All Vodafone plans now include unlimited Australian calls and texts
Also on offer: the ability to switch off data on your kids' phones.
19 August 2015: No-one enjoys having to work out what "$500 of mobile credit" actually means. Vodafone today eliminated that issue by changing all its plans to offer unlimited calls and texts to Australian mobile and landline numbers.
The change applies to all new customers on contract and prepaid plans. If you're on an existing contract plan, you won't get the benefit, unless you sign up for a new contract (which will add 24 months).
Vodafone's move follows a similar shift by Optus, and leaves Telstra as the only one of the three major Australian carriers persisting with a "dollar credit" model. (It does offer unlimited calls and texts on its pricier plans.)
Vodafone also made a number of other tweaks to its plans today:
- All contract (postpaid) plans can now be set up for sharing, where data allowances across a family all using Vodafone plans can be pooled together.
- All SIM-only plans priced at $50 or more offer unlimited calling to 10 countries: China, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.
- On contract plans which include an international calling allowance, if you use up the allowance you'll automatically be given an "automated overage", and charged $6. That will enable another 60 minutes of calls to the same destination.
- Data inclusions have been increased on some plans. For instance, the $100 Red SIM plan has gone up from 6GB to 10GB (though various bonus data inclusions mean many customers have been close to that level already).
An interesting addition is "data control" for shared plans, which lets you switch off the data allowance for selected phones within that plan. This seems like a semi-effective way to punish your kids for excess phone usage, though how you'll stop them using home Wi-Fi remains open to question.