Vodafone’s GigaCube offers 4G and 5G home broadband from £30/month, without the need for a phone line or cable.

If you’re looking for a fast alternative to fixed-line home broadband, Vodafone’s GigaCube can give you high-speed home broadband that’s delivered wirelessly over a 4G or 5G connection.

The GigaCube service comes on a choice of three price plans, depending on how much data you’d like. It costs £30/month for 100GB of data, £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for either 300GB of data or unlimited data. Depending on the area you live in, you’ll receive either a 4G or 5G GigaCube router (this will be either a Huawei B528 or a Huawei 5G CPE Pro).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s GigaCube service. We’ll start by looking at the GigaCube price plans and how they compare to other broadband plans available from Vodafone. We’ll then look at the 4G GigaCube (Huawei B528) and the 5G GigaCube (Huawei 5G CPE Pro) routers in more detail, before comparing the GigaCube service to rival offerings from Three and EE. Finally, we’ll look at the level of coverage you can expect on Vodafone when using a GigaCube for your home broadband service.

GigaCube Price Plans

For many people, 4G technology can now deliver similar or even faster download speeds than traditional fixed-line home broadband. With new 5G technology, download speeds can get even faster with average speeds of 200Mbit/s or more.

In the UK, Vodafone is now offering GigaCube price plans powered by 4G or 5G as an alternative to traditional fixed-line home broadband. This sits alongside their more traditional fibre-based plans like Superfast and Gigafast broadband.

There are three different tiers of GigaCube plan, varying in price based on how much data you’d like. You’ll pay £30/month for the entry-level plan with 100GB of data, increasing to £40/month for 200GB of data. For £50/month, this increases to 300GB of data on the 4G GigaCube or to fully unlimited data on the 5G GigaCube.

An upfront cost may also apply for the router, depending on the contract length and device you choose. On an 18-month contract, you can get the 4G GigaCube router with no upfront cost. Meanwhile, you can get the 5G GigaCube router for an upfront cost of £50 (or £100 on the entry level 100GB plan).

The following table shows a list of currently available Vodafone GigaCube price plans:

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

Besides Vodafone, Three is the only other UK mobile network to offer unlimited data on 4G home broadband. On Three, you can get unlimited data for £20/month on the Huawei B535 HomeFi+ and unlimited data for £25/month on the Huawei AI Cube. On EE, it’s possible to get up to 1,000GB of data per month with the 5GEE Home (Huawei 5G CPE Pro) router.

It isn’t possible to use the Vodafone GigaCube on a Pay As You Go basis – you’ll need to sign up for a contract to use it.

The Vodafone GigaCube service is subject to “coverage and capacity in your local area”.

Before signing up, it’s worth noting that the Vodafone GigaCube plans have some restrictions on what you can do with them. Firstly, the 5G GigaCube is only available for customers living in selected 5G coverage areas. Everyone else is restricted to using 4G. Secondly, GigaCube traffic may undergo “data de-prioritisation”, meaning it gets a lower level of priority compared to other network traffic. Finally, the GigaCube SIM card will not work in other devices and international roaming is disabled so you can only use it inside the UK.

Compared to Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband and Gigafast Broadband, GigaCube tends to be a more expensive service. On GigaCube, you’ll need to pay £50/month for a plan with unlimited data. Meanwhile, unlimited data is available for less than £25/month on Superfast Broadband and for less than £30/month on Gigafast Broadband. Superfast Broadband uses Openreach fibre-to-the-cabinet technology whereas Gigafast Broadband uses full fibre technology from Cityfibre. For more information, see our full review of Vodafone broadband.

Huawei B528 4G Router

The Huawei B528 has a cylindrical design.

Customers signing up for the 4G version of Vodafone GigaCube will receive a Huawei B528 wireless router. This is offered at no upfront cost when you take out an 18-month contract, or for an upfront fee of £100 when you take a 30-day rolling plan.

The Huawei B528 router will pick up a 4G signal from Vodafone’s network and will rebroadcast it as a Wi-Fi network for your other devices to connect to. Download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s are supported by the router (Category 6 LTE speeds), with full backwards compatibility for 2G and 3G coverage.

