Updated: November, 2016
Introduction to Vodafone 4G
Vodafone launched its 4G mobile network on 28th August, 2013 when its coverage was limited to London only. It purchased the largest amount of 4G frequency spectrum in the UK’s 4G auction and is well placed to offer first-class 4G services.
Vodafone currently has over 85% UK 4G population coverage across over 860 larger towns, cities and districts, as well as thousands of smaller communities. The network has over 6.9 million 4G subscribers and plans to provide 4G coverage to 98% of the UK population as soon as possible. Its customers can also get a 4G signal 57.21% of the time according to OpenSignal. That’s second only to EE.
Vodafone 4G Network Overview
Types of 4G from Vodafone:
- Standard 4G – Typically 6 times faster than a standard 3G network.*
- LTE Advanced (LTE-A) – Typically 20 times faster than standard 3G mobile networks.*
4G from Vodafone uses the following network frequency:
- 800 MHz (0.8 GHz) and 2600 MHz (2.6 GHz)
Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.
Vodafone 4G Coverage
4G from Vodafone is now available in over 860 larger towns and cities including but not limited to:
Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Coventry, Dudley, Edinburgh, Epsom, Ewell, Folkstone, Gateshead, Glasgow, Hatfield , Hove and Hastings, Hemel Hempstead, Huddersfield, Jarrow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Maidstone, Newbury,Newcastle, Nottingham, Oldham, Pontefract, Portsmouth, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Staines, Stourbridge, Swinton, Southampton, Tunbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Watford, Wells, West Bromwich.
Vodafone’s 4G service is also available in thousands of smaller villages and other communities across the UK.
Recent locations to get a Vodafone 4G upgrade include: Rugeley, Bridgnorth, Bletchley, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dursley, Blyth, Lewes, Shrewsbury, Stone, Formby, Northampton, Southport, Bessacarr, Ulverston, Arbroath, Montrose, Exeter, Kirkintilloch, Bridlington and Thornbury.
4G LTE Advanced (3 times faster than standard 4G)
Vodafone has also begun rolling out a 4G LTE Advanced network (sometimes known as LTE-A, 4G+ or 4.5G). This is far faster than normal 4G and is currently available in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
For deeper insights into Vodafone’s 4G footprint, speeds and reliability on both a local and national scale head over to our Vodafone 4G: Speeds and footprint guide.
Use Vodafone’s coverage checker to find out more about Vodafone 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.
Not only does Vodafone offer 4G in the UK, but also abroad. The network offers inclusive roaming at no extra cost with a data allowance of up to 4GB on plans taken out from the 5th of May 2016.
On older plans you can use your existing data allowance at a daily charge of £3 in Europe or £5 for destinations further afield.
40 European destinations are currently included, 30 of them with 4G (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).