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Vodafone (CU) Greece Review: Awful, But It Should Not Have Been (+Speedtests)

In March 2021, I returned from Taiwan after a year.

Then I did not go on a trip for a year because of travel restrictions.

So in February 2022, I decided I would go on a trip again in March 2022.

Mostly because travel restrictions were being lifted left and right.

So, what is the best way to catch up on a year of lost travel time?

Visit as many countries as you can within a month.

I visited Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Italy, Malta, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia & Slovenia.

I really love how easy it is to travel throughout Europe!

During this trip, I (re-)tested 41 local SIM cards, like Vodafone (CU) Greece, Airalo's Eurolink Europe eSIM, Nomad's Europe eSIM & SimCorner's Europe travel SIM cards.

Tray of SIM Cards by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

If you have read any of my SIM card buying guides before, like the Greek one, or watched a YouTube video of mine, you know that I am crazy enough to buy and test so many SIM cards.

If this is your first Phone Travel Wiz review – welcome.

I buy and test all/most SIM cards in a country and tell you which ones are the best so that you do not have to 😎.

You have probably heard of Vodafone before – perhaps you even use Vodafone's services at home.

Or you may have tried Vodafone in another country.

Vodafone is often a hit or miss – it can be the best option in a country or the absolute worse.

So what about in Greece? Is Vodafone Greece any good?

The only way to find out is to test Vodafone Greece and compare it with the other Greek SIM cards (COSMOTE Greece & WIND Greece).

And that is what I did – and I will share my experience in this review.

And based on the title of this review, it will not be a pretty one… but there is a chance for redemption with Vodafone Greece (not for me anymore but for you).

Let's get started, shall we?

Vodafone (CU) Greece SIM Card Held by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

Original publication: 21st of July 2022. Last updated: 8th of August 2022.


Table of Contents

Who is Vodafone Greece?

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

I am pretty sure anyone reading this review has heard of Vodafone before.

Or its African counterpart called Vodacom.

But I will not give you a detailed history of Vodafone

Instead, I want to quickly introduce Vodafone Greece and introduce you to the Greek telecom market.

Vodafone Greece is the second-largest mobile operator in the country, behind COSMOTE Greece but ahead of WIND Greece.

But what is this “Vodafone CU” I mentioned in the title of this review?

It is a sub-brand by Vodafone Greece, which was initially a youth-focus brand.

Vodafone CU Greece Logo
© Vodafone Greece (CU)

I do not recall the age restrictions with this SIM card, but it has now been abolished, and everyone can get a Vodafone CU Greece SIM card.

Yes, that includes you, you oldie 🤪 – no, I am playing.

Nowadays, whenever visiting a Vodafone store, the salesperson will give you a Vodafone or Vodafone CU SIM card, depending on their stock.

But I would not be surprised if they still give Vodafone CU Greece SIM cards to young-looking peeps while oldies get Vodafone SIM cards.

Alright, that is more than enough Vodafone Greece history for now.

In Greece, you have three mobile operators, three sub-brands & one Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) easily accessible to travelers offering prepaid services, which I will list in order of market share (MNOs) and alphabetical order (sub-brands/MVNO):

  • COSMOTE Greece
  • Vodafone Greece
  • WIND Greece
  • Frog Mobile (COSMOTE Greece MVNO)
  • Q Greece (WIND Greece sub-brand)
  • Vodafone CU (Vodafone Greece sub-brand)
  • What's Up (COSMOTE sub-brand)

Of course, I tested the other two mobile operators during my trip to Greece in March. You can read them here: What's Up (COSMOTE) Greece & WIND Greece.

Buying a SIM Card in Greece Guide (lofos of Vodafone, Vodafone CU, COSMOTE, Q, WIND, What's Up & Frog Mobile)

In the title of this review, I said Vodafone Greece is/was awful, but it should not have been the case.

But why is that? You will find out later.

For now, let's talk about Vodafone Greece's coverage first, after these quick frequency details:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

Here you have Vodafone Greece's APN settings:

  • Name: Vodafone Gr
  • APN: internet.vodafone.gr

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.


Vodafone (CU) Greece Coverage + My Experience

You can have a mobile operator providing you 1 Gbps download speeds.

