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Vodafone Abolishes Roaming Charges for Summer

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7y, 8m agoFound 7 years, 8 months ago
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From June 1, pay as you go and pay monthly consumer customers can talk, text and send picture messages from over 35 countries across Europe this summer for the same price as at home

http://www.vodafone.com/start/media_...r_roaming.html

Available in these countries:

Countries included in the Vodafone Passport summer promotion: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Vatican City, New Zealand, Australia.
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#1
After the EU told them and all the other providers the had to (pretty much anyway).
#2
Finally!

Hopefully the other networks will follow suit
#3
Is this just for the summer? or permanently?
#4
v2drinkers
Cant work out how New Zealand is in the list


Vodafone have a network in New Zealand so thats probably why as they can just use their own network.
#5
Wonderful heat added! IGoing to Italy this summer, so this is very handy. Looks as it's until end of August.
#6
v2drinkers
Damn :x no USA:whistling:

Agreed! :x Will that mean it will come out of your free allowance? Yes according to quote from the give link.

Lets see if O2 follow or better it :)

update:
From 1 June to the end of August, Vodafone Pay as you Go and Pay Monthly customers will be able to call, text and send picture messages to friends and family back home from over 35 countries knowing that it will cost exactly the same as if they were in the UK. For example, a customer on a plan with 600 minutes and unlimited texts who opts in to Vodafone Passport would use these minutes and texts when they are on holiday with no extra charges.
#7
Does anyone know if you can use your free minutes/text with this or is it just that they charge you the UK flat rate?
#8
awesome, off 2 cyprus on 14th june :D!!

will free minutes and texts work? or will it charge you, but just the standard rate?
#9
Tiny Spider
Does anyone know if you can use your free minutes/text with this or is it just that they charge you the UK flat rate?


Just seen this so free minutes/texts can be used if you are on a pay monthly package :thumbsup::

'From 1 June to the end of August, Vodafone Pay as you Go and Pay Monthly customers will be able to call, text and send picture messages to friends and family back home from over 35 countries knowing that it will cost exactly the same as if they were in the UK. For example, a customer on a plan with 600 minutes and unlimited texts who opts in to Vodafone Passport would use these minutes and texts when they are on holiday with no extra charges.'
#10
amazing wonder if orange will follow suit
#11
no ireland there either
#12
flyingteddy
no ireland there either


Ireland is part of the UK :whistling:
#13
Tiny Spider;5206909
Just seen this so free minutes/texts can be used if you are on a pay monthly package :thumbsup::

'From 1 June to the end of August, Vodafone Pay as you Go and Pay Monthly customers will be able to call, text and send picture messages to friends and family back home from over 35 countries knowing that it will cost exactly the same as if they were in the UK. For example, a customer on a plan with 600 minutes and unlimited texts who opts in to Vodafone Passport would use these minutes and texts when they are on holiday with no extra charges.'

Vodafone passport costs 75p per call tho?
#14
about time they did this the robbers
#15
swafe
awesome, off 2 cyprus on 14th june :D!!

will free minutes and texts work? or will it charge you, but just the standard rate?


Found this info on theregister so looks good:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/14/vodafone_roaming/

So a punter in France phoning a local hotel gets to use his bundled minutes, which are also used for calls home and even calls to a mate's mobile - and if his mate is on Vodafone too then there'll be no charge to receive the call, even if his mate is in France with him.

Said punter can also happily leave his phone on, in the knowledge that he won't have to pay for incoming calls or messages. The only time he'll pay proper rates is when calling a third country, when the international rate still applies even if he's calling to find out why his mate has wandered into Germany.
#16
no india :( lol my phone bill is always amazing when i'm over there
#17
Tiny Spider
Ireland is part of the UK :whistling:


eh? this in 1800's

Also, stop complaining you lot - its a change for the better. Now it means other operators will be looking
#18
Hmm... is Vodafone family included?
#19
Why is this now expired?
#20
The one thing that is missing is the reduction on *receiving" calls whilst abroad. It's all nice to be able to ring home and send text messages but it normally costs a wallet-full of cash to receive calls and texts. If you're keeping in touch with home regularly when abroad, your family and friends will just keep calling you as if you're at home and your charges soon mount-up. IIRC, Vodafone charge 19p per minute to receive a call in the EU.

