Vodafone offers Big Value Bundles from £5/month on Pay As You Go with “total rollover” of unused allowances.
Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go give you a monthly allowance of minutes, texts and mobile internet. Starting in price from £5 per month, the bundles turn your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month allowance.
Vodafone’s popular £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of 4G internet. Customers wanting a larger allowance of data can get 10GB of data for £20/month, or 20GB of data for £30/month. Alternatively, light users can choose the £5 Big Value Bundle with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of internet.
In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. We’ll discuss the bundles available and how you can use the ‘Total Rollover’ feature. We’ll also discuss Pay As You Go 1, an alternative tariff from Vodafone for occasional users not wanting to top-up their phone every month. Finally, we’ll compare the Big Value Bundles to alternatives from other mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.
Stop Press: VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, offering larger allowances for the same price as Big Value Bundles. You can get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 8GB of data for £10/month with the same coverage as on Big Value Bundles. You’ll also get endless social data including on Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat and more.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Handsets
- 4 Coverage
- 5 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 6 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
Vodafone offers a choice of two tariffs on Pay As You Go:
- Big Value Bundles: For regular mobile users (and the majority of smartphone users), Vodafone offers a 30-day Big Value Bundle from £5/month. You’ll get an inclusive allowance of minutes, texts and internet, lasting for up to 30 days. In the past, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles have also been known as Freedom Freebees.
- Pay As You Go 1: For occasional mobile users, Vodafone offers a traditional Pay As You Go tariff where you don’t need to top-up every month. You simply pay £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of internet.
As an alternative to Big Value Bundles, there are also bundles available on the VOXI by Vodafone sub-brand. The VOXI bundles give you a much larger data allowance than regular Big Value Bundles along with unlimited minutes and endless social media data (e.g. you can get 6GB of data for £10/month).
Big Value Bundles
For regular mobile users and for anyone with a smartphone, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles will normally offer better value usage compared to Pay As You Go 1.
With Big Value Bundles, your top-ups are converted automatically into a 30-day allowance each month. There are currently four Big Value Bundles you’re able to choose from, ranging in price from £5 to £30 per month:
At the end of the 30 days, you’ll need to buy another Big Value Bundle. Unused allowances can be rolled over for a maximum of one month, as part of Vodafone’s Total Rollover offer. Providing there is enough credit remaining on your account, Vodafone will try to renew your bundle automatically.
For customers automatically renewing their Big Value Bundle every month, Vodafone offers a feature called “Total Rollover”. This takes all of your unused allowances from the current month (including unused minutes, texts and data) and rolls it over into the following month’s Big Value Bundle.
For instance, the £10 Big Value Bundle normally includes 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of 4G internet. If during a given month, there are 100 unused minutes and 1GB of unused data remaining at the end of the month, your allowances would be increased the following month up to 350 minutes and 4GB of data.
Total Rollover is only available when you automatically renew your Big Value Bundle. You can only roll over your unused allowances into the following month (i.e. it can’t be rolled over multiple times). Total Rollover isn’t available if you renew your bundle early, or if you leave a gap at the end of your current bundle before buying another bundle. Total Rollover also isn’t available when you change your Big Value Bundle.
As an alternative to Big Value Bundles, we’d strongly recommend looking at the 30-day Pay As You Go bundles from VOXI by Vodafone.
On VOXI, you’ll get a much larger data allowance than on Big Value Bundles. You’ll also get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and endless social data (for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Viber and Facebook Messenger).
The following table shows VOXI’s Pay As You Go bundles:
On VOXI, you’ll get the exact same coverage as on Big Value Bundles. However, you won’t get the Total Rollover feature of Big Value Bundles and you also won’t be able to participate in the Vodafone Rewards scheme. Customer support is also handled online via web chat, rather than on the phone like it is for Big Value Bundles. For more information, see the official VOXI website or read our in-depth VOXI review.
Customers with a Big Value Bundle can benefit from the Vodafone Rewards loyalty scheme. This will give you 100 reward points (worth approximately 50p) for every £10 top-up. You’ll also get an extra 50 reward points each time you buy a Big Value Bundle.
Over the course of one year, a customer buying a £10 Big Value Bundle every month can expect to earn about 1,800 reward points (worth approximately £9).
Each Vodafone reward point is worth approximately 0.5p. You can use the points for a number of rewards including the following:
|£5 Vodafone credit||1,000 Reward Points|
|Now TV Entertainment Pass (worth £7.99)||1,600 Reward Points|
|Sky Sports Week Pass (worth £12.99)||2,600 Reward Points|
|£20 Starbucks Gift Card (worth £20)||4,000 Reward Points|
A full list of available rewards can be seen in the Vodafone rewards catalogue.
You may also be eligible for the VeryMe Rewards programme if you top-up by at least £10 every 6 weeks.
