VOXI SIM only deals explained
In this guide
- Why choose VOXI SIM only?
- The VOXI mobile network
- Data and calling features
- Similar providers
- Alternative providers
- Frequently asked questions
VOXI is a sub-brand of Vodafone. That means when getting a VOXI SIM, you are in essence getting a Vodafone SIM. Vodafone launched VOXI in August of 2017, with the specific intent to market to, and make available to only people under 25.
As you might expect, limiting who you can sell your products to is a great way to fail. Last year, then, VOXI was forced to remove its age cap, though it does still focus its features – such as unlimited social media usage – towards the younger generation.
Why choose a VOXI SIM only deal?
VOXI is primarily a SIM-only provider. However, you can get the latest handsets on VOXI, provided you are prepared to accept the phone being locked to Vodafone and to stay with VOXI for a defined period, then you can pay for the handset separately and in instalments. Here's what else you can expect.
- Simple tariffs – There are only three SIMs on VOXI. It keeps things dead simple, especially when compared to some other providers who offer dozens
- Credit available on handsets – You can get a handset at the same time as a SIM, so rather than a typical mobile contract where you are tied into the network and paying off the cost of the handset, you will only be doing the latter. You are free to unlock the phone and switch away after a short minimum period
- Unlimited data for social media – Virgin Mobile offers this too, so it's not unique. However, if you do use a lot of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and/Twitter, it won't count towards your monthly data allowance on VOXI
- 30-day rolling contracts – All VOXI SIMs are without a contract. You roll over every 30 days, and as such can choose different monthly allowances each time, or switch away to another provider whenever you want
- Unlimited calls and texts – All three VOXI SIMs come with unlimited minutes and texts
Is VOXI a good network?
There are actually only four UK mobile networks: Three, O2, Vodafone and EE. Everyone else, and they are numerous, piggybacks onto one of those four networks. You'll find all the info on who piggybacks who a little further down in the similar and alternative providers sections.
VOXI is owned by Vodafone, so as you would expect, it operates on the Vodafone network. Vodafone covers more than 99% of the UK population, and offers 4G (and soon 5G) data speeds that averaging 21.92Mbps, second fastest of the four, with EE the fastest at an average speed of 28.99Mbps.
Data and calling features
There are a standard set of desirable features you should look for on any mobile provider you are considering signing up to.
- 4G data speed – VOXI is on the Vodafone network, which offers the UK's second-fastest 4G data speeds, coming in at a respectable 21.92Mbps download on average
- Data rollover – Data rollover is where you can carry unused data allowance on to the following months. Being that VOXI offers only 30-day rollover no-contract deals, you won't find data rollover here
- Tethering – Tethering is where you use your mobile phone, and its SIM, as a wireless mobile broadband router. Other devices can then link to it and access the internet via its data allowance. You can tether on VOXI and use up as much of your data limit as you like while doing so
- Wifi calling – This is where your phone automatically uses your wifi to make calls, sending and receiving your call via the internet, rather than your mobile network whenever it detects that it is able to do so. This generally provides a clearer reception and is a great feature if there are parts of the house where signal is weak. VOXI is on Vodafone, Vodafone offers wifi calling, and therefore so does VOXI
- Data gifting – This is where you can gift unspent data to a friend or family member on the same network. VOXI does not offer this
- Data caps – This is where you can limit the amount of additional data you can use once you have hit or exceeded your monthly allowance. It doesn't apply to 30-day rolling contracts and so doesn't apply to VOXI
Roaming on VOXI Mobile
Whatever mobile network you join, the picture when it comes to roaming – travelling abroad with your mobile – is largely the same. You'll get service the same as at home, and pay no more for it, for a large number of mostly EU destinations, while there are different, often expensive rates for doing so elsewhere.
VOXI is no different in this regard. You'll be able to roam like you are home in Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (inc. Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (inc. Corsica), French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (inc. Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
For other countries, VOXI has a list including individual rates for calling, texting and data usage on its website.
No other providers were ever daft enough to refuse to sell you a SIM if you're over 25, but VOXI did. Thankfully it has learned from its early mistakes and is now available to everyone, making it somewhat similar to these other providers.
- giffgaff – Also offers 30-day rolling contracts, with the option to get a handset on credit and with similar rules to VOXI. Giffgaff is easilt the most similar network to VOXI. It operates on the O2 network
- Plusnet Mobile – Only offers SIMs, but like VOXI keeps things simple by limiting them to a small number. Plusnet Mobile is on the EE network
- SMARTY – Is to Three what VOXI is to Vodafone. It's a younger, trendier version of the Three brand offering a small range of SIMs. Naturally, it is on the Three network
Which providers offer good alternatives?
If you're looking for a more traditional contract, or something markedly different to what VOXI offers, then what are you doing here? Seriously, though, there are plenty of other types of deal and provider to choose from. Here's a rundown of the alternatives and which network they piggyback onto.
- ASDA Mobile – Is a purely pay as you go provider that operates on the EE network
- BT Mobile – Offers just about everything under the sun, though its range of handsets is somewhat more limited than the main network providers. It operates on the EE network
- EE – One of the main network operators, it offers everything you could think of and many you probably couldn't. It operates on its own network
- O2 – Another of the four UK network operators, it offers pretty much everything and operates on its own network
- Sky Mobile – Offers a limited range of SIMs and handsets designed more to appeal to its existing broadband and TV customer than to anyone else. It operates on the O2 network
- Tesco Mobile – Operates on the O2 Network and offers a vast array of handsets and SIMs of all types
- Three – Another of the UK's four network operators, Three will sell you pretty much anything you could possibly need. It operates on its own network
- iD Mobile – Is the in-house provider brand for Carphone Warehouse and as such offers every type of phone and SIM deal. It operates on the Three network
- Vodafone – The last of the four UK network providers in this list, it offers everything and operates on its own network
Frequently asked questions
What is VOXI Mobile?
VOXI mobile is a sub-brand of Vodafone, aimed primarily at younger people. It offers three different SIMs, keeping things simple. You can get handsets on VOXI, but they will be locked to Vodafone and you will have to use your VOXI SIM for a prescribed period.
Is VOXI unlimited?
Yes for minutes and texts, no for data. VOXI's data limits come in three sizes: 6GB, 15GB and 45GB.
Is VOXI the same as Vodafone?
Yes. Though the range of SIMs and phones differ somewhat, with VOXI focusing on 30-day rolling contracts, your are to all intents and purposes on Vodafone.
Is VOXI pay as you go?
Are VOXI phones unlocked?
No. All VOXI phones are locked to Vodafone. You can unlock and switch after being with VOXI for the designated period.