Up to 20 devices can connect to your Wi-Fi network at one time with there being support for dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n/ac) at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Alongside the wireless connectivity, there’s also a single Gigabit Ethernet socket for connecting a wired device to your network. There are also two TS9 sockets for attaching an external antenna to your router. The Huawei B528 also has a RJ11 phone port but all of the calling functionality has been disabled on GigaCube in the UK.

In our opinion, the Huawei B528 is a decent mid-range router and the cylindrical design sets it apart from many other 4G routers. Besides the Huawei GigaCube B528, the only other 4G router available in the UK with a cylindrical design is the Huawei AI Cube B900 (available from Three with a built-in Amazon Alexa smart speaker).

The Huawei B525 is an alternative router with a more traditional form factor.

If you don’t mind having a router in the more traditional rectangular form factor, it may also be worth considering an unlocked Huawei B525 router instead (available for around £120). This has 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets (compared to 1 on the B528 GigaCube) and allows you to have up to 64 devices connected to your Wi-Fi network at one time (compared to just 20 on the B528 GigaCube). The Huawei B525 also uses SMA connectors for the external antenna which will give you a wider choice of options compared to the more obscure TS9 connector on the B528 GigaCube.

You can use a Huawei B525 router with a SIM card from Vodafone or from any other mobile network. For instance, Vodafone offers an unlimited data SIM card for just £30/month with uncapped download speeds. With this SIM card inside a Huawei B525 router, you’ll pay the equivalent of £36.67/month over 18 months for an unlimited data allowance (£120 upfront plus £30/month). Other mobile networks like Three may offer unlimited data SIM cards at a slightly lower price than Vodafone.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router

If you decide to sign up for the 5G version of the GigaCube service, you’ll receive a Huawei 5G CPE Pro wireless router (also known as the Huawei H112-370). This is offered for £50 upfront on an 18-month contract (or £100 upfront if you choose the entry-level 100GB plan). Alternatively, there’s an upfront fee of £325 to get the router on a 30-day rolling plan.

The 5G GigaCube is able to pick up Vodafone’s 5G signal, in addition to 4G. In theory, the router can support Gigabit download speeds (more than 1,000Mbit/s or 1Gbit/s). However, average download speeds of about 150-250Mbit/s are much more common when using a GigaCube on Vodafone’s 5G network.

Up to 64 devices can connect at one time to your Huawei 5G CPE Pro router, with support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax technologies). There are also two Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your network and two TS9 connectors for attaching an external antenna.

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, the extra speeds will probably make it worthwhile to upgrade to the 5G version of the GigaCube. Alongside the faster download speeds, you’ll also get better Wi-Fi connectivity and an extra Ethernet socket for your wired devices. The 5G router can also help to future-proof your solution especially if you’re expecting 5G coverage to launch soon in your area.

Specifications

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the specifications for Vodafone’s 4G and 5G GigaCube broadband routers:

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
(Huawei B528)
Vodafone GigaCube 5G
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £30/monthFrom £30/month
Data:100GB - 300GB100GB - Unlimited
Unlimited Data:Not available£50/month
Contract Length:1-18 months1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:-Up to 2330 Mbit/s download
5G Bands:-5G NR band n78
4G Connectivity:Category 6 LTECategory 19 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 1600 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 50 Mbit/s uploadUp to 150 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 32 & 38LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43
External Antenna:Yes, 2x TS-9 connectorsYes, 2x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 20 devicesUp to 64 devices
Ethernet:1 Gigabit Ethernet port2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Phone:-1 RJ11 phone port
Other
Model:Huawei B528Huawei 5G CPE Pro
Colour:WhiteWhite
Review:Vodafone GigaCube 4G ReviewVodafone GigaCube 5G Review

Alternatives

If you’re looking for 4G or 5G home broadband, there are currently five main alternatives to the Vodafone GigaCube service:

4G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for a cheaper 4G home broadband service, the HomeFi Plus from Three (Huawei B535) is well worth a look. You can get unlimited data for just £20/month on this service. This makes it far cheaper than the 4G Vodafone GigaCube, especially when you sign up for a 24-month contract.

