Vodafone Mobile Broadband

Offering 4G Ready devices, Vodafone is a 'future proof' choice for mobile broadband as more locations are enabled

  • Up to 10GB usage allowances
  • 4G available in 15 English cities with more locations coming soon
  • 4G Ready mobile broadband dongles and portable hotspots
  • SIM-only deals available for both 3G and 4G
  • Shorter contracts - all mobile broadband offers are 12 months or less
  • 1 month rolling contracts on 4G or pay as you go on 3G

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband Personal WiFi
£10.00 per month
12 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £10 a month
  • 4G or 3G speeds
  • 1GB, 3GB or 10GB usage
  • Free Personal WiFi device
  • 24 month contract
  • Also available SIM-free on a 1 month contract

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband 4G
£10.00 per month
12 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £10 a month
  • 4G speeds up to 40Mb
  • 1 to 10GB usage available
  • 4G device free on 3GB or over (select 4G personal WiFi or dongle)
  • 12 month contract
  • Also available SIM-free

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband Tablet Bundles
£32.00 per month
24 month contract

£19.00 upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £32 a month
  • Variety of payment plans available
  • 4G speeds up to 40Mb
  • Up to 10GB usage
  • Android and iOS tablet options
  • Pay more upfront for cheaper plan
  • 24 month contract

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Reasons to choose Vodafone

  • 30 day mobile broadband money back guarantee, double the length of many mobile suppliers, allowing you to try mobile broadband in all the locations you'll need it without worrying about the cost of the dongle or pocket hotspot
  • No contracts over 12 months, and 1 month or pay-as-you-go options also available
  • Ideal for keeping online when out and about or to cover outages in home broadband services - and the 10GB usage allowance could be a suitable replacement for light home users
  • Free WiFi access in hundreds or thousands of locations and on the London Underground

Possible downsides

  • 4G still in the process of being rolled out, currently only in a limited number of locations
  • 4G only available on more expensive 4G-ready tariffs

Features at a glance

  • Up to 40Mb 4G download speeds in a limited number of locations

  • Contracts from pay as you go up to 24 months

  • Download allowances up to 10GB

  • 24 hour technical support by phone or online

  • Basic to Premium security available

  • SIM-only deals offered

  • Inclusive WiFi data on all deals, including coverage on the London Underground

  • Free mobile broadband dongles or portable hotspots with some deals

3.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 214 customer ratings since 2016-01-25. See more Vodafone Mobile Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-01-23

Pay As You Go

From £15 for 3G dongle with 1GB data, 30 day top-ups up to 15GB

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4G

4G available on all plans, select 4G device or SIM

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SIM Only

£11 for 2GB to £30 for 50GB, 30 day contract, nano SIMs available

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Dongles

Mobile broadband from £11 a month on a 24 month contract

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Personal WiFi

Mobile WiFi from £11 per month on an 24 month contract

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Short Contract

30 day contracts from £11 with 2GB usage, devices from £15

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Highest Usage

50GB usage from £25 on a 24 month contract

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Tablet Bundles

From free on various 24 month contracts with a range of data usage

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Check Coverage

4G LTE Advanced (3x faster) rolling out, 4G coverage 68%, 3G 90%

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Details last checked on 2017-01-23

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Vodafone Mobile Broadband.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.3 stars
  • Speed
    3.2 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.2 stars