You can buy a Vodafone Big Value Bundle through the My Vodafone website or application. You can also call 4354, or send a free text message as follows:
|Your Chosen Bundle||Instructions For Renewing Bundle|
|£5 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB5 to 49501 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|£10 Big Value Bundle||Text BVB10 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|
By default, Vodafone will renew your bundle automatically at the end of each 30 day period, providing there is enough credit on your account. It should therefore only be necessary to text the above bundle code if you’d like to renew early or if you’re new to the tariff.
To disable automatic renewal of Big Value Bundles, call 2345 from your Vodafone handset.
Total Rollover is not available when renewing your bundle early. If you’d like to benefit from the rollover of unused allowances, you should use Vodafone’s automatic bundle renewal feature.
Out Of Bundle Charges
If you use up the inclusive allowances on your Big Value Bundle, you’ll pay the following rates for out-of-bundle usage:
|Voice Calls||35p/minute (any network, any time)|
|Calls to Voicemail||30p/minute|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||14p|
|Picture Message (MMS)||45p|
|Mobile Internet||£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 61 seconds will be rounded up and charged by Vodafone as a 2-minute call (it will therefore cost you 2 x 35p = 70p).
It may be cheaper to renew your bundle early as opposed to paying out-of-bundle rates. However, this will cause you to lose your Total Rollover allowance.
Other Pay As You Go Tariffs
As an alternative to Big Value Bundles, if you’re an occasional mobile user not wanting to top-up your phone every month, Vodafone also offers the Pay As You Go 1 tariff.
On Pay As You Go 1, you’ll pay 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p per 5MB of data, but this is all capped at £1 per day. Once you’ve reached the £1 daily spend limit, you can use unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data at no additional charge.
For more information, please see our in-depth review of Vodafone Pay As You Go 1.
In the past, Vodafone offered a range of Freebie deals on Pay As You Go, where you’d get a free 30-day allowance every time you topped up your phone by £10 or more (e.g. Freebie Minutes, Freebie Texts, Freebie Data and Freebie International Minutes). The Freebie deals are no longer available to new customers, but existing customers already on the tariff can continue to use it.
Comparison to Alternatives
In our view, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles offer reasonable value. However, you can often find cheaper or better value deals elsewhere on rival Pay As You Go networks:
£5 per month bundles
Vodafone offers a £5/month Pay As You Go bundle with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
For a better value alternative, it might be worth investigating the bundles from giffgaff. For instance, giffgaff offers 300 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data for £6/month. Although you’ll pay £1 more each month, you’ll get twice the number of minutes and five times more data.
£10 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of internet.
At this price point, VOXI by Vodafone offers a better value deal with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 8GB 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 SIM card.
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VOXI by Vodafone offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 8GB data and endless social data for £10/month
£15 per month bundles
Vodafone no longer offers a £15 Big Value Bundle (this was withdrawn from sale in July 2017).
However, there are still some attractive deals from rival mobile networks at the £15 price point. VOXI currently leads the pack with their £15 bundle which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 20GB of data and endless social data.
£20 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £20 Big Value Bundle bundle comes with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of internet.
For the same monthly price, VOXI offers 45GB of data along with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and endless social data. Alternatively, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 40GB of data (coverage from O2).
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For more information, please see our full comparison of the UK’s best value Pay As You Go bundles. If you’re willing to undergo a credit check and commit to a Pay Monthly contract, it may also be worth having a 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, handsets are available from as little as £2.50 when you also buy a Big Value Bundle. You can also buy a Vodafone Pay As You Go handset from third-party retailers like Argos and Amazon.
If you have an unlocked smartphone that you’re happy to keep, you can order a free Vodafone SIM card to slot inside that handset. If your mobile phone is currently locked to a network, see our guides to unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
2G, 3G and 4G Coverage
Vodafone offers 98% population coverage across the UK. This includes 96% population coverage on 3G and 97% population coverage on 4G.
Before joining Vodafone Pay As You Go, we strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:
For more information, see our in-depth guide to mobile phone coverage in the UK.
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with other devices (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s a great 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 doing so (e.g. when attempting to tether from some iPhones).
For more information, see our in-depth guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.
Keeping Your Phone Number
It’s easy to keep your existing phone number when moving to Vodafone.
To transfer your phone number to Vodafone, start by asking your current mobile network to issue you with a PAC Code. A PAC Code is nine-digits long and will authorise Vodafone to take control of your phone number.
Once you have the PAC Code from your old network, you can submit it to Vodafone through this online form. Vodafone will then handle the transfer of your phone number (this should normally take place on the next working day).
As it isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit from another network to Vodafone, you should try to use up the remaining credit on your old network before moving your phone number to Vodafone.
For a step-by-step guide on transferring your phone number to Vodafone, please select your current mobile network from the list below:
For more information on Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles, please refer to the official Vodafone website.