Vodafone vs Three Review 2020: Sky Sports Mobile Subscription or Unlimited Netflix Streaming?

In this article, we look in-depth at Vodafone vs Three, comparing the quality of their network coverage and speeds. Read on to get Half Cooked's full breakdown.

Mar 6th, 2020

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Vodafone vs Three ReviewVodafone is one of the premium UK networks providing over 99% population coverage and offering its customers super fast average 4G speeds of 25 MB/s. Customers are offered much more than just a mobile contract, with great added extras such as a free subscription to popular paid services such as Sky Sports Mobile or Amazon Prime Video as well as inclusive roaming in 77 destinations worldwide. Vodafone may have a premium price point but they deliver value.


  • Unlimited 5G Data Plans
  • VeryMe rewards offers great freebies.
  • 77 roaming destinations on premium plans.


  • Comparatively costlier plans.
  • Most perks on premium plans.
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Three Mobile offers customers great value at a relatively low price point. With 99% population coverage and average 4G download speeds of 21 MB/s, Three gets the basics right. However, they don’t stop there – with great additional perks such as inclusive roaming in over 70 destinations with Go Roam & unlimited data usage on popular apps such as Netflix & Apple Music with Go Binge we rate Three as a top operator.


  • Free-roaming in 71 destinations across all plans.
  • Unlimited data usage on popular apps such as Netflix.
  • Great value pricing.


  • No premium subscriptions.
  • No data rollover.

Network Coverage & Speeds

Vodafone & Three Network Coverage & Speeds 2020Vodafone offers customers 99% 4G population coverage, with coverage for 3G and 2G in locations where 4G isn’t available. Vodafone have also recently turned on their 5G network but this is limited to a few specific cities at the moment. 
Per Open Signal’s latest testing Vodafone also has an average download speed of 25.1 MB/s which is ranking just ahead of EE who leads the pack.
Three also offer customers 99% 4G population coverage. However 4G download speeds track slightly behind Vodafone at 21.6 MB/s but this is ahead of O2. Although slower than Vodafone, this is similar speeds to those available on low range fibre home broadband & will allow customers to stream HD videos without any problems.
Three have also promoted building the UK’s fastest 5G network, and they’ve promised to offer this to customers at no extra cost. So worth keeping an eye out to see if they’re looking to roll out in your area soon.
Half Cooked’s Winner:
Both networks offer 99% 4G Population coverage, but Vodafone wins out here with slightly faster 4G speeds. Despite this, using both Vodafone & Three we had no issues with coverage or speeds.
If you’re interested in getting the fastest speeds in the market, check out our EE review, with EE you can get up to 150 MB/s on 4G++ in certain cities across the UK.

Voice Call Quality

vodafone vs three voice call qualityWith either network, you won’t have a problem making a call but voice call tests tell us which of the networks offer better call quality.
Per P3 Comms most recent testing, Vodafone tracks ahead of Three when it comes to voice call quality, lagging only behind EE. Vodafone’s 2G/3G networks allow for better voice call quality in indoor black spots.
Three’s 4G network still offers customers wide coverage but in the recent P3 comms testing it was tracking behind Vodafone & EE but ahead of O2 with a score of ‘good’ with call connection times being the main reason for falling behind Vodafone’s network quality.
Half Cooked’s Winner:
Vodafone takes this, but it’s close with voice calls not being an issue on either network.
Find Out More About Vodafone’s Voice Call Quality


vodafone vs three tetheringTethering involves turning your mobile into a Wi-Fi hotspot and using it to connect other Wi-Fi enabled devices such as tablets and laptops.
Unlimited tethering is available on all Vodafone plans and all of Three’s new data plans. One thing worth remembering is that tethering will lead to you burning through your data pretty quickly so we recommend checking out both Vodafone & Three’s out of bundle data pricing to avoid getting a bill shock.
Half Cooked’s Winner:
This ones a draw, with unlimited tethering available on both Three & Vodafone.
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International Roaming

 Three Feel at Home 2020Vodafone offers access to 48 roaming destinations completely free of charge – however, this is in line with EU regulations and standard across all the networks.

To access additional destinations like Canada and the USA, you need to purchase a premium plan such as Unlimited MAX which offer roaming in 77 destinations worldwide. 

Three offers ‘Go Roam’ to its customer with which they can access over 71 roaming destinations. These are available to all pay monthly or SIM only customers (And PAYG add on customers). Some of the inclusive locations outside of the EU include, USA, Australia & Brazil. 

Half Cooked’s Winner:

Three “Go Roam” proposition is available to most of its customers and as a result wins this category.

