Vodafone offers Pay As You Go bundles called Big Value Bundles, starting from £10/month with no credit check.
In the UK, Vodafone offers a choice of five Pay As You Go bundles (often referred to as Big Value Bundles). Starting from £10/month, they give you an inclusive 30-day allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data. You’ll need to top-up your phone every month to buy a new Big Value Bundle.
The most popular Pay As You Go bundle on Vodafone is the £10 Big Value Bundle. This comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data. Larger and more expensive bundles are available with more data such as 6GB of data for £15/month and 10GB of data for £20/month. You can also get 20GB of data for £30/month and unlimited data for £50/month with 5G coverage.
In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s bundles on Pay As You Go. We’ll start by discussing the Big Value Bundles, before discussing the VOXI bundles which offer better value when you order your VOXI SIM card online. We’ll also discuss Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 plan, which is an alternative for customers not wanting to top-up every month. Finally, we’ll compare Vodafone’s bundles to those on other mobile networks, before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your current phone number.
Stop Press: VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, offering far larger allowances than on Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. You’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data for £10/month with the same coverage as on Big Value Bundles. You’ll also get unlimited social media data for use on Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat and more.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Handsets
- 4 Coverage
- 5 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 7 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
In the UK, Vodafone offers a choice of two different types of Pay As You Go bundle:
- Big Value Bundles: On Vodafone’s core brand, you can get a Big Value Bundle from £10 per month (e.g. 250 minutes, unlimited texts & 3GB of data for £10). You’ll benefit from total rollover and access to VeryMe Rewards.
- VOXI Bundles: VOXI is a sub-brand of Vodafone, offering much larger allowances on a Pay As You Go bundle for the same monthly price (e.g. unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB of data and endless social media data for £10). On bundles costing £15 and more, you’ll also get endless video and access to 5G.
As an alternative to the two types of bundle, you can also choose the Pay As You Go 1 plan from Vodafone. With Pay As You Go 1, there’s no need to top-up every month. You’ll just pay £1 per day when you use your mobile phone for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data.
Big Value Bundles
If you’re a regular mobile user, you can buy a Big Value Bundle on Vodafone Pay As You Go. As long as you use your mobile phone for more than 10 days each month, this will normally work out cheaper than joining Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 plan.
With a Big Value Bundle, your Pay As You Go top-up will be converted automatically into a 30-day allowance of minutes, texts and data. There are currently five Big Value Bundles you’re able to choose from, ranging from £10 to £50 per month:
At the end of the 30-day period, you’ll need to buy another Big Value Bundle to get a fresh set of allowances. If there’s enough credit on your account, Vodafone will try to renew this automatically for you.
On Big Value Bundles, you can benefit from Vodafone’s Total Rollover offer as well as VeryMe Rewards which gives you discounts and offers each week.
£5 Big Value Bundle: Vodafone previously offered a £5 Big Value Bundle with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data. Unfortunately, this was withdrawn from sale in November 2019. The cheapest Big Value Bundle still available for purchase is now the £10 Vodafone bundle.
As an alternative to Big Value Bundles, it’s worth having a look at the 30-day bundles from VOXI. VOXI is a low-cost Pay As You Go sub-brand of Vodafone, offering the exact same coverage but with larger allowances for the same monthly price.
For instance, you can currently get 6GB of data for £10 on a VOXI bundle. This compares to just 3GB of data on the £10 Big Value Bundle. On VOXI, you can also benefit from endless social media. This gives you unlimited data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger.
On VOXI’s £15 and £20 bundles, you’ll also benefit from endless video and 5G. With endless video, you’ll get unlimited data for streaming on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. Meanwhile, the 5G coverage on VOXI gives you access to faster 5G speeds if you have a 5G-ready phone.
The following table shows VOXI’s Pay As You Go bundles:
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On VOXI, you’ll get the exact same coverage as on Big Value Bundles (with the addition of 5G on plans costing £15 or more). You’ll also benefit from the endless data offers which aren’t available on Big Value Bundles.
The downside of choosing VOXI is that Total Rollover isn’t available so you won’t be able to carry over your unused allowances. In addition, you won’t have access to VeryMe Rewards. VOXI’s customer support is handled online via web chat and you won’t have access to telephone support like you would on Big Value Bundles. For more information, see the VOXI website or read our in-depth review of VOXI.
