Mobile networks like VOXI and Lebara Mobile piggyback on Vodafone’s coverage in the UK.
In the UK, there are only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Around them are a number of other mobile networks that piggyback on coverage from one of the four main network coverage providers.
At present, VOXI and Lebara Mobile are the other UK mobile networks also offering coverage from Vodafone. They both piggyback on the Vodafone network giving customers 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 in price from £5/month up to more than £20/month.
Mobile Networks Using Vodafone Coverage
In the UK, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage using their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network.
At present, download speeds of up to 450Mbit/s are available on the Vodafone network when using Category 9 LTE technology. This is due to become even faster as Vodafone launches their fifth-generation network in 2019. Vodafone’s 5G network will be available in 19 UK cities by the end of the year.
The following table shows a list of mobile networks offering coverage from Vodafone:
|Mobile Network||Coverage Provider||2G||3G||4G||5G||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|
At present, only VOXI and Lebara Mobile are open to new customers, besides Vodafone themselves. Talkmobile and TalkTalk Mobile closed to new customers in 2017, though some existing customers may still be using the service.
During 2019, VOXI have grown hugely in popularity with deals such as unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB of data and endless social data for £10/month. This makes them the main alternative if you’re looking for a flexible one-month rolling deal that gives you coverage from 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:
VOXI specialises in low-cost SIM only deals that give you unlimited data for use on social media. All of their price plans work on a 30-day rolling basis, with no need for customers to undergo a credit check when joining the network.
Deals By Price Range
Through the rest of this article, we’ve compared the best value SIM cards giving you coverage from Vodafone. We’ve separated the plans 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:
If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly SIM card costing less than £10/month, we’d recommend one of the Vodafone Basics plans. Available from just £6/month on a 12-month contract, the plans give you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and an allowance of 4G data.
The main thing 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.
On Pay As You Go, Vodafone offers a £5 Big Value Bundle. The bundle comes with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
From £10/month, you can choose from a range of price plans across Vodafone, VOXI and Lebara Mobile.
The most popular tariff at this price point is VOXI’s £10/month plan. This comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB of data and endless social data. It’s a 30-day 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 but it may offer you 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:
Pay Monthly Contracts
For £15/month, a number of different price plans are available offering you coverage from Vodafone. However, our current recommendation is VOXI’s £15 plan which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 15GB of data and endless social media data.
If you’re looking for a Pay As You Go bundle, only Lebara Mobile offers something at the £15 price point. However, you can use the £15 bundle from VOXI in this way as there’s complete flexibility to pause your bundles as required.
The following deals from £15/month come with coverage from Vodafone:
£20/month and more
A number of different price plans are available from £20/month, including the top-end tariffs on Vodafone with 100GB of data. Depending on the offers and promotions that are currently available, you can often bag a great value SIM card with lots of data in this price range.
On some of the more expensive price plans from Vodafone, you’ll also get 12 months of included entertainment with your SIM card (a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Spotify Premium, NOW TV or Sky Sports Mobile TV).
The following table shows a full list of available deals from £20/month with coverage from Vodafone:
Pay Monthly Contracts
For more information about download speeds and tethering, tap the data allowances in the table above. For Pay Monthly contracts, you can tap on the mobile network’s logo for information about the length of the contract.
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 currently offers Pay As You Go 1. With Pay As You Go 1, there are no regular monthly fees. You just pay up to £1/day whenever you use your mobile phone which gives you 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 daily threshold). In our opinion, this is a decent choice if you only use your mobile phone from time to time but 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. At the time of writing, Lebara Mobile charges 19p/minute, 19p/text and 9p/MB for usage in the UK.
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 offer 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 of Pay As You Go networks for more information.