Vodafone is offering the Galaxy S21 range with a guaranteed trade-in saving and an annual upgrade promise.

In the UK, Vodafone is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G with a guaranteed saving of £360 when you trade in an old Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S10. Perfect for anyone who wants to upgrade to the latest smartphone from Samsung, it allows you to save £15/month on your plan.

When you buy a Galaxy S21 on Vodafone, you’ll also benefit from an annual upgrade promise, a choice of unlimited data plans, 5G coverage in 100 UK locations and access to VeryMe Rewards.

In this article, we’ll look at the latest range of Galaxy S21 smartphones from Samsung. We’ll also look at how you can use Vodafone’s trade-in offer to save £360 on the Galaxy S21. We’ll then look at the other features of Vodafone like their annual upgrade promise and 5G. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep your current phone number when moving to the Vodafone network.

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Galaxy S21 Phones

Samsung has now released the Galaxy S21 series of smartphones. This year, you can choose from the Galaxy S21 5G, the Galaxy S21+ 5G and the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

  • The Galaxy S21 5G is the mainstream model this year. It features a next-generation triple camera system along with a 6.2-inch screen and ultrafast 5G connectivity.
  • The Galaxy S21+ 5G offers a bigger 6.7-inch screen along with a battery that’s 20% larger than on the Galaxy S21 5G. It also has a more premium glass back.
  • The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is Samsung’s most powerful smartphone. It has an upgraded quad-camera system which can take photos at up to 108 megapixels. There’s also 10x dual optical zoom and a 40 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. Along with that, you’ll get a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ screen and a 5,000mAh battery.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison between the three devices:

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Available from £40/month plus £48 upfront (with 48GB data). Available from £48/month plus £48 upfront (with 48GB data). Available from £64/month plus £28 upfront (unlimited data).
Has a 6.2-inch FHD+ display. Has a 6.7-inch FHD+ display. Has a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ edge display.
Has 3 rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilisation. 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and 30x Super Resolution Zoom. 10 megapixel front camera. Has 3 rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilisation. 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and 30x Super Resolution Zoom. 10 megapixel front camera. Has 4 rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilisation. 10x Dual Optimal Zoom and 100x Super Resolution Zoom. 40 megapixel front camera.
Weighs 169g and has a 4,000mAh battery. Weighs 200g and has a 4,800mAh battery. Weighs 227g and has a 5,000mAh battery.
Supports 5G mobile networks. Supports 5G mobile networks. Supports 5G mobile networks.
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Galaxy S21 on Vodafone

Trade-In Guarantee

Vodafone is currently offering a trade-in guarantee for anyone who wants to upgrade from a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S10.

When you trade in an old phone from this range, you’ll get a saving of £15 per month on your new Samsung Galaxy S21 plan. This is a total saving of £360 over your 24-month contract. Your old phone needs to be in good working order for you to be able to trade it in.

To get the trade-in saving, start by ordering your new Galaxy S21 phone online. You can then use Vodafone’s Trade-in Tool to get an instant confirmation that your phone passes all of their checks.

Annual Upgrade Promise

Vodafone is currently offering an annual upgrade promise on all of the Galaxy S21 phones.

With the annual upgrade promise, you can upgrade your phone at any time once you’ve had it for at least 12 months (e.g. to the latest Samsung, the latest iPhone, or another phone if you prefer). You’ll need to choose a new plan that costs the same or more each month and you’ll need to return your Galaxy S21 when you upgrade. There are no early upgrade fees when using this service.

If, after 12 months, you don’t want to upgrade to a newer phone, you can simply keep your Galaxy S21 and can continue using it as normal on your plan. There’s more information about this on the Vodafone website.

Unlimited Data Plans

Vodafone offers all three Galaxy S21 phones on a range of Vodafone Red and Vodafone Unlimited plans.

If you choose a Vodafone Unlimited plan, you’ll get unlimited data with no limits on how much you can download inside the UK. You can also choose from three different plans, depending on the download speeds you’d like:

  • Unlimited Max gives you the fastest available download speeds along with 81 roam-free destinations as part of Vodafone’s Global Roaming Plus.
  • Unlimited gives you download speeds of up to 10Mbps and access to 51 roam-free destinations. This is suitable for most daily usage including streaming HD video online.
  • Unlimited Lite gives you download speeds of up to 2Mbps. This is suitable for browsing, messaging, social media and listening to music online.

