Vodafone offers Superfast and Gigafast fibre broadband along with a Vodafone GigaCube service that’s powered by 4G & 5G.

In the UK, Vodafone offers three types of home broadband: Superfast Broadband (with average download speeds of 35Mbit/s or 63Mbit/s), Gigafast Broadband (with average download speeds of 100 to 900Mbit/s) and Vodafone GigaCube (with 4G or 5G download speeds).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s home broadband service, including the three different types of broadband you can get. We’ll look at the download speeds on Superfast Broadband, Gigafast Broadband and Vodafone GigaCube before looking at download limits and the coverage you can expect on Vodafone Broadband.

Vodafone Broadband Plans

Superfast Broadband

Vodafone’s standard home broadband package is known as Superfast Broadband and is powered by fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology through your BT Openreach phone line.

At present, you can choose from two Superfast Broadband plans:

  • Superfast 1 Broadband: This gives an average download speeds of 35Mbit/s. According to Vodafone, 73% of Superfast 1 customers are able to get this speed. There’s a minimum guaranteed speed of 25Mbit/s with a discount being offered if you aren’t able to get this.
  • Superfast 2 Broadband: This gives an average download speeds of 63Mbit/s. According to Vodafone, 61% of Superfast 2 customers are able to get this speed. There’s a minimum guaranteed speed of 55Mbit/s on this plan, with a 15% discount on your bill being offered if you aren’t able to get this.

You’ll get a Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub router included when you sign up to the Superfast Broadband service. This has dual-band Wi-Fi support (including 802.11ac) and four Gigabit Ethernet sockets for you to connect wired devices to your network. The router can be managed through the Vodafone Broadband app with clever features like family time and a guest wi-fi network.

Service Data Allowance Contract Length Upfront Price Monthly Price

Vodafone Superfast
Unlimited Data
(35Mbit/s average speed)
18 month contract £0 £22/month

Vodafone Superfast
Unlimited Data
(63Mbit/s average speed)
18 month contract £0 £27/month

See all Vodafone Superfast Broadband Deals →

Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband service should be available in around 90% of UK homes – you can enter your postcode on their website to see whether it’s available where you live.

A discount is available on Vodafone Superfast Broadband when you take it as part of a Vodafone Together package. This will get you a 5G-ready mobile SIM card on Vodafone’s network along with Vodafone’s Superfast home broadband service.

Vodafone no longer offers a ADSL broadband service to new customers.

Gigafast Broadband

For even faster download speeds, Vodafone offers Gigafast Broadband with average download speeds of between 100 and 900Mbit/s. The Gigafast broadband service is currently available in around 1 million homes, with this planned to increase to 5 million homes by 2025.

The Gigafast Broadband service makes use of full fibre technology (also known as fibre-to-the-home, or FTTH for short). It differs from Superfast Broadband which only uses fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) so download speeds should be substantially higher when using Gigafast Broadband.

You’ll also get the Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub router included when you sign up for Gigafast Broadband.

The following table shows a list of all Gigafast Broadband plans:

Service Data Allowance Contract Length Upfront Price Monthly Price

Vodafone Gigafast
Unlimited Data
(100Mbit/s average speed)
18 month contract £0 £28/month

Vodafone Gigafast
Unlimited Data
(500Mbit/s average speed)
18 month contract £0 £38/month

Vodafone Gigafast
Unlimited Data
(900Mbit/s average speed)
18 month contract £0 £48/month

See all Vodafone Gigafast Broadband Deals →

If you’re an existing Vodafone Pay Monthly customer, you can get a £5/month discount on Gigafast Broadband plans.

Please double-check on Vodafone’s website to see whether Gigafast Broadband is available where you live. At the time of writing, the service is available in parts of Aberdeen, Batley, Bournemouth, Bradford, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Inverness, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lowestoft, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Peterborough, Rotherham, Slough, Southend on Sea, Stirling, Swindon and Worthing.

Vodafone have teamed up with CityFibre for their Gigafast Broadband service, rather than using the BT Openreach network which is used by most other providers.

GigaCube 4G & 5G Broadband

As an alternative to fixed-line home broadband, Vodafone also offers a GigaCube broadband service which is delivered wirelessly over a 4G or 5G network connection.

The cost of Vodafone’s GigaCube service depends on how much data you need. It starts from £30/month for 100GB of data, increasing to £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for unlimited data.

There’s a choice of two different routers when signing up for the GigaCube service. The Vodafone GigaCube 4G (Huawei B528) is slightly cheaper, but the more expensive Vodafone GigaCube 5G (Huawei 5G CPE Pro) will give you higher maximum download speeds.

Vodafone GigaCube 4G Plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£100£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G Plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month

Vodafone’s 4G network should cover about 99% of the UK population. Meanwhile, 5G coverage has started rolling out in major UK towns and cities. Check on Vodafone’s website to find out the level of coverage available in your area. Once you have the coverage results for your area, you can tap on the “Data speed info” button to get an estimated download speed where you live.

For more information, see our full review of Vodafone GigaCube.

