Vodafone has overhauled its postpaid plans for more flexibility

Nick Broughall 16 August 2017

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No more lock-in contracts just to get a new phone.

After changing the expiry length of its prepaid plans earlier in the year and expanding its $5 a day global roaming to eight more countries, Vodafone has now taken aim at its postpaid plans. As of today, Vodafone will no longer lock customers into a 24-month contract in order to get a new phone.

Instead, all of Vodafone's Red plans are available as either month-to-month or 12-month plans. If a customer decides to sign up for a 12-month SIM-only contract, Vodafone will drastically increase the inclusions, from the amount of data to international calling inclusions, from phone insurance to optional mobile accessories.

But it's when customers decide to add a new phone to their plan that things get interesting. Instead of being locked into a 24-month contract, Vodafone instead separates the plan and the handset repayment, with customers able to pay off the phone in 36, 24 or 12-month instalments, or purchase the device outright from Vodafone. The plan will only be available as a month-to-month option, with similar inclusions to the 12-month SIM only plans.

This means that Vodafone customers can switch telcos at any point, even if they still have a handset repayment owing to Vodafone, with no cost to break contract, though there will be an $8 fee for porting a postpaid number to another network, and all remaining phone repayments will appear on the next bill.

In order to compete with the other mobile telcos, which reduce the handset repayments for phones as you choose higher plans, Vodafone will also discount the plan repayment based on the device you choose and the length of your interest-free phone repayment plan.

Vodafone also plans to enhance the new Red plans pricing model over the coming weeks and months with additional features and offers. In the meantime, you can compare the new offerings below.

Vodafone Red handset plans

Plan$30 Red Plan$40 Red Plan$50 Red Global Plan$50 Red Data Plan$60 Red Global Plan$60 Red Data Plan$80 Red Global Plan$80 Red Data Plan$100 Red Plan
Total data in Oz (Inc. bonus data offer ends 05.09.17)3GB (Inc. bonus 1GB)6GB14GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)16GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)20GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)22GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)30GB32GB50GB
Minutes of standard international calls from AUN/A500 mins (to 12 Eligible Countries) +150 mins (to 55 Selected Countries)1000 mins to 12 Eligible Countries) +200 mins (to 55 Selected Countries)N/A1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +300 mins (to 55 selected xountries)N/A1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +400 mins (to 55 selected countries)N/AN/A
Qantas Frequent Flyer Points4000 Qantas Points5000 Qantas Points7500 Qantas Points

Vodafone Red SIM only plans

Plan$30 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)$40 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)$50 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)$60 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)$80 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)$100 SIM Only Plan (month-to- month)
Data to use in Oz (base inclusion)1GB3GB6GB9GB15GB25GB
Minutes of standard international calls from AU1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries)+100 mins (to 55 selected countries)1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +150 mins (to 55 selected countries)1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +200 mins (to 55 selected countries)

Vodafone Red SIM only 12 month plans

Plan$30 SIM Only Plan (12 month Plan)$40 SIM Only Plan (12 months)$50 SIM Only Global Plan (12 months)$50 Red SIM Only Data Plan (12 months)$60 SIM Only Global Plan (12 months)$60 SIM Only Data Plan (12 months)$80 SIM Only Global Plan (12 months)$80 SIM Only Data Plan (12 months)$100 SIM Only (12 months)
Total data in AU (Inc. bonus data offer ends 05.09.17)2GB12GB (Inc. bonus 6GB)14GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)16GB (Inc. bonus 2GB)18GB20GB30GB32GB50GB
Minutes of standard international calls from OzN/A500 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +150 mins (to 55 selected countries)1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +200 mins (to 55 Selected Countries)N/A1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +300 mins (to 55 selected countries)N/A1000 mins (to 12 eligible countries) +400 mins (to 55 selected countries)N/AN/A
Qantas Frequent Flyer Points4000 Qantas Points5000 Qantas Points7500 Qantas Points
Total Min Cost$360$480$600$600$720$720$960$9601,200

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