Vodafone offers Superfast fibre broadband, Gigafast fibre broadband and a GigaCube broadband service 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 either 4G or 5G download speeds).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s home broadband service, including the three different types of broadband plan you can get. We’ll then 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

In the UK, Vodafone offers three different types of home broadband service:

  • Superfast Broadband: The most popular home broadband package, available to 91% of UK households. Uses fibre-to-the-cabinet technology to give you average download speeds of either 35Mbit/s or 63Mbit/s.
  • Gigafast Broadband: The fastest home broadband service, available in 12 UK towns and cities. Uses full fibre technology to give you average download speeds of between 100Mbit/s and 900Mbit/s.
  • GigaCube 4G & 5G Broadband: Home broadband without the need for a phone line. Uses either 4G or 5G technology to give download speeds that are comparable to a fibre broadband service.

Vodafone no longer offers a ADSL home broadband service. This service closed in June 2019.

In the following section, we’ll look at each of the three types of broadband service from Vodafone in more detail.

Superfast Broadband

Vodafone’s most popular home broadband package is known as Superfast Broadband. Powered by fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, it’s delivered through your BT Openreach phone line.

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

  • Superfast 1 has an average download speed of 35Mbit/s with a minimum guaranteed speed of 25Mbit/s. Upload speeds of up to 10Mbit/s.
  • Superfast 2 has an average download speed of 63Mbit/s with a minimum guaranteed speed of 55Mbit/s. Upload speeds of up to 20Mbit/s.

To put these download speeds in context, Superfast 1 is about 3 times faster than standard ADSL broadband and Superfast 2 is around 6 times faster than ADSL broadband.

Vodafone is currently running a “go faster for less” promotion until the 26th June 2020. This allows you to get Superfast 2 for the price of Superfast 1. Because of this, both plans are currently available for £22.95/month.

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 1
35Mbps download24 month contract£0£22.95/month
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 2
63Mbps download24 month contract£0£22.95/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.

You’ll get a Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub router included in the price when you sign up for Superfast Broadband. 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 such as the ability to prioritise certain devices on your network or to disable wi-fi connectivity at certain times (e.g. during mealtimes or overnight).

You’ll get a discount of up to £3/month on Superfast Broadband if you’re a Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile customer.

For more information, see our full review of Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband.

Gigafast Broadband

If you’re looking for even faster download speeds, Vodafone offers Gigafast Broadband which is their full-fibre service. Currently available in 12 UK towns and cities, customers with a Gigafast plan can get download speeds of up to 900Mbit/s.

The main difference between Superfast broadband and Gigafast broadband is that the latter uses full fibre technology (also known as fibre-to-the-home or FTTH). Instead of using a traditional copper phone line between the cabinet and your home, the fibre optic cable reaches all the way into your home. It means you can get substantially higher speeds, both on download and upload.

There are currently four Gigafast broadband plans, differing based on the speeds that are available:

  • Gigafast Broadband 100 has average download speeds and upload speeds of 100Mbit/s.
  • Gigafast Broadband 200 has average download speeds and upload speeds of 200Mbit/s.
  • Gigafast Broadband 500 has average download speeds and upload speeds of 500Mbit/s.
  • Gigafast Broadband 900 has average download speeds and upload speeds of 900Mbit/s.

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

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Gigafast 100
100Mbps download18 month contract£0£28/month
Vodafone Broadband
Gigafast 200
200Mbps download18 month contract£0£28/month
Vodafone Broadband
Gigafast 500
500Mbps download18 month contract£0£38/month
Vodafone Broadband
Gigafast 900
900Mbps download18 month contract£0£48/month

See all Vodafone Gigafast Broadband Deals →

On Gigafast Broadband, you’ll also get the Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub router included (also known as VoX 3.0 or THG3000G). You can use Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11ac) to share the Gigafast broadband connection across your home or the four Gigabit Ethernet sockets to connect a wired device.

Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile customers can get a £5/month discount on Gigafast Broadband plans, potentially meaning you can get Gigafast Broadband from as little as £23/month.

One limitation of Gigafast broadband is still the limited number of homes that are able to get it. At the moment, it’s only available in 12 UK towns and cities (Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Stirling). In 2020, Gigafast broadband will launch in further locations including Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool.

GigaCube 4G & 5G Broadband

As an alternative to fixed-line home broadband, Vodafone offers the GigaCube home broadband service. This is delivered wirelessly using a 4G or 5G connection so around 99% of the UK’s population is able to get it.

