The Vodafone 4G network

This support article will give you key information on our 4G network, as compared with our 3G and 2G networks. 4G is the fourth generation of mobile network technology and offers improved mobile data speeds and higher quality voice calls than our 3G network.

How to access the 4G network.

To access the Vodafone’s 4G network, you’ll need:

When you’re on the 4G network, '4G' (otherwise known as 'LTE') will be displayed in the status bar of your screen next to the signal bars. If you have 4G switched on in your device’s network settings, it will automatically pick up the 4G signal. Where 4G isn’t available, or if the signal in your area isn’t strong enough, your device will automatically switch back to the 3G network.

How to check what network you're using.

The best way to find what network you’re using is by checking the signal icon displayed in the status bar of your device. This is generally at the top of the screen next to your signal bars.

You can use our coverage checker to find what networks are available in your area.

Mobile frequencies for our 4G, 3G and 2G network.

If you’re connected to our 4G network, ‘4G’ or ‘LTE’ will be displayed in your device’s status bar. Our 4G network operates on these frequencies:

  • 2100MHz
  • 1800MHz
  • 850MHz

For more information, check out our support page on accessing our 4G network

If you’re connected to our 3G network, ‘3G’, ‘H’ or ‘H+’ will be displayed in your device’s status bar. Our 4G network operates on these frequencies:

  • 2100MHz for use in metro areas.
  • 900MHz for use in metro and regional areas.

3G offers faster data speeds and higher quality voice calls than our 2G network. If you’re using a 3G compatible phone, it will automatically connect to the 3G network where it's available.

If you’re connected to our 2G network, one of these will be displayed in your device’s status bar:

  • GSM
  • GPRS
  • G
  • EDGE
  • E

Our 2G network operates on the 900MHz frequency.  Please note, our 2G network will be closing down very soon. For more information, check out our support page on closing our 2G network.

Additional information.

What frequencies does my device use?

To check what frequencies your device uses, check out our device guides

Does it cost any more to use 4G?

No, there are no extra costs to use our 4G network.

Can I use 4G to make calls?

Most 4G compatible devices support 4G calls (VoLTE), which is available where we have 4G coverage. 

Can I switch off 4G if I don't want to use it?

Yes. You can switch off 4G in your device’s settings.

 

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