Based on 214 customer ratings since 2016-01-25

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
SIgned up to Vodafone broadband to get higher speed broadband, they said that it would be sorted on the 19th of November. On the 17th I had broadband but the phone line went dead and I was unable to use the home phone. The broadband connection was very intermittent and when I could connect it was very slow.
So I cancelled with Vodafone, who then charged me for use of the phone line, calls made and use of broadband. I made no calls as there was no phone line!!!
I then went to Virgin who never came through.
I contacted Vodafone who sorted the phone line out and then said that I would have internet on the 17th of January. It is now the 22nd and I still have no internet.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Slough Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Signed up for broadband and phone service before Christmas
Would not recommend
Had no telephone service at times
Broadband constantly losing connection
Technical team useless
Kept saying would call be back with in 48 hours
Awful service canceled already after 2 weeks changing supplier already
Avoid
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Uk Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Beware of this ISP if you wish to connect wirelessly to the router! My broadband was OK for the first few months. Now, with no additional equipment on the system and nothing extra to cause interference, the wifi is totally unreliable. It randomly disconnects from phones, tablets etc then the next day different items won't connect. After a hard reset it lasted 2 days before having problems again. I have tried every channel but nothing helps. Vodafone's official view is that -to quote - 'your contract is for wired broadband. The wifi is not included in this and we have no duty to ensure you can connect wirelessly to your router' They also advised me to switch off the wifi on all phones, tablets etc except when it is being specifically used because the router cannot cope with too many devices at once! Obviously it is only suitable for single people or technophobes!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
lancashire Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
This has to be the worst broadband I have ever had, It buffers on every device I have in the house it makes watching anything on TV on line services stressful to the point where you give up watching anything and watch normal TV. It keeps dropping off certain devices in the house at random
I am counting the days I can end this nightmare and go back to SKY
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Cwmbran Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Was told that I needed to wait in for an engineer on a secific date. Took half a day off work as I was told they would be with me between 8am & 1pm.... did they come? NO... did they bother to call me.... NO. I phoned them at 12.30 on behalf of my husband... only to be told....we can't tell you anything. We need to speak to your husband. I said I'm his wife and I'm waiting here at the house. Can you give me an indication as to when the engineer will be here.... only to be told NO. Terrible customer service provision. Total abuse of custom. When my husband called them at half past 2. They said the work had been done..... after telling us we needed to let the engineer in.... I didn't have to take a half day off work or hang around waiting as they were never going to need access. Joke... done then vodaphone have been useless!!!! Seriously consider vodaphone... from what I hear there are hidden costs too. Just look at the other reviews... also negative! Hope this helps!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
N.I. Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Move from BT due to increasing costs and variable download speed. We were away for the actual switch over but left the Vodafone router plugged in and switched on. On our return the internet download speed had jumped from 6 Mbps to a constant 37 Mbps at less than half the cost of the BT service and free landline to U.K. Mobile calls. So far, no outages. Brilliant - highly recommended.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Brora, Sutherland Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Absolutely shocking!
Broken promise after broken promise.
After 2 months they still couldn't provide me with broadband. Every date was missed, everytime they said someone would call they didn't. Cancelled, they said you will get a full refund, another promise broken - still waiting. When you call they are apologetic and polite, however, that doesn't help resolve the problem.
I was suckered in by the advert of no line rental. Don't be a fool - avoid this company, they really don't care.
They are unable to provide the service, promise everything and deliver absolutely nothing!
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid.
Don't say i didn't warn you!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Redditch Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Purchased a £15 a month contract with Vodafone while living in the UK. I've only just found out two months later I'm being charged nearly £80 extra during this period for a few calls to Ireland, something I did not realise incurred extra charges.

While I maybe should have considered this beforehand, I received no kind of message informing me of these extra charges, and no form of sympathy while speaking to Vodafone about the issue. I will definitley not be renewing my monthly contract.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Edinburgh Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
I signed with Vodafone on the strength that they had a comprehensive international calling add-on particularly as it includes UAE - it doesn't and that was a great disappointment and why I left (I may as well get free European football with an alternative provider)

For those who dont need the international option I actually rate the broadband and the very helpful UK based support team.

A couple of installation teething problems were resolved quickly and compared to some providers (especially those who have weak security systems) Broadband speed was almost double for download and 4 times faster for upload.

If I can get a better international deal I will stay with them
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
East Sussex Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
After a couple of months, so far so good. Move from BT was seamless. We are in the Perthshire hills relying on a couple of miles of copper wire from the fibre box. Best we ever got from BT was around 1.4Mb. I find it amazing that Vodafone have been able to guarantee over 2Mb and are consistently delivering 3.5Mb. It's not exactly super fast, but it's better than BT........and its over the same line, and for half the price (for phone & broadband). I can only assume BT were slowing us down due to the volume of customers they have?
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Perthshire Vodafone Mobile Broadband  

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National Average Speeds March 2016

Average mobile broadband speeds rising in 2016 while fixed line home broadband speeds coast at late 2015 levels

Posted on 2016-04-08 16:59 in Announcements News 4GEE EE Hyperoptic Vodafone Three Sky Virgin Media BT Post Office

Each month hundreds of thousands of broadband customers test their speeds with our broadband speed test. Since the end of 2015 there's been little change in average speeds from home broadband with average download speeds for March 2016 coming in at 20.41Mb and average upload speeds at 3.73Mb.

However, our test also supports users testing on tablets and smartphones, meaning we can report on mobile broadband speeds from 4G and 3G networks. While home broadband has been stable, mobile broadband average download speed has risen by a full 2Mb since December and upload speed by 1.6Mb, the average mobile broadband speeds for March 2016 were 15.31Mb download and 3.71Mb upload.

When the big mobile broadband and home broadband providers' average speeds compete on the same table, it's only Virgin Media's DOCSIS 3 cable broadband that outperforms mobile broadband, clocking in 46.95Mb, with upload speeds at 5.9Mb. 4GEE is ahead of BT Broadband with download speeds clocking in at 18.71Mb, faster than BT by 1.07Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 2nd and 4th places beating all home big broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media, with Vodafone's 16.26Mb average mobile download speed only 1.38Mb behind BT.

