Vodafone offers a choice of Big Value Bundles from £5/month on Pay As You Go.
On Vodafone Pay As You Go, the most popular tariff is currently Big Value Bundles which start from £5 per month. Previously known as Freedom Freebees, a Big Value Bundle will convert your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of calls, texts and internet.
Vodafone’s popular £10 bundle comes with 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of internet. Customers requiring a larger allowance can choose from higher-priced bundles costing £20 or £30 per month. Light users can choose a £5 bundle or customers who don’t want to top-up every month can choose a Freebie tariff which works more like traditional Pay As You Go. Freebie tariffs have a range of top-up offers from £10.
In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Pay As You Go service. We’ll look at Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles and also at the alternative Freebie tariffs offered on Vodafone. We’ll also compare Vodafone’s Pay As You Go service to rival networks before looking at the Vodafone Rewards scheme and at the coverage you can expect on Vodafone. Finally, we’ll discuss how you can keep an existing phone number when moving from your current mobile network to Vodafone.
- 1 Bundles & Prices
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Pay As You Go Reward Points
- 4 Handsets
- 5 Coverage
- 6 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 7 More Information
Bundles & Prices
Vodafone currently offers a choice of five different tariffs on Pay As You Go: Big Value Bundles, Freebie Minutes, Freebie Texts, Freebie Data and Freebie International Minutes.
For most users (e.g. regular mobile users and anyone with a smartphone), Big Value Bundles will normally be Vodafone’s cheapest available tariff. Big Value Bundles start from £5/month and give you a 30-day allowance of calls, texts and mobile internet.
For light users who don’t have a smartphone, one of Vodafone’s Freebie tariffs can offer better value. With a Freebie tariff, there’s no need to top-up every month. You simply pay for your usage on a per-minute, per-text and per-day basis. You’ll also receive bonus allowances each time you top-up your phone by £10/month or more.
Big Value Bundles
For regular mobile users and for anyone with a smartphone, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles normally offer the best value usage.
With Big Value Bundles, your top-ups are converted automatically each month into a 30-day allowance. 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, any unused minutes & texts will expire automatically with the bundle. Unused data can be rolled over for a maximum of one month. Vodafone will try to renew your bundle automatically if there’s a sufficient amount of credit remaining on your account. If you don’t want this to happen automatically, you can opt-out by calling 2345.
Out Of Bundle Charges
If you use up the inclusive allowances on your Big Value Bundle, you’ll pay the following rates for any further 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).
Other Pay As You Go Tariffs
For lighter mobile users who don’t necessarily want to top-up every month, Vodafone also offers a choice of four ‘Freebie’ tariffs. These are classic Pay As You Go tariffs where you aren’t required to top-up every month and where your credit won’t be turned into a 30-day allowance. Instead, your top-up will remain as credit on your account and you’ll pay for usage on a per-minute, per-text and per-day basis.
Vodafone’s Pay As You Go rates on a Freebie tariff are currently 30p/minute, 14p/text and £2/day for up to 50MB of internet. Further usage beyond 50MB/day will be charged at an additional 10p/MB. The main selling point of Vodafone’s Freebie tariffs is you’ll get some additional free airtime when you top-up your phone with £10 or more:
- Freebie Minutes: Top up by £10 and you’ll get 150 minutes of free UK calling (lasts for up to 30 days). In addition to the free calls, you’ll keep the £10 of credit you topped-up by.
- Freebie Texts: Top-up by £10 and you’ll get 1000 free UK text messages. The free texts will last for up to 30 days. You’ll also keep your £10 of credit for other things (e.g. for 33 minutes of calling).
- Freebie Data: Top-up by £10 and you’ll get 500MB of free mobile internet. The free allowance will last for up to 30 days. You’ll keep the £10 of credit you originally topped up by.
- Freebie International Minutes: Top-up by £10 and you’ll receive 60 minutes of free international calling to 61 selected countries. You can also opt in to Vodafone International on Pay As You Go to benefit from cheaper international phone calls. As with other Freebie tariffs, you’ll keep the £10 of credit you topped up by.
For more information, please refer to the Vodafone website for full details about each of the tariffs.
Vodafone has a minimum top-up of £5 each time but doesn’t currently offer any £5 top-up deals. You’ll need to top-up by at least £10/month to take advantage of one of the above deals.
By default, all Vodafone Pay As You Go SIM cards are enrolled on the Big Value Bundles tariff. If you’d like to change to a Freebie tariff, you’ll need to do this after receiving your new Vodafone SIM card. You can change tariff by following the instructions below.
