VOXI offers one-month plans with endless social media, endless video and Vodafone coverage.

In the UK, VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone, offering flexible one-month plans with endless social media. On plans from £15/month, you’ll also get endless video and 5G coverage.

For a limited time, customers getting a SIM card from VOXI will receive 12GB of data and endless social media data for £10/month (this is doubled from the normal 6GB per month). This also includes unlimited minutes and unlimited texts on a Pay As You Go basis with no need for a credit check. The endless social media data covers your usage of Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook Messenger.

On VOXI’s price plans from £15/month, you’ll also get endless video and 5G coverage in addition to endless social media. Endless video gives you unlimited data for use on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. You’ll also get 15GB of general purpose data on the £15 plan and 45GB of general data on the £20 plan.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the plans available and what you’ll get included in each one. We’ll also look at endless social media, endless video and what each one includes. We’ll then compare VOXI’s service to alternatives like giffgaff before looking at the coverage available and how to keep your current phone number.

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VOXI Plans & Features

SIM Only Plans

VOXI currently offers a choice of four price plans, each one available on a one-month rolling basis. They range from £10 to £35 per month, with varying amounts of data and benefits on each plan:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited12GB
& endless social
£10.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB
& endless social + endless video
£15.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited45GB
& endless social + endless video
£20.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month

See all VOXI Plans & Offers →

At present, the cheapest £10 per month plan gives you 12GB of data (this is normally 6GB outside of the double data offer which runs until the 29th October). You’ll get endless social media included and 99% population coverage on Vodafone’s 4G network. There’s also unlimited minutes and texts included.

On the £15 and £20 plans from VOXI, you’ll additionally get endless video streaming and 5G coverage. There’s also a larger allowance of data (15GB on the £15 plan and 45GB on the £20 plan). Finally, the most expensive £35 plan comes with unlimited all-purpose data (or what VOXI calls “endless data”).

The following table summarises how much data you’ll get on each of VOXI’s price plans and the inclusive benefits on each:

VOXI Plan Data Allowance Endless Social Media Endless Video 5G Coverage
£10 Plan 12GB Yes, included Not included Not included
£15 Plan 15GB Yes, included Yes, included Yes, included
£20 Plan 45GB Yes, included Yes, included Yes, included
£35 Plan Unlimited Yes, included Yes, included Yes, included

There’s no need to undergo a credit check when signing up for VOXI. This is because the service works on a pre-paid basis. You’ll pay for your bundles in advance using a credit card or debit card, and it won’t be possible to run up unexpected charges beyond this. For any out-of-bundle usage, you’ll first need to top-up your account with additional Pay As You Go credit.

Endless Social Media

VOXI Endless Social Media AppsAll of VOXI’s price plans come with Endless Social Media. This gives you unlimited data for use on the following social media and messaging applications:

  • Facebook
  • WhatsApp
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Pinterest

Any data that’s used in the supported apps and websites won’t count towards the download limit on your plan. There are a couple of exclusions to this: namely, voice and video calling through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram are not included in Endless Social Media. Additionally, if you follow a link to an external app or website, this also won’t be included in your Endless Social Media.

Other social media apps like TikTok are not currently included in VOXI’s Endless Social Media.

You’ll need to have some of your regular data allowance remaining to benefit from Endless Social Media.

Endless Video

If you choose VOXI’s £15, £20 or £35 plan, you’ll also get Endless Video in addition to Endless Social Media. This gives you unlimited data for streaming online video (e.g. movies and TV shows) from all of the following apps and services:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • My5
  • TVPlayer
  • UKTV Play

As with Endless Social Media, data usage in an Endless Video app or website will not count towards the download limit on your VOXI price plan. This includes tethering to some other devices like your phone, laptop or tablet but not to a smart TV, games console or TV streaming device (e.g. Chromecast, Roku or Fire TV Stick).

Other video streaming services like BBC iPlayer, NOW TV and Disney+ are not currently included in the VOXI Endless Video offer.

