Vodafone UK is the domestic branch of London-based Vodafone Group, the largest telecom company in the world. In terms of subscribers, Vodafone is the third largest network in the UK.
Reasons To Choose Vodafone:
Vodafone Pay Monthly Tariffs
Vodafone offer two types of Pay Monthly contract. Standard Pay Monthly contracts include a phone and a selected allowance of free minutes, texts and other services, while SIM Only contracts do not include a phone and are usually of a shorter duration.
Vodafone offers contracts including a phone with durations of 12, 18 or 24 months. Longer contracts from Vodafone tend to have the lowest monthly fees, with 24 month contracts generally costing around £5 per month less than an 18 month equivalent contract.
All contracts from Vodafone that include a phone also include a monthly allowance of inclusive minutes and texts, and some higher priced contracts include unlimited texts. Many Vodafone contracts also include mobile data allowances as standard and some include access to BT’s Openzone network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Some Vodafone contracts additionally include a daily allowance of free mobile data that can be used while travelling in selected European countries. Contracts that do not include mobile data as standard can access the internet through Vodafone’s network either through a ‘pay as you browse’ system, or by purchasing a monthly ‘web pack’.
Vodafone include free phones with many Pay Monthly contracts, but depending on the contract and phone selected, customers may be required to pay an up-front contribution towards the cost of their phone at the beginning of the contract.
Vodafone SIM Only Tariffs
Vodafone offer a range of SIM Only contracts with durations of 12 months, 90 day and 30 days. Vodafone’s SIM Only Contacts are divided into three categories to reflect the type of phone and user they’re suitable for: Standard phone, Smartphone, and BlackBerry.
Standard phone contracts feature more free minutes than comparable Smartphone and BlackBerry plans, which trade off fewer monthly minutes for inclusive data allowances. Read full details of Vodafone SIM Only contracts here.
Mobile data is available to contracts without an inclusive allowance either on a ‘pay as you browse’ basis or by purchasing a monthly ‘web pack’.
Vodafone Pay As You Go (PAYG) Tariffs
Vodafone’s Pay As You Go plans are based around their system of ‘Freebees’. These are extra benefits that are given to customers in addition to credit whenever they top up over a certain amount in month.
There are five different Freebees available, so most customers should be able to find a plan that suits their type of use. For example, customers who use their phone mostly on weekends might choose the ‘Weekend Freebie’ which provides free minutes to use on weekends, while customers who travel frequently might prefer the international freebee, which provides free international minutes.
Mobile internet access is available to Vodafone PAYG customers either by purchasing a ‘Web Pack’ or on a ‘pay as you browse’ basis.
When you sign up to a new Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go contract from Vodafone, you’ll be assigned a new mobile number on the Vodafone network. If you currently have a mobile number on another network, it is possible to transfer your old number onto your new contract. To do this you’ll need to obtain a ‘PAC’ from your old network.
A ‘PAC’, or Porting Authorisation Code, is a code that allows Vodafone to move your number from your old network. To obtain a PAC, you should only have to contact your old network and request one. Ofcom regulations state that in most cases, mobile networks should issue PACs either immediately over the phone or within two hours via text message.
Once you have obtained a PAC, contact Vodafone either by phone or through their website and they can process your transfer. A PAC is only valid for 30 days after it is issued, so if you do not pass it on to Vodafone within this time you’ll need to request a new PAC.
||Free||All Vodafone customers can sign up for free to Vodafone VIP. This service grants early and special access to a range of music, fashion and Formula 1 events and merchandising.||All|
|Vodafone RED Box||Free||Vodafone customers can take a new phone into any Vodafone store and use the RED Box service to easily transfer contacts and other key information onto it from their old phone.||All|
|Vodafone Data Test Drive||Free||Vodafone customers on a number of Pay Monthly contracts can use as much data as they like within the first three months of the contract without being charged extra. Once this time is up, customers can view their usage in order to decide how much data to add to their contract.||Pay Monthly|
Vodafone provide a range of Extras that customers on both PAYG and Pay Monthly contracts can select to customise their tariff. There are numerous options available, ranging from simple bundles of extra minutes or texts, to monthly music downloads. Since Vodafone operate in a number of countries internationally, they also offer some unique options for travellers and international calls.
Fees for Extras are added to the monthly bill of standard Pay Monthly customers, or taken from the call credit of PAYG customers.
Many Pay Monthly contracts from Vodafone include mobile data as standard. Customers without a data allowance or customers who have a data allowance and wish to increase it can purchase a ‘web pack’. Outside of a data allowance, customers are charged for the data they use on a pay-as-you-browse basis.
Pay As You Go customers with the Text And Web Freebee selected receive a mobile internet allowance with some top ups. Customers on the Freedom Freebee tariff can also receive a data allowance MB when they top up.
PAYG customers can buy a web pack or access the internet through Vodafone’s network on a pay as you browse basis.
Use the chart below to estimate how much data you´re likely to need per month:
|downloading or streaming music||20 songs||100 songs||200 songs|
|downloading or streaming video||20 minutes||1 hours||2 hours|
|basic webpages ( text or mobile versions)||1,000||5,000||10,000|
|rich webpages (containing, rich images & flash)||300||1,500||3,000|
|emails with images or attachments||200||1,000||2,000|
Table represents approximate values.
Does the Vodafone network cover my area? Take a look at this useful Vodafone coverage map to check if you´ll be able to receive Vodafone services in your local area.
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