Changing Tariff Or Bundle
If you’re a Vodafone Pay As You Go customer, you can change your tariff at any time by making a short phone call to Vodafone’s automated service:
|Your Chosen Tariff||Instructions For Changing Tariff|
|Big Value Bundle||Call 4354 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|Freebie Minutes||Call 4356 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|Freebie Texts||Call 4357 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|Freebie Data||Call 4358 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
|Freebie International Minutes||Call 4351 from your Vodafone PAYG handset|
If you’re currently on the Big Value Bundles tariff, you can renew a bundle for 30-days by sending 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|
By default, Vodafone will renew your bundle automatically at the end of 30 days. To disable automatic renewal of a Big Value Bundle, call 2345 from your Vodafone handset.
Comparison to Alternatives
In our view, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles are relatively expensive when compared to other mobile networks. In the following section, we’ll compare Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles to rival offerings from other Pay As You Go networks:
£5 per month bundles
Vodafone offers a £5/month Pay As You Go bundle with 100 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
For a better value alternative, it might be worth investigating bundles from ASDA Mobile and giffgaff. For instance, ASDA Mobile offers 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 200MB of internet for £5/month (double the amount of data you’d get on Vodafone’s £5 Big Value Bundle).
Alternatively, £7/month will give you 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet (three times as many minutes and ten times as much data for an extra £2/month over Vodafone’s Big Value Bundle).
£10 per month bundles
Vodafone’s cheapest Big Value Bundle costs £10 per month and comes with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet.
At the £10 per month price point, other Pay As You Go networks offer much larger allowances for the same monthly price. For instance, both ASDA Mobile and giffgaff offer 2GB of data (along with 600 minutes on ASDA and 500 minutes on giffgaff). ASDA Mobile makes use of coverage from EE, whilst giffgaff makes use of coverage from O2.
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ASDA’s £10 bundle comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB internet (coverage from EE)
£15 per month bundles
Vodafone no longer offers a £15 Big Value Bundle (this was withdrawn from sale in July 2017).
At the £15 price point, there are a number of attractive deals from rival mobile networks. For instance, both ASDA Mobile and giffgaff offer 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of 4G internet for £15/month.
£20 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £20 Big Value Bundle bundle comes with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G internet.
For just £18/month, giffgaff offers 2000 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G internet. Alternatively, Three has an All-in-One 20 bundle with 300 minutes, 3000 texts and 12GB of 4G internet.
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 to sign a Pay Monthly contract, it may also be worth having a look at some of the best value Pay Monthly SIM cards. With a Pay Monthly SIM card, you can sometimes get better value for money and there’s also no need to manually top-up your phone.
Pay As You Go Reward Points
Vodafone has a Pay As You Go loyalty scheme known as Vodafone Rewards. With Rewards, you’ll earn points every time you top-up your phone (a £10 top-up gives you 100 Reward points). You also get 50 bonus Reward points whenever you buy a Big Value Bundle. Customers buying a £10 Big Value Bundle every month can therefore expect to earn 1,800 Reward points per year.
Each Reward Point is worth approximately 1p. You can use them for a number of rewards including the following:
|Now TV Sky Sports Day Pass (worth £6.99)||700 Reward Points|
|Splash Selfie Stick (worth £8)||800 Reward Points|
|Pocket Cube Speaker (worth £13)||1,300 Reward Points|
|£20 Amazon Gift Card (worth £20)||2,000 Reward Points|
A full list of available rewards can be seen in the Vodafone rewards catalogue.
Please note: Reward points will automatically expire two years after you receive them. This can make it exceptionally difficult to earn the larger rewards. You’ll also need to opt-in to collect your rewards every time you top-up your phone. You can do this by texting COLLECT to 27822 or by visiting vodafone.co.uk/rewards and entering your details.
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 start from just £10 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 already have an unlocked smartphone that you’re happy to keep, you can order a free Vodafone SIM card to go in that handset. If your mobile phone is currently locked to a network, see our guides on unlocking an iPhone and unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
2G, 3G and 4G Coverage
Vodafone offers 98% population coverage across the UK. This includes 89% population coverage on 3G and 86% 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 customers living in an area with poor Vodafone coverage (e.g. in a rural area or a basement flat), the £69 Vodafone Sure Signal will give you a guaranteed five-bar signal at home.
Tethering Isn’t Permitted
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).
Customers on Vodafone Pay As You Go should be able to tether, but 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 contacting your current network and asking them for 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 give it to Vodafone through this online form. Vodafone will then handle the transfer of your phone number to their network (it should normally take place on the next working day).
As it’s not 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: