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 currently offers three unlimited data price plans with access to both 4G and 5G coverage. Available from just £23/month, the unlimited data plans also include unlimited minutes and unlimited texts.

For customers, the main difference between the three unlimited data price plans is the maximum download speed you’re able to obtain. The maximum speed is 2Mbit/s on Unlimited Lite, 10Mbit/s on Unlimited, and the fastest available 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 and the difference between the download speeds available. We’ll also look at how Vodafone’s unlimited data plans compare to the rest of the market before looking at the coverage available and how to keep your existing phone number.

Vodafone Unlimited Data Plans

In the UK, Vodafone now offers a range of unlimited data plans from only £23/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 £23/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.

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 £19.17/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 (18 month contract)
£23/month £26/month £30/month
Monthly Price (12 month contract)
£23/month £26/month £30/month
Monthly Price (30 day contract)
£25/month £28/month £32/month
Download Speed Up to 2Mbit/s Up to 10Mbit/s Full-speed 4G & 5G
Inclusive Allowances
Minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Data Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Tethering
Entertainment Add £6/month
(12 & 18 month only)
Add £6/month
(12 & 18 month only)
International Roaming
Supported?
Inclusive EU Roaming
Inclusive non-EU Roaming 29 destinations
Roaming Data Allowance 25GB 25GB 25GB

If you choose an 18-month unlimited data SIM, you’ll qualify for a Vodafone Together package. This gives you a £3/month discount 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 £6/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.

Download Speeds

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 little 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 £23/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:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
24 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£22.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£22.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£23.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£23.00
18 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£25.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£26.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£28.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
18 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£32.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£32.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
18 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£34.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£39.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£44.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 13 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

It’s important to note that several other mobile networks have a fair usage policy or other limitations on unlimited data (e.g. restrictions on personal hotspot usage or speed limits after a certain amount of usage). For more information, please see our full guide to unlimited data plans in the UK.

Coverage

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:

Check Vodafone Coverage (vodafone.co.uk) →

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 in-depth information about this topic.

5G Coverage

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 Live32 towns and cities are live on Vodafone 5G (December 2019)
Bebington, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bolton, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff, Droylsden, Eccles, Gatwick, Glasgow, Horwich, Huyton-with-Roby, Isle of Scilly, Lancaster, Liverpool, Llandudno, London, Manchester, Mangotsfield, Newbury, Paisley, Penarth, Plymouth, Prestwich, Salford, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Stretford, Wallasey, Warrington, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
6 towns and cities planned
Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton (End of 2019)

Check 5G Coverage on Vodafone →

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 data plan.

For more information, see our full guide to tethering and personal hotspot usage in the UK.

International Roaming

On Vodafone’s unlimited data plans, you can use up to 25GB of your 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 47 towns and cities across Italy, Spain and Germany (including Milan, Rome, Naples, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich).

For more information, please see the Vodafone Global Roaming webpage or check the international roaming rates on Vodafone’s website.

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:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Vodafone

Select your current mobile network:

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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:
  • Unlimited Lite: Up to 2Mbit/s
  • Unlimited: Up to 10Mbit/s
  • Unlimited Max: Fastest available speeds (4G and 5G)

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:
  • Unlimited Lite: From £23/month
  • Unlimited: From £26/month
  • Unlimited Max: From £30/month

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”. If you’re travelling outside the UK, you can use up to 25GB of data abroad in other countries each month. Business unlimited data plans are available on Vodafone from £19.17/month (exc VAT).
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?
You’ll get access to Vodafone’s 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G network. At present, there’s 99% population coverage available on 2G, 3G and 4G. Meanwhile, 5G coverage has recently started to roll out in major UK towns and cities. You can use Vodafone’s online coverage map to see what is available in your area.
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.

More Information

For more information on Vodafone’s unlimited data plans, please see their official website.

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  • Thanks again, Ken. I have a further question – which is unrelated to the AI cube.
    Not sure if I should post it here, or in another review which you did?
    It relates to the upload / download speed for SIM cards. I read carefully about different unlimited SIM plans offered by Vodafone – it seems the more expensive one (Max) would have the fastest upload / download speed. In reality, does this actually work? – ie if we go for the Unlimited max the speed would be much faster than for the Unlimited light?
    I currently have a Three sim card as it gives me free roaming in 72 countries – I do travel a bit, so have found that to be useful for text messages or brief emails. However, I do understand that Three throttles the speed when roaming overseas – 2G and 3G, and a lot of time I have had no sensible signal at all. Some people have complained about this. Also Three does not allow hotspotting while overseas.
    If I have a Vodafone unlimited max sim card, it will give me free 71 roaming countries (not the same list as Three) – which is useful for my travel. Do you know if Vodafone will throttle the speed when roaming overseas (like Three)? Also, I read in one of your reviews that Vodafone does allow hotspotting while overseas (Three does not allow this). Is this correct?
    Sorry, too many questions. But, appreciate your thoughts on the above.

