Vodafone is re-inventing the way they offer phones and plans today, by throwing out the common lock-in contract option instead mostly opting for a month-to-month model with the option to purchase a handset on 12, 24 or 36 month interest free plans.
At their launch Vodafone says since 1995 there has been no real innovation in how Australians buy postpaid phone plans. Their new plans are for consumer business only with the business plans staying the same. The new Red Plan offerings give you the most freedom we’ve seen on a mobile phone plan. You can choose to leave your plan at any time with any remaining repayments on the phone simply billed to you on your next bill.
Vodafone has broken their new plan setup into three simple steps, simply pick a Red Plan starting from $30 and ranging up to $100 per month, choose whether you want to purchase a new phone outright or on a 12, 24 or 36 month interest free plan, then add inclusions. There’s a range of inclusions on offer including options for international calls, more data, insurance and accessories. It’s all bundled into one, easy monthly repayment.
Ben Mcintosh, Consumer Business Director, Vodafone Australia said of the new arrangements:
Not only have we made our smartphone plans and payments more flexible, we’re proud to announce our new consumer voice, text and data plans, with month-to-month and 12 month options available. They now come with more data and range from $30-4100 with six simple price points.
There are still BYO phone plans, with 12 month or month-to-month options so don’t stress there, but the new setup looks great.
Vodafone has invested $2 billion in technology in their network this year, building out their network in regional areas as well as in the urban areas.
Vodafone includes their $5 per day international roaming option with the plans. The $5 per day allows you to use all your usual plan inclusions for just $5 a day when visiting one of the 55 countries included in the plan. There’s also the chance to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on selected plans as well.
Almost as an aside, Vodafone has also announced at the event that they will be bringing Wi-Fi calling to the network later this year. They haven’t given us any information beyond that, but VoWiFi is a popular option for Optus and Telstra customers who got the function on their network earlier this year
The new plans are now live on the Vodafone website for you to check out now. Head over and see whether this may suit you.