Vodafone’s new £1/day “Pay As You Go 1” tariff gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.
Vodafone has launched a new ‘Pay As You Go 1’ tariff where they promise you’ll “never spend more than £1 per day”. Designed for people who don’t use their phone very often, there are no regular monthly charges or minimum daily spends. You simply pay up to £1 per day when you use your handset, and nothing on the days when you don’t use your mobile phone.
The £1 daily spend limit covers standard UK phone calls, text messages and mobile internet. For the £1/day, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data. Before you reach the £1 daily spend threshold, usage is 20p/minute, 20p/text and 20p for every 5MB of data.
In this article, we’ll review Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff. We’ll start by looking at how much it costs and how it compares to other Pay As You Go tariffs on Vodafone. We’ll also compare it to what is available on other mobile networks, the types of handset available and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll look at how you can keep an existing phone number when moving from another mobile network to join Vodafone Pay As You Go.
Pay As You Go 1
In the UK, Vodafone’s latest Pay As You Go tariff is called Pay As You Go 1. Designed for customers who don’t normally use their phone every day, the tariff charges £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. The charge is only paid on the days when you actually use your phone, and there are no regular monthly fees to be paid on the service.
Until you reach the £1/day threshold, the following charges will apply for your usage:
|Voice Calls||20p/minute (capped at £1/day*)|
|Calls to Voicemail||20p/minute (capped at £1/day*)|
|Calls to Special Rate Numbers||45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
|Text Message (SMS)||20p/minute (capped at £1/day*)|
|Picture Message (MMS)||20p|
|3G & 4G Internet||20p per 5MB (capped at £1/day for up to 500MB*)|
|Additional Internet||£1/day for 500MB (maximum once per day)|
Only standard phone calls, text messages and mobile internet usage will count towards your £1 daily spend limit on Pay As You Go 1. Anything else including phone calls to a special-rate number, picture messages and international phone calls will be charged as a separate service (not included within the £1 daily spend limit).
If you were to use more than 500MB of data during one day, you’ll be offered Vodafone’s £1 Data Extra add-on. This will give you an extra 500MB allowance for use by midnight the same day. It’s only possible to buy the add-on a maximum of once each day so your data connection will be disabled if you were to use 1GB in one day.
A single day is defined by Vodafone as being midnight-to-midnight (UK time). It’s important to remember this when using your phone in Europe as the difference in time zone needs to be considered when working out how much you’ll pay.
Other Pay As You Go Tariffs
Alongside Pay As You Go 1, Vodafone also offers a range of other Pay As You Go tariffs:
- Big Value Bundles: This is Vodafone’s Pay As You Go tariff for people who regularly use their smartphone. You’ll need to convert your Pay As You Go credit into a one-month bundle (e.g. £10/month for 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of internet).
- Freebies: As an alternative to Pay As You Go 1, Vodafone’s Freebie tariffs can also be suitable for light users. You’ll pay 30p/minute, 14p/text and £2/day for up to 50MB of data. With each top-up of £10 or more, you’ll receive a free allowance that lasts for up to one month.
Opting In To Pay As You Go 1
If you’re an existing Vodafone Pay As You Go customer, you can call 41146 to opt-in to Pay As You Go 1. By opting-in, you’ll lose any benefits associated with your current tariff (for instance, the Freebie allowance you might receive). You’ll also lose remaining bundle allowances if you’re on the Big Value Bundles tariff.
If you’re not currently a Vodafone Pay As You Go customer, you can join Pay As You Go 1 by ordering a free SIM card from Vodafone.
Comparison to Alternatives
On Pay As You Go 1, Vodafone charges £1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data (or 20p per minute, 20p per text and 20p per 5MB until you reach the £1 daily threshold).
If you’re likely to use your mobile phone for more than 10 days each month, it’s likely you’ll be better off buying a Pay As You Go bundle. This is because Vodafone’s £1 daily charge will very quickly add up over the course of the month (e.g. you’ll pay about £30 per month if you were to use your smartphone every day).
With a Pay As You Go bundle, you’ll be able to get the following for £10/month:
Please see our in-depth guide to Pay As You Go bundles for more information.
If you’re a light user who only uses their phone very occasionally, it’s possible you’ll get good value from Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1. The key thing is to compare Vodafone’s £1 daily charge against how much you’d typically pay on another mobile network.
For instance, Three charges 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB on their 321 tariff. On Three, you’d therefore be able to use either 33 minutes, 50 texts or 100MB of data with your £1 of credit.
The following table shows a comparison of Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 to rival networks:
|Network||Calls (per minute)||Texts (per SMS)||Data (per MB)|
|Vodafone||£1/day for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts & 500MB data|
For more information, see our full comparison of Pay As You Go rates.
If you’d like to keep your existing mobile phone, you can order a Pay As You Go 1 SIM card directly from Vodafone. Depending on where your handset was originally purchased, it might be necessary for you to unlock your handset before it will accept a Vodafone SIM card.
If you’d like to buy a new mobile phone, you can buy one directly from Vodafone on the Pay As You Go 1 tariff. Handsets are available from £10 when purchased with a Vodafone top-up of at least £10.
Network & Coverage
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
Customers on Pay As You Go 1 can access 98% population coverage from Vodafone’s network across the UK. This includes 89% population coverage on 3G and 86% population coverage on 4G.
Before joining Vodafone Pay As You Go, we’d strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:
For more information about mobile phone coverage in the UK, please see our in-depth guide to UK mobile coverage.
Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet).
You can tether without any restrictions on Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1 tariff. This makes it a fairly good choice if you need to occasionally get your other devices connected on the move.
For more information, see our in-depth guide to tethering on UK mobile networks.
On Vodafone Pay As You Go, it’s possible to use your phone in 50 European destinations at no extra charge. The same £1 daily limit applies when you’re travelling in the EU, giving you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and up to 500MB of data.
Outside of Europe, it’s still possible to access international roaming. However, you won’t be able to pay the normal £1/day rate for your usage – instead, higher international roaming rates will apply for this activity.
Keeping Your Phone Number
If you’re moving from another mobile network to join Vodafone Pay As You Go 1, it’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number.
To do so, you should start by contacting your current mobile network and asking them for a PAC Code. This is a nine-digit code that authorises Vodafone to take control of your phone number.
Once you’ve obtained the PAC Code from your old mobile network, you can order a free Pay As You Go SIM card from Vodafone. When the new SIM card arrives, place it inside your handset and provide your PAC Code to Vodafone through this form on their website.
After you provide your PAC Code to Vodafone, your phone number will normally be transferred on the next working day. Please be aware that it isn’t possible to transfer Pay As You Go credit over to Vodafone, so you should try to use up your credit before moving your phone number over.
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:
For more information about Vodafone’s Pay As You Go 1, please see the official Vodafone website.