Heat added for the find, hopefully all of the other main networks will follow suit.

Just one last thing, why you would want to stay in touch with home is beyond me, isn't that the point of going on holiday, to get away. ;)
#21
Tiny Spider
Ireland is part of the UK


Actually, no it isn't. UK is short for 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'. The Republic of Ireland is a separate country.
#22
Tiny Spider
Ireland is part of the UK :whistling:


sorry meant rep of ireland.
#23
flyingteddy
no ireland there either




Ireland is quite clearly there if u look
#24
Republic of Ireland is there. N.Ireland is part of UK !!
#25
It looks like the 75p connection charge will be waived on both incoming and outgoing calls through Passport. Hence the "Vodafone Abolishes Roaming Charges for Summer".
#26
Republic of Ireland
It's called the republic of Ireland and it is not part of the UK.. although Northern Ireland is part of the UK...
Ireland was once part of the UK, just Like Pakistan and Bangladesh were once part of India!
#27
robot1000
Finally!

Hopefully the other networks will follow suit


yes 3 has abolished FREE roaming on their "3 like home service" from 1st july
you have been warned!
#28
Wait.. I'm confused. So they're abolishing charges for both recieving and making calls within the same country and back to your home country? So is it like being back at home or isn't it? Because The Register article seems to suggest that if you call someone in the same country but on a different network then you are charged international rate? See below:

the register
So a punter in France phoning a local hotel gets to use his bundled minutes, which are also used for calls home and even calls to a mate's mobile - and if his mate is on Vodafone too then there'll be no charge to receive the call, even if his mate is in France with him.
So it suggests that if your mate is on O2 and phones you when you're both in France then you still get charged? That is just confusing.

And the official press statement from vodafone is no clearer, it just says:

vodafone
...From 1 June to the end of August, Vodafone Pay as you Go and Pay Monthly customers will be able to call, text and send picture messages to friends and family back home from over 35 countries knowing that it will cost exactly the same as if they were in the UK
I note it says 'call' but not recieve calls. So does it mean you still get charged to recieve a call or not? *confused* In fact I don't even see the word 'recieve' in the whole press release.

I note there's nothing mentioned about Data charges. If its all so great that Vodafone can 'partner up' with its operations in other countries then what's stopping them from doing the same for data charges? Oh, money. yeah.

Passport was a rubbish system anyway. Sure, it may have saved you money if you were going to have a 30 minute phone conversation using your UK minutes to a number back home but if you were simply calling your mate in the same country to arrange to meet at a certain time and the whole conversation lasts like 20 seconds then you would have been better not having passport and being charged the nominal 35p (standard euro per min rate) for the call - rather than the 75p connection charge automatically billed on connection. So my week abroad a few weeks back where I made 10 quick calls to my matesthat should have cost me £3.50, actually ended up costing me £7.50 - thanks Vodafone.http://www.urban75.net/ubb/rolleyes.gifhttp://www.urban75.net/ubb/mad.gif

So, can anyone clarify. Does this actually mean no extra charges for Making & Recieving calls/texts to your home country and in the same country or not?
#29
Brilliant, hopefully O2 will follow suit but if not, does anyone have a link to free vodafone payg sim cards?

Cheers
#30
damn coming back to UK 1june...
hot tho
#31
Tiny Spider
Ireland is part of the UK :whistling:


No its not :whistling:
#33
So, I live in Netherlands but my parents in the UK.

With this I'd be able to get an UK-based contract and be contactable from an UK mobile number for no extra cost, right?

