How to get free iPhone data on a Vodafone plan

On the face of it, Vodafone's iPhone plans don't look particularly cheap and doesn't offer any free Wi-Fi hotspots, but it turns out that there's a catch you may be able to use to get a lot more data. Futurist Mark Pesce, an existing Vodafone customer, realised that his current cap plan could be spent on data as well as voice and text. While this isn't mentioned anywhere in Vodafone's explanations of its iPhone plans on its site, Pesce asked for the full printed terms and conditions in store, and it turns out that this also applies to the iPhone: you can spend your cap on data for 12 cents a megabyte (with a 50 cent minimum each time).
So if you're not planning on making heaps of calls, you can spend your cap value on data instead, and potentially get several gigabytes without spending anything extra. If you want to do this, insist on seeing the printed terms and conditions in store and get them acknowledged by the salesperson, to save any possible billing arguments later. If you try this at a Vodafone store, let us know how it works for you in the comments. (Thanks Mark!)


Comments

    So if this is true, am I calculating correctly that you can get over 2.5GB of data on a $69 cap? ($310 "voice credit per month" / 0.12 per MB = 2583MB?

    If this is true, I'm going Vodafone. But I'm not convinced and I would like to get this nailed before I go in to a shop.

    Here are some Vodafone terms and conditions on the web:

    http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/plans/termsandconditions/index.htm

    I can't see where it says you can convert your voice credit to data credit?

    I'll be checking back here regularly...

    Here's the full terms and conditions document:
    http://www.vodafone.com.au/stelprd/groups/webcontent/documents/webcontent/dev_005861.pdf

    I really wish this was true

    Went to my local Vodafone store, asked the guys about this. They all shook their heads. iPhone plans are different to all the others and you can't use call credits to pay for excess data charges.

    Pity, would have signed up on the spot. I told them when they fix their plans I'll sign up and then promptly walked out.

    Unfortunately, the terms and conditions state that excess data is excluded from the cap amount - and therefore charged extra.

    The question to Vodafone, therefore, should be why they're charging significantly more for data usage when the device on the end of the pipe happens to be an iPhone (or any other kind of phone), as opposed to a laptop computer. The only explanation that comes to my mind is "price gouging".

    "The question to Vodafone, therefore, should be why they're charging significantly more for data usage when the device on the end of the pipe happens to be an iPhone"

    And the answer is, because people who can afford to waste money on an iPhone can also afford to pay Vodafone a stackload of money for using it, so that's what Vodafone will charge them

    http://store.vodafone.com.au/mobile-phones-apple-iphone-3g-8gb-iphone-plans-69-vodafone-cap-contract-for-apple-iphone-3g.aspx

    head to the link, click on "full detail" on the right hand side and scroll down to where it says "Great services included in $69 Vodafone Cap for Apple® iPhone™ 3G 24 month Contract:"

    under this heading it states - "Excess Data Charges 12c per MB, billed per KB with minimum session of 50kb"

    now if voda arent gonna honour the excess being billed to your cap, they might wanna think bout changing their website.

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