Vodafone Mobile Broadband Buyers Guide

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
£11.00 per month
12 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £11 a month
  • 4G or 3G speeds
  • Up to 50GB usage
  • Free Personal WiFi device
  • 12 month contract
  • Also available SIM-free on a 1 month contract

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband 4G
£11.00 per month
12 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £11 a month
  • 4G speeds up to 40Mb
  • 1GB to 50GB usage available
  • 4G device free on 12 month contract
  • Pay as You Go to 12 month contracts
  • Also available SIM-free

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Vodafone Mobile Broadband Tablet Bundles
£13.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Deals starting at £13 a month
  • Variety of payment plans available
  • 4G speeds up to 40Mb
  • Up to 50GB 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 100 customer ratings since 2018-10-26. See more Vodafone Mobile Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-11-11

SIM Only

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

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Dongles

From £11 a month on a 12 month contract, device £20

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4G

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

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Personal WiFi

From £11 per month on a 12 month contract, device £20

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Short Contract

30 day contracts from £11 with 2GB usage, devices from £35

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Tablet Bundles

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

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Highest Usage

50GB usage from £30 on a 12 month contract

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4G GigaCube

Alternative to fixed line broadband using the 4G network

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5G GigaCube

Alternative to fixed line broadband using the 5G network, 4G-compatible

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99% coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G

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Details last checked on 2019-11-11

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
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.3 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2018-10-26

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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've had no end of problems, promises that engineers would come out, but the service doesn't improve, ridiculously long call wait timed. I've now had zero broadband for 36 hrs and have been waiting on the phone to speak to someone for 30 mins. Customer service staff are always polite & helpful, but the problem is the infrastructure. It's costing me money in call minutes and data to my mobild provider, I am extremely unhappy, I would not use Vodafone for ANYTHING ever again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Warrington Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
No Internet service for 5 weeks. Waited in on 5*separate occasions for a promised Open Reach engineer visit - 'no show'. Watch this space. So many phone calls, listening to the same old 'yes, this is totally unacceptable, sir' Frankly, I'm lost. I could throw 'I'm a pensioner into the mix!
Tamworth Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Replaced TalkTalk with Vodafone for cost reasons - Vodafone cheaper.Do not make the same mistake! After only 2 weeks of this, frankly unacceptable quality service I shall be terminating the contract the Vodafone (possible in first 30 days).
Never having thought about speeds etc, before because everything worked fine with TalkTalk, it became immediately apparent that the Vodafone Wifi is hopelessly inadequate. Very variable service with varying speeds and drop out the norm. Smart TV - should I really wait 2 minutes for a connection to Netflix? Too much bufferring. Customer services polite and tried to be helpful but have not fixed the issue.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Abingdon Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Guaranteed speed is nonsense. And there is no mechanism to claim the guaranteed 15% discount for not meeting expected speeds.
Switched from EE home broadband to Vodafone home broadband. Access to the usual sites Netflix, amazon, Facebook, YouTube all were terribly slow. Support is impossible to get a hold of. The chat online just sits on "loading". From a Vodafone home phone they charge for calling support and never answer.
As we have Vodafone 4g on mobile we switched to chewing up mobile data. Yes the mobile data rates were faster and more reliable than home broadband.
They had actually limited the home speed to 15mb but guaranteed 25mb.
Went through months (yes months) of support. Changed wifi channels (irrelevant). Changes to the google DNS again irrelevant. They promised to send an engineer out to remove the limit within 48hrs. 2wks later still waiting for the engineer and the line limit to be lifted.
Did I mention there is no way to claim for the 15% discount. It is not in any Vodafone App and the techinical support state they can't authorise discounts.
And the support has more rigorous security than any banking app I have used. If I contact via the app then they should have the account details. And if they are going to reset the router then they should call the house phone. Complete incompetence.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cambridgeshire Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Avoid like the plague, no where near the speed advertised. hours of wasted time on the support chat and over an hour on hold on the phone support. Engineer visit scheduled but no one showed. got told they had missed me but I work from home and hadn't left the house at all that day.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Wokingham Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
I am so fed up with speaking to family and friends and having to wander about the house and garden to get a reception. It has got better because we used to have to run to the bottom of the garden for good reception, sometimes in the poring rain, not good.

My family get the hump for not being able to hear me and keep saying get a proper phone, listen up Vodafone.

Really want a Vodafone person out so they can hear what our reception is like. I secretly hope it's raining lol.

So fed up with complaining. I just want to be able to hear the people love.

Listen to the little places in England please.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norfolk Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
poor service terrible speed, got text saying they cant do anything about it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
ayr Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Supposed to get 38mbs and I'm averaging 0.06mbs surprised it's even letting me post this never ever go vodafond
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West Yorkshire Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Revolting, not only do they sell you a product that dosnt work when they claim it does the customer service is disgusting. We’ve not had one week we’re the internet has worked to a standard we were told. It cuts out, drops out every bloody day and you have to reconnect. When you ask for help you don’t get it!

Don’t go with these guys they rob you of money, give you false information. Go elsewhere save yourself the stress!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Horsham, West Sussex Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
DISASTER, TERRIBLE. Sent faulty dongle, spent 11 months trying to get it working by visiting lots of vodafone shops and calling them. Turned out they'd sent me a prototype which wasnt for public use, and now they wont refund me £378.40 for something I didnt use. SHAMEFUL VODAFONE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bognor Vodafone Mobile Broadband  

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BT Student Broadband

Last minute student broadband offers and options

Posted on 2019-09-12 11:39 in Features Offers Hyperoptic Three Vodafone 4GEE BT NOW Broadband Plusnet Virgin Media

It's the time of year where students around the country are heading to university, either to start their studies or return for a new academic year.

Whether you're heading to uni for the first time, returning to your student accommodation or about to start out in a new student house share, now's the time to look for a good student broadband offer to keep you online over the next 9 months.

To prepare for student broadband season, we updated our longstanding Student Broadband Guide to reflect some of the student-specific offers available this year with student-exclusive 9 month contract offers from BT and student-exclusive cheaper 1 month rolling contract offers from Virgin Media.

Both of those option mean that you can avoid paying for broadband costs should you head home or go off on travels in the 3 months between academic years. But of course you don't need a special student exclusive offer to get short contract broadband from other suppliers, for example NOW Broadband, Plusnet and Hyperoptic also have competitive 1 month rolling contract offers that even undercut BT and Virgin's prices.

This year, we're also endorsing a mobile broadband option for the first time. Well, it's 4G or 5G mobile broadband technology sold as home broadband services. With 4G and 5G home broadband routers from Three, Vodafone and EE you may have to commit to a much longer contract, but you can then take your router with you wherever you travel during summer break. Vodafone even offer a 30 day rolling contract version, although you'll have to pay more than the cost of 3 months contract to get it.

Unlike most mobile broadband solutions, these have large enough usage allowances for many households. Three's home router even comes with unlimited usage!

Even if mobile data usually isn't strong inside your student accommodation, you may get a better connection from a router, or may even be able to get an external antenna installed to boost the signal.

We weigh up all these pros and cons and give you a table of all the relevant offers over on our Student Broadband guide.

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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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Vodafone Mobile Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Vodafone right for you?

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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