Vodafone offers a range of unlimited data plans with both 4G and 5G coverage. Customers can choose from Lite, Standard and Max download speeds.
In the UK, Vodafone offers three unlimited data plans with access to both 4G and 5G coverage. Available from just £22/month (£11/month for the first six months on a 24-month contract), the unlimited data plans also include unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.
For customers, the main difference between Vodafone’s three unlimited data plans is the maximum download speed you’re able to obtain on each one. The maximum speed is 2Mbit/s on Unlimited Lite, 10Mbit/s on Unlimited, and the fastest available uncapped speeds on Unlimited Max.
In this article, we’ll look at Vodafone’s unlimited data plans in more detail, including what you’ll get on each one. We’ll then compare the download speeds available before looking at how Vodafone’s unlimited data plans compare to the market. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage available on Vodafone and how to keep your existing phone number when moving to the network.
- 1 Vodafone Unlimited Data Plans
- 2 Comparison to Alternatives
- 3 Coverage
- 4 Keeping Your Phone Number
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6 More Information
Vodafone Unlimited Data Plans
In the UK, Vodafone now offers a range of unlimited data plans from only £22/month. The unlimited plans allow you to download as much as you like, with no hidden limits or fair usage policies.
If you have a 5G-ready smartphone, and if you’re in a Vodafone 5G coverage area, you’ll also be able to access Vodafone’s new 5G network. However, the maximum download speeds you’re able to obtain will depend on your plan:
- Unlimited Lite (from £22/month) will give you download speeds of up to 2Mbit/s.
- Unlimited (from £26/month) will give you download speeds of up to 10Mbit/s.
- Unlimited Max (from £30/month) will give you the fastest available download speeds on Vodafone. In theory, this can go up to 1Gbit/s (1,000Mbit/s). However, it’s more realistic to get average download speeds of around 150-200Mbit/s on 5G and around 25-35Mbit/s on 4G.
Until the 1st April 2020, customers can get the first six months at half price when taking unlimited data on a 24-month contract. This means you can get Unlimited Lite for £11/month, Unlimited for £13/month or Unlimited Max for £15/month. Prices revert to the original amount from the seventh month onward.
There’s no fair usage policy for unlimited data on Vodafone, except that it needs to be “for your personal and non-commercial use”. If you’d like to use unlimited data for work or for business, a range of Vodafone business plans with unlimited data are available from £18.33/month, excluding VAT.
Unlimited Lite vs Unlimited vs Unlimited Max
The following table shows a summary of the key features and differences between Vodafone’s Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans:
|Unlimited Lite||Unlimited||Unlimited Max|
|Monthly Price (24 month contract)
|Monthly Price (12 month contract)
|Monthly Price (30 day contract)
|Download Speed||Up to 2Mbit/s||Up to 10Mbit/s||Full-speed 4G & 5G|
(12 & 24 months only)
(12 & 24 months only)
|Roaming Plan||Global Roaming||Global Roaming||Global Roaming Plus|
|Inclusive EU Roaming||✔||✔||✔|
|Inclusive non-EU Roaming||✘||✘||✔ 29 destinations|
|Roaming Data Allowance||25GB||25GB||25GB|
If you choose a 24-month unlimited data SIM, you’ll qualify for a Vodafone Together package. This gives you a saving of at least £3/month on Vodafone home broadband. You’ll also get a 15% family discount when adding additional SIM cards to your plan.
If you choose an Unlimited or Unlimited Max plan, you’ll have the option of adding Entertainment for an extra £7/month. This will give you access to Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium. You’ll also get 100 UK-to-EU minutes included each month when adding Entertainment to your plan.
If you’re using unlimited data for business, refer to this web page instead for unlimited data pricing.
The main difference between Vodafone’s unlimited data price plans is the maximum download speeds you’re able to access on each one.
According to Vodafone, the three unlimited data price plans are designed for different types of usage:
- Unlimited Lite (up to 2Mbit/s) is designed for browsing and social media, messaging, e-mail and online music streaming.
- Unlimited (up to 10Mbit/s) is designed for streaming HD-quality video, sharing photos, making video calls, downloading apps and playing single player games.
- Unlimited Max (with the fastest available speeds) is designed for super-fast downloads, streaming video in Ultra HD (4K UHD) quality, multiplayer gaming on-the-go and tethering to multiple devices at the same time.
Which Plan Should I Choose?
If you’re looking to fully benefit from the faster speeds available on 5G, we’d recommend choosing the £30/month Unlimited Max price plan. This is the only price plan to have no restrictions on the download speed you’re able to access. You’ll also get Vodafone Global Roaming Plus included in the price, allowing you to use your mobile phone at no extra cost in 77 destinations.
With the cheaper Unlimited Lite and Unlimited price plans, you can still benefit from the increased capacity and lower latency of 5G technology. However, the increased download speeds of 5G will not be available to you. Inclusive roaming will also only be available in 48 European roam-free destinations.
In our opinion, the £26/month Unlimited price plan (up to 10Mbit/s) should be fast enough for almost everything you’d want to do on your smartphone. For instance, you only need around 5Mbit/s to watch iPlayer, YouTube or Netflix in high definition. You can therefore save a bit of money by choosing the Unlimited price plan if you don’t need the faster speeds and additional roaming offered by Unlimited Max.