The following table shows how much you’d pay for the Galaxy S21 with unlimited data on Vodafone:

Plan Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Unlimited Max
(fastest available speed)
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront
(up to 10Mbps)
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront
Unlimited Lite
(up to 2Mbps)
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront
plus £28 upfront

The prices shown in this table include a £15/month saving from trading in your old phone as part of the Vodafone trade-in guarantee.

If you don’t need an unlimited data plan, you can get a cheaper Vodafone Red plan with either 48GB of data or 100GB of data per month.

5G Network

All of the Galaxy S21 phones support 5G technology so you can access ultrafast speeds on Vodafone’s 5G network in 100 UK towns and cities.

According to Vodafone, their 5G network offers average download speeds of 150-200Mbps. This is around five to ten times faster than 4G which has an average download speed of 23-35Mbps. You’ll also benefit from greater network capacity so you can stay connected in busy places and lower latency so things should be more responsive on your phone.

In September 2020, Vodafone was named London’s best 5G network by umlaut, a mobile network benchmarking company. According to the umlaut report, Vodafone’s 5G network gave an average download speed of 215.2Mbps in the capital. They also had better reliability than 5G networks from other providers.

VeryMe Rewards

VeryMe Rewards is Vodafone’s customer loyalty programme. It gives you access to weekly giveaways and offers from a range of brands like Costa Coffee, Thorntons, Vue and Greggs. You can get a weekly treat every Friday as part of Vodafone’s ongoing #FeelGoodFriday campaign.

You’ll get access to VeryMe Rewards on all Pay Monthly plans from Vodafone.

eSIM Support

If you buy your Galaxy S21 on a contract from Vodafone, you’ll get a SIM card included with it that allows you to access the Vodafone network. You have the option of exchanging this for an eSIM at a later date if you don’t want to use a physical SIM card in your Galaxy S21.

If you’ve purchased a Galaxy S21 elsewhere (e.g. on a SIM-free and unlocked basis), the fastest way to start using it is by getting an eSIM from Vodafone. All of Vodafone’s SIM-only deals can be used on eSIM. Just choose the “eSIM” option when you order a SIM card from Vodafone and you’ll be emailed an eSIM that you can start using straight away.


2G, 3G & 4G Coverage

Vodafone offers 99% population coverage in the UK on their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. You can access average download speeds of 23-35Mbps when using Vodafone’s 4G network in the UK.

To check the availability of Vodafone’s coverage in your area, enter your postcode on their online coverage map:

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Once you’ve entered your postcode, you can tap on the “Data speed info” button. This will give you a personalised estimate of the speeds that might be available in your area.

5G Coverage

At present, Vodafone offers 5G coverage in a total of 100 UK towns and cities. You can access their 5G network on all three devices from the Galaxy S21 range.

Vodafone’s 5G network is currently available in the following UK towns and cities:

Now Live100 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (June 2023)
Aberdeen, Alexandria, Ambleside, Aughton, Basingstoke, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Blaydon, Bolton, Bootle, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Clydebank, Crawley, Crosby, Dewsbury, Dinas Powys, Droylsden, Dudley, Dundee, Eccles, Edinburgh, Eston and South Bank, Felling, Gateshead, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gosforth, Guildford, Hebburn, Helensburgh, Horwich, Huddersfield, Hull, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Jarrow, Killingworth, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Lisburn, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Longbenton, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Middlesbrough, Morley, Mosborough, Newbury, Newcastle, Newtownabbey, North Shields, Oldbury, Paisley, Penarth, Pendlebury, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prescot, Prestwich, Pudsey, Rawmarsh, Reading, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sheffield, Shipley, Solihull, South Shields, Southampton, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Stretford, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swinton, Tynemouth, Urmston, Wallasey, Wallsend, Warrington, Washington, Whitley Bay, Wolverhampton, York

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You can also access 5G coverage in another 193 locations across Europe, including towns and cities in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re switching from another mobile network to a new Galaxy S21 phone on Vodafone, it’s easy to keep your current phone number.

Start by ordering your new Galaxy S21 phone on Vodafone’s website. Once you’ve done that, you can request a PAC Code from your old network. You can get one free of charge through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.

When your new Galaxy S21 handset arrives, set it up and give your PAC Code to Vodafone. They’ll schedule the transfer of your phone number, normally for the next working day.

For a step-by-step guide on how to transfer your phone number to Vodafone, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Vodafone

Select your current mobile network:

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For more information about Vodafone’s Galaxy S21 deals, please see Vodafone’s official website.

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