For more information, see our full guide on the Endless Video offer.

VOXI Video and Music Passes

VOXI also offers two paid-for passes which you can optionally add to your plan at an additional monthly cost:

  • VOXI’s paid-for Endless Video Pass costs £7/month and gives you endless data for use on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. A free version of this pass is now included on VOXI price plans from £15/month. You’ll therefore be better off choosing a plan with Endless Video included.
  • VOXI’s Endless Music Pass costs £5/month and gives you endless data for use on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Soundcloud, Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited and Napster.

If you add one of these optional passes to your plan, data usage within the listed applications will become zero-rated. This means it will no longer count towards your normal monthly download limit. The regular subscription fee for using these services will still apply and continues to be paid for separately to the service provider.

Pay As You Go Rates

VOXI works on a pre-paid basis. If you like, you can decide to opt out of their monthly plans to use the service on Pay As You Go. However, if you decide to do this, you’ll no longer be able to use mobile data on your phone (though you’ll still be able to use data over wi-fi). You’ll still be able to make and receive phone calls and text messages on traditional Pay As You Go.

The following table shows VOXI’s Pay As You Go rates:

Calling Rates:
Voice Calls 30p/minute (any network, any time)
Calls to Voicemail 30p/minute
Calls to Special Rate Numbers 45p/minute access charge
+ service charge from the company you’re calling
Messaging Rates:
Text Message (SMS) 14p
Picture Message (MMS) 45p
Internet Rates:
Mobile Data Not available until you buy another 30-day bundle.

If you’d like to call internationally, you can buy VOXI’s £3/month International Minutes Extra add-on. This gives you 100 international minutes for calling 100 destinations from the UK. Alternatively, you can Pay As You Go with international calling available from 1.5p/minute.

For customers who decide to opt-out of VOXI’s monthly plans, your VOXI SIM card will remain active for 180 days since your last chargeable activity. After 180 days of inactivity on the SIM card, you’ll be given a warning that you’ll need to use your SIM card within the next 90 days. If more than 270 days have passed since your last chargeable activity, your SIM card will be suspended and your phone number will be deleted. Any Pay As You Go credit remaining on the account will also be lost at the same time.

We’d recommend against choosing VOXI if you’re looking for a traditional Pay As You Go service without the need to top-up your phone every month. There are far cheaper alternatives out there that will allow you to use mobile data without buying a one-month bundle (e.g. 1pMobile).

Comparison to Alternatives

VOXI is often compared to mainstream mobile networks and to other low-cost providers like giffgaff and SMARTY (giffgaff belongs to O2 and SMARTY belongs to Three).

In the following section, we’ll compare VOXI’s SIM-only plans against rival mobile networks.

£10 per month bundles

For £10/month, VOXI offers 12GB of data along with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and endless social data.

At the time of writing, this is one of the better value deals at the £10 per month price point. On rival mobile networks like SMARTY, it’s possible to get a larger allowance of data, though the coverage will come from Three rather than Vodafone.

The following table shows a comparison of SIM-only deals around the £10 per month price point:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited12GB
& endless social
£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£10.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£10.00
24 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£10.00
18 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£11.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£11.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£12.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£12.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited12GB£12.00
18 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£12.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited2GB£12.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£12.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 13 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£15 per month bundles

For £15/month, VOXI currently offers 15GB of data. You’ll also get endless video data and endless social data, along with unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts.

The following table shows a comparison of deals around the £15/month price point:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited50GB£15.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£15.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited15GB£15.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited15GB
& endless social + endless video
£15.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited5GB£15.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£16.00
12 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£16.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£16.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£20 per month bundles

VOXI’s £20 plan comes with 45GB of data, endless video data and endless social media data. You’ll also get unlimited minutes and unlimited texts included.

