Vodafone offers Pay As You Go “Big Value Bundles” from £10/month 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 data. Starting in price from £10 per month, the bundles turn your Pay As You Go credit into a 30-day allowance of calls, texts and internet.
Vodafone’s popular £10 Big Value Bundle comes with 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 3GB of data. Customers wanting a larger allowance can get 5GB of data for £15/month, 10GB of data for £20/month, or 20GB of data for £30/month. Unfortunately, the £5 Big Value Bundle is no longer available to new customers.
In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. We’ll discuss the bundles that are available and how you can use the ‘Total Rollover’ feature. We’ll also discuss Pay As You Go 1, an alternative deal from Vodafone for occasional users not wanting to top-up their phone every month. Finally, we’ll compare Vodafone’s 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 much larger allowances for the same price as Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles. You’ll 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 unlimited social media data for 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
Vodafone offers a choice of two Pay As You Go price plans:
- Big Value Bundles: For regular mobile users (including the majority of smartphone users), Vodafone offers Big Value Bundles from £10/month. You’ll get an inclusive allowance of minutes, texts and mobile data, lasting for up to 30 days.
- Pay As You Go 1: For occasional mobile users not wanting to top-up every month, Vodafone has a traditional Pay As You Go tariff called Pay As You Go 1. On this plan, you’ll pay £1/day when you use your mobile phone for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data.
As an alternative to Big Value Bundles, there are also bundles available on the VOXI by Vodafone sub-brand. VOXI’s bundles give you a much larger data allowance compared to regular Big Value Bundles (e.g. you’ll get 8GB of data for £10/month on VOXI). You’ll also get unlimited minutes and endless social media data.
Big Value Bundles
For regular mobile users (including most users 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-up is 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 £10 to £30 per month:
At the end of the 30-day period, you’ll need to buy another Big Value Bundle. Your unused allowances can be rolled over for a maximum of one month as part of Vodafone’s Total Rollover offer. Providing there’s enough credit remaining on your account, Vodafone will try to renew your bundle automatically.
Up until November 2019, Vodafone also offered a £5 Big Value Bundle with 150 minutes, 250 texts and 100MB of data. This bundle is no longer available for purchase – the cheapest bundle is now Vodafone’s £10 bundle.
For customers automatically renewing their Big Value Bundle every month, Vodafone offers a feature called “Total Rollover”. This takes all of the unused allowances from your current month’s bundle (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 data. If, during a given month, there are 100 unused minutes and 1GB of unused data, your allowances will 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 once into the following month (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 a new one. Total Rollover also isn’t available when you change to a different 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, the Total Rollover feature of Big Value Bundles isn’t available on VOXI and you won’t be able to participate in the Vodafone Rewards scheme. Customer support is also managed online via web chat, rather than on the phone like it is for Big Value Bundles. For more information, see the VOXI website or read our in-depth review of VOXI.
Customers with a Big Value Bundle can benefit from the Vodafone Rewards loyalty programme. This will give you 100 reward points (worth approximately 50p) for every £10 top-up. You’ll also get 50 bonus 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 around 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 charitable donation||1,000 Reward Points|
|£10 Vodafone Webshop voucher||2,000 Reward Points|
|Wireless In-Ear Headphones||3,000 Reward Points|
|£20 Amazon Gift Card||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 2345, or send a free 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 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 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 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 plan.
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, see our in-depth review of Vodafone Pay As You Go 1.
In the past, Vodafone has offered a range of Freebie deals on Pay As You Go. On these deals, you’d get a free 30-day allowance every time you top up your phone with £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 plan can continue to use it.
Comparison to Alternatives
In our view, Vodafone’s Big Value Bundles offer reasonable value. However, you can normally find better value deals elsewhere on other Pay As You Go 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, 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 Pay As You Go 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’s £15 Big Value Bundle includes 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of data.
For £15/month, we think VOXI once again offers much better value. For a £15 monthly top-up on VOXI, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 20GB of data and endless social media data.
£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 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, 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, 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 £1 when you also top-up with at least £10 of credit. You can also buy a Vodafone Pay As You Go handset from third-party retailers such as 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 slot inside that handset. If your mobile phone is currently locked to another network, see our guides to unlocking an iPhone and 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:
Vodafone offers 5G coverage in a number of major UK towns and cities. Customers with access to 5G can access faster download speeds on Vodafone (up to 1,000Mbit/s). 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 Big Value Bundle if you want access to 5G. You’ll also need a 5G-ready handset and will need to be in one of Vodafone’s 5G coverage areas:
|Now Live||38 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (February 2020)|
Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
|6 towns and cities planned|
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton (End of 2019)
For more information, see our 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.
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 so you should 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 currently available from Vodafone?||
Vodafone currently offers a choice of four Pay As You Go bundles:
|How do Big Value Bundles compare to VOXI Bundles?||
Most people will be far better off getting a bundle from Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand VOXI instead. For instance, you’ll get 8GB 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 unlimited social media data.
|How does Total Rollover work on Vodafone Pay As You Go?||
If you automatically renew your Big Value Bundle, any unused allowances from the current month’s bundle will rollover automatically into the following month’s bundle. For instance, if you have 100 unused minutes and 1GB of unused data from a £10 Big Value Bundle, your allowances in 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 for 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.