But if it covers only one street in the entirety of Greece, it will be useless.

So, how is Vodafone Greece's coverage?

It is the best in the country.

When looking at 4G/LTE availability in Greece, Vodafone Greece has an availability percentage of 88.3%. Ahead of WIND Greece (84.8%) but behind COSMOTE Greece (89.8%).

Vodafone Greece has the second-best 4G/LTE coverage experience (8.4 on a 10-point scale), ahead of WIND Greece (8.1) but behind COSMOTE Greece (9.1).

When looking at 5G NR, Vodafone Greece has an availability percentage of 5.4%, again ahead of WIND Greece (4.6) but far behind COSMOTE Greece (16.3%).

Good to know: Vodafone CU (Greece) customers have full access to Vodafone Greece's network (at least on 2G, 3G & 4G/LTE).

So far, I have been talking about coverage from other reports, but what was my coverage experience with Vodafone (CU) Greece?

It was trash. Yes – straight-up garbage.

That is because I was restricted to 3G all the time except for one day – the day I left to return to the Netherlands.

I will talk about this situation in the speed section later, but I was not pleased.

Moreover, Vodafone (CU) Greece's reception is awful for some reason – but I have read and have been told its 4G/LTE network is much better.

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try out 4G/LTE properly – let alone 5G NR 🥲.

Anyway, below is Vodafone (CU) Greece's coverage map:


How to Get a Vodafone (CU) Greece SIM Card & Prices

Being written.


Vodafone (CU) Greece Plans, Bundles & Offers

Vodafone Greece and Vodafone CU (Greece) each have SIM card-specific plans.

Meaning that if you get a Vodafone CU SIM card, like me, you can only get Vodafone CU plans and no Vodafone Greece plans and vice versa.

Vodafone Greece has four data-featured plans:

  • Combo Plans
  • Tourist Packages (combo for tourists)
  • Vodafone You (customizable combo)
  • Internet Packages

Vodafone CU (Greece) has four data-featured plans:

  • Speaking Plans (combo)
  • Panic Button (short-term data)
  • Internet Plan
  • CU Pass (social data)

All Vodafone (CU) plans can be activated on the Vodafone (CU) app(s).

Combo Plans

The Combo Plans are, as the name implies, combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Vodafone Greece customers.

Combo Plans can be purchased on the My Vodafone (GR) app:

PriceDataSocial Media DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
1.50 EURN/AN/A200 minutesN/A1 day
3 EUR150 MBN/A150 minutesN/A7 days
5 EUR1 GBN/A250 minutesN/A7 days
8.50 EURN/AVarious 2500 minutesN/A15 days
8.50 EURN/AVarious 3500 minutesN/A15 days
10 EUR600 MBN/A600 minutes100 SMS30 days
10.50 EUR1 GBN/A300 minutesN/A30 days
12 EUR800 MBN/A600 minutes100 SMS30 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Greece (NOT from Greece to other EU/EEA member states)
2 Amazon Prime Video, Daily Motion, Deezer, ERT, Napster, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, Vimeo & WebTV
3 Call+, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Tumblr, Twitter, Viber, Vodafone Message+ & WhatsApp

Vodafone Greece Combo Plans

Tourist Packages

The Tourist Packages are combo plans or data plans (with 5G NR access) aimed at tourists for Vodafone Greece customers.

They include data, minutes for local and international use & SMS for local and international use.

You do not need a Vodafone Tourist SIM card to activate these plans (because they do not exist).

Tourist Packages can be purchased on the My Vodafone (GR) app:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Vodafone International Minutes 2International Minutes 3Vodafone International SMS 2Validity
8.50 EUR3 GB50 minutes600 minutes50 minutes600 SMS15 days
8.50 EUR7 GBN/AN/AN/AN/A15 days
17 EUR7 GB120 minutes1500 minutes120 minutes1500 SMS30 days
17 EUR16 GBN/AN/AN/AN/A30 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Greece (NOT from Greece to other EU/EEA member states)
2 to Vodafone Greece & Vodafone around the world (Vodafone International)
3 to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

Vodafone Greece Tourist Packages

Vodafone You Plan

Vodafone You is a customizable plan allowing you to set how much data (with 5G NR access) and how many minutes you want for Vodafone Greece customers.

