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 from £30/month.

The GigaCube service comes on a choice of three price plans, depending on how much data you want. It costs £30/month for 100GB of data, £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for 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 when using a Vodafone GigaCube for home broadband.

GigaCube Price Plans

For many people, 4G technology is now able to 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.

The GigaCube plans vary in price depending on how much data you want. You’ll pay £30/month for the entry-level plan with 100GB of data, increasing to £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for fully unlimited data. There may also be an upfront cost for the router, depending on the contract length you choose and the router you select. On an 18-month contract, you can get the 4G GigaCube router for free or you can get the 5G GigaCube router for £50 upfront.

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
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

Apart from Vodafone, Three is the only other UK mobile network to offer unlimited data on a 4G home broadband plan. On Three, you can get unlimited data for £21/month on the HomeFi, unlimited data for £23/month on the Huawei B535 WebBox and unlimited data for £25/month on the AI Cube.

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 (which uses Openreach fibre-to-the-cabinet connections) and Vodafone’s Gigafast Broadband (which uses full fibre connections from Cityfibre), GigaCube tends to be a more expensive service. On the lower priced plans, there are also limits on how much you can download. For this reason, we’d probably still recommend choosing one of the fixed broadband plans over the GigaCube if you’re able to get it where you live. Alternatively, look at rival mobile networks like Three’s HomeFi where you can get unlimited data for £21/month.

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 access. 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 be connected to your Wi-Fi connection at any given time with there being full support for dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n/ac technologies on 2.4GHz and 5GHz). Alongside the wireless connectivity, there’s one Gigabit Ethernet socket for connecting a wired device to your network and two TS9 sockets for attaching an external antenna to your router. There is also a RJ11 phone socket on the router but all of the calling functionality has been disabled on the 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 be worth considering the 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 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 just £36.67/month over 18 months for an unlimited data allowance (£120 upfront plus £30/month). Other mobile networks like Three may additionally 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 is able to support download speeds of more than 1,000Mbit/s (1Gbit/s). However, actual download speeds of around 150-250Mbit/s will be much more common when using the GigaCube on Vodafone’s 5G network.

Up to 64 devices can connect at any given 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 a wired device 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. Besides this, you’ll also get better Wi-Fi connectivity along with an extra Ethernet socket for your wired devices. The 5G router can also help to future-proof your technology, 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 (H112-370))
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £30/monthFrom £30/month
Data:100GB - Unlimited100GB - Unlimited
Unlimited Data:£50/month£50/month
Contract Length:1-18 months1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:-Up to 2330 Mbit/s download
4G Connectivity:Category 6 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
Other
Model:Huawei B528Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370)
Colour:WhiteWhite
Review:Vodafone GigaCube 4G ReviewVodafone GigaCube 5G Review

Alternatives

In the UK, there are currently six main alternatives to the Vodafone GigaCube service:

4G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for a cheaper 4G-powered home broadband service, the HomeFi from Three is well worth a look. You can currently get unlimited data for £21/month. This makes it far cheaper than the 4G Vodafone GigaCube, when you sign up for a 24-month contract.

The following table shows HomeFi price plans from Three:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£21/month

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£26/month

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data1 month contract£59£31/month

You can use Three’s online coverage checker to see whether a 4G signal is available where you live. Three’s HomeFi service comes with a Huawei B311 4G LTE router. For more information, see our full review of the HomeFi service.

For an extra £2/month, you can choose to have the Huawei B535 router, which has faster Category 7 LTE connectivity (up to 300Mbit/s download) along with dual-band wi-fi at home. Alternatively, for an extra £4/month, the Huawei AI B900 router also gives you a built in Amazon Alexa smart speaker. For more information, see our review of the Huawei B535 and our review of the AI Cube B900.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

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

Three HomeFi
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£21/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£25/month

If you’re not able to get a signal from Three where you live, you can also have a look into EE’s 4GEE Home. This starts from £25/month, but only for a measly 10GB of data. You’ll need to pay more for a comparable data allowance (EE offers a maximum of 500GB per month):

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
10GB Data18 month contract£129.99£25/month

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

4GEE Home
50GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

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

4GEE Home
50GB 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 price plans, 5 similar plans have been hidden. .

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, Three and EE also offer 5G-powered home broadband services.

Three’s 5G Home is currently available only to customers in London. You can get unlimited data on a 12-month contract for £35/month. The service also uses Huawei’s 5G CPE Pro router (the same router used by Vodafone for their GigaCube 5G service):

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£35/month

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

EE also offers a 5G-powered home broadband service. With 5GEE WiFi, you’ll get a HTC 5G Hub router, starting from £50/month for 50GB of data:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE WiFi
50GB Data24 month contract£100£50/month

5GEE WiFi
100GB Data24 month contract£100£75/month

Whilst EE’s 5G broadband option is much more expensive than Vodafone GigaCube, it has the ability to function on-the-go using battery power. EE also offers 5G coverage in different cities to Vodafone, meaning it might be the only 5G option available to some.

For more information, see the EE website or read our in-depth review of 5GEE WiFi.

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 for 4G. 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 to roll out 5G coverage in a handful of cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. You’ll need to live in one of these cities to benefit from the higher speeds available on GigaCube 5G.

Now Live15 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (September 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 the 5G coverage in your area, by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:

Check 5G Coverage (vodafone.co.uk) →

A total of 22 towns and cities should be live on Vodafone 5G by the end of 2019. For more information, see our city-by-city rollout tracker for 5G.

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

More Information

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

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  • I was unable to reply to Ken’s reply or my own post of 3 August 2019.

    I thought it was data deprioritisation – thank you Ken for your reply. But after speaking with another Vodafone tech support person who seems to be the most knowledgeable of any of the people I have spoken with over there, I think the problem may be more to do with a dropped signal.

    Thanks to this tech, I discovered that by taking the SIM card out, putting it back in again and then powering off and back on, I seemed to get Internet again. I had thought that this was one of the solutions I went through in the very beginning of my epic solutions quest, but anyway it works.

    After a week of doing this **every day** I started shortcutting by just unplugging and plugging in the power supply. That seemed to work, then the last few days I have just been powering off leaving it for 3 minutes and then powering back on again using the button at the front of the gigacube – the power button, not the refresh wifi button. Curiously neither of these solutions worked in the past. They do seem to be working now.

    The tech support guy at Vodafone said the SIM is supposed to refresh every couple of hours but he could see at their end that it had not been refreshed in nearly 2 days. I have no idea where the fault lies but I get signal back as soon as everything reconnects again – this is after getting a replaced gigacube and replaced SIM card – If I just wait and don’t take any action at all I stay disconnected from the Internet for hours at a time.

    I do wonder if it’s not the cube since my husband has a mifi with a Vodafone SIM and has never encountered this problem once. Just sayin’

    • Hi Caroline,
      Thanks for getting back to us, and sharing everything you’ve learnt. It’s really curious to hear that you’ve had to this. I’m not sure I fully grasp the concept of the SIM card refreshing periodically, but it’s good to know that this solved the issue for you. Ideally, this isn’t something you should need to be doing manually, so I hope Vodafone will be able to find a better solution soon…
      Ken

  • Vodafone have a new range of Data only SIMs. The Unlimited Max service offers unlimited downloads for only £30 a month. Thus all you need to buy us a 4G router. I already use this method, albeit with an earlier contact that offers 100gb monthly downloads for only £20.

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