For the same monthly price, it’s possible to get unlimited data on some other mobile networks. Alternatively, a 100GB data allowance is available elsewhere, as long as you’re happy to undergo a credit check. You can get 80GB of data for £20/month on giffgaff’s one-month rolling goodybag.

The following table shows a comparison of SIM card deals around £20/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
O2UnlimitedUnlimited120GB£20.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited120GB£20.00
12 months
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
24 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited100GB£20.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited80GB£20.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited45GB
& endless social + endless video
£20.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£20.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£20.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited20GB£21.00
12 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 5 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

£35 per month bundles

For £35/month, VOXI offers an endless data plan. This comes with unlimited data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. You’ll also get access to 5G coverage if you’re using a 5G-ready smartphone in VOXI’s 5G coverage area.

The following table shows how VOXI’s endless data plan compares to rival mobile networks:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£22.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£22.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£22.00
24 months
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£24.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£24.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£26.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£26.00
24 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£28.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
24 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
2Mbps max
£32.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£33.00
18 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
12 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
10Mbps max
£36.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
24 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£41.00
24 months
To show you the most relevant plans, 15 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

For more information, see our full comparison of SIM-only deals in the UK.

Handsets

There are two ways to join the VOXI mobile network. You can either order a free SIM card for your existing unlocked smartphone or you can buy a new mobile phone directly from VOXI.

Most people decide to keep their existing smartphone. You can use any device providing it’s unlocked (or a handset that’s locked to Vodafone UK will also work on VOXI). You can order a free SIM card from VOXI through this link.

If you’re buying a mobile phone from the VOXI website, there are a selection of handsets available to buy from Apple, Google, Huawei and Samsung. Unless you decide to pay the full cost of the handset upfront (which tends to be much more expensive at VOXI than at other SIM-free retailers), you’ll be taking a 30-month consumer credit agreement with PayPal Credit. You’ll need to undergo a credit check to use this service.

If you’d like to buy a new smartphone to use on VOXI, we’d strongly recommend comparing prices across the rest of the market and also looking at handsets sold by other retailers as well. You can buy an unlocked smartphone from any UK retailer for use on the VOXI mobile network with a free SIM card from VOXI.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage

VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone offering flexible SIM-only deals on a one-month rolling basis. As Vodafone is the underlying coverage provider for VOXI, customers will get access to the same coverage as customers on Vodafone.

At the time of writing, VOXI offers 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G and 4G.

Before you sign up to the VOXI service, we’d strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on VOXI’s online coverage map:

Check VOXI Coverage (voxi.co.uk) →

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling are not currently available to customers on VOXI.

For more information, see our in-depth article about Vodafone’s UK mobile coverage or our overview of mobile network coverage in the UK.

5G Coverage

On VOXI, 5G coverage is also available to customers choosing a plan of at least £15/month.

On VOXI’s 5G network, it’s possible to obtain download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps). However, average download speeds will normally be closer to 150-200Mbps (about 5 to 10 times faster than a regular 4G connection).

VOXI’s 5G service is available in the same places as on Vodafone. The following UK towns and cities currently have access to 5G coverage on VOXI:

Now Live57 towns and cities are live on VOXI 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)

For more information, see Vodafone’s 5G coverage map. Alternatively, see our guide to the rollout of 5G coverage in the UK.

Tethering & Personal Hotspot

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device. It’s a good way to get mobile broadband on other devices like your laptop or tablet.

On VOXI, it’s possible to tether without any restrictions. Any data usage that’s consumed through tethering or personal hotspot will simply come out of your data allowance as normal. This is confirmed on the benefits page of VOXI’s website:

Personal Hotspot
Turn your VOXI mobile into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot to share your data with other devices.

If your plan comes with endless social media or endless video, this also covers your usage of the included apps and services on another smartphone, laptop or tablet that’s tethered to your phone. However, it doesn’t cover tethering to other devices like a smart TV, games console or TV streaming device (e.g. a Chromecast, Roku or Fire TV Stick).