Each Vodafone You plan needs at least 800 MB of data and 500 minutes, brining the minimum plan to 10 EUR.

The following Vodafone You options are available, which can be set up on the my Vodafone (GR) app:

Data/Minutes800 MB1.1 GB1.6 GB
500 minutes10 EUR11 EUR13 EUR
600 minutes11 EUR12 EUR14 EUR
700 minutes12 EUR13 EUR15 EUR
Vodafone Greece Vodafone You Options

Internet Packages

The Internet Packages are data plans (with 5G NR access) for Vodafone Greece customers.

Internet Packages can be purchased on the My Vodafone (GR) app:

PriceDataValidity
1.50 EUR3 GB1 day
3 EUR5 GB2 days
5 EUR4 GB7 days
8.50 EUR4 GB7 days
10 EUR3 GB30 days
10 EUR4 GB30 days
10.50 EUR7 GB25 days
Vodafone Greece Combo Plans

Speaking Plans

The Speaking plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for Vodafone CU (Greece) customers.

Speaking can be bought on the My CU app:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
1.50 EURDaily VoiceN/A200 minutesN/A1 day 
3 EURTalk to All WeeklyN/A250 minutesN/A7 days
5 EURWeekly Combo1 GB250 minutesN/A7 days
8.50 EURVoice & Video 15DUnlimited 3500 minutesN/A15 days
8.50 EURVideo & Social 15DUnlimited 2500 minutesN/A15 days
10 EURCU Combo600 MB1200 minutes600 SMS30 days
12 EURCU Combo L1200 MB1200 minutes1200 SMS30 days
15 EURCU Combo XL1400 MB1400 minutes1400 SMS30 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Greece (NOT from Greece to other EU/EEA member states)
2 for Amazon Prime Video, Daily Motion, Deezer ERT WebTV, Netflix, Spotify, Vimeo & YouTube only
3 for Call+, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Tumblr, Twitter, Viber, Vodafone Message+ & WhatsApp only

Vodafone CU Combo Plans

Panic Button Plan

The Panic button gets you 5 GB of data (with 5G NR access) valid for an hour at no cost for Vodafone CU Greece customers.

However, it can be activated only twice a month and is for local use only.

Text SOS to 1252 to press the Panic Button.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
Free5 GB1 hourSOS

Internet Plans

The Internet Plans are data (with 5G NR access) bundles for Vodafone CU (Greece) customers.

Internet Plans can be bought on the My CU app:

PricePlanDataValidity
1 EURNata Giga Day1 GB1 day
1.50 EURNata Giga Day L3 GB24 hours
3 EURNata Giga Wknd5 GB1 weekend (Friday 18:00 – Sunday 23:59)
5 EURNata Giga Week4 GB7 days
7 EUR 1Giga Nights12 GB30 nights (20:00 – 8:00)

1 cannot be used while roaming

Vodafone CU Data Plans

CU Pass

The CU Pass are are data plans for select social media, music streaming, or video streaming apps for Vodafone CU (Greece) customers. They are for local use only.

CU Pass can be bought on the My CU app:

PricePlanSocial Data
2 EURWeekly Video & Music PassVarious 1
5 EUR 3Video & Music PassVarious 1
5 EUR 3Social & Chat PassVarious 2

1 for Amazon Prime Video, Daily Motion, Deezer, ERT WebTV, Napster Netflix, Spotify, Vimeo & YouTube
2 for Call+, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Tinder, Tumblr, Twitter, Viber, Vodafone Message+ & WhatsApp
3 you pay 3 EUR instead of 5 EUR if you are under 24

Vodafone CU CU Pass

EU Roaming

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Vodafone (CU) does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.


Vodafone (CU) Greece Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check

Vodafone (CU) top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Greece.

I did not have to recharge my Vodafone CU (Greece) SIM card because Greece was a short stop on my one-month Europe trip.

But I will still let you know about topping up your Vodafone (CU) Greece SIM card.

