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Hi

My cost of living is just going up. Can changing from a more expensive Vodafone direct SIM plan really be replaced by a much cheaper SIM from someone like Lebara who use the Vodafone network. I could pay just about 25% of what I currently pay to Vodafone and still get adequate calls, texts and especially data. Am I missing something? Does Lebara or other similar companies offerings miss out on things, such as quality of service eg signal, offered by Vodafone?

Thank you all.
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  • Neil49
    Neil49 Posts: 3,130 Forumite
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    edited 4 February 2023 at 6:40PM
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    I've use O2 as my primary service but have Lebara in the sim 2 slot as a backup in areas where O2 has poor reception.

    I've found that it provides just as good a service (including EU roaming as standard) and currently costs 1p per month for 12gb of data. There are some reasonable deals around at the moment (not as good as 1p) but I would definitely recommend that you switch to them.

    Take a look at Uswitch and also the MSE site for deals. 

    I don't think you will regret it. 
  • dulededulede
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    Thank you. It isn't the need to drop to 1p a month or similar bit cut nearly £90 a month of family mobile costs. Will be swapping ASAP  :smiley:
  • flaneurs_lobster
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    If you are not a big user of the VeryMe extras that a Vodafone contract comes with then I'd go for it. The actual service is the same although some people have had problems with wi-fi calling. 
  • Beatles4
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    Thank you. It isn't the need to drop to 1p a month or similar bit cut nearly £90 a month of family mobile costs. Will be swapping ASAP  :smiley:
    We are looking at doing the same end of year, look at Voxi, you get to keep your Vodafone sim and number.

    I am paying nearly £70 for 4 numbers all on Vodafone sim only we can cut that back to £30 a month on Voxi, no contract, you can upgrade or downgrade or pause the number at any time. And its subscription based rather then contract/direct debit based. So charges are re occurring card payments.
  • MrsHomeWife
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    I was on a 12 month sim only contract with Vodafone at about £15 p/m

    After the contract ended they put it up to £25 and when I rang and spoke to them, the best they could do was £15.

    Went with Talkmobile costing £4 per month for first 3 months then £8 after, on a rolling 30-day contract. They use Vodafone's network too so definitely worth shopping around
  • savergrant
    savergrant Posts: 1,158 Forumite
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    Most people will notice no difference at all switching from a major network to a piggybacker. Some things like 5g and WiFi calling (useful if you have poor reception indoors) may be missing but rarely significant.
    Do you have decent coverage on all networks?
  • oldernonethewiser
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    I moved from EE to Lebara as the coverage is better where I tend to need it.

    Got the deal from MSE so currently paying £1.49 a month which is only a one month contract so easy to cancel.

    Switchover wasn't great. Could make calls but not receive them. imessaging didn't work.

    After about 48 hours it all came good.

    Wifi calling works fine.  No visual voicemail tough despite phoning and asking how to set it up.

    Customer service poor. 
    Things that are differerent: draw & drawer, brought & bought, loose & lose, dose & does, payed & paid


  • jimjames
    jimjames Posts: 17,719 Forumite
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    Hi

    Can changing from a more expensive Vodafone direct SIM plan really be replaced by a much cheaper SIM from someone like Lebara who use the Vodafone network. I could pay just about 25% of what I currently pay to Vodafone and still get adequate calls, texts and especially data. Am I missing something? 
    Thank you all.
    The answer is yes it really can be replaced and no, you aren't missing something. I moved from Vodafone to Voxi a few years back when Voda wouldnt offer any deals. Last year moved to Lebara as Voxi were charging for roaming but it also mean I saved a load of money too. Not had any issues and very happy with the service.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
  • JimBob69
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    Hi,

    Like others I am planning on switching from Vodafone to Lebara with the MSE deal. Today, 2 different customer service advisors at Vodafone trying to persuade me to stay, have told me that I CANNOT keep my existing number when I move to a company using the Vodafone network. Lebara say I can. Can anyone please confirm that they moved Vodafone contract to Lebara and managed to keep their old number?

    Thanks
  • flaneurs_lobster
    flaneurs_lobster Posts: 3,875 Forumite
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    edited 7 February 2023 at 5:42PM
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    JimBob69 said:
    Hi,

    Like others I am planning on switching from Vodafone to Lebara with the MSE deal. Today, 2 different customer service advisors at Vodafone trying to persuade me to stay, have told me that I CANNOT keep my existing number when I move to a company using the Vodafone network. Lebara say I can. Can anyone please confirm that they moved Vodafone contract to Lebara and managed to keep their old number?

    Thanks
    A recent thread

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6422182/cant-pac-from-vodafone-to-lebara#latest

    Were Vodafone offering anything like a decent renewal deal?
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