For customers choosing a Big Value Bundle and automatically renewing it every month, Vodafone offers a feature called “Total Rollover”. This takes all of the unused allowances from your previous month’s bundle and rolls it over into your new Big Value Bundle.
To give an example, the £10 Big Value Bundle normally includes 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data. If, during the previous month, there were 100 unused minutes and 1GB of unused data, your allowances will be increased the following month to 350 minutes and 4GB of data.
Total Rollover is only available when you choose a Big Value Bundle, and only when you automatically renew your bundle every month. Your unused allowances can only be rolled over once and cannot be rolled over multiple times.
Total Rollover isn’t available on VOXI bundles. It also isn’t available when you renew a Big Value Bundle early, or when a gap is left between the expiry of one bundle and the start of the next one.
If you already have a Vodafone Pay As You Go SIM card, you can buy a Big Value Bundle through the My Vodafone website or app. You can also call 2345, or you can send a text message as follows:
|Your Chosen Bundle||Instructions For Renewing Bundle|
|£10 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB10 to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|£15 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB15 to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|£20 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB20 to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|£30 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB30 to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|£50 Unlimited Bundle||Text BVBUNLIM to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
By default, once you’ve purchased a Big Value Bundle, Vodafone will try to renew it automatically each month providing there’s enough credit on your account at that point.
If you want to disable the automatic renewal, you’ll need to dial 2345 on your Vodafone Pay As You Go handset.
You can buy a VOXI bundle online through this page. It isn’t possible to buy a VOXI bundle over the phone or by text message.
Out Of Bundle Charges
If you use up the inclusive allowances in your Big Value Bundle, you’ll pay the following rates for any out-of-bundle usage:
|Voice Calls||35p/minute (any network, any time)|
|Calls to Voicemail||35p/minute|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||20p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||45p|
|Mobile Data||£2/day (up to 50MB)|
Vodafone charges for all phone calls on a per-minute basis. This means the length of all phone calls is rounded up to a full minute before the charge is calculated and deducted from your balance. For instance, a phone call lasting for 61 seconds will be rounded up and charged by Vodafone as a 2-minute call. It would therefore cost you 2 minutes x 35p/minute = 70p.
Usually, it’s cheaper to renew your bundle early instead of paying Vodafone’s out-of-bundle rates. However, this will cause you to lose any Total Rollover allowance.
Other Pay As You Go Plans
If you’re an occasional mobile user not wanting to top-up every month, Vodafone also offers Pay As You Go 1.
On Pay As You Go 1, you’ll start each day by paying 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p per 5MB of data. These charges, however, are capped at a maximum of £1 per day. Once you reach the £1 daily spend limit, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data to use for the rest of the day at no extra charge. See our full review of Vodafone Pay As You Go 1 for more information.
In the past, Vodafone also offered a range of Freebie plans on Pay As You Go. On these plans, you got a free 30-day allowance every time you topped up your phone with £10 or more (e.g. Freebie Minutes, Freebie Texts, Freebie Data and Freebie International Minutes). The Freebie plans are no longer available to new customers but existing customers already on it can continue to use it.
Comparison to Alternatives
In the following section, we’ll compare Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles to the Pay As You Go bundles available on other networks.
£10 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data.
At the £10/month price point, VOXI (a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone) offers much better value with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB of data and endless social data for £10/month. You’ll get the same coverage whether you use a VOXI SIM card or a Vodafone Pay As You Go SIM card.
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VOXI by Vodafone offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 6GB data and endless social data for £10/month
£15 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £15 Big Value Bundle gives you 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of data.
For £15/month, you’ll get much better value on VOXI’s £15 bundle. For a £15 monthly top-up on VOXI, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of data. You’ll also get endless video streaming (on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play) along with endless social media data.
& endless social + endless video
£20 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £20 Big Value Bundle bundle comes with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of data.
For the same monthly price, VOXI offers 60GB of data with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. You’ll also get endless video streaming along with endless social media and 5G support.
Alternatively, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 80GB of data (coverage from O2).
