Vodafone hikes PAYG call costs
Vodafone has left its Pay As You Go customers with a sour taste in their mouths after increasing the cost of calls by up to £1.50 a minute.
From the middle of next month, Vodafone punters on the Simply price plan will be stung with a hike. Calls to any network, standard landline, or voicemail, will jump four pence to 25p per minute. Texts are set to rise to 12p each, with picture and video messages up to 36p and 60p, respectively.
The big stinger is premium rate numbers, which at the moment cost 50p per minute. Vodafone now insists customers pay £2 instead - a whopping 300 per cent increase.
You shouldn't worry too much as that only applies to digits starting in 09. However, numbers such as 'freephone' and 08-ers, will set users back 25p per minute.
The inflation doesn't stop there, though.
Those on other price plans, such as Smart Step, Smart Plus, Anytime, Anynet, All Calls and Original will also see calling costs rise from 15p to 25p per minute. Mobile Internet users will be hit for £1 per 25MB too, although the maximum data charge each day is £5.
The changes in Vodafone price plans will take effect on 14 July.
Fortunately, not all costs are on an upwards path. From 1 July, Vodafone is lowering the cost of making and receiving calls while abroad. In Europe, customers making calls will now pay 36p instead of 39p each minute, while forking out 11p instead of 15p to receive them. ®
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Simply change to another network that doesn't despise its customers
Up and down
The prices that are going up are doing so because they can. The prices going down are doing so because they have to, thanks to the EU constantly putting pressure on mobile networks to lower their roaming fees.
But the EU's watchdogs have teeth as sharp as anyone else's, which is why the price drops are just 3p whilst the increases are up to £1.50.
Bye Bye Voda
well almost, all my payg calls will go via another operator but I pay you £5.00 a month to use your friends service whereby I can call 4 numbers for free, so you will get £5.00 a month from me until in your grubby greediness, you decide to change this. Then it's goodbye for good, what I hope is that for your profiteering you are rewarded suitably by your customers leaving in droves, then it might be goodbye forever, I can't wait.