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The UK’s best mobile data network

Keeping you connected with our award-winning network and a service you can rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic

Awards

Award-winning 5G, best for SIM only and mobile data – there’s a lot to love on our network.
Thinking of joining us? Scroll down for more reasons why you’re making the right choice.

We’re London’s Best 5G network

Based on measuring data performance over 5G

Why?

Because Umlaut, an industry leader in mobile data performance benchmarking, say so. They tested the latest 5G phones on London’s networks. When it came to things that users love doing every day – from browsing to watching videos on YouTube – no network performed better.
 

Join our 5G network

Vodafone 5G gives you faster speeds, lower latency and a more reliable connection. Join us on our award-winning network and do what you love, without the delay.

 

 

 

We’re an award-winning network

Thank you, readers of Trusted Reviews, for voting us the UK’s Best Network Provider.

We’re also the UK’s best mobile data network according to nPerf, and the Best SIM Only Network, awarded by Uswitch. See results
 

 

Coverage

Our network covers more than 99% of the UK population, and our roaming package includes 212
destinations with more on the way – because keeping connected should be simple, wherever you are.

 


UK network status

Check the status of our network and see what coverage is available in your area, including 5G, with our Network Status Checker.


Check coverage


International roaming

We’ll cover you abroad, too – roam at no extra cost in more destinations than any other network.


More on roaming

Our COVID-19 response

We’ll continue to deliver a reliable network, so you can keep connected to the people who matter and the services you need.

We’ve seen a surge in traffic since the pandemic began, and matched this extra demand by streamlining how we
manage that traffic, adding more capacity to our broadband, and extending WiFi Calling to every customer.

How we can help


WiFi Calling

Make and receive calls anywhere covered by WiFi. Simply set up WiFi Calling on a compatible phone, and keep connecting.


Get set up


Calling abroad

Our International Extras can help you keep in touch with loved ones overseas without costing you a fortune.


See our Extras

London's Best 5G results

5G

Average download rate215.2Mbps182.8Mbps109.2Mbps147.1Mbps
Average upload rate29.5Mbps32.3Mbps10.6Mbps15.2Mbps
Web page link opened successfully100%97.6%92.6%95.7%
Time to download a 5MB file (an average 3 min song)1.1s1.7s3.4s2.3s
Time to upload a 2.5MB file (an average social media photo)1.8s2.2s4.4s2.5s
YouTube successful open and playback rate99.8%95.2%93.9%81.0%

The highlights

Our data performed best in all measured data services

Our network was the most reliable, at an incredible 99.6%

We were top in 2.5MB upload speeds – perfect for uploading photos to social media

We were top in 5MB downloads too – our 5G offers the fastest music downloads

London’s Best 5G: based on Umlaut London 5G June 2020 drive test report. Umlaut tested performance of data services across major UK networks using 5G capable smartphones. The report shows that Vodafone leads competition in London, across 5G key performance indicators.

5G: To use 5G you'll need a 5G phone, a 5G plan, and be in an area covered by our 5G network. Coverage may be affected by several factors. Visit our 5G page for more.

nPerf results 2019

UK Operators

Success ratio93.70%89.29%89.56%88.83%
Download bitrate50.35Mb/s37.79Mb/s21.56Mb/s17.55Mb/s
Upload bitrate13.66Mb/s10.69Mb/s7.87Mb/s6.25Mb/s
Latency43.99ms43.57ms63.61ms56.02ms
Browsing70.55%70.56%66.14%67.69%
Streaming YouTube83.92%84.89%81.14%75.47%
2G/3G/4G/5G Score nPerf*78.284 nPoints73.917 nPoints57.223 nPoints53.445 nPoints

We're the UK's best mobile data network as awarded by nPerf. With leading scores for data performance across 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G - including download speeds and upload speeds.

*The formula for calculating the score has changed since 1 January 2018, so the values are not comparable with those of previous publications. See details in the publication.

For the full report on the award, see here

Our legal terms

Vodafone received 59.88% of the votes for the ‘’Best Network Provider’’ category vs competitors, by readers of Trusted Reviews who voted in the Mobile poll.  As of October 2020.

Based on nPerf testing during 2019, Vodafone was awarded: Best 2019 Mobile Internet Performance vs EE, O2 & Three. Results based on 35, 664 tests carried out on the nPerf app in the UK. As of January 2020, for full verification see here

The 2019 umlaut connect Mobile Benchmark in the UK consists of drive tests and walk tests conducted in November 2019. Find out more

Vodafone 5G is in a total of 114 places across EU (44 UK locations and 70 locations across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland) vs EE (71 UK locations and no locations across EU), Three (66 UK location and no locations across EU), O2 (30 UK locations and no locations across EU). As of 5th March 2020, see vodafone.co.uk/network/5g for coverage and terms.

Available on Vodafone Red plans (5GB of data or more) and Unlimited Max plans. Speed may be affected by a number of factors.

You can experience 5G in many ways, such as faster speeds, greater network capacity and lower latency.
You must have a 5G enabled device on the Vodafone 5G network, a Vodafone 5G plan and 5G coverage in the area that you are in. Coverage may be affected by a number of factors. See for details vodafone.co.uk/network/5g