VOXI vs iD Mobile: Unlimited Social Media vs Low-Cost SIM Only Deals

In this article Half Cooked dives into VOXI and iD Mobile’s price plans, network coverage, data speeds and extra features.

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Who is VOXI

voxi-article-logoVOXI is a low-cost mobile virtual network (MVNO) owned by Vodafone. VOXI uses Vodafone’s network to provide 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G coverage to their customers. The carrier initially limited their services to under 25, then under 30 and as of April 2019 the age limit was completely removed.

VOXI sacrifices many premium features you’d normally find on Vodafone to offer more competitive prices. There are only four price plans to choose from, whereas Vodafone offers over 30 different SIM only tariffs. VOXI’s endless social media and endless video offers make it a unique network in the UK though. Endless social media feature allows their customers to use some of the most popular social media apps including Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook without burning through their regular data. 

Endless Video feature allows VOXI customers to stream content on YouTube and Netflix without burning through their regular data. It also works with some of the other popular streaming platforms.

Pro’s

  • Endless social media and Endless Video
  • Flexible monthly rolling plans, no credit checks.
  • No restrictions to tethering.
  • An unlimited 5G plan.

Con’s

  • No data rollover.
  • Traditional PAYG doesn’t allow you to use the internet.
  • No Wi-Fi Calling & 4G Calling.
 

Who is iD Mobile

id-mobile-article-logoiD Mobile is a low-cost mobile virtual network operator owned by Dixons Carphone and powered by Three. iD Mobile launched back in May 2015 and the carrier has been offering 30-day rolling SIM only contracts, as well as PAYG bundles and pay monthly phone deals.

iD Mobile’s phone deals are usually competitively priced and the carrier offers a nice range of handsets to choose from. Their customers get to enjoy 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling, two very important voice call quality improving features. iD Mobile manages to maintain low-prices while offering both these features at no extra cost. However, even though the network offers 30-day plans, you still have to undergo a credit check to see if you’re eligible for a contract.

You also get a one-off data boost, which is valid for three years.

Pro’s

  • Competitively priced, 30-day rolling SIM only plans.
  • 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Data rollover feature.
  • One time data boost that’s valid for three years.

Con’s

  • PAYG bundles don’t offer good value.
  • No 5G yet.
  • No reward programme.
 

Table of Contents

 

Plans & Pricing

SIM Only Deals

Both VOXI and iD Mobile offer competitive prices to their customers. Although price plans are similarly priced, you get more data per pound with iD Mobile. However, VOXI’s unique perk of unlimited social media usage means you’ll be saving loads of data on a monthly basis and won’t necessarily need a massive data plan!

While iD Mobile’s unlimited data plan comes at a cheaper price, VOXI offers 5G, being one of the only virtual network providers doing so with Vodafone’s coverage.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

iD Mobile winnerYou can’t go wrong with either VOXI or iD Mobile, but the latter network proposes a wider range of price plans.

Pay As You Go

You can use both networks as a traditional pay as you go service, but VOXI won’t allow you to access the internet. You’ll be able to make calls and text, but that’s about it. iD Mobile’s traditional PAYG lets you make calls, send texts and connect to the internet. iD Mobile also offers PAYG bundles and they’re a nice option to have if you don’t want to go through a credit check, but compared to their contract deals these don’t offer good value.

If you’re using your VOXI SIM as a PAYG service, then you can keep it live for 270 days without any activity. With iD Mobile you’ll have to make a chargeable action every 90 days, but your credit stays with you for a whole year and if you top-up their refresh date gets updated as well.

VOXI’s pay as you go rates are 30p for calls and 14p for texts. As stated above, the network won’t allow you to use data without purchasing a SIM only plan. iD Mobile’s rates are 40/p for calls, 14p for texts and 10p for data. You can also check out their bundles from the table below:

MinutesDataPrice
150 Mins500MB£5.00
500 Mins4GB£10.00
1000 Mins8GB£15.00
All iD Mobile Value Bundles come with unlimited texts.

