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

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 281 customer ratings since 2016-10-24. See more Vodafone Mobile Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-10-17

Pay As You Go

From £10 for a 4G dongle + 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 2017-10-17

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
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars

Based on 281 customer ratings since 2016-10-24

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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
Where do I start? I ordered broadband with them on the 1st of September. On this date, I was told that I was booked in with an engineer for the 18th. So I travelled to nottingham for that date, having to take time off specifically for this. Then on the morning of the 18th, i'm sent an email telling me to 'get ready for my installation on the 21st'. After waiting hours on hold, i'm told to wait until 8 for the engineer, which I knew wasn't going to happen. So on the 21st, when I'm not in the county, I get a call telling me that the bt open zone guy is outside. Once I tell Vodafone about this problem, they were quick to give me 50gb free if I was with Vodafone mobile (which I'm glad i'm not), or add 'credit to my account', which costs them nowhere near as much as it costs me to travel on short notice and take days off work to be stood up. After calming down and agreeing to have an engineer come on the 12th of October (21 days notice), an engineer shows up on the 10th. Which was incredibly inconvenient, because it made me late for work, waiting for this guy to do absolutely nothing as it turns out. Then I called to find out why this was the case, and was told that 'engineers come whenever they're free and around your area'. Now, even a child can point out why this would be an infinitely bad idea, especially since if you're unavailable for your surprise visit, you're charged a missed appointment fee. But that aside, the broadband still wasn't working after installation, I once again called Vodafone (18th time by this point), and was told that it wouldn't go live until the 12th. Which I thought was fair. The 12th finally came, and the broadband still wasn't working, so when I called (19th time), I was told that 'the broadband order on my account was cancelled', and that apparently 'this is a rare situation that never happens, but they're going to try to fast track my activation date'. After hearing this nonsense, I was contacted later in the day to be given a status update saying 'btw, nothing has happened yet'. Probably the least informative update to ever have to endure. I called back later that day to be told that I had an engineer visit on the 23rd of October, which I never booked and had no idea about. I still wouldn't have known this date unless I had called them, and it's lucky I did. I was told that the openzone man had not installed the line properly, and I need another appointment on a date I never agreed upon. I had decided to cancel my account with them, and they literally encouraged me to leave. No retentions, no explanation, just 'shop around and we'll be happy to cancel your contract free of charge since you're within your first 30 days'. What's interesting about this, is that if I had waited until the 23rd, and nothing had happened, I'd have been outside of my 30 days, and would've been expected to pay a cancellation fee, which felt almost like a plot to trap me within their horrible service. Not once did I feel like they were listening to my struggle, and till this day, I still haven't received my cancellation email. It's almost as if they're trying to be sleazy with their services to suck money out of you. I now get nothing from their lack of competence, but wasted time and money, while these guys laugh all the way to the bank with for their lack of half decent customer support. I still have no internet thanks to these clowns. I call them clowns because their service is absolutely laughable. I honestly wish I could review less than one star, because I think even that would be too generous.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Nottingham Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Everything about my broadband experience with Vodafone has been terrible. I have never come across a company so incompetent and dis-interested in customer satisfaction. I signed up because they were the cheapest - I found the reasons why. I will never deal with Vodafone again as long as I live.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
N.Ireland Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Very bad reception in my house and area. Costumer service is poor, say one thing do another thing.Very sad with this provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Most people here are complaining about about substandard broadband from Vodafone. I could even get connected to find out myself but if my experience is anything to go by I have not reason to doubt it would have been just as bad. I had my first order cancelled via text message with no reason give, I called and was told it was a system error. Vodafone then put another order through for me. This was after two weeks. Another two weeks went by and I received a message my router was being delivered today only to get another text message saying my order had been cancelled as there was no room in the exchange. So a fully wasted four weeks. I think the real reason why it was cancelled is that the £20 offer has proven so massively popular that they can't cope/are losing money. Also I went through a cash back site and I think they realized this and also decided to cancel. A more shoddy company I have not come across in many years. I will definitely avoid in the future and advise others to do so.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Essex Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Don’t touch Vodafone. Broadband is extremely slow, constantly drops out and you have to reboot the hub at least six times a day. Customer service is no existent. Phone them and the wait time is over two hours. Staff are rude over social media.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Reading Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
The service must be one of the worst going since day one I have had nothing but problems with this Internet provider I have had about 50 technicians, to my property and one technician says they do not know what the problem is but they can't rectify for home broadband and landline service Vodafone has to be worst but I have to say I have never had a problem on your cell network they should just stay with the cellular side of the network
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Edinburgh Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Had Vodafone since March and have to say I’m really impressed. Speed and reliability and he and and shoulders above previous suppliers (had plus.net, Sky and BT over the years). A recent issue where my builder had cut the phone line going to the house by accident was sorted by Openreach on behalf of Vodafone within 2 days, free of charge, and we were given 100 GB of additional mobile phone data allowance across our 4 mobiles so we could stay connected.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
South London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Believe me. The absolute worst internet service I have ever had. Drop out occur a minimum of 20 times per day. I never add to reviews but this service has frustrated me so much that I felt I had to. Please, for your own mental health, stay clear of this service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Better with two cartons and a length of string. Constant drop outs, poor service and never ending issues. Never known such a pathetic company to deal with
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Birkenhead Vodafone Mobile Broadband  
Worst internet broadband i ever had. Please do yourself a favor and dont you ever think of using this awful supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Rugby 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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