& endless social + endless video
|To show you the most relevant plans, 2 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. Tap here to show them.|
For more information, see our full comparison of the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles. Alternatively, if you’re willing to undergo a credit check, you can also look at some of the best value Pay Monthly SIM cards.
There are two ways to join Vodafone Pay As You Go.
If you’d like a brand new smartphone, you can buy a Pay As You Go phone from the Vodafone website. At the time of writing, Pay As You Go phones are available from as little as £1 when you top-up with at least £10 of credit. You can also buy a Vodafone Pay As You Go handset from retailers like Argos and Amazon.
Meanwhile, if you already have an unlocked smartphone that you’re happy to use, simply order a free Vodafone SIM card to slot inside that phone. If your mobile phone is currently locked to another network, see our guides to unlocking an iPhone or unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
2G, 3G and 4G Coverage
In the UK, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks.
Before joining Vodafone Pay As You Go, we’d strongly recommend double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:
All Big Value Bundles have access to 2G, 3G and 4G coverage on Vodafone. For more information, see our guide to Vodafone’s network and coverage. You can also read our overview of how mobile coverage works in the UK.
Vodafone offers 5G coverage in a number of major UK towns and cities. Customers with access to 5G can access faster 5G download speeds (typically 150-250Mbps, but up to 1000Mbps in some cases). There’s also more capacity on Vodafone’s 5G network, as well as reduced latency so everything should be much more responsive.
On Vodafone Pay As You Go, you’ll need the £30 or £50 Big Value Bundle if you want access to 5G. Alternatively, 5G coverage is also available on VOXI bundles costing £15 or more. You’ll need a 5G-ready phone and will need to be in Vodafone’s 5G coverage area to get access to 5G:
|Now Live||57 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (November 2020)|
Ambleside, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Bolton, Bootle, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Cheltenham, Clitheroe, Crosby, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Great Shelford, Guildford, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Oldbury, Paisley, Penarth, Pendlebury, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prestwich, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Southampton, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Stretford, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swinton, Urmston, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
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For more information, see our full guide to 5G coverage in the UK.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s a convenient way of getting mobile broadband on your other devices.
Customers on Vodafone Pay As You Go should be able to tether without any problems. However, numerous readers have experienced difficulties with tethering in the past (particularly when tethering from some iPhones).
For more information, see our full guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.
Keeping Your Phone Number
It’s easy to keep your current phone number when moving to Vodafone.
To transfer your phone number to Vodafone, start by asking your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.
You can then order your new Pay As You Go SIM card from Vodafone’s website. Once you’ve done that and once you’ve activated your SIM card, you can provide your PAC Code to Vodafone through this online form. They’ll schedule the transfer of your phone number (normally for the next working day).
It isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from another mobile network to Vodafone. You should therefore try to use it up before the number transfer happens.
For a step-by-step guide on transferring your phone number to Vodafone, please select your current mobile network from the dropdown menu below:
Frequently Asked Questions
|What Pay As You Go bundles are available from Vodafone?||
Vodafone currently offers a choice of five Pay As You Go bundles:
|How do Big Value Bundles compare to VOXI Bundles?||
Most people will be better off getting a bundle from VOXI, which is Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand. For instance, you’ll get 6GB of data for £10/month on VOXI. This compares to the 3GB of data you’ll get on Vodafone Pay As You Go. On VOXI, you’ll also get unlimited minutes and endless social media data included in your Pay As You Go bundle.
|How does Total Rollover work on Vodafone Pay As You Go?||
If you automatically renew your Big Value Bundle, any unused allowances from the previous bundle will rollover automatically. For instance, if you have 100 unused minutes and 1GB of unused data from a £10 Big Value Bundle, your allowances the following month will increase to 350 minutes and 4GB of data.
|How does Big Value Bundles compare to Pay As You Go 1?||
On Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles, your credit is converted automatically into a 30-day allowance. If you don’t want to top-up your phone every month, Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 is a good alternative. You’ll pay £1/day when you use your mobile phone. This gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data.
|What coverage will I get on Vodafone Pay As You Go?|
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number. Ask your old mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. The PAC Code should then be provided to Vodafone once you’ve activated your new Pay As You Go SIM card.
For more information on Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles, please refer to Vodafone’s official website.