- No excess data charges on most plans
- 5G network is available in select suburbs across the country
- $5 international roaming add-on is one of the best deals around
- New phones available to pair with any postpaid plan
- Live chat support is only available on the Vodafone app
- Smallest of Australia's 3 mobile networks
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Vodafone is one of Australia's largest providers alongside Optus and Telstra, though it has the smallest network out of the 3.
While Vodafone's plans aren't the best value in the overall mobile plan market, if you're more comfortable signing up to a bigger brand Vodafone will be the most affordable.
Vodafone's mobile plans could be appealing to you as they come with a number of features:
- No excess data charges on all its postpaid plans and some prepaid plans. This means you get "unlimited" data and get to keep using your mobile Internet at up to 25Mbps speeds once you hit your plan's monthly data cap.
- 5G access in some parts of the country if you have a 5G-capable phone.
- Great roaming add-on. For an extra $5 a day Vodafone lets you use your plan's normal data allowance overseas.
- You can pick up a SIM online or in-store, though some deals are exclusive to online purchases.
- New phones are available to grab on any of Vodafone's postpaid plans.
While these extras are definitely great, Vodafone has a few drawbacks as well:
- Vodafone's plans aren't the best value in the market – you're looking at spending at least $30 a month. If budget is a concern, there are definitely cheaper mobile plans out there.
- Vodafone has the smallest mobile network out of the 3 Australian networks. This could be a problem if you live or spend lots of time in rural or regional areas.
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Value for money
Without any promotional offers on its plans, Vodafone is pretty lacklustre in terms of value. Its plans average about $1.57 per GB of data, which isn't too impressive against a benchmark of $1 per 1GB.
The good news is that Vodafone almost always has discounts and bonus data offers on its plans. When discounted, its plans sit much closer to that $1 per 1GB benchmark.
These deals usually last for the life of your plan or for a full year so they make it more worthwhile to sign up.
Vodafone's prepaid plans have a 28-day expiry period.
These aren't the cheapest prepaid plans you can find, but the bonus data you get on activation and for the first 2 recharges makes it a better deal.
The 6- and 12-month long-expiry plans are worse from a dollar-per-data perspective, but could still be right for you if you're not looking for high data limits.
The main reason to choose these plans over its 28-day plans is its overall price. The long-expiry plans work out to between $20 and $25 per month, which is cheaper than any of its 28-day expiry plans.
- Good to know: You'll get "unlimited" data across Vodafone's 28-day prepaid plans and all its postpaid plans. Once you hit your monthly data cap, you can keep browsing at a reduced speed for no extra cost.
Things to watch out for:
- Bonus data ends after the first 2 recharges on Vodafone's 28-day prepaid plans. This means that you'll get less data from your third recharge onwards. You can either choose to stay with Vodafone but get less bang for your buck or switch providers since its plans come with no contract.
Vodafone has the smallest of the 3 mobile networks in Australia:
- You should get decent 4G reception in most metro areas, though you may notice a dip in rural and regional areas.
- Vodafone's 3G and 4G network reaches 96% of the Australian population compared to Telstra's 99.5% coverage.
- Vodafone rolled out its 5G network and now covers 85% of Aussies in 10 major cities and regions across the country.
As a major mobile provider, Vodafone boasts a wide range of bonus features with some of its plans. Here's what you can get with Vodafone:
♾️ Infinite data
Vodafone doesn't charge users for using more data than their monthly cap. Instead, you'll be switched over to its infinite ("unlimited") data when you use up your monthly data allowance on all of its postpaid and 28-day prepaid plans.
This extra data is capped at a maximum download speed depending on which type of plan you're on:
- Prepaid plans: 1.5Mbps for eligible plans, which isn't great for anything besides loading webpages.
- Postpaid plans: Between 2–25Mbps depending on which plan. 2Mbps won't be very handy, but anything above 10Mbps will still let you stream and video call while you're out.
🌏 International inclusions
Most of Vodafone's postpaid and some of its prepaid plans come with international call minutes, which can be useful if you have friends or family overseas.
Minutes are split into 2 zones: zone 1 includes almost 40 countries, while zone 2 includes over 50.
⇄ Data sharing
You can combine up to 10 postpaid mobile services from Vodafone (max of 5 voice services) on a single account. The data from each will be combined into a pool that everyone can access, all under a single bill.
If you're the account owner, you can cut someone off from the data pool if you think they're using too much.
👌 30-day network satisfaction guarantee
If you aren't happy with your plan within 30 days, you can return any devices in their original packaging and get a full refund on your plan fees and device instalments.
Vodafone has 2 different discounts available:
- Bundling discount. When you have 2 or more eligible services with Vodafone, including postpaid mobile, NBN and more, you'll get from 5% to 20% knocked off all bundled plans' fees, depending on how many you have.
- Senior discount. If you have a seniors card, you can get a 10% discount on your monthly plan fees when you sign up to a Vodafone postpaid plan.
Vodafone has some great features, but it has some strong competition too:
For better coverage:
Telstra's mobile network is the largest in Australia and covers 99.5% of the population. This 3.5% difference in coverage could come in handy if you're in rural or regional areas.
For cheaper new phone plans:
While phone handset prices stay the same no matter which provider you choose, Woolworths Mobile offers cheaper plans to pair your new phone with. Just make sure Woolies stocks the phone you're after.
For better value:
If you're really keen on Vodafone's high data allowances, you should consider Circles.Life and its collection of affordable plans with up to 160GB of data. It runs on the Optus 4G network so you'll get wider coverage too.
If you've decided to sign up to a postpaid or new phone plan, you can sign up to Vodafone straight from Finder. Just click the green "Go to site" button for the plan you're after and we'll direct you to Vodafone's checkout.Choose your Vodafone plan now
If you're after a Vodafone prepaid plan, unfortunately, these aren't available via Finder right now. You can head to www.vodafone.com.au to purchase one.
What if I want to keep my current phone number?
You can keep your number when you switch to Vodafone, but how you do so will depend on which type of plan you get. The number transfer should only take 3 hours if started during business hours or 10am–6pm on Saturdays.
On a postpaid or new phone plan, you'll need to ring up Vodafone's support team. On prepaid, you can choose to keep your number during the activation process.
It might be a trickier if your current number is under someone else's name, such as a parent or partner. Check our guide on how to transfer ownership of your mobile number.
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