Of the home broadband providers Post Office Broadband still has the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 4.38Mb average downloads and 1.67Mb average uploads, well below the average speeds expected for copper phoneline broadband. Three tested with the slowest mobile broadband at 12.09Mb downloads, but this still beat home broadband offerings from Sky and EE.

When the supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) is included we can see that fibre to the building provider Hyperoptic tested as the fastest broadband overall with 91.7Mb average downloads and 77.3Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2016

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National Average Speeds December 2015

Average fixed line download speeds remain stable over December 2015, average mobile broadband speeds see minor increase

Posted on 2016-01-08 12:21 in Announcements News 4GEE Hyperoptic Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Virgin Media BT Post Office Plusnet

December 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test remain stable in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 20.56Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.15Mb drop to 3.68Mb.

Of the big 5 home broadband providers, Virgin Media remained in first place but their average download speeds appear to have levelled out since rolling out their 200Mb service, remaining stable at 46.57Mb, with upload speeds at 5.66Mb. BT Broadband retain second place with average download and upload speeds steady at 17.58Mb and 4.42Mb respectively. TalkTalk move up to third place, with download speeds stable at 12.8Mb and upload speeds dropping by 0.21Mb to 1.86Mb. Plusnet drop into fourth place, dropping by 0.59Mb to 12.6Mb for average download speeds with a 0.39Mb decrease to 2.85Mb for average upload speeds. Finally, Sky remain in fifth place with a 1.1Mb fall in download speeds to 10.92Mb, while their upload speeds decreased by 0.41Mb to 2.47Mb.

Results from users testing with mobile-enabled devices including phones and tablets suggests that mobile broadband speeds saw an overall rise since November. Taking mobile broadband separately from home broadband, EE Mobile retain first place, with download speeds increasing by 1.1Mb to 17.55Mb and upload speeds holding at 3.87Mb. Vodafone are in second place, seeing download speeds fall slightly by 0.19Mb to 13.76Mb and upload speeds steady at 2.82Mb. O2 are in third place with download speeds at 11.78Mb - a respectable 1.4Mb increase over last month - and upload speeds at 2.53Mb. Three are still in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.84Mb and upload speeds of 2.56Mb.

When mobile broadband and home broadband average speeds compete on the same table, 4GEE is head-to-head with BT's second place with a difference of only 0.03Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 3rd and 4th places beating all home broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media and BT. This suggests that 4G broadband may have higher uptake levels relative to 3G compared to uptake of the fastest possible fibre broadband products relative to cheaper options.

This month's supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) found Post Office Broadband had the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 2.55Mb average downloads and only 0.33Mb average uploads. Hyperoptic was fastest overall with 102.1Mb average downloads and 92.13Mb uploads.

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband Buyers Guide

Can I get Vodafone mobile broadband?

You should be able to get a mobile data connection almost anywhere there's a strong Vodafone mobile phone signal, however broadband speeds will require a 3G or 4G signal.

Vodafone provides a coverage checker which should allow you to view 4G, 3G and 2G data coverage strength for any postcode and its surrounding area using a map. You may find that some areas will be marked as only having a strong enough signal for outside use and will have poorer signal strength inside buildings.

If you use your mobile broadband device in different locations, your connection should automatically switch to use the fastest available technology wherever you are.

30 day mobile broadband money back guarantee

If you're a new pay monthly mobile broadband customer buying a dongle, you can cancel your contract within the first 30 days.

Simply visit a Vodafone store or call 191 on your Vodafone mobile within 30 days of connection. Once you've returned the dongle, they'll refund any payment you made for it, you'll only have to pay for line rental and usage up to the day it's cancelled.

See the Vodafone site for full conditions.

WiFi access

As well as mobile broadband access, your Vodafone account gives you access to hundreds of thousands of WiFi hotspots, you can even get online in over 100 London Underground stations!

Standard WiFi is provided via BT's hotspot network, simply connect to any BT Wi-fi premium hotspot and enter your 'My Vodafone' username or password.

WiFi on the London Underground is provided by Virgin Media, simply connect to 'Virgin Media WiFi', access your web browser, choose the Vodafone icon and then login with your 'My Vodafone' details.

See the Vodafone site for full terms and conditions.

4G-ready

4G mobile broadband has already come to the Vodafone network, currently available in 15 UK cities with more locations coming soon.

All Vodafone's compatible devices are sold as '4G-ready'. Be aware that not all tablets, dongles and personal hotspots the Vodafone sells are 4G-ready, you'll need to explicitly opt for a 4G-ready device to be offered a 4G-ready plan.

Even with a 4G-ready device, you also need to make sure that you've opted for a more expensive 4G-ready plan or you won't be able to access the faster speeds that the device is capable of.

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