How is data usage charged?

Tags: Mobile internet services, Billing

What do I need to know about data charging?

Not all providers charge the same way for data use so if you’d like to know how we do things at Vodafone, check out the info below.

  • 1 kB charging - On all of our current plans, recharges and data add-ons (both phone and mobile broadband data) we charge by the kilobyte (kB) which helps you get the most out of your data allowance. If you're on a older plan or add-on, check My Vodafone for plan info
  • Downloads and uploads - We count both downloads (data you receive) and uploads (data you send) towards your data usage
  • Tethering - We don’t charge any differently for tethered data – it still comes out of the data allowance of your plan, recharge or add-on
  • International roaming - If you’re billed monthly, by default roaming data is excluded from your plan and is charged at our Pay-As-You-Go rates. If you’re on an eligible plan, you can opt in to $5 Roaming which lets you use your plan’s data inclusions in selected countries for $5 a day. If you’re on a prepaid phone recharge, roaming data gets deducted from your Flexible Credit at our Pay-As-You-Go rates

What happens if I use up my data allowance?

If you’re billed monthly

  • Further data use gets charged at your plan’s excess data rate until the end of your bill cycle. Check your plan for rates
  • Excess data is excluded from plans so is an extra charge on your next bill
  • If you need a bit more data to tide you over until next month, you can buy a one-off Data Booster. If you need more data on an ongoing basis, check out our Data Add-ons
If you’re prepaid

More info

There's no minimum balance needed to start a data session on prepaid. Provided you've got some data or Flexible Credit left, you'll be able to access the internet until it's used up.

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