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Testing/Discussion: Vodafone 5G & 4G - Inc. Voxi, Lebara

JitteryPinger

ULTIMATE Member
I'm on the east side of the country - East Yorkshire - noticed that VF 5G coverage is starting to take shape here
Yeah I've been over those ways myself and seen that 5G coverage is somewhat limited due to configuration.

The East is an O2 host zone meaning Vodafone is basically sharing O2's network, speeds for 5G in Vodafone host zone are around 4x faster.
 

jbennett360

Pro Member
Yeah I've been over those ways myself and seen that 5G coverage is somewhat limited due to configuration.

The East is an O2 host zone meaning Vodafone is basically sharing O2's network, speeds for 5G in Vodafone host zone are around 4x faster.

Yeah i'm aware of that East/West split!

Seems VF performs better though for some reason!?
 

jbennett360

Pro Member
Decided to make the switch from EE to VF based on the last 4 weeks of testing Voxi and recent performance results.

EE have been poor here and continuously have issues with masts/congestion, dropped calls etc. Plus the deals for existing customer were 'Take a look on the website!'

Managed to get a decent deal with VF - £23.50 after cashback, for the Unlimited Max Entertainment, 12 month.
 

jbennett360

Pro Member
Had a bit of a weird issue.

When the phone was using data (5G) and had been put down and not touched for a while. Notifications (WhatsApp/email etc) where quite delayed, sometimes not actually showing until I unlocked the phone.

Was never an issue on EE and everything is fine on WiFi.

Spoken to Vodafone and gone through a few steps, including a service reset. So far, it has been ok. (Touch wood) Apparently last night too there was 'Minor interruption/maintenance to the 5G service' in my area which wasn't flagged on the network status checker. (Apparently not all are logged on there?)

Will need to keep an eye on this over the next few days, or I may have to look at switching back to EE before my 14 days is up on the VF deal.

Really bizarre
 

Lucian

ULTIMATE Member
@jbennett360
The issues you are having with EE seem serious. If VF has a good signal in your area, then so would O2 probably, why not try them (via giffgaff etc)?
 

jbennett360

Pro Member
@jbennett360
The issues you are having with EE seem serious. If VF has a good signal in your area, then so would O2 probably, why not try them (via giffgaff etc)?
EE was fine?

These issues appeared yesterday when I switched from EE to VF. Saying that, today it's been okay so far, so maybe just a bit of a freak thing.

O2 are poor here, even though I'm in an O2 area, I guess it's down to number of people and then the MVNO's on top.

Will give it another day or two and see if that issue reappears, if it does, I'll have to switch back to EE.
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
I see that Vodafone are now taking on ID mobile instead of 3 this year.
They sure are going mad after taking on Asda, Virgin etc, hope they have enough backhaul to cope with all this. :giggle:

ISPR Article
 

The Wee Bear

ULTIMATE Member
Well it'll have to be. :D
 

JitteryPinger

ULTIMATE Member
I see that Vodafone are now taking on ID mobile instead of 3 this year.
They sure are going mad after taking on Asda, Virgin etc, hope they have enough backhaul to cope with all this. :giggle:

ISPR Article
Looks like the article has cause confusion, I think the deal with Vodafone is to sell its products rather than host its mobile network.

I believe Three and ID have just started a new agreement which includes 5G access, and to be honest I couldn't see ID keeping in up their current offers with Vodafone.
 

zakir1988

ULTIMATE Member
Vodafone/02 5G Mast its in Back entrance of Sainsburys Whitechapel E1
 

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zakir1988

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Vodafone/02 5G Mast its in Back entrance of Sainsburys Whitechapel E1
Pic of the mast

Eventually I will be testing on Vodafone network via Huawei 5G smartphone just waiting Huawei to release a new budget friendly 5G smartphone like the P40 lite 5G when I can get hold of a new 5G router not (Huawei Cpe pro 2) so I can take the Vodafone sim from my parents which they are using in an Huawei b535 router replace with the Three sim I have in the Huawei Cpe pro
 

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Bubblesthefish6

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Pic of the mast

Eventually I will be testing on Vodafone network via Huawei 5G smartphone just waiting Huawei to release a new budget friendly 5G smartphone like the P40 lite 5G when I can get hold of a new 5G router not (Huawei Cpe pro 2) so I can take the Vodafone sim from my parents which they are using in an Huawei b535 router replace with the Three sim I have in the Huawei Cpe pro
That's..... Not..... 5G!


That's a rather old 4G mast, it's a dual stack Jupiter so must have been installed right at the start of the 4G rollout.
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
IMG_20210628_184017.jpg
 

Bubblesthefish6

ULTIMATE Member
It isnt 5G im getting confused how do i know which ones are 5G they look suspiciously same
It's 5G if it has exposed antennas near the bottom of the shroud on the pole. @JitteryPinger put a photo of a Vodafone And O2 one on in this very thread before I believe. The ones with no exposed antennas are DEFINITELY not 5G.
 
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