What does it cost to call 0870/0845s from Vodaphones nowadays?
#34
radicalbyte
So, I live in Netherlands but my parents in the UK.

With this I'd be able to get an UK-based contract and be contactable from an UK mobile number for no extra cost, right?

What does it cost to call 0870/0845s from Vodaphones nowadays?


Dont get a contract as this is a limited offer - just for the summer.
#35
[COLOR="Red"]Cold - its only for the summer... heres the press release...

Vodafone UK Abolishes Roaming Charges for Summer and Permanently Cuts the Price Of Calling Abroad from the UK
14 May 2009
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[LIST]
[*]From June 1, pay as you go and pay monthly consumer customers can talk, text and send picture messages from over 35 countries across Europe this summer for the same price as at home
[*]From May 15, calls from the UK to friends and family overseas from as little as 5 pence per minute
[*]Businesses also benefit from cost savings on roaming
[/LIST]


Vodafone UK is abolishing roaming charges this summer and bringing in great value prices for international calls, making it easier for customers to phone home while abroad and make calls abroad from the UK. There are cost savings for business customers too.

From 1 June to the end of August, Vodafone Pay as you Go and Pay Monthly customers will be able to call, text and send picture messages to friends and family back home from over 35 countries knowing that it will cost exactly the same as if they were in the UK. For example, a customer on a plan with 600 minutes and unlimited texts who opts in to Vodafone Passport would use these minutes and texts when they are on holiday with no extra charges.

Existing Vodafone Passport customers automatically benefit from the three month promotion. From May 15, customers who don’t currently use Vodafone Passport can sign up for free by texting the word ‘Passport’ to 97888 if they pay monthly or to 2345 if they use Pay as you go , or they can visit vodafone.co.uk/roaming.

In addition, from May 15, Vodafone Pay as you go customers on the Simply tariff, will find that calls they make from the UK to friends and family overseas will be even better value. International calls will cost from as little as 5p per minute to both landlines and mobiles. Customers can opt in to the new Vodafone International call plan by calling 36888 or texting the word ‘international’ to 2345 from their handset, visiting vodafone.co.uk/international or speaking to an adviser in one of Vodafone’s 400 stores.

“These are two great value offers for our customers this summer. With our Vodafone Passport promotion you can sit on the beach with your phone switched on knowing you can take and make a call just as you would if you were in your back garden,” says Ian Shepherd consumer director for Vodafone UK. “Vodafone International is good news for the millions of UK pay as you go customers as they can now make calls to family and friends around the world from just 5p.”

Reducing the cost of roaming for businesses

Vodafone UK business customers on Anytime or Your Plan price plans will also benefit from the same three month Vodafone Passport promotion from June 1. Customers on these plans and already on Vodafone Passport will automatically qualify for the promotion. Non Vodafone Passport customers can opt in by calling their account manager or visiting [url]www.vodafone.co.uk/businessroaming[/url] for further information.

Notes to editors:

Countries included in the Vodafone Passport summer promotion: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Vatican City, New Zealand, Australia.

Vodafone Passport promotion does not include mobile internet.
#36
speedski
Cold - its only for the summer...


thats not a reason to vote cold! most people go away during the summer, and this offer will make it cheaper to stay in contact with home.
#37
callum9999
No its not :whistling:


Er, yes it it :roll: Northern Ireland quite clearly part of the UK.

Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK but is on the list.
#38
Northern Ireland is a devolved government but is still currently part of the UK.

Anyway looks a good deal to me and better than any other network is offering so clearly very hot!
#39
You should read before post:

Vodafone UK Abolishes Roaming Charges for Summer and Permanently Cuts the Price Of Calling Abroad from the UK

The 5p for calling abroad is not only for the summer. It is Permanent!

Mobile companies will soon have to abolish roaming due to UE decisions
#40
all the answers will be here tomorrow:

http://www.abroad.vodafone.co.uk/roaming/

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