International Roaming

On VOXI, you can use your mobile phone abroad through international roaming. This is something that isn’t possible on Vodafone Basics making it a key attraction of choosing VOXI over a Vodafone Basics plan.

According to VOXI, 4G coverage is available in 137 destinations with 2G or 3G coverage available in many others. 4G roaming is available to all VOXI customers.

If you have a 5G-ready plan, you can also access 5G coverage in 47 towns and cities across Europe. 5G coverage is currently available in locations across Spain, Italy and Germany (including Milan, Rome, Naples, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich).

If you’re using your mobile phone abroad in other European destinations, you can use your normal VOXI plan allowances at no extra charge. This includes the endless social media, the endless video and any add-ons you’ve purchased for your plan.

Meanwhile, if you’re travelling outside Europe, extra charges will normally apply for using your VOXI plan there. A list of the relevant charges for each country can be found on the VOXI website.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re currently on another mobile network and looking to switch to VOXI, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.

To do so, start by ordering your new SIM card from the VOXI website. You’ll then need to obtain a PAC Code from your old network. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.

Once you’ve received and activated your VOXI SIM card, you can submit your PAC Code online through your VOXI account area. Once you’ve done this, your phone number will normally be transferred on the next working day.

For step-by-step instructions on how to move your phone number to VOXI, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to VOXI

Select your current mobile network:

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VOXI Age Limit

Prior to the 4th April 2019, customers had to be under 30 to join the VOXI service. This is no longer a requirement for new customers and customers of any age can now sign up to VOXI.

Between September 2017 and May 2018, only customers who were aged 25 or under could join the VOXI service. This was expanded to cover customers aged between 26 and 30 from May 2018 to April 2019, before the age restriction was removed entirely in April 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

What plans can I get on VOXI?
VOXI currently offers a choice of four SIM-only plans:
  • £10 plan: 12GB data, endless social media, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £15 plan: 15GB data, endless video, endless social media, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £20 plan: 45GB data, endless video, endless social media, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.
  • £35 plan: Endless data, unlimited minutes & unlimited texts.

All of the plans are available on a one-month rolling basis with no contract and no credit check required.

What is endless social media?
VOXI’s endless social media gives you unlimited data for use on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Usage of these apps and services will not count towards the download limit on your plan.
What is endless video?
VOXI offers endless video on their price plans from £15/month. This gives you unlimited data for watching online video from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. Usage of these apps and services won’t count towards the download limit on your plan.
Does VOXI offer an unlimited data plan?
Yes. VOXI offers a £35 endless data plan which gives you unlimited (all-purpose) data. This differs from endless social media and endless video in that you can use the unlimited data allowance on any app or website.
How does VOXI compare to giffgaff?
VOXI is a low-cost sub-brand of Vodafone and is often compared to giffgaff which is a low-cost sub-brand of O2. The two networks normally offer similar amounts of data (e.g. 6GB of data for £10 and 15GB of data for £15). However, VOXI sometimes has special offers available which increase the amount of data they offer. There’s also endless social media on all VOXI plans as well as endless video from plans from £15/month.
What type of coverage is available on VOXI?
On VOXI, you can get 99% population coverage on Vodafone’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. You can check the coverage in your area by entering your postcode on VOXI’s website. On plans costing £15/month or more, 5G coverage is also available in major towns and cities.
Can I get 5G coverage on VOXI?
Yes. 5G coverage is available on VOXI, making use of Vodafone’s 5G network in 45 UK towns and cities. You’ll need to be on a VOXI plan costing £15/month or more to get access to 5G.
Can I use tethering or personal hotspot on VOXI?
Yes. You can use tethering and personal hotspot on VOXI to share your mobile data connection with other devices. This is confirmed on VOXI’s benefits page.
Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. You can keep your current phone number when moving to VOXI. Simply ask your current mobile network to give you a PAC Code. This can be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. You should then give this PAC Code to VOXI after ordering your SIM card online and activating it.
Does VOXI have any age limits?
No. Anyone can now sign up to VOXI, regardless of their age. Before April 2019, VOXI had an age restriction so you had to be under-30 when signing up to the network. This age limit no longer applies for new customers.

