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As one of the three largest mobile providers, Vodafone has a range of plans that you can pair with a new phone. Its SIM-only plans offer lots and lots of data, plus, it's one of three providers that will let you keep browsing for free even when you hit your limit – at a reduced speed.
- "Endless" data available on prepaid and postpaid mobile plans
- Offers up to 150GB monthly
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What kind of Vodafone plan are you after?
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Vodafone has 28-day expiries on some of its prepaid plans, meaning you'll need to recharge an extra one or two times per year. Or, pick up a PAYG plan if you don't really need data and want your credit to stretch out for 6 to 12 months.
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If you can't get enough data, Vodafone offers up to 150GB on a month-to-month SIM-only plan. And once you've hit your limit, you can keep browsing for free. You can also grab a new phone with one of these plans, too.
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The plans below are Vodafone's normal range of SIM-only plans, but they also come with a phone on a 12, 24 or 36-month contract. Your monthly bill will be the cost of the plan plus the handset repayment, which will depend on the contract length and the price of the phone. Click on the different tabs to see different phones or click "Filter results" to add in your own choice of handset.
Everything you need to know about Vodafone mobile plans
Vodafone prepaid plans
Vodafone offers two types of prepaid plans: Prepaid Plus and Pay and Go.
A Prepaid Plus plan offers regular data and call inclusions, paid for at the start of the month. On a Pay and Go plan, you purchase a certain amount of credit and then pay a rate for calls, texts and data use.
- $10 Prepaid Plus: 4GB for $10 with a 7-day expiry.
- $20 Prepaid Plus: 8GB for $20 with a 14-day expiry.
- $30 Prepaid Plus: 15GB for $30 with a 28-day expiry.
- $40 Prepaid Plus: 30GB for $40 with a 28-day expiry.
- $50 Prepaid Plus: 45GB for $50 with a 28-day expiry.
- $60 Prepaid Plus: 60GB for $60 with a 28-day expiry.
- $150 Prepaid Plus: 80GB for $150 with a 185-day expiry.
- $250 Prepaid Plus: 150GB for $250 with a 365 day expiry.
These are the prepaid plans for people who use their phone regularly. You'll get data, calls, texts and even some international minutes.
The $30, $40, $50, and $60 recharges let you keep browsing at 1.5Mbps max download speed, even when you've used up your whole data allowance.
- $30 Pay and Go: Credit comes with a 180-day expiry period.
- $40 Pay and Go: Credit comes with a 365-day expiry period.
- $50 Pay and Go: Credit comes with a 365-day expiry period.
Avoid Pay and Go plans if you plan to use mobile data. These rates work out to be about $40 for 1GB of data, compared to $1.70-$3 for 1GB, which the Combo Plus plans offer, even without the bonuses. The main advantage of the Pay and Go plans is that your credit will last for up to a year if you don't use your phone much.
Vodafone SIM-only plans
Vodafone's line of SIM Only plans are your "regular" phone plans, providing data and calls for normal users. All of its SIM only plans come with an "endless data" feature, where anything you use over your data limit is free, but capped at a particular download speed depending on your plan.
- SIM Only Lite: 10GB for $40 per month. "Endless" data speed cap of 2Mbps.
- SIM Only Lite+: 30GB for $45 per month. Includes 100 international minutes for countries in Zone 1. "Endless" data speed cap of 2Mbps.
- SIM Only Super: 60GB for $55 per month. Includes 1,000 international minutes for Zone 1 countries, and 100 minutes for Zone 2 countries. "Endless" data speed cap of 10Mbps.
- SIM Only Super+: 100GB for $65 per month. Includes unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, and 200 minutes for Zone 2 countries. "Endless" data speed cap of 10Mbps.
- SIM Only Ultra: 150GB for $120 per month. Includes unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, and 300 minutes for Zone 2 countries. "Endless" data speed cap of 25Mbps.
Vodafone's SIM-only plans are big on data, with a wide range to choose from.
Vodafone phone plans
When you buy a phone on a plan with Vodafone, you'll get to choose from the same range of SIM only plans that are normally offered. Vodafone sits between Optus and Telstra in price - not quite as cheap as Optus, but not as expensive as Telstra.
When you buy a phone on a plan, you pick a 12, 24 or 36-month contract. Your monthly repayments will be the plan's base cost plus the monthly repayments for the handset, which will be lower for longer contract periods.
Vodafone also has a trade-in scheme. You can trade in good quality, eligible devices for credit that goes towards your Vodafone bills or a new device payment plan. You can only do so once a year, and you'll have to take your device to a Vodafone store so that they can judge its current condition.