Finally, the £22/month Unlimited Lite plan only offers a maximum download speed of up to 2Mbit/s. This should be fine for everyday browsing and messaging but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to watch HD video without regular buffering and pauses.
Comparison to Alternatives
Besides Vodafone, numerous other UK mobile networks also offer an unlimited data plan.
Normally, Three is the cheapest mobile network for unlimited data in the UK. Currently, their unlimited data plans start from £18/month. You’ll get access to 99.8% population coverage from Three, with 5G coverage being available at no extra cost when it launches in your area.
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of Vodafone’s unlimited data plans and those available on other networks:
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It’s important to note that several other mobile networks have a fair usage policy or other limitations on the use of unlimited data (e.g. restrictions on personal hotspot usage or speed limits after a certain amount of usage each month). For more information, see our full guide to unlimited data plans in the UK.
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
In the UK, Vodafone offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G network. Before signing up for their unlimited data service, it’s worth double-checking to make sure there’s coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Vodafone’s online coverage map:
With 4G coverage, you can normally access download speeds from Vodafone of around 25-35Mbit/s. A more accurate forecast of the download speeds available in your area can be found on Vodafone’s online coverage map. Simply tap on the “Data speed info” button after entering your postcode once you’re looking at the coverage map.
Our full guide to the coverage on Vodafone has more information about this topic.
If you have a 5G-ready smartphone and live in a 5G-enabled area, you can access Vodafone’s 5G network on their unlimited data price plans.
At present, Vodafone’s 5G network is available in the following UK towns and cities:
|Now Live||38 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (April 2020)|
Bebington, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheadle, Droylsden, Eccles, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Rochdale, Salford, Solihull, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
|6 towns and cities planned|
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton (End of 2019)
If you’re not able to access 5G coverage on your phone, you’ll still be able to access 2G, 3G and 4G coverage from Vodafone.
Tethering & Personal Hotspot
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).
On Vodafone’s unlimited data plans, it’s possible to tether and to use personal hotspot without any restrictions. This means you can share your unlimited data allowance with other devices.
One thing that’s worth remembering is that your download speeds will be shared across all of your tethered devices. For instance, on the 10Mbit/s unlimited data plan, it might only be possible to stream HD-quality video on two devices at one time (as a HD-quality video stream uses around 5Mbit/s). For this reason, if you regularly use the personal hotspot feature on multiple devices, it might be worth choosing the Unlimited Max plan.
For more information, see our full guide to tethering and personal hotspot usage in the UK.
On Vodafone’s unlimited data plans, you can use up to 25GB of data abroad each month.
On the Unlimited Lite and Unlimited price plans, roaming is included at no extra cost in 48 European Roam-Free destinations. In another 104 Roam-further destinations, you can pay £6/day to use your UK allowances.
On the Unlimited Max price plan, you’ll get Vodafone’s Global Roaming Plus service included. This gives you inclusive roaming in 77 destinations, including most of Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and more.
According to Vodafone, they offer 4G roaming in more destinations than any other network. At the time of writing, 4G roaming is available in 137 destinations. 5G roaming is also available in 68 European towns and cities across Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland (including Milan, Rome, Naples, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cork and Dublin).
Keeping Your Phone Number
It’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to Vodafone.
You should start by ordering your new unlimited data SIM card from Vodafone’s website. Once you’ve done that, simply request a PAC Code from your old mobile network. You can get this free of charge through your mobile network’s website or application, or by texting PAC to 65075.
Once your unlimited data SIM card has arrived in the post from Vodafone, place it inside your mobile phone. You can then give the PAC Code to Vodafone. They’ll schedule the transfer of your phone number once you’ve done this, 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:
Frequently Asked Questions
|What’s the difference between Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max?||
The main difference between Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max is the download speeds you’re able to get:
On Unlimited Max, you’ll also get Vodafone Global Roaming Plus. This gives you inclusive roaming in 77 destinations.
|How much does unlimited data cost on Vodafone?||
If you’re looking for a SIM-only deal, you’ll pay the following to get unlimited data on Vodafone:
On a 24-month contract, it’s currently possible to get the first 6 months for half price. This means unlimited data is available for just £11/month (offer ends on the 1st April).
It’s also possible to get a range of Pay Monthly handsets like the iPhone with unlimited data on Vodafone. Prices vary based on the handset.
|Is there a fair usage policy for unlimited data for Vodafone?||
No. On Vodafone, there is no fair usage limit for unlimited data in the UK. It just needs to be “for your personal and non-commercial use”. Unlimited data plans for business are also available on Vodafone from £18.33/month (excluding VAT).
If you’re travelling outside the UK, you can use up to 25GB of data abroad in other countries each month.
|Can I use tethering or personal hotspot with unlimited data on Vodafone?||
Yes. You can use tethering and personal hotspot to share your unlimited data allowance with other devices. However, any download speed limits will also be shared across tethered devices. For this reason, it might be worth choosing Unlimited Max if you regularly tether to multiple devices.
|What coverage can I access on Vodafone unlimited data plan?|
|Can I keep my current phone number?||
Yes. It’s easy to keep your current phone number. Simply ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one through your mobile network’s app or website, or by texting PAC to 65075. You should then provide Vodafone with this PAC Code after ordering your new unlimited data SIM card.
For more information on Vodafone’s unlimited data plans, please see their official website.