There’s a choice of two different routers when you sign up for Vodafone GigaCube. The Vodafone GigaCube 4G (Huawei B528) is slightly cheaper but restricts you to Vodafone’s 3G and 4G network. The Vodafone GigaCube 5G router (Huawei 5G CPE Pro) allows you to access faster 5G download speeds, at the cost of being a more expensive device.

The price of Vodafone’s GigaCube service depends on how much data you’d like. Price plans starts from £30/month for 100GB of data, increasing to £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for 300GB of data (unlimited data if you choose GigaCube 5G).

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
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB 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£50£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 covers around 99% of the UK population. Meanwhile, 5G coverage has started rolling out in major UK towns and cities. You can check on Vodafone’s website to see the level of coverage that’s 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 for where you live.

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

Vodafone Together Customer Discount

If you’re a Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile customer, you’ll receive a Vodafone Together discount on the following home broadband plans:

  • £2/month discount on Superfast Broadband if you have a 12-month SIM-only deal, a 30-day SIM-only deal or a mobile broadband plan.
  • £3/month discount on Superfast Broadband if you have a phone contract, a 24-month SIM-only deal or an 18-month SIM-only deal.
  • £5/month discount on Gigafast Broadband.

You can also benefit from Vodafone’s Stay Connected Promise which gives you a 50GB mobile data boost if you’re unable to use your home broadband service. This covers situations like a fault with your home broadband service as well as things like when you’re in the process of moving home.

If you’re not currently a Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile customer, consider getting one of their following SIM-only deals:

TariffMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
Red
UnlimitedUnlimited60GB£20.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
Unlimited
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00

For more information, read our full review of Vodafone’s mobile price plans as well as our in-depth review of unlimited data on Vodafone.

Unfortunately, the Vodafone Together customer discount is not currently available on Vodafone GigaCube.

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 Fibre-to-the-cabinet (Openreach FTTC)
Superfast 2 63Mbit/s Fibre-to-the-cabinet (Openreach FTTC)
Gigafast 100 100Mbit/s Full Fibre (Cityfibre FTTH)
Gigafast 200 200Mbit/s Full Fibre (Cityfibre FTTH)
Gigafast 500 500Mbit/s Full Fibre (Cityfibre FTTH)
Gigafast 900 900Mbit/s Full Fibre (Cityfibre FTTH)
GigaCube 4G 4G speeds (check) Category 6 LTE (4G)
GigaCube 5G 5G speeds (check) 4G + 5G nSA

In practice, 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 router as well as the location of your nearest Vodafone mobile mast.

Check Vodafone Broadband Speed →

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

Download Limits

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

On Vodafone GigaCube, you can choose from a range of price plans, with download limits being in place on the most of the price plans. There’s a 100GB download limit on the £30/month plan, a 200GB download limit on the £40/month plan and 300GB download limit on the £50/month plan. The only exception is on the 5G version of the £50/month plan which comes with unlimited data.

Coverage & Availability

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. 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 full fibre broadband, Vodafone uses the Cityfibre network. You can currently get Gigafast broadband in Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Stirling.

Please 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 network. Meanwhile, 5G coverage has recently started rolling out and is now available in the following towns and cities:

Now Live45 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (May 2020)
Ambleside, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Guildford, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prestwich, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Southampton, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
2 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth (2020)

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 see our guide to the city-by-city rollout of 5G in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of home broadband are available on Vodafone?
In the UK, Vodafone offers three types of home broadband service:
  • Superfast Broadband: The most popular home broadband plan on Vodafone, with average download speeds of either 35Mbit/s or 63Mbit/s. Available in 91% of UK homes.
  • Gigafast Broadband: The fastest home broadband service, using full fibre technology. Average download speeds of between 100Mbit/s and 900Mbit/s. Available in 12 UK towns and cities.
  • GigaCube 4G & 5G Broadband: Home broadband without the need for a phone line. Available to 99% of the UK’s population, with download speeds that are comparable to fibre.
What router will I get with Vodafone broadband?
On Superfast and Gigafast broadband, you’ll receive Vodafone’s Wi-Fi Hub router (also known as VoX 3.0 or THG3000G). This supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) technology and has 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets for you to connect a wired device. Features include the ability to prioritise devices on your network and the ability to disable wi-fi at certain times of the day (e.g. during mealtimes or overnight).

On GigaCube, you’ll receive the Huawei B528 on a GigaCube 4G plan and the Huawei 5G CPE Pro on a GigaCube 5G plan.

