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As Facebook, Bebo and eBay top the popularity charts on Vodafone Mobile Internet, Vodafone UK has today changed the way it structures its price plans to include access to the internet and email on their mobile as an integral part of the monthly price plan.

The move means that pay monthly customers will no longer need to buy an additional internet bundle for £7.50 but instead every plan will automatically include internet access. The new plans will give Vodafone customers reliable and fast unlimited* access to their favourite social network sites, email and the whole of the internet when out and about in the UK. Vodafone customers will now have even greater confidence to browse the mobile internet without the worry of additional charges, no matter what monthly plan they choose.

Price plans start at £25 and customers who select a £40 or higher price plan will also for the first time have the choice of unlimited texts, unlimited landline calls or unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calls.

“Our customers want simplicity and services that are easy to select, buy and use. Today with our new price plans Vodafone customers have the confidence to browse for as long as they need with no extra costs when checking their e-mail, visiting their favourite social networking sites or making a final bid on eBay,“ said Ian Shepherd, director of consumer for Vodafone UK. “This will make Vodafone not only the network of choice for voice and text but also the internet. And what’s more, all customers who visit a store to sign up to the new plan will benefit from Vodafone’s simple two minute set up for email so that they can leave the store up and running.”

Since launching the internet on mobiles last summer Vodafone has witnessed the growth in consumers’ appetite for email, instant messaging, and social networking as well as more general services such as Google search. Favourites for customers include quick access to Facebook, MySpace or Bebo to share pictures and news, YouTube to check out videos on the move, and fast connections to eBay to make that last minute bid.

*subject to a fair usage policy of 500MB / per month

OK so it's got a 500MB FUP, but to get half a gig of data bundled into your price plan for free is pretty blooming awesome IMHO!

Any Vodafone customers on here?

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Not bad...

T-Mobile - what are you going to do to beat that offer? :D

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That is WAY cool. It's got to have put the wind up T-Mobile! Perhaps Vodafone will steal T-Mobile's crown?

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Awesome! With any luck orange will match it on the Orange Value Promise, too...

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Good luck with that :D

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This is pretty cool! I was just coming to the end of a Voda £50pm contract and was considering moving away to someone with better data offerings. Now, if only Voda would do a better selection of WinMo devices. <_<

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Awesome! With any luck orange will match it on the Orange Value Promise, too...


its amost worth asking them. lol

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Damn! Just signed up to 12mths with O2 paying £7.50 for their "unlimited" (200MB) package.

Would have gone with Vodafone just for this!

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Damn! Just signed up to 12mths with O2 paying £7.50 for their "unlimited" (200MB) package.

Would have gone with Vodafone just for this!



hold your horses.... this comes as part of a new tariff refresh - guess how much more expensive the new tariffs are than the old ones? About £5...

so - headline actually is "vodafone increases unlimited browsing limit from 100mb to 500mb and drops price from £7.50 to £5" - not actually exciting after all...

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hold your horses.... this comes as part of a new tariff refresh - guess how much more expensive the new tariffs are than the old ones? About £5...

so - headline actually is "vodafone increases unlimited browsing limit from 100mb to 500mb and drops price from £7.50 to £5" - not actually exciting after all...


Yep, I'm half way through a £20 + £7.50 contract and was thinking darn... but actually, the equivalent new contract would only be £2.50 less; and presumably the old £7.50 bundle's limit is now up to 500mb too.

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Is this "new customers only"?
I'm on a £35/m deal + £7.50, so if the prices have gone up by £5 that'll be £40 now and I'll get free text messages!

Anyone got a link (being lazy, but I'm just on my way out ATM)

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I just can't get over the fact that people (the consumer) accept unlimited means "500MB"!?! How is that even close to unlimited? Vodafone and all companies that advertise "unlimited" but impose 'usage limits' should be ashamed of themselves.

I understand and accept why limits have to be imposed but it is obserd that marketers are able to get away with this false advertising. In addition to obvious, using the term 'unlimited' makes it very difficult for consumers to make comparisons of the different providers, unlimited to one provider is 100MB while to another unlimited is 500MB, which really does beg the question as to why they are allowed to market BOTH AS THE SAME SERVICE...go figure.