The following table shows Huawei B535 price plans from Three:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data12 month contract£19£23/month

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data1 month contract£49£30/month

See all Three Huawei B535 deals →

You can use Three’s online coverage checker to see whether a 4G signal is available where you live. Three’s HomeFi Plus service comes with a Huawei B535 router which supports Category 7 LTE connectivity (up to 300Mbit/s download and up to 100Mbit/s upload) along with dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi at home.

As an alternative, you can also consider the Huawei AI Cube B900 from Three. This is a two-in-one device, functioning as both a 4G home broadband router and an Amazon Alexa smart speaker:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£23/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data12 month contract£49£28/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data1 month contract£149£32/month

See all Three Huawei AI Cube deals →

For more information, see our review of the Huawei B535 and our review of the Huawei AICubeB900.

If you’re not able to get a signal from Three where you live, you can also consider EE’s 4GEE Home service. This starts from £35/month, with a range of different data plans available with between 50GB and 500GB of data per month.

The following table shows a list of 4GEE Home price plans:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

See all 4GEE Home deals →

The 4GEE Home service comes with an Alcatel-made router, with an optional external antenna installation service available for £100. For more information, read our full review of 4GEE Home.

5G Home Broadband

In the UK, EE and Three also offer a 5G-powered home broadband service.

Like Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G, EE’s 5GEE Home also comes with a Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. On EE, you can get a 5G home broadband plan with 1,000GB of data per month.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE Home
1000GB Data18 month contract£100£70/month

See all 5GEE Home deals →

Three also offers 5G home broadband, currently available only to customers living in selected parts of London. With the Three 5G Home service, you’ll get an unlimited data allowance and the same Huawei 5G CPE Pro router used by Vodafone and EE:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£24/month

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£29/month

See all Three 5G Home deals →

For more information, see our review of Three’s 5G home broadband service.

Coverage

4G Coverage

Vodafone offers 99% population coverage on its 4G network.

In order to use the GigaCube service, you’ll need to live in an area that’s covered by Vodafone’s 4G network. The easiest way to check this is by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:

Check Vodafone Coverage (vodafone.co.uk) →

Once you’ve verified that you’re living a 4G coverage area, you can sign up for the GigaCube service online.

5G Coverage

Vodafone has started rolling out 5G coverage in a number of major UK towns and cities. You’ll need to live in a Vodafone 5G coverage area to benefit from the higher download speeds available on GigaCube 5G.

The following UK towns and cities have 5G coverage from Vodafone:

Now Live57 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (October 2020)
Ambleside, Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishopbriggs, Bolton, Bootle, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Cheltenham, Clitheroe, Crosby, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Great Shelford, Guildford, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Kingswood, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Oldbury, Paisley, Penarth, Pendlebury, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Prestwich, Reading, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Southampton, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Stretford, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swinton, Urmston, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
1 towns and cities planned
Blackpool (2020)

You can check the 5G coverage in your area, by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:

Check 5G Coverage (vodafone.co.uk) →

For more information, see the Vodafone website or read our in-depth guide to the coverage on Vodafone.

Frequently Asked Questions

What 4G & 5G broadband plans are available on Vodafone?
Vodafone offers a choice of three 4G & 5G home broadband plans:
  • £30/month for 100GB of data
  • £40/month for 200GB of data
  • £50/month for 300GB of data (on 4G) or unlimited data (on 5G)

There may also be an upfront cost for your router depending on the device you choose and the length of contract you sign up for.

How does Vodafone’s GigaCube service compare to Superfast and Gigafast?
Vodafone’s GigaCube is an alternative to fixed-line home broadband services like Vodafone’s Superfast Broadband and Gigafast Broadband. It can offer comparable or even faster speeds than fixed-line home broadband but is typically more expensive. You’ll pay £50 for unlimited data on the GigaCube, compared to less than £25/month on Superfast Broadband and less than £30/month on Gigafast Broadband. See our full comparison of Vodafone’s broadband plans for more information.
What’s the difference between the GigaCube 4G and GigaCube 5G?
If you’re living in a Vodafone 5G coverage area, you’ll get access to faster download speeds on the GigaCube 5G service. You’ll also get a more powerful router in the form of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. This supports download speeds of up to 1Gbit/s, the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology and has two Gigabit Ethernet sockets. You can also connect up to 64 devices to your network.
What speeds can I get with 4G & 5G broadband on Vodafone?
  • With 4G home broadband, Vodafone offers a maximum download speed of 300Mbit/s (Category 6 LTE speeds). Actual download speeds vary in practice but are typically closer to 25-35Mbit/s.
  • With 5G home broadband, Vodafone offers download speeds of up to 1Gbit/s (1,000Mbit/s). Average download speeds are normally in the region of 150-250Mbit/s (between 5 to 10 times faster than 4G broadband).