Will I get a discount on Vodafone broadband if I’m an Pay Monthly mobile customer?
Yes. You’ll get a Vodafone Together customer discount on the following broadband plans:
  • £2/month discount on Superfast Broadband if you have a SIM-only plan (30 days or 12 months) or a mobile broadband plan.
  • £3/month discount on Superfast Broadband if you have a phone contract or a SIM-only plan (18 or 24 months).
  • £5/month discount on Gigafast Broadband.
What speeds are available on Vodafone home broadband?
The download speeds on Vodafone home broadband depend on the price plan you choose:
Are there any download limits on Vodafone home broadband?
There are no download limits on Superfast Broadband and Gigafast Broadband.

On GigaCube, the download limit will depend on the price plan you choose. For instance, you’ll get 100GB data for £30/month, 200GB data for £40/month and either 300GB data or unlimited data for £50/month.

Can I get Vodafone home broadband where I live?
Superfast Broadband should be available in around 91% of UK homes with Gigafast Broadband available in 12 towns and cities. To see whether Vodafone home broadband is available where you live, please enter your address on Vodafone’s website.

More Information

For more information, read our in-depth reviews of Vodafone Superfast Broadband and Vodafone GigaCube. Alternatively, see Vodafone’s official web pages about Superfast Broadband, Gigafast Broadband and Vodafone GigaCube.

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  • Alan Chesterman said:

    With super fast speeds jumping from 50Mbps to 500Mbps I am wondering if my computer can handle those sort of speeds. I have a fairly new HP all in one, but the built in wifi is only 2.4ghz. If I buy a 1200Mbps (that is 300 @ 2.4ghz and 867 @ 5ghz) dongle will thosr speeds work in my usb ports ?

    Cannot find any info anywhere.

  • Interesting topic, I just had a chat with Vodafone on this very subject and they gave me the same “Beaming” technology sales pitch.

    Not convinced it won’t be a headache and recent dealings with Vodafone customer service has been unbelievably bad

  • Barry Stevens said:

    We just had Gigafast broadband from vodafone. They installed it last Tuesday , a week ago, and still it isn’t working as we were informed. We get 52 Mbs download and 48 upload, in fact my wife actually had on 23 Mbs download this evening. Our last supplier was running at 70 Mps so this a step , actually a leap, backwards. Has anyone else experienced this and what can be done to rectify it. As things are I’m tempted to return to my old supplier.

    • Barry can I ask: where abouts in the UK are you? We’re considering this in MK at the moment but I’m dubious! Has your WiFi range improved? We have terrible range in our property at present.

      • Barry Stevens replied:

        Good evening Jolene. I’m in Bletchley and have been with Plusnet which has been pretty well okay but this Gigafast looked good and was able to save me a bit of cash. Sadly, I was sold on the promise that I’d get 100Mbs download and upload, which has not been the case. I’ve been getting speeds varying from 50 to 71Mbs. Tonight they tell me it’s because my wife and are I using WiFi, not ethernet. Tomorrow I’ll Buy a long enough cable and give it one last try, mainly for my wife who plays some game (Farmville) on her PC which won’t load on Vodafone. As for WiFi range I don’t see any improvement, sorry.
        Regards,
        Barry

        • Thank you Barry for your reply. We solely use WiFi so you comment is really interesting. After some extensive research yesterday I think we will stick with plusnet tbh.
          I had a live chat with Vodaphone yesterday, and after asking about range this was their reply…
          “our new router which has just been released offers unique beam forming technology so rather than simply casting out a WiFi signal it individually targets heavy using devices so they retain the speed they require rather than dropping the signal”
          If you happen to contact them at any time regards your own situation maybe that information will come in handy.
          Good luck and thank you again.

        • Gary Phillips replied:

          Hi Barry, can you advise of you still have issues with this provider? I am looking to renew my service with either BT (my current provider) or this new Gigabit Broadband from Vodafone, would like to hear your thoughts

          • Barry Stevens replied:

            Good evening Gary, unfortunately I still am not sorted out to my satisfaction and I’m dealing with the Directors Office. The only way to get the speed they advertise is connecting our PC’s with ethernet cables and even then it varies, sometimes dramatically. I have been with Plusnet for a couple of years and was getting a constant 70 Mbs with them. I’ve had as low as 28 Mbs with this supplier and I’m really unhappy.
            Hope that resolves your question
            Regards,
            Barry

    • Hi Rob,
      Thanks for your comment. There’s no separate line rental fee for your landline connection – it’s all included in the Vodafone Together plan. There are no minutes included on the landline however – you’ll need to pay the rates listed here (whereas the calls are included if you’re calling on your mobile phone).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • 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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