Another way to look at it is to compare it to a new car warranty. If Ford advertises you can buy the new Focus for whatever and it comes with a 3 year unlimited milage warranty, you get just that. It's not unlimited subject to a 'fair usage' policy otherwise it wouldn't be an unlimited warranty.

Agh now I'm frustrated lol. I say there should be a consumer backlash at marketers who tell porkies!

One last point, then I'm done...the failure by providers to clearly and precisely define what is classed as 'abuse' simply is just another way of imposing a limit on an unlimited tarrif because they are simply retaining the ability to 'choke' your volume as they please by quoting "violation of the fair usage...spew...". Anyway, how can there be too much use on an unlimited plan? Talk about the meaning of life?!?

Edited by brokenm, 01 May 2008 - 04:01 PM.

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I think car manufacturers specify that if a car is used for instance as a minicab then the warranty doesn't apply....

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I think car manufacturers specify that if a car is used for instance as a minicab then the warranty doesn't apply....


Yes you are right. There is a key difference though which is that it is an EXCLUSION and not a LIMIT. If they advertised as 'unexcluded warranty' then it would be the same.

Which brings me to another thought on the matter. Sorry lol. Instead of using fair usage and abuse clauses why don't they just say unlimited means just that, and use exclusions which would mean that the service is genuinely unlimited. Just like included minutes exclude premium numbers. At least it makes it a level playing ground where things are referred to in comparible terms.

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I just can't get over the fact that people (the consumer) accept unlimited means "500MB"!?! How is that even close to unlimited? Vodafone and all companies that advertise "unlimited" but impose 'usage limits' should be ashamed of themselves.

I understand and accept why limits have to be imposed but it is obserd that marketers are able to get away with this false advertising. In addition to obvious, using the term 'unlimited' makes it very difficult for consumers to make comparisons of the different providers, unlimited to one provider is 100MB while to another unlimited is 500MB, which really does beg the question as to why they are allowed to market BOTH AS THE SAME SERVICE...go figure.

Another way to look at it is to compare it to a new car warranty. If Ford advertises you can buy the new Focus for whatever and it comes with a 3 year unlimited milage warranty, you get just that. It's not unlimited subject to a 'fair usage' policy otherwise it wouldn't be an unlimited warranty.

Agh now I'm frustrated lol. I say there should be a consumer backlash at marketers who tell porkies!

One last point, then I'm done...the failure by providers to clearly and precisely define what is classed as 'abuse' simply is just another way of imposing a limit on an unlimited tarrif because they are simply retaining the ability to 'choke' your volume as they please by quoting "violation of the fair usage...spew...". Anyway, how can there be too much use on an unlimited plan? Talk about the meaning of life?!?


am with you on this one, dont says its unlimited when its not, that really p***'s me off with the Broadband adverts "unlimited broadband for 9.99 month" in the little small print at the bottom of the screen "* 1gig limited bandwidth"
then its not unlimited lol, someone really should clampdown on ISP's doing stuff like that

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Does anyone know if this applies to business tariffs as well?

I'm guessing not as the old 7.50 for 'unlimited' didn't apply to them, you had to spend a fortune to get a couple of gigs or else just do without. No inbetween.

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I thought the £7.50 "Unlimited Web Bolt On" from O2 no longer had an upper limit? Is there a webpage stating any limit with O2? Can't find it here...?

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Unlimited me.ans you can browse and download from the Internet and you are not limited to WAP sites or their portal.
Also 500Mb is a pretty reasonable limit, 120Mb can easily be broken but it's quite difficult to download more than 500Mb, but is it a FUP or a limit? Wasn't it Voda who charged people for going over the limit unlike T who just warn you and will throttle you back if you go over 2 months on the trot?

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No, unlimited means it has no data limit (you've always been able to browse whatever you like). It's fair use, not a limit, so you'll just get a warning or something if you keep going over 500mb, instead of being hit with a charge.

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