The following (online) Vodafone (CU) Greece top-up (bonuses) are available:

Top UpBonus DataBonus Validity
10 EUR 1500 MB15 days
12 EUR700 MB15 days
15 EUR900 MB15 days
20 EUR 1.1 GB15 days

1 for Vodafone Greece only

To top up your Vodafone (CU) Greece SIM card, call 1252 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online (Vodafone/Vodafone CU) with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Text Y to 1252 to check your Vodafone (CU) Greece balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (GR) app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery) or the My CU app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Greece App
© Vodafone Greece
Vodafone CU Greece My CU App
© Vodafone Greece (CU)

Vodafone (CU) Greece Speed Test Results (in Athens)

Alright, now it is time to talk about the speeds you can expect with Vodafone (CU) Greece after covering all the other essential topics like coverage.

But before I share my 12 speed test results from Athens, I do want to set the stage first and make a small comparison with Vodafone (CU)'s competition.

Vodafone (CU) Greece is regarded by Speedtest as the second-fastest mobile operator in Greece in Q1-Q2 of 2022.

With a median download speed 37.33 Mbps, Vodafone (CU) Greece is slightly faster than WIND Greece (35.95 Mbps), but way behind COSMOTE Greece (82.94 Mbps).

However, when we look at 5G NR, Vodafone (CU) Greece is losing the 5G NR race with an average download speed of 110.3 Mbps, behind WIND Greece (146.6 Mbps) and COSMOTE Greece (178.3 Mbps).

Greece Opensignal 5G Download Speed 2022

Okay, those were valuable insights – let's talk about my speed test results now.

I did 12 speed tests with the Speedtest app at various test locations throughout Athens.

Here are the results:

Vodafone (CU) Greece Speed Test Results in Athens

Those are sad results, are they not?

Every result in italics is on 3G.

Which was basically all the time… except for at Athens Airport.

In the coverage section of this review, I already explained why I was on 3G all the time.

Because of Vodafone Greece's delay in activating 4G/LTE (and 5G NR, for that matter), the results are unrepresentative.

Meaning that there is no point in me analyzing them any further because you will most likely not be on 3G all the time.

Well… not entirely.

Remember very early on this review when I said that besides testing the three Greek SIM cards, I also tried out two travel eSIMs and a travel SIM card?

One of the travel eSIMs, Airalo's Europe Eurolink eSIM, did use the Vodafone Greece network… and it was on 4G/LTE all the time!

So let's look at the Airalo Eurolink results to see how things look.

COSMOTE & What's Up Greece vs Airalo Meraki Mobile vs Airalo Eurolink & WIND Greece Speed Test Results in Athens

Well, that is much better, right?

Let's pretend the Airalo Eurolink eSIM is Vodafone Greece for a second and compare the results with COSMOTE Greece and WIND Greece:

Okay, these results are still slower than the competition (especially with WIND Greece being on 5G NR almost all the time).

But you should know that travel eSIMs are almost always slower than the local SIM cards.

And with Vodafone (CU) Greece having the fastest result at Athens Airport when 4G/LTE was enabled, I am confident that the results would be (much) faster than WIND Greece's and would rival COSMOTE Greece's too.

But I guess I have to go back another time to get proper results – and then on 5G NR!

But for now, I will be exploring Australia (and perhaps New Zealand and Taiwan) until at least April 2023.

I am coming for you again, Greece 😈.


My Overall Experience with Vodafone (CU) Greece – Is It Any Good?

Even though I did not have the best experience with Vodafone CU Greece, I would still recommend it.


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Greek SIM Card Reviews

As mentioned earlier, I also tried out COSMOTE Greece and WIND Greece when I was in Athens.

You should read those reviews too.

>>> COSMOTE Greece Review | WIND Greece Review <<<

Later, I will make a comparison post of the three Greek mobile operators… but that will take a while (I have many reviews of other countries that I still need to write, so they are prioritized).

But you can still make an educated purchased after reading the Greek SIM card reviews.

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COSMOTE Greece, What's Up Greece, Vodafone (CU) Greece & WIND Greece SIM Cards Held by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

Greece SIM Card Buying Guide

There are five other SIM cards to choose from in Greece besides Vodafone (CU) Greece.

I analyze and discuss them in-depth in my Greece SIM card buying guide.

Buying a SIM Card in Greece Guide (lofos of Vodafone, Vodafone CU, COSMOTE, Q, WIND, What's Up & Frog Mobile)

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