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

14 May 2009

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

Full release: http://tinyurl.com/phoqtn
 

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Nice one Gillian.

Unfortunately it doesn't extend to data, so our lovely Voda dongles are still subject to the roaming charges. :cry: :cry:

I just spoke to a very helpful chap called Ben at Vodafone (see edit below), and he asked for the forum URL so they can monitor the interest in dongle usage. (Another good trade member on the way perhaps?)

I pointed out that with 34,000 members there is quite a potential for Voda to make a killing, since a fair proportion of us go abroad with our laptops quite frequently.

I think if the roaming charges were dropped for the dongles as well as their phones, they would probably be killed in the rush. 8O :lol:

Dave

Edit. Who's a plonker then. :oops: :oops:

Just tried to email Ben on Vodaphone . . . .

It's an "f" - not a "ph". :oops: :roll:
 

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I saw the post yesterday on the free 3 dongles and although they are free I did prefer the vodafone offer and was thinking of getting one.
If this was for data as well I would first in the queue but until then ????????????????
 

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Unfortunately my Vodafone PAYG dongle states that it is only for use in the UK and cannot be used for roaming. Even worse, if not used for 6 months it is cut-off and any credit is wiped clean - that means I will need to buy yet another when I get back to UK in April 2010.

Apart from that the £15.00 top-up lasts me forever

Cheers Roger
 

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RogerAndHeather said:
Unfortunately my Vodafone PAYG dongle states that it is only for use in the UK and cannot be used for roaming. Even worse, if not used for 6 months it is cut-off and any credit is wiped clean - that means I will need to buy yet another when I get back to UK in April 2010.

Apart from that the £15.00 top-up lasts me forever

Cheers Roger
No you won't Roger.

Just send yourself (or anybody) a short text once every 180 days, and it will stay "active" forever. :D

Dave
 

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Hi Dave,

Good idea and that would have solved everthing, but............

I have just tried to send a SMS (from UK) to myself and it will not allow it. I get an error saying the 'some prepay services do not allow sending SMS' - obviously the service that I am on.

Thanks for trying, Roger
 

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Hi again Roger

All is not lost.

Just log onto MHF and browse a few pages, then log off.

As long as it has been used for something at least once every 180 days, it should not self destruct.

Maybe you could use it to log onto Voda's website to check if I'm right . . . and please call me names on here if I'm wrong, as I don't want to mislead members. :? :wink:

Dave
 

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The Vodafone Passport option was good ...or so I understand... where by from quite a few countries you can dial back to the UK for a 75p connection charge then use your inclusive minutes....

Much better than Orange...who when I asked if they operated a similar scheme said no and offered me a reduction from 30 odd p per minute to 25 p per minute...

When my Orange contract is over I will be moving to Vodafone....
 

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Hi Dave

Thanks again for trying, unfortunately it's me that hasn't been very clear with tying down my problem with The Vodafone contract - too much Guinness over the years faddles the brain.

When in the UK, no problem, in fact it is brilliant and beats '3' hands down with coverage in Scotland. However, we set off across the water in September and get back sometime in April, normally about 7 months out of the country - this is the period where I have a problem with keeping the contract active. They say that it cannot be used for roaming abroad (probably the SIM will only connect to the UK Vodafone service) and, that if not used for 6 months, the thing will be cut off and all credit will be lost.

However, even paying another £25.00 to buy a new one when we get back, is still cheaper than paying 3 £10.00/month for a service that is useless north of the border. Maybe there is is a MHFer in Dover where we can all leave our Vodafone SIMS and they could log in to something once every 5 months...for a small consideration of course!

Hope this is a bit clearer, Regards, Roger
 

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Vodafone

Thanks Gillian, for being this to our attention. It is a step in the right direction and may well apply some pressure to THREE regarding the removal of the THREE at Home service - in Italy, Austria etc.

Russell
 

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Thanks for the info Gillian.

That is GREAT :D :D

I have just phoned Vodafone to see if it aplies to existing contracts with Vodafone passport and it does :D

If Vodafone would do something re their USB dongles for use in Europe it would be GREAT. I would then change from 3 USB to Vodafone.

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You do have to opt in for the vodafone passport to get this summer offer. Those who have vodafone passport already will automatically get the summer offer. That is according to their web page.
 

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T-Mobile have also cut costs, in accordance with the EU ruling, latest rates from the continent are 38p per min to make a call and 19p per min to receive one.

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