Introducing SIM-Only contract deals
The concept of SIM-Only deals has increased markedly in recent years. The ability to buy just the SIM card has given many mobile phone and computer users the opportunity to focus only on the services that may be offered by a particular network operator rather than having to worry about also buying the phone itself from the operator.
Vodafone 4G SIM-Only deals offer the prospect of the same kind of freedom for customers to choose the package they want – according to their anticipated use of 4G capabilities – but also quite independently to choose the particular device they favour. Whether this is an existing smartphone or one you are planning to buy, it is still necessary to make sure that the device you choose is also 4G ready.
When you sign up for your Vodafone 4G SIM-Only contract, however, you receive full access to the company’s mobile network services through its Subscriber Identification Module (the full name of a SIM). Then it’s simply a question of inserting the SIM into your smartphone or the USB dongle on your laptop and you’re free to surf the internet, receive and send emails, use any apps you may choose – and, of course, continue to use your phone to make voice calls and send and receive texts.
Introducing 4th Generation Mobile Connection
4G simply stands for “fourth generation”, compared to the “third generation” or 3G technology that preceded it. You might also see references to 3G/LTE, which stands for “fourth generation/long term evolution”.
Essentially, 4G technology has been developed to help satisfy the demands of today’s data hungry mobile users who want fast internet access on their smartphones and other mobile devices – to send and receive emails, surf the internet, use a whole host of special apps and even watch TV or films whilst on the move.
The technical details of 4G can be a little confusing, since it operates across one of four different wavebands – 2.6 GHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz or 2600 MHz. The 2.6 GHz frequency can carry more data than the other two frequencies, but has a shorter range, making it more suited to use in cities and major concentrations of population. The 800 MHz frequency can handle less data, but carries well over longer distances, making it a viable choice for networks supplying rural and more remote areas. In terms of performance, the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies fall between the two, striking a compromise between the amount of data handled and the distance over which it can readily operate.
Vodafone’s 4G network operates across both 800 MHz and 2600MHz frequencies.
Vodafone is the world’s second largest mobile telecommunications provider In the UK, it is third in size only after EE and O2, and currently claims an estimated 19.2 million customers.
The UK’s telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, granted Vodafone’s licence to operate a 4G network in February 2013. 4G coverage has already been rolled out in London and a further 12 major UK cities are forecast by the end of 2013.
Vodafone 4G SIM-Only contracts are currently available at three different levels and each comes with unlimited call minutes and texts. For just £26 a month you get 2 GB of web data; for £31 you can use up to 4 GB; and for £36 there is up to 8GB. In order to attract customers to their new 4G service, Vodafone occasionally offers promotional bonuses, such as additional data usage on the same packages.