month with coverage from Vodafone:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited12GB
10Mbps max
£10.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
No contract
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimited1,0003GB£10.00
No contract
Vodafone250Unlimited3GB£10.00
No contract
Lebara MobileUnlimited1,0001GB£10.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
24 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£12.00
12 months

From £15/month

For £15/month, a number of different price plans are available with coverage from Vodafone.

Our current recommendation is Talkmobile’s £15 SIM card. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 30GB of data. With the current 3 months half price offer, this will only cost you £7.50/month for the first 3 months.

As an alternative, there’s a £15 Vodafone Basics plan with UK-only usage, or a £15 plan from VOXI with endless social media data, endless video data and access to 5G coverage.

The following deals from £15/month come with coverage from Vodafone:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited30GB
10Mbps max
£15.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
No contract
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£15.00
1 month
Vodafone250Unlimited6GB£15.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
24 months
Lebara MobileUnlimited1,0005GB£15.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£16.00
12 months

£20/month and more

A number of price plans are available from £20/month, including Talkmobile’s Purple 20 plan with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 100GB of data.

If you’d like unlimited data, prices start from £22/month on Vodafone and £35/month on VOXI. If you go with one of Vodafone’s unlimited data price plans, some of the cheaper plans come with a restriction on the maximum download speeds.

The following table shows a full list of available deals from £20/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited100GB
10Mbps max
£20.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited45GB£20.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
24 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£20.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimited1,00010GB£20.00
No contract
Vodafone1,000Unlimited10GB£20.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£20.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£21.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£24.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£24.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£25.00
24 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£25.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£25.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited40GB£27.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£27.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£28.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£29.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
24 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£30.00
1 month
Vodafone3,000Unlimited20GB£30.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£32.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
12 months
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
No contract
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
No contract
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£36.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£50.00
No contract
To show you the most relevant plans, 10 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

Traditional 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 offers a plan called Pay As You Go 1.

With Pay As You Go 1, there are no regular monthly fees. Instead, you just pay up to £1/day whenever you use your mobile phone. The £1 daily charge gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. In our opinion, this is a fairly decent choice if you only use your mobile phone from time to time but if you tend to use it 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, it’s a poor alternative for regular Pay As You Go usage in the UK. This is because they charge 19p/minute, 19p/text and 9p/MB for UK Pay As You Go usage.

For a cheaper Pay As You Go tariff that doesn’t require you to top-up every month, it’s likely you’ll need to consider a different mobile network that doesn’t use coverage from Vodafone. See our full comparison of Pay As You Go networks or read our guide to the best value SIM card for light mobile users.

More Information

For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on Vodafone. You can also read our overview of mobile phone coverage in the UK.

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