More Information

For more information, please see the official VOXI website. You can order a free VOXI SIM card to get started on the service.

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  • Got a 45GB free month from Voxi worth £20 included with a Motorola E6 Plus from Argos for £79.99

    All good including VPN built into Opera browser worked both on the phone and my PC tethered via phone hotspot.

    After the free month on VOXI I chose the 15GB £15 plan with unlimited video… Now I can’t use the VPN built into Opera browser on phone or tethered PC.

    Any ideas?

    • Hi there,
      I’m not aware of any reason why Opera’s VPN won’t work on the £15 plan. In fact, the £20 plan also includes endless video so it’s unlikely this is related to it not working…
      Ken

  • Hi Ken,
    Do you know if VOXI use ‘strict’ NAT like the regular Vodafone network does?

    Just got myself tied into an unlimited data deal from Vodafone as a replacement for traditional broadband, only to find out that peer to peer traffic is impossible. 🙁

    If anyone is thinking of using 5G/4G over Vodafone, this is something to be aware of…

    • Hi Adrian,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I believe VOXI also uses a ‘strict’ NAT (or what is technically known as CGNAT in the mobile industry). I believe this is standard across all UK mobile networks, with the exception of Three when you use the 3internet APN. On other networks, I think the only workaround is to use a VPN that gives you a static IP (e.g. AAISP has a £10/month VPN with a static IP).
      Ken

      • Thanks Ken,
        I’ve only recently found your website, but the quality of the content is exceptional, thank you!
        I wasn’t aware of CGNAT as a thing, but (to me) it seems like a fairly ugly cludge. And it explains why port forwarding or using the DMZ seems to have absolutely no effect.
        The use of pf/DMZ is consistently the advice offered by technical support reps in forum post after forum post (and the advice I received myself in official PDF from Vodafone), but there is no technical foundation for this to work with CGNAT since Translation is done on the carrier network?
        I can see why they do that since they’ll be able to use and reuse much smaller pools of IP addresses whilst not requiring any NAT equipment on the client side (e.g. for mobile phones).
        What is the 3 network doing differently do you know? Does it just have a larger pool of addresses to draw from?

        Thanks again!

        • Hi Adrian,
          Thank you for the kind words, and glad that I’m able to help!
          I think a lot of it comes down to the heritage of how the products & networks originated. Most mobile networks are really geared up towards mobile/smartphone users (this is probably 99.9% of their business or more). On a regular smartphone, it’s very rare you’d want to have a publicly-accessible IP address as you’ll rarely ever want to use it as a server or to accept incoming connections on it. Furthermore, your phone will regularly switch between 4G and wi-fi, lose connection, change masts, etc. Therefore, it wouldn’t even be very reliable if they gave an IP address to you (plus you don’t really want the hassle of installing a firewall on your mobile phone to deal with those connections!). The 4G broadband products on these networks are more of an ‘afterthought’, so they retain the same CGNAT behaviour that is used on mobile phones. These providers haven’t really gone after disrupting the home broadband market, as they have fibre broadband products as well.
          Three is a little bit different in that they have a bit of a heritage in trying to offer a real alternative to fixed-line home broadband. That’s why they’re the only network to offer a ‘real’ IP address at the moment on 4G (as you’d expect from a home broadband connection), though you’ll still need to request it by using the relevant APN on their network.
          Hope this helps,
          Ken

  • Voxi now offering Unlimited Data on promo offer for £30 a month (£5 cheaper than previously.)

    Worth looking at as it’s only a monthly contract. Vodafone (Voxi’s provider) are cheaper but on 12/24 month contracts which rise annually by the RPI.

    Posted just in case it’s of interest to others.

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