Calling on Pay as you go – what you’ll pay

Our standard Pay as you go call charges

Taking your phone abroad? Need to call an 08 number? Whatever you’re doing on your Pay as you go mobile, see how much you’ll pay. Or read our terms and conditions [PDF:213KB] for more details.

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UK minutes, standard texts and internet

All calls are charged by the minute, for example if you call someone for two minutes 45 seconds you’ll be charged for 3 minutes.

If you have a Freedom Freebee and exceed your minutes allowance, you will be charged 35p a minute for the remaining 30 days of your Freebee. 

A minimum one-minute call charge applies to the following numbers
Description Cost
Calls to any UK mobile, standard UK landline (starting 01, 02, 03) and voicemail within the UK. 30p a minute
Calls to any Channel Islands and Isle of Man mobile and landline (starting 01481, 01534 or 01624) 36p a minute
Standard UK text messages 14p a text
UK picture messages 36p a message
UK video messages 60p a message
UK video calling 35p a minute, 55p a minute to other networks (25p minimum call charge applies)
UK mobile internet £1 for 25MB a day (up to 125MB, then 4p a MB after)

Save money on our standard rates by opting in to a Vodafone Freebee

Non-geographic calls

A one-minute call charge applies to all non-geographic calls.

A one-minute call charge applies to all non-geographic calls
Description Cost
Non-geographic (0870, 0845) 14p a minute
Non-geographic (0844, 0871) 25p a minute
Non-geographic (0800, 0808 and 0500) 14p a minute
Charity numbers, starting 0800 or 0808 Free
Radio-paging services (start 076) 51.1p a call
Personal numbers/calling cards (starting 07, but not UK mobile networks – fixed fee in some cases) 66.4p a minute
Call forwarding services (e.g. 07744, 07755) 25p a minute

Premium rates

Premium rate numbers usually start with 09. They're used for special phone services – information services, chat or dating services, or voting on TV shows.

Cost of Premium rate services
Prefix of telephone number Cost
Premium rate services (start with 09) Between 60p and £2.10. Some numbers are charged per call and some are charged per minute. Please note, calls charged per minute include a one-minute minimum call charge.
Voice short codes (these are usually five to seven numbers long and used for TV or radio shows, competition lines and information services. The service provider will let you know the cost of the call. Up to £2 a minute (minimum one-minute call charge applies)


Directory enquiries (DQ) charges

A one-minute minimum call charge applies to the following numbers:

What you'll pay for Directory enquiries calls
Description Cost
To Vodafone preferred DQ number
(118 881)
85p a minute
Directory enquiries (DQ) calls to directory enquiries (118) 85p to £3.75 a minute (one-minute minimum call charge). See the 118 number checker at the bottom of this page for more details.
For international directory enquiries (118 661) £3.25 a minute (one-minute minimum call charge)


Using your phone abroad

If you want to pay less to make and receive calls while you're outside the UK, opt into Vodafone Passport. It lets you take your home price plan with you to over 35 European countries, plus Australia and New Zealand.

Here's what you'll pay for calls abroad if you don't have Vodafone Passport. We've split the world into four simple zones – making it easier for you to see call and text costs. Not sure which zone the country you're going to is in? See our travelling abroad page.


What you'll pay to make and receive calls abroad
Zone Make calls Receive calls
Europe 24p a minute (charged by the second after first 30 seconds) 7p a minute (charged by the second)
Asia Pacific 80p a minute (charged per minute) 75p a minute (charged by the second)
USA and Canada £1.35 a minute (charged per minute) £1 a minute (charged per minute)
Rest of the world £1.65 a minute (charged per minute) £1.30 a minute (charged by the second)

Texts and picture messages

What you'll pay to send texts and picture messages abroad
Zone Send texts Send picture messages
Europe 8p 36p
Asia Pacific 49p 36p
USA and Canada 49p 36p
Rest of the world 49p 36p

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