Find Out More About Three Mobile’s International Roaming

Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots

vodafone vs three wi-fi callingWhen a customer uses a Wi-Fi network to make a voice call rather than using the carrier’s network connection, it is referred to as Wi-Fi Calling. This is a great option if you’re indoors and have poor network coverage but have access to a Wi-Fi network.

Vodafone’s Wi-Fi calling is only available to pay monthly Red Extra or Red Entertainment plan customers.

Moreover, this service can only be used with compatible devices.  Also in terms of Wi-Fi hotspots, Vodafone customers get access to Wi-Fi on the London Underground. 

Three enables the customers to make calls over Wi-Fi – with their ‘Three In Touch’ proposition being the best Wi-Fi calling in the market. Customers automatically connect to Wi-Fi calling if they’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, with most devices compatible. In terms of Wi-Fi hotspots, Three also offers Wi-Fi on the underground, Three customers can stay connected at over 250 underground stations in London.

Half Cooked’s Winner:

With the same Wi-Fi hotspot coverage on the London Underground, Three wins out with their ‘Three In Touch’ Wi-Fi calling scheme being the best available among the operators.

Find Out More About Three Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Hotspots

Data Rollover

vodafone vs three data rolloverVodafone’s data rollover service is only available to PAYG customers. Customers need to purchase ‘Vodafone Total Rollover’ plans to roll their data over to the following month.

Three, on the other hand doesn’t offer data rollover on any of its plans, regardless of whether it is a pay monthly or PAYG deal.

Half Cooked’s Winner:

Vodafone wins here as it offers data rollover to PAYG customers with no data rollover offer currently available to Three customers.

If you’re looking to save on any unused data we recommend checking out SMARTY, which gives you money back for any unused data – Half Cooked rates SMARTY’s data rollover scheme as the best data rollover plan in the market.

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Multi Buy Discounts/ Family Plans

vodafone vs three multi buy discountsVodafone performs very well in this category by offering:

  • A flat 15% discount to existing customers when they add an extra phone contract, SIM only deal or tablet plan.
  • If you recommend a friend, you can earn up to £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Three has ‘Existing Customer Offers’ which provides discounts on Phone and SIM only contracts. Customers get on average up to £3 off on iPhone contracts, whereas you could save up to £5 a month on Samsung or Huawei contracts. You can also save up to £2 on SIM only deals.

Half Cooked’s Winner:

Vodafone wins out as its flat 15% discount tends to work out more beneficial than Three’s existing customer offers. Half Cooked rates BT Mobile’s family mobile plans the best in the market with 20% off on all additional SIM plans and phone contracts.

Find Out More About Vodafone’s Multi Buy Discounts/ Family Plans

Customer Rewards

vodafone vs three customer rewardsVodafone VeryMe rewards is available to all pay monthly customers. It is also available to PAYG customers, but only if they top up £10 within a 6-week period. Using VeryMe rewards, the customers receive weekly giveaways as well as discounts on various popular UK brands. Some examples include free coffees, meal deals & discounted movie tickets.

Three recently shut down their own version of VeryMe which was called Wuntu, currently they don’t have anything to offer in terms of a reward scheme but have said they are working on something new for their customers.

Half Cooked’s Winner:

Vodafone VeryMe rewards offers great value to it’s customers and win’s out as there is nothing comparable available on Three.

The best network in the market for customer rewards is O2, their priority app gives customers weekly freebies and early access to purchase tickets for gigs, check out our detailed O2 review to learn more.

Find Out More About Vodafone’s Customer Rewards

Other Perks

vodafone vs three other perksSome networks are offering additional perks such as premium subscriptions and free data streaming to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

To enjoy any additional perks from Vodafone you need to have a premium plan. These customers get a free premium subscription of their choice throughout the contract period. The subscriptions available at the moment include:

  • Sky Sports Mobile
  • Spotify Premium
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • NOW TV

Three customers get access to Go Binge which offers unlimited data streaming on popular apps such as Netflix, Soundcloud, Apple Music & Snapchat. These deals are offered to all customers who have phone or SIM plans with 12GB or more data usage a month.

Half Cooked’s Winner:

Three offers its perks at a better value with Vodafone’s premium subscription only available at the top end of its plans.

Visit Three Mobile to Find Out More About Go Binge

Half Cooked’s Overall Winner

Both networks perform well and have well-rounded propositions but with better pricing and more inclusive offers available to all customers as opposed to offers being limited to premium plans, Three is Half Cooked’s overall winner. vodafone vs three review

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