Vodafone’s online coverage map will give you an indication of the speeds available in your area (tap on the “Data speed info” button after entering your postcode).

How does Vodafone GigaCube compare to offerings from rival networks?
Three offers unlimited data on 4G home broadband for only £20/month through their HomeFi Plus service. They also offer the AI Cube router with a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker for £25/month.

On EE, 4G broadband is available from £35/month on 4GEE Home. A range of data plans are available with between 50GB and 500GB of data per month. 5G home broadband is available on EE’s 5GEE Home service. They currently charge £70/month for 1,000GB (1TB) of data.

What coverage can I get on the Vodafone GigaCube?
Vodafone offers 99% population coverage on 4G, with 5G coverage being rolled out at present in selected towns and cities. You can check the coverage in your area by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map.

More Information

For more information about the GigaCube service, please see Vodafone’s official website.

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  • Had a 4G/5G Gigacube delivered today. Speed seems flakey – sometimes being 8 down sometimes being 260 down. Nintendo switch games and peer to peer multiplayer games do not work at all due to NAT restrictions by Vodafone. Internet is littered with many gamers unhappy they’re paying £50 per month without being able to play games so luckily can cancel the contract. No good if you like to play online games.

  • Antony Duckels said:

    Hi Ken,
    Great article.
    I have a netgear Orbi and we are about to move to where a GigaCube might be a good broadband solution Do you think I could hook the Orbi to it?
    Thanks for your help

    Ant

    • Hi Antony,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, it should be possible to attach your Netgear Orbi to the GigaCube through an Ethernet cable. You could then use the mesh wi-fi capabilities on it.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

      • Antony Duckels replied:

        Thanks Ken,
        That’s good news. OR If we go data sim route and buy a TP-Link Archer MR600 AC1200 Mbps 4G+ Cat6 OR a Huawei B525 2017 -4G 300Mbps, CAT 6 could be use them with an Orbi? Many thanks for your excellent help. Much appreciated. We will not be in a current 5g area.

  • Rachel Finnegan said:

    Hi Ken!

    Thanks for the review, definitely a lot to consider here – my partner and I are potentially moving to a new flat however despite what broadband checking sites promise, we will not be getting more than a standard service (20 mbp max, no fibre cables in the building).

    We are currently looking at the 12 month plan for the Three 4G HomeFi Plus. We have checked coverage maps and have excellent indoor and outdoor 4G connectivity in the area. However we can’t get a straight answer out of Three for any of our questions. I understand you aren’t a representative for any of these companies but I hope you wouldn’t mind if I asked a few questions.

    Is there anywhere we could find average speeds?

    Can we use the HomeFi Plus on ethernet and WiFi simultaneously? (A rep at Three told us we can’t… Which is weird to say the least).

    My partner games on a wired connection where we live currently, I have been working from home since the start of lockdown and require access to a CMS and need to be on my works VPN to access files and emails. Besides his PC and console, everything else would be on wifi.

    You can probably appreciate by what I have said that I am not a tech expert by any means so if you do see this, please respond in lay man’s terms.

    • Hi Rachel,
      Thanks for your comment.
      1) The advertised average speed of Three’s 4G home broadband service is 14Mbps. However, there’s a huge amount of variability in this depending on location and the amount of capacity available at your nearest mast. If you’d like to test things out before you buy, I’d recommend ordering a Pay As You Go mobile broadband SIM card. You can put this in a device like your phone to get an idea of the speeds that might be available.
      2) Yes, you can use it on Ethernet and Wi-Fi at the same time. There are 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets on the HomeFi Plus, so you can connect up to 4 wired devices. You can also connect up to 64 devices at the same time on Wi-Fi.
      Hope this helps!
      Ken

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