If you’re looking for another alternative we’d recommend checking out giffgaff and their flexible goodybags. Powered by O2, the carrier offers a decent traditional PAYG service and you can mix it up with goodybags. Read our giffgaff Review to discover more!

Half Cooked’s Verdict

iD Mobile winnerVOXI’s call rates are better, but you’re not allowed to use data when using the network’s PAYG service. iD Mobile wins, but mainly because you can simply use data with their PAYG deals.

Pay Monthly Phones

You can find some great phone deals on VOXI, but the network will ask you to sign a phone contract that lasts 30 months. Thankfully you are allowed to pay larger chunks to cut your contract to a shorter length.

iD Mobile’s phone deals are quite good too, and at times there are some amazing discounts. Both networks provide some extras alongside with their phone deals like 1 year Apple TV+ subscription, headphones and other types of accessories.

VOXI’s deals come out as the cheaper option when selecting the same devices, but it’s because you don’t have to sign up for an airtime plan except the first month. iD Mobile will keep you as their customer for the length of your phone contract.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

Both networks provide great value with their phone plans. You’re given more flexibility on VOXI as well as cheaper overall prices. iD Mobile offers a wider range of devices, plans & extras. We think the only tie-breaker here is which network will suit your needs better and it depends from one person to another.

Network Coverage & Speeds

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage

4G network coverageVOXI piggybacks on Vodafone’s network, as a result under normal circumstances their network coverage and average data speeds are identical. Vodafone has one of the best infrastructures in the UK and it’s also the oldest network provider in the country. The host network offers over 99% population coverage and is also second when it comes to UK landmass coverage. Thanks to the parent network, VOXI offers countrywide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

Looking at Open Signal’s October 2020 test results, we see that Vodafone’s average download speed is at 22.4Mbps and average upload speed is 8.5Mbps.

iD Mobile uses Three’s network, which means they offer identical coverage in the UK. It also means iD Mobile doesn’t offer a 2G service, simply because neither does Three. While Three also provides coverage to over 99% of the UK’s population, the network lags behind when it comes to landmass coverage. Three’s download and upload speeds are also slower than Vodafone’s, respectively at 22.2Mbps and 8Mbps. These are decent speeds though, you won’t have any problems streaming Netflix, watching full HD YouTube videos or listening to Spotify etc.

As always, we’d like to recommend you to use each network’s coverage map to ensure your area gets good coverage. Even EE, the largest UK network with best coverage and fastest download speeds have blind spots after all. Make sure to read our extensive EE Review, if you wish to learn more about the carrier.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiVOXI offers 2G on top of 3G and 4G. You’ll also get better network coverage, faster download and upload speeds with it. iD Mobile isn’t a bad option, but VOXI is clearly the better choice.

5G Coverage

5gUnlike most other MVNOs, VOXI offers a 5G price plan, the network’s 5G deal comes with unlimited data, as well as unlimited UK minutes & texts. Plus VOXI offers 5G download speeds in some EU locations too.

As for iD Mobile, there are no news or announcements about 5G yet. Their parent network Three offers 5G at no extra cost to all their customers though. The carrier’s 5G service is live in 68 cities & towns, and we expect the number to increase before the year ends. You might want to check out our Three Review to learn about the network’s 5G Coverage.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiConsidering how iD Mobile doesn’t even offer any 5G deals, VOXI is the clear winner of this category.

Voice Call Quality

id-mobile-voice-call-qualityAt Half Cooked we trust major independent testing bodies like Open Signal, umlaut & OOKLA. These companies are globally acknowledged and objective. Based on the tests performed by Open Signal and umlaut, we clearly see that Vodafone’s voice calls have much better quality and significantly shorter call setup times than Three’s. VOXI and iD Mobile weren’t tested, but test results would be identical to their host networks.

