Why choose Vodafone 5G home broadband?
Vodafone was the second UK network to launch a 5G service and it has been expanding quickly since then, meaning that there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get Vodafone 5G home broadband now or soon.
As for why you should, well, Vodafone gives you loads of broadband choices – it has plans with unlimited data, which you’ll likely want, but if you can get by with a data limit then that’s an option too, one which will save you some money.
Vodafone also lets you choose between a 30-day or 24-month contract for its 5G home broadband plans, so you have the choice between immense flexibility on a 30-day plan, or a lower monthly price on a 24-month one.
Vodafone will also supply you with a 5G GigaCube router, which can connect up to 64 devices to the internet at once. That’s far more than almost anyone is likely to need.
What are the advantages of 5G home broadband?
If you’re considering 5G home broadband instead of conventional fixed line broadband, then there are a large number of advantages and potential advantages.
Firstly, 5G home broadband is very quick and easy to set up – as it doesn’t require wires to get the signal into your home, you basically just plug the router in, meaning you can potentially have internet within a day or two of ordering it, as all you have to do is wait for the router to be delivered – no engineer is needed.
Given that it’s also available on short-term plans this makes 5G home broadband a good short-term option, which you might want if for example you only need internet in a place for a few months or less, or just want something while you wait for fixed line broadband to be installed.
5G home broadband can be a great long-term alternative to fixed line broadband too though, as its speeds can potentially rival or even exceed fixed line internet (particularly if you’re somewhere that can’t get fast fibre).
5G home broadband is also often cheaper, as it doesn’t require a landline – so if you’re happy using your smartphone for calls then you can get rid of your landline and save yourself lots of monthly money.
Of course, 5G home broadband is also a far speedier alternative to 4G home broadband.
Vodafone 5G coverage
Vodafone’s 5G coverage is improving quickly, as ever more towns and cities get 5G switched on. For in-depth details of which places have Vodafone 5G now and which places likely will soon, head to our Vodafone 5G coverage page.
Vodafone 5G speeds
Vodafone’s 5G GigaCube can reach speeds of up to 1Gbps. Though the network notes that speeds will vary based on coverage, the layout of your home, how many devices are connected, and other factors.
It hasn’t outlined an average speed, but it’s likely to be similar to the speeds offered on Vodafone 5G SIM Only or with a 5G phone, which the company claims average around 150-200Mbps. That’s still faster than all but the very speediest fibre broadband connections, as well as being far faster than 4G broadband, which averages around 25Mbps.
How does Vodafone’s 5G home broadband compare to fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband tends to offer speeds of under 100Mbps. For example, BT Broadband’s Fibre Essential, Fibre 1 and Fibre 2 plans all do, with Fibre 2 (the fastest of them) topping out at 73Mbps at the time of writing.
BT and some other providers do offer far faster broadband, with some of the UK’s speediest options exceeding 1Gbps on average, but those plans aren’t widely available, and are rather expensive.
So 5G home broadband by comparison, with speeds typically averaging around 150-200Mbps and topping out at around 1Gbps, has most fibre broadband comfortably beaten, and while it won’t usually quite match the fastest fibre speeds, it could theoretically get close, and generally at a lower price.
What router is supplied with Vodafone 5G home broadband?
Vodafone will provide a GigaCube 5G with its 5G home broadband plans. This is a powerful router that supports maximum download speeds of 2.33Gbps – though at the time of writing, Vodafone claims its network tops out at 1Gbps.
The GigaCube 5G can also get up to 64 devices connected to the internet at once, it has two antenna ports (to boost your signal if needed) and two Ethernet ports (for wired connections). It also supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi and is designed to offer 360-degree coverage, so you can place it anywhere and get connectivity across your whole home.
Who else offers 5G home broadband?
You can also get 5G home broadband from EE, Three and National Broadband. They all have different coverage to Vodafone, so you may find they’re better or worse equipped to provide 5G to your home.
What about 5G mobile broadband?
You can also get 5G mobile broadband from Vodafone, courtesy of the Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot. This is a battery-powered device that you can take with you, so you can provide other gadgets with an internet connection wherever you are.
It only supports up to 32 simultaneous connections and it isn’t as well equipped with ports as the GigaCube 5G, so it’s not as good for home broadband, but it’s a great option if you need connectivity when away from home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the router cost extra?
At the time of writing, all of Vodafone’s 5G home broadband plans include an upfront cost for the router, however depending on the plan you choose, this cost can be very low.
How do I set Vodafone 5G home broadband up?
Vodafone’s 5G home broadband is designed to be plug and play, so you can get internet access without any hassle – there’s no engineer or tech knowledge needed.
Do I need a landline?
You don’t need a landline with Vodafone’s 5G home broadband service. That means you can choose to get rid of your landline if you’d like, and therefore save some money.
Can I get unlimited data?
Yes, whether you choose a 30-day or 24-month plan on Vodafone, there’s the option of unlimited data. If you don’t need an unlimited amount, then you can also choose from other generous allowances at a lower cost.