• How long has Vodafone been around?
  • What sort of 5G phone and plans do Vodafone offer?
  • How fast is Vodafone 5G?

Vodafone started in 1982 together with the establishment of the Racal Strategic Radio LTD, one of the largest makers of military radio technology in the United Kingdom. Currently, Vodafone Australia serves as one of the biggest names in the telecommunications industry in Australia. The brand features mobile and fixed broadband services. It is a member of the TPG Telecom Group and currently lists a total of 5.75 million mobile customer base and 114,000 fixed broadband base in December 2019.

Vodafone's 4G mobile network covers over more than 23 million households in Australia and with 5G mobile network rolling out in the major cities and states of the country. Vodafone also offers NBN fixed broadband services that can be enjoyed in the capital cities and major regional centres of the country.

5G is rolling out as an exciting addition to the Vodafone family. To enjoy and experience smarter, safer and more efficient browsing, streaming and entertainment, a mobile phone application with Vodafone would be your best chance to enjoy what 5G offers.

What Does Vodafone 5G Offer?

With 5G connectivity slowly rolling out via Vodafone, it would be best to get a compatible 5G approved device, best configured with Vodafone's network. Currently, 5G connectivity via Vodafone is already available in areas of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Before the end of 2020, more areas will enjoy 5G connectivity in areas within the Gold Coast, Central Coast, Geelong, and Newcastle.

Back in 2015, Vodafone Australia started its multi-year project to be able to bring their mobile network services into a future-proof transmission that will serve Australia at present and the future. In 2017, the brand proceeded with a world-leading project by moving their network to the cloud enabling a more agile and advanced response to technology advancements. With the new core network, Vodafone will be able to deploy more services, faster and ultimately better experience for its subscribers.

In 2020, the first Vodafone 5G site was switched on in Parramatta. By the end of the year, more areas will be enjoyed in major areas in the country.

5G Mobile Phone Plans via Vodafone

Vodafone offers new mobile phone plans that feature unlimited data and no lock-in contract for subscribers. Vodafone features the Red Plus Plans that allows users to stream, post, scroll and enjoy online gaming all day long.

A speed of 1.5Mbps offered under the sim-only plan allows users to enjoy SD videos, browse the internet, catch up on social media and stream music. No lock-in plans can be enjoyed with a new subscription. 5G devices can be availed together with a plan that offers an interest fee repayment period starting from 12 month, 24 months and 36 month repayment plans. Mobile phone plan applications with device instalments will require a payoff bill if subscribers decide to cancel their mobile plan subscription.

  • Red Plus Plan 10GB 

Available at $35/month, new subscribers can save over $60 if they decide to sign up to a 12 month lock-in plan. It features a 10GB data allowance, with no extra charges for going over your monthly data limit. However, internet speeds are slowed down when you go over your monthly data limit.

  • Red Plus Plan 50GB

Available at $35/month, new subscribers can enjoy 50GB of data allowance on a month to month subscription.  It comes with a free 100 minutes call for Zone 1 for Standard International Calls from Australia.

  • Red Plus Plan 60GB

Available at $40/month, a total of 60GB is allocated for each subscriber under this Red Plus Plan. A subscription comes with 1000 minutes of free standard international calls from Australia to any country located in Zone 1 and 100 minute of free call for countries located in Zone 2, from Australia.

All plans can use data and call services in 80 countries outside Australia for an extra $5 a day for 90 days via the $5 Roaming plan. All new subscribers are also subject to a 30-day Network Satisfaction Guarantee. The guarantee is only applicable to postpaid plans, including personal and business plan accounts up to 9 connections only.

5G Mobile Phones via Vodafone

All new phones bought together with a monthly Red Plus Plan are subject to an interest free repayment period of 12 months, 24 months and 36 months. 5G ready devices available via Vodafone together with the mobile phone plans are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

The device is available starting from $53.02/month over 36 months with a total cost of $1,909. A monthly Red Plus Plan fee is included on top of this amount.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is available starting from $43.30/month payable up to 36 months with a total minimum cost of $1,559.The monthly device payment is added on top of the month to month fee for a Red Plus Plan subscription.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G is available at $41.63 per month for 36 months with a total cost of $1,499. You will need to have a Red Plus Plan subscription to be able to avail for this device on an instalment basis.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

A cheaper Samsung phone capable of 5G connectivity is the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. It is available at $37.47/month for 36 months, on top of your monthly Red Plus Plan fee. 

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Another light on the budget Samsung flagship phone capable of connecting to 5G is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. New Subscribers can add this as a bundle with their Red Plus Plan with an additional monthly payment of $51.36/month for the device for 36 months.

  • Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G

The most budget friendly 5G ready mobile device available via Vodafone is the OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G. It is available together with a Red Plus mobile phone plan at an additional monthly payment of $18.05 for 36 months with a total minimum cost of $650.

Vodafone is continuously expanding and building 5G sites to allow subscribers to enjoy 5G. There are over 650 sites planned out for Vodafone with a target live date of mid-2020. Be sure to check out 5G connectivity in your area to ensure that you'll fully enjoy 5G services once you secure your mobile phone plan and device from Vodafone.