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

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 235 customer ratings since 2016-06-28. See more Vodafone Mobile Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-06-19

Pay As You Go

From £10 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 £30 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 2017-06-19

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

Based on 235 customer ratings since 2016-06-28

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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
I went live on Voda BB one month ago. I'd been using plusnet through John Lewis and moved because their cust service was very poor and at one point they input another customer's information into my settings and then ignored me!
Very very troubling.

But at least the speeds had always been around 75mb.

From day 1 Vodafone BB was giving me only 8/9 mbs download ( 8/9 upload too though) on a 37 mb line. 10 days of wasting time testing and calling and speaking to people it eventually went to around 75mbs. However a week or two later it's back to a very consistent 9.5 mb download speed.

Yet again Voda cust ervice want me to check my connections and reet my router (their std answer to everything) but of course just like last time this makes no difference.

Their understand and tehnical repertoir is very poor.

They don't allow me to speak to the real technical people and have now waited 4 days so far and had no imporvement of technical assistance.

A registerd a complaint and asked for escalation which basically meant I got a amanger to call me with no info whatsoeve and still waiting for help. Ludicrous.

The people I speak to want to help but they don't have the skils or resources to do anything.

If you're thinking of VODAFONE - go elsewhere. Very very poor.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Switched from TalkTalk last February, won over by the cheaper price and faster speeds. Got the 76mb service. They said my connection would be 80mb, but it has been only 40mb - until a few days ago, now it has been 23-30mb! I complained shortly after I joined. They said I was in a heavy usage area, but Openreach were going to fix it. Nearly 4 months later I am still waiting. Not sure I believe their reason, as I have checked the speed at various times throughout the day and night (including early hours) and it was the same (sure there can't be heavy usage in the area 24 hours a day). As they are not fulfilling their end of the contract, they said I can leave without paying the rest of the year, or downgrade with no fees. However, when I asked to downgrade, they refused and said the problem should be fixed soon. Not fair that I am paying for Fibre 76 and getting about Fibre 38 speeds. Think I will leave them soon. Now I regret leaving TalkTalk. Had no speed problems with them, or BT previously. AVOID.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Maidstone Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Attracted by the free line rental, but the speed is so slow. I pay for 76mb, but tested just now and was getting 3mb!
Ping speed is slow also, meaning my lad is off the Xbox. Usual customer support offering i.e. hopeless
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Peterborough Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
genuinely shockingly bad. A broadband service that doesnt like xonnecting to phones... the company.. a mobile phone provide. HOW STUPID IS THAT? internet is so unreliable i use more of my data than my broadband. Intermittent function. For work - forget it. I need VPN secure access.. i have had no trouble with sky (notoriously rubbish for most things) and yet Vodaphone.. oh its not them but i should plug my work laptop directly into the router and see if that helps.. welll NOPE still kicks me off every 5 minutes AND cuts out so often i cant connect to my work servers to save my work. Dont use if youre more mobile orientated...absolutely shoddiest service ive had. Vodaphones response.. not their fault!!!
id rather try and make a cup of tea with a chocolate teapot...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Hythe Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Horrible horrible service, slow speed and incompetent customer service and they'll do everything it takes and lie to make you sign a contract with them. I've been deceived and now have to pay £350 to get the contract cancelled. Be careful people, don't make my same mistake
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Terrible, frankly criminal usage system that makes it very easy to slip up and go over your limit and then they charge you utterly extortionate amounts. Their online and phone services are a ridiculous bureaucracy. EE has a much saner system.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
I took the plunge and switched from Sky Broadband Unlimited to Vodafone 38 Fibre. I was very happy with my Sky service but Vodafone had a deal that meant I got fibre cheaper than Sky were giving me standard ADSL for.

The switch over was painless. I was provided their new super duper router and given an activation date in which to hook it all up. They handled everything else with Sky.

My activation date came, hooked up my router before 8am as directed. By the time I came home from work, it wasn't working (although both green lights were on the top). I rebooted the router and everything sprang into life.

I was getting a good 37Mbps down and 8-9Mbps up, so I'm happy thus far.

I've had enough experience with 5GHz (dual band routers) to know 5GHz is a big cause of constant WiFi cut offs, etc. So I switched that mode off and used 2.4GHz only. Signal is great, stability is great. The 2.4GHz speeds are still over and above the 38Mbps internet speeds anyway.

I had read the many bad reviews and so the switch was not an easy decision. However, I have always had a good experence as a Vodafone Mobile customer and I have been happy with the Broadband so far, but it is early days. I will review again after an extended period.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Wolverhampton Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
I have been using Vodafone Broadband now since I changed over from BT on 20th March. So far my connection has been constant with no drops at all. On BT, my sky Q mini box had to be restarted about 3 times a week after losing connection with my BT hub. To date my sky mini has lost connection once in 4 weeks from my Vodafone hub. I am sitting out in the back garden writing this review and my hub in in the front room, my connection has only lost one bar. All my Sonos products, my 2 TVs, my Sky and mini box, 2 mobile phones, 2 iPads, printer, laptop and other little wifi devices are all connected and running perfectly. I have had 2 conversations with Vodafone customer services and found them extremely helpful.
This is my experience, so far, with Vodafone broadband. I see that others have had not such a good experience but I certainly have.
Oh and no, I don't work for Vodafone, I'm a retired Police Officer. Would I recommend it, yes.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Livingston, Scotland Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Went live yesterday Friday 8/4/17, our 9 Sonos devices failed to work immediately resulting in 2 hours of investigation and a router flash from Vodafone. Fixed the immediate problem and then Saturday morning (9/4/17) slow website speed and wired and wireless devices failing to connect. Extensive call with Vodafone and the eventually admitted that *we* were not a normal family and that there were limits on the number of devices that could connect to their router..... Worked around the problem and installed an old router in access point mode the take all the wireless connections which was fine until about 1800 when connectivity failed completely - result= going back to BT as soon as I possibly can as although they were more expensive we had no problems in three years of usage
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Calne, Wiltshire Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Re:- Colin Perthshire Vodafone Mobile Broadband 2016-11-26

This wonderful service can hardly be Mobile Broadband if its over the same line that BT were using ???

Re:- " 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? "
Penarth 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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