Vodafone Together

For customers wanting a 5G SIM card for their mobile phone along with a fibre broadband connection at home, Vodafone offers a range of Vodafone Together bundles.

Vodafone Together gives you a £2/month discount on Superfast Broadband along with a further 15% off any additional SIM cards added to your account.

In order to get started with a Vodafone Together bundle, choose from one of the following SIM card deals:

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£23.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00

For more information about Vodafone’s mobile phone SIM cards, read our full review of Vodafone’s price plans or our in-depth review of unlimited data plans on Vodafone.

Vodafone Home Broadband Speeds

The average download speeds on Vodafone home broadband are as follows:

Broadband Plan Average Download Speed Technology
Superfast 1 35Mbit/s BT Openreach FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet)
Superfast 2 63Mbit/s BT Openreach FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet)
Gigafast 100 100Mbit/s Cityfibre FTTH (fibre-to-the-home)
Gigafast 500 500Mbit/s Cityfibre FTTH (fibre-to-the-home)
Gigafast 900 900Mbit/s Cityfibre FTTH (fibre-to-the-home)
GigaCube 4G 4G speeds (check) Category 6 LTE (4G)
GigaCube 5G 5G speeds (check) 4G + 5G nSA

In reality, actual download speeds on Superfast broadband will depend on the distance between your home and your nearest green cabinet. Download speeds on the Vodafone GigaCube service depend on the location of your nearest Vodafone mast and where you’ve set up the router in your home. Sometimes, things like network congestion or poor weather can also affect the download speeds you receive.

Check Vodafone Broadband Speed →

Customers on Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband service will have access to Vodafone’s Ultimate Broadband Guarantee. If the speeds to your router ever drop below 25Mbit/s (Superfast 1) or 55Mbit/s (Superfast 2), you’ll be given a 15% discount on your bill until the issue is resolved.

Download Limits

On Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband and Gigafast Broadband, there are no download limits. This means you can download as much as you like, without getting throttled or having your download speeds reduced.

On Vodafone GigaCube, you can choose from a range of price plans, with download limits being in place on the two cheapest plans. There’s a 100GB download limit on the £30/month plan and a 200GB download limit on the £40/month plan. Unlimited data is available on the £50/month GigaCube plan.

Coverage

The coverage and availability of Vodafone Broadband depends on the type of broadband service you’re looking for.

Fibre Broadband

Vodafone uses the BT Openreach network for their Superfast Broadband (FTTC) product. This is available in around 91% of UK homes and depends on your nearest street cabinet having been upgraded to support fibre broadband speeds. Occasionally, there might be a waiting list for this product if all of the capacity at your green cabinet has already been used up.

For Gigafast Broadband (FTTH), Vodafone uses the Cityfibre network. At present, around 1 million homes are connected to the Cityfibre network in 25 UK towns and cities: Aberdeen, Batley, Bournemouth, Bradford, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Inverness, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lowestoft, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Peterborough, Rotherham, Slough, Southend on Sea, Stirling, Swindon and Worthing.

You can use the line checker on Vodafone’s website to see whether Superfast Broadband and Gigafast Broadband are available where you live:

Check Vodafone Fibre Broadband Coverage →

4G & 5G Broadband

The Vodafone GigaCube makes use of 4G and 5G coverage from Vodafone’s mobile network.

At the time of writing, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage across the UK on their 4G mobile network. Meanwhile, 5G coverage has recently started rolling out and is now available in the following towns and cities:

Now Live15 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (October 2019)
Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bristol, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Lancaster, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
7 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Warrington (End of 2019)

You can check both the 4G and 5G coverage in your area by using Vodafone’s online coverage map. Once you’ve entered your postcode, you can also get an estimate of the download speeds you’ll receive by tapping on the “Data speed info” button.

Check Vodafone 4G & 5G Coverage →

For more information, read our full review of the coverage on Vodafone. Alternatively, you can also see our guide to the city-by-city rollout of 5G in the UK.

More Information

Please see Vodafone’s official website for information about Superfast Broadband, Gigafast Broadband and Vodafone GigaCube.

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  • Great article Ken, do have a few questions for you though i’m afraid…

    how much difference does an external 4g antenna make?
    do you need line of sight for a directional antenna?
    Is a 15m STA extension between the antenna and router likely to add much latency on the download speed?

    TIA,

    Mark

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment! To answer each of your questions in order:
      1. An external antenna can often make a large difference in the download speed and stability of your 4G home broadband service. There isn’t a hard and fast rule, however, on how much it improves it – this really depends on what coverage was like before adding the antenna. There’s more information here in case it’s helpful!
      2. It’s obviously preferable to have line of sight, but I don’t think this is a strict requirement of being able to use an antenna.
      3. Typically, it’s best to use the shortest possible length of cable. Otherwise, you’ll find signal losses from the cable will cancel out any benefit from using an external antenna (possibly even making it worse than to start with!). I’d personally be very hesitant to use anything longer than a 5m cable. Is there a reason that a shorter length of cable wouldn’t work for you (e.g. could you re-position the router to be closer to the antenna)?
      Ken

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