This of course means VOXI is the better choice when it comes to voice call quality, but don’t forget that iD Mobile offers Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling, which we’ll cover next.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiThanks to Vodafone’s superior network coverage in the UK, VOXI’s overall voice call quality is noticeably better than iD Mobile’s.

Wi-Fi Calling & 4G Calling

wi-fi-calling-4g-calling4G Calling (also known as VoLTE) is a free voice call quality improving service, which eliminates indoor blackspots. 4G Calling also allows you to make clearer voice calls.

Wi-Fi Calling’s main goal is to keep you connected by using an available Wi-Fi connection, even when you aren’t getting any regular phone signal. If you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi with low latency, your call quality will improve significantly.

In order to benefit from 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling your mobile device should be compatible with them. You’ll also need a price plan that offers these features. VOXI deals don’t include either of these two key features.

iD Mobile is one of the very few MVNOs to offer both 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling to their customers. These two services don’t come at any extra cost, but they’re only available to pay monthly contract customers.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

iD Mobile winnerSince VOXI doesn’t offer 4G Calling and/or Wi-Fi Calling, iD Mobile is the winner here. Keep in mind though, you’ll need to sign a contract with iD Mobile to benefit from these two services.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

id-mobile-wifi-hotspotsUnfortunately, there are no exclusive free Wi-Fi hotspots available for VOXI or iD Mobile customers. However, their customers can use O2’s free Wi-Fi hotspots or Sky Mobile’s The Cloud for free wherever available.

If you want to join a network with millions of free Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK, your best bet would be either BT Mobile or Virgin Mobile. You can read our BT Mobile Review and Virgin Mobile Review to discover more about each network and what they offer.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

Neither VOXI nor iD Mobile offer any free Wi-Fi hotspots. Their customers can enjoy O2 WiFi and The Cloud for free, but so can all the other mobile users.

Tethering

id-mobile-tetheringTethering refers to using a mobile phone as a wireless hotspot for other compatible devices, so they can have access to the internet. Both VOXI and iD Mobile will allow you to tether freely, but don’t forget this can use up a ton of data in a short amount of time. You should always be extra careful when tethering and turn the feature off once you’re done.

We strongly suggest you choose a large data or even an unlimited data plan with no restrictions, if you wish to tether regularly.

You’ll be happy to hear that VOXI’s endless social media perk works when you’re tethering to other devices as long as they’re using the apps and not a web browser.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiBoth networks allow you to tether freely, but VOXI has the upper-hand in this comparison. The network’s endless social media perk works on tethered devices and we think it’s a game changer.

International Roaming

roamingAll the mobile networks operating in the UK must provide free access to all EU countries due to the EU roaming regulation changes.

VOXI’s inclusive roaming deal is available in 47 destinations, iD Mobile also offers the basic EU inclusive roaming, and adds Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to the list.

If you have the endless data plan VOXI’s fair usage policy will limit your monthly data usage to 25GB and past this cap, surcharges will be applied.

iD Mobile’s fair usage policy doesn’t limit your data usage, but if you’re roaming more than you use your device in the UK over a 4-month period, they will warn you and ask for any proof of you having strong ties to the UK. If you continue to misuse their roaming deal, surcharges will apply and they might even cancel your contract.

If you’re travelling outside the EU or looking for the best inclusive roaming deal we’d recommend checking our Roaming Abroad guide. You can also read our extensive Vodafone Review, they offer the best premium roaming deal.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiIt’s a close race, but we think VOXI is the better choice, because you can enjoy 5G in Ireland, Spain, Germany and Italy with VOXI, provided you have one of their 5G plans. Plus the network usually offers 4G speeds abroad.

Features

VOXI’s Features

Endless Social Media

endless social mediaVOXI’s key advantage over all the other MVNOs is its endless social media perk. VOXI members can use the most popular social media apps without eating their data. That being said, if you use up all your data you won’t be able to connect to any social media apps, so be careful!

You can also check out our unlimited social media networks guide, but no other offer comes close to VOXI’s.

