Vodafone mobile broadband review
Although Vodafone boasts of a 14.4Mbits/sec network in selected cities, it’s abundantly apparent that it fails to get close to that headline rate – even in our central London testbed. That said, it’s a clear leader in terms of nationwide speed, according to the thousands of tests conducted on Thinkbroadband.com, being the only network to offer a median throughput in excess of 1Mbit/sec.
Our top recorded speed of 2.5Mbits/sec is only middling compared to rival networks, however, suggesting Vodafone sensibly concentrates on consistency rather than outright speed.
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- The mobile broadband con intro
- Why you won’t get the speeds you pay for
- How to get the best deals
- How to pick a modem
- Five ways to boost your speeds
Vodafone’s Mobile Connect Lite software is the most impressive of the bundled packages, with alarms to warn you when you’re creeping towards your data cap, integration with your VPN software, and a decent device manager.
Such speed and sophisticated software come at a price, however. The cheapest contract package is £15 per month (£5 for the first three months) for two years, which includes 3GB of data and 2GB of online backup storage space. The Top Up and Go package is no cheaper: £35 buys a modem and 3GB of data that lasts for only 30 days. Subsequent top-ups cost £15 for 3GB – the same as the contract deal.
Overall rating: 4/6
Maximum speed recorded: 2.5Mbits/sec
Median speed: 1.2Mbits/sec
Modem tested: ZTE K3520-Z