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Vodafone is Australia's third largest telecommunications company, and the fourth largest mobile operator globally, directly serving 24 countries and a further 41 through its partners. It's been operating in Australia since 1993, and has a network that reaches around 23 million Australians.
Vodafone also acquired TPG Telecom as part of a controversial merger deal that went ahead in July 2020, which may affect the Vodafone brand in Australia in the coming months and years.
Here are the main draws of Vodafone's plans:
On Vodafone's mobile plans, you're given a set amount of "max speed" data. Once you hit your limit, you can keep using data as much as you want without an extra charge, but your speed will be capped depending on which plan you've bought.
In one of the best roaming deals available, you can use your regular plan inclusions overseas for $5 a day. You do have to be in a country where $5 roaming is supported, otherwise, you'll be charged pay as you go rates.
Vodafone's Combo Plus prepaid plans come with a data banking feature that lets you save up to 200GB of unused data between recharges. Make sure you recharge before your expiry period runs out to keep the data.
Vodafone student discount
Vodafone organises student discounts through UNiDAYs, a student deal website. By verifying your student identity there, you can access different student deals, like discounted plans or bonus data.
My Vodafone app
The My Vodafone app is available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Use the app to check your usage, manage your plan, change account details and more.
Vodafone customer service
Vodafone does have support available via phone call, though due to COVID-19, it's urging customers to use self-support channels instead. You can reach the customer service team through the My Vodafone app, Live Chat or Vodafone's support pages.
In addition to the major ones above, there are a few other features that Vodafone offers:
- Data sharing. If you register multiple mobile or tablet plans on the same account, you can freely pool full-speed data between the different plans.
- International minutes. Most of the postpaid SIM only plans come with minutes you can use for international calls. Countries are split into 20 Zone 1 destinations and 70 Zone 2 destinations.
- Bundle and save. Vodafone offers potential discounts on your plans when you bundle them together on a single account.
As you'd expect from one of the Big Three carriers, Vodafone has several juicy extras on its plans. The $5 roaming is a standout compared to regular roaming deals, which are usually far more expensive for a lot less, and no excess data charges is a nice touch.
Here's a quick summary of what's on offer:
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Should you go with Vodafone? We ask our utilities expert and writer, Sam Baran
This depends. Vodafone certainly isn't the cheapest around, with Optus consistently charging less for the same amount of data on its plans. Its prepaid plans don't offer particularly good value, with pretty poor data caps for their price and short 28-day expiry periods.
One of the best features that Vodafone has is its $5 roaming, which is the best roaming offer on the market. Its other features are fairly standard, though "unlimited" data can be handy to avoid excess data charges.
Overall, you'll still end up paying more for a Vodafone plan than you would for a plan from a smaller provider, so it's up to you whether the brand and extras justify it. Consider also looking at SIM-only plans from an MVNO like Circles.Life or Vaya.
How does Vodafone compare?
To see how Vodafone stands up to the competition, you can check out our more detailed guides on Vodafone's plans, where we compare its prepaid and SIM-only plans side by side with other offers.
If you're just after a quick look at the pros and cons of Vodafone's plans, we've broken them down below to help you with your decision.
- "Unlimited" data on prepaid and postpaid mobile plans
- $5 international roaming
- Less data value than smaller companies
- Smaller network than Optus and Telstra
How does Vodafone roaming work?
Vodafone has a $5 roaming deal where you can use your regular mobile inclusions overseas in 80 different countries for $5 a day. If you're not in an included country, you can still usually access pay as you go roaming, though this is much more expensive.
International call destinations are split into two zones by Vodafone: Zone 1, which includes 20 countries, and Zone 2, which contains a further 70 countries. You can get unlimited calls and texts to Zone 1 on some plans, but otherwise you'll be given international minutes instead.
Outside of included countries, you'll be charged pay as you go rates, which depend upon the plan you have and where you're calling.
How do I make a Vodafone insurance claim?
Vodafone offers two phone insurance policies for devices that are under 12 months old and in perfect condition. They are:
- Keep Talking Basic. This covers the repair or replacement of your device if it's accidentally damaged, up to $3,000 minus the excess.
- Keep Talking Plus. This covers the repair or replacement of your device if it's accidentally lost, damaged or stolen. You're insured for up to $3,000 on the cost of your device, $500 on unauthorised calls or data usage and $300 for accessories and getting a phone overseas if you need to.
To make a claim on your policy, you need to lodge an online form on the Vodafone website. If your claim is accepted, your repaired or refurbished device will be sent to you within 3-5 business days.
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