Endless Data Plan

VOXI’s unlimited data is truly unlimited and there are no restrictions whatsoever. On top of that you get 5G coverage in 44 cities and towns in the UK.

Endless Calls & Texts

All VOXI plans come with unlimited UK minutes and texts. Their plans also include unlimited MMS (picture messages).

No Credit Checks – Endless Flexibility

There are no credits checks on VOXI so anyone can join their network. Their plans work on a prepaid basis and anyone can get a VOXI SIM. However, phone deals still require a credit check unless you plan to pay the whole fee upfront.

Friends with Benefits

Invite a friend to join VOXI and you’ll both get an Amazon gift card, worth up to £20. You can invite as many friends as you want, there are no caps. The larger the invited person’s data plan is the bigger the reward gets!

iD Mobile’s Features

Data Boost

iD Mobile welcomes you with a great reward right off the bat with a one-time data boost that’s valid for three years. The amount of extra data you get can be between 10GB to 100GB, but if you upgrade or change your plan, whatever remains of your boost will expire.

Data Rollover

We love the fact that iD Mobile gives their customers a second chance to use whatever data left from their prior plan. Most mobile network providers skip this feature or only offer it when you commit to a long term contract.

Unlimited Data Plan

The network offers a competitively priced unlimited data plan and at times you can even catch a great discount. It’s a truly unlimited data plan with no throttling or fair usage policies. Plus it comes with 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling.

Bill Capping

On iD Mobile you can easily set a cap to your monthly spending. You can choose between £1 and £25 above your monthly allowance, and you can change the cap any time you want.

Half Cooked’s Verdict

winner-voxiBoth networks offer amazing features that add even greater value to their offers, but we think endless social media definitely gives the edge to VOXI. It’s a close race after all, extra data and data rollover are two great features to have but we value endless social media more.

Half Cooked’s Overall Breakdown

winner-voxiiD Mobile has a wider range of price plans to choose from and a better pay as you go deal. However, when it comes to network coverage & download speeds, overall voice call quality and extra features VOXI is clearly ahead of iD Mobile. Make sure to check each network’s coverage map before you make your final decision though.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What network does iD Mobile run on?

iD Mobile uses Three as its network provider. However, the carrier only offers 3G & 4G Coverage.

Does iD Mobile have 5G plans?

No, not at the moment. iD Mobile currently doesn’t offer any 5G plans. Having said that, its host network Three does, so you might want to check Three’s offers.

Who owns iD Mobile?

iD Mobile is a wholly owned subsidiary by Dixons Carphone. The network launched on 12 May 2015.

Are there any family or student plans on iD Mobile?

Unfortunately no, but the network offers massive discounts and data boosts on a regular basis so we recommend checking their deals regularly.

Does iD Mobile really have VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling?

Yes, iD Mobile offers VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, but you’ll need to sign a contract to benefit from these two features.

Can I keep my phone number if I switch to iD Mobile or VOXI?

Yes, you can save your number and continue using it when switching from one network to another. All you have to do is get your PAC code from your current operator, and pass it on to your new network provider. They’ll do the rest. The whole process shouldn’t take any longer than two days.

Does VOXI have 5G?

Yes, however 5G is only available on the network’s unlimited data plan, also dubbed as endless data plan.

Does VOXI have 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling?

Sadly, no. Even though Vodafone offers both these features to their pay monthly customers VOXI doesn’t. If you want to benefit from them you’ll have to sign up for a Vodafone pay monthly deal.

Who owns VOXI?

VOXI is a low-cost mobile virtual network operator owned and powered by Vodafone. The network is a sub-brand of Vodafone.

Is YouTube included in endless social media?

No, VOXI’s endless social media feature doesn’t include YouTube or other video streaming platforms.

Can I watch Netflix without burning my data on VOXI?

No, unfortunately Netflix isn’t one of the supported apps by the endless social media perk.

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