    • Hi Dragonfly,
      Thanks for your comment. I’ve taken the liberty to move your comment to my blog post on Vodafone’s unlimited data plans. I hope you don’t mind me doing this (I’m hoping it will just be more useful for other people here, in case they also have the same questions as you)!
      The answer to this is it really depends. You can see a bit more information about this in my guide to download speeds, but I’d typically expect download speeds of about 30Mbit/s on a modern 4G connection (even more if you’re connected to 5G). This differs, however, depending on your location, your proximity to the nearest phone mast, the amount of congestion, etc.
      With Unlimited Max, you’ll get the maximum possible speeds available on Vodafone’s network. Assuming the speeds available in your area are more than 10Mbit/s, you would get a faster experience when using the Unlimited Max plan. If the speeds available in your area are less than 10Mbit/s, there wouldn’t be much of a difference between your experience on the two.
      The other side of this is really what download speeds you need, and what impact this has on what you can actually do. Something like a HD quality video stream only uses about 5Mbit/s, so you may not actually have a need for the higher speeds above 10Mbit/s. Similarly, if you’re downloading a file, it may only save you one or two seconds (in which case, the extra speeds may not be justified).
      With regards to roaming, I believe Vodafone should give you full-speed roaming when you travel abroad. As far as I know, there are no limitations on tethering/personal hotspot, like Three has when you’re travelling outside the EU. On Unlimited Max, you’ll get Global Roaming Plus (inclusive roaming in 77 destinations).
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Has anybody switched to Voda unlimited from Three? Like many others I am suffering from throttling with Three, and am about to reject my deal as unfit for purpose, and switch to Voda unlimited. I just wondered what other new users think about Voda’s speed and service.

    • Ee are to be releasing unlimited data soon, with the fastest download speeds in the uk for a mobile network may be worth the switch to them

    • I moved over from Three couple days ago been with them (3) for 10 years, but they once again shafted me with “getting rid of old plans” this is the second time.

      Previously was when they got rid of the “One Plan” was paying £15 per month SIMO.

      Currently was on unlimited everything with tethering for £18 wanted to move me over to £23 for same service.

      Out of principle moved to vodafone £30 max. First speed test on 4G i got 200 Mbps down on my S10

      Vodafone speeds seem substantially better than Three at most I’ve gotten was 80 Mbps

  • Would the unlimited max deal sim work in a 4g router? I live in an area bereft of regular broadband, and this would seem. Reasonable deal. Okay, more expensive but possibly faster than Three

      • Hello Jerry and Ken,
        This is exactly what I am looking to do. I live too far from the BT exchange to get good ADSL/VDSL etc (max 2Mbps). Currently I have a Vodafone Gigacube, with 100GB cap. It gives me between 20-45Mbps. Unfortunately I regularly hit the 100GB cap before months end, so I will purchase the £30 Unlimited data SIM and use it in the Gigacube 4G router. All being well, I will cancel the rolling 100GB contract and hopefully have unlimited 4G data.
        Thank you for your great website, and well explained articles and advice Ken.
        Keith

  • Hi Ken, so with the Unlimited Max (£32 on monthly SIM only deal) and the ability to use in 77 countries (I am off to USA next month), do you know if tethering/hotspot if allowed by Vodafone while I am away? I can’t seem to find an answer on this. If so that might be better albeit costlier option to a Three SIM.
    Thanks

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. As far as I know, it should be possible to tether whilst you’re abroad in other countries. The main thing to be aware of is just the 25GB roaming data limit, which will be shared across all of your tethered devices.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Hi all,
    Just a quick note to let you know that the Vodafone unlimited data plans have launched today. The final pricing has been confirmed as follows:

    • Up to 2Mbps:
      • £23/month (12-month contract)
      • £25/month (30-day contract)
    • Up to 10Mbps:
      • £26/month (12-month contract)
      • £32/month (12-month contract with Entertainment)
      • £28/month (30-day contract)
    • Fastest Available Speeds:
      • £30/month (12-month contract)
      • £36/month (12-month contract with Entertainment)
      • £32/month (30-day contract)

    Ken

  • Little error on what said. The unlimited and unlimited max include one of entertainment packs (now TV, sky sports, spotify, or Amazon prime video) the £6 is for lite. Also on sky sports it just pack 1, if you require pack 2 one need to pay an extra £5 on top.

    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment. So Vodafone’s website is really unclear on this. My initial interpretation (like yours) was that Entertainment was also included on Unlimited and Unlimited Max. However, I dug a bit deeper and found Vodafone’s press release which says:

      Customers can add an entertainment pack to their plan (any Unlimited or Red 20GB) for just £6 a month, choosing from Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile or Now TV.

      They also have this graphic to explain it:

      I believe therefore there’s an extra fee of £6/month to add Entertainment to all of the plans.
      Ken

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