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 one-month 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 2GB of 4G internet. Customers wanting a larger allowance of data can get 8GB 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, how you can use the ‘total rollover’ feature and the Vodafone Rewards scheme. 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.
- 1 Bundles & Pricing
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Handsets
- 4 Coverage
- 5 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 6 More Information
Bundles & Pricing
Vodafone currently 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.
- 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.
In the past, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles have also been known as Freedom Freebees.
Big Value Bundles
For regular mobile users and for anyone with a smartphone, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles will normally offer the best value usage.
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.
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.
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 minutes, texts and mobile 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 2GB 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 3GB 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.
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 around £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|
|Pocket Cube Speaker (worth £13)||2,600 Reward Points|
|£20 Amazon Gift Card (worth £20)||4,000 Reward Points|
A full list of available rewards can be seen in the Vodafone rewards catalogue.
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.
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 100 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data.
For a better value alternative, it might be worth investigating the bundles from ASDA Mobile and giffgaff. For instance, ASDA Mobile offers 125 minutes, 2000 texts and 200MB of internet for £5/month (this is double the amount of data you’d get on Vodafone’s £5 Big Value Bundle).
For £7/month, you’ll get 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet on ASDA Mobile (this is three times as many minutes and ten times as much data for just £2/month more).
£10 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of internet.
At this price point, giffgaff offers a better value deal with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of 4G internet on their £10/month goodybag. You’ll get 4G coverage from the O2 network. Your monthly allowance will also be boosted by an additional 1GB once you’ve been a customer of giffgaff for 3 months.
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giffgaff’s £10 goodybag comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB internet (coverage from O2)
£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. In our opinion, giffgaff leads the pack with their £15 goodybag which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G internet (coverage from the O2 network).
£20 per month bundles
Vodafone’s £20 Big Value Bundle bundle comes with 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 6GB of 4G internet.
For £18/month, giffgaff offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 9GB of high-speed 4G internet. Alternatively, Three offers an All-in-One 20 bundle for £20/month with 3000 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 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 £3.50 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 96% 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).
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.