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Vodafone Pay as You Go was the first mobile service I ever used. I now use several networks, since my phone is not locked.
Vodafone Pay as You Go has two tariffs: Smartstep and Allcalls. If you're on one, it costs £5 to change to the other. However, you can change free of charge within 7 days of purchasing your phone, so it doesn't matter what your phone is initially set to.
Standard calls are calls to land lines or Vodafone mobiles, or calls to the voicemail service.
Standard calls First 3 minutes each day 25p/min Additional calls 5p/min
Calls to other networks 40p/min all times
SMS messages 12p all times
Peak time is 7:30am to 7:30pm
Standard calls 35p/min peak 10p/min off peak
Standard calls 10p/min peak 5p/min off peak
Calls to other networks 50p/min weekdays on peak 30p/min all other times
WAP calls 10p/min all times
SMS messages 12p all times
As you can probably see, the tariffs aren't as cheap as other networks. Virgin beats the Smartstep tariff, whilