Vodafone is giving 4G speed to more providers

Alex Kidman 27 June 2016

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If you’re a customer of Lebara, Hello Mobile or GoTalk, you’re about to get a speed boost.

Many MVNOs offer lower-cost packages to consumers, which can be a great way to save money, but there can be compromises in terms of network speeds. Optus makes its entire 4G network available to MVNOs, and Telstra’s recently flicked the switch for ALDImobile and Woolworths Mobile customers. To date only two providers on Vodafone’s network, specifically Kogan Mobile and TPG have offered 4G services.

That service pool is about to expand with Vodafone announcing that Lebara, Hello Mobile and Go Talk will gain 4G services in the next fortnight, along with business telephony provider Macquarie Telecom and satellite provider Pivotel Prepaid.

Lebara will be the first new provider to jump onto Vodafone’s 4G network on 30 June, while the other five new providers will gain access on 6 July 2016. Recent figures from OpenSignal suggests that Vodafone’s positioning in 4G services is fast catching up to rival Telstra, although it’s still running third in terms of overall 4G speeds.

What will I need to access 4G Vodafone services?

The key thing you’d need in order to access 4G Vodafone services if you’re already a customer of one of the newly 4G-enabled MVNOs would be a 4G-ready device; if you’re already using a phone built in the last two years it’s entirely likely that this is a hurdle you already would have jumped.

Your MVNO should contact you regarding the switchover, which in many cases should happen "invisibly" on the switchover day when you’re in range of a 4G-enabled Vodafone tower. It is also possible you may need to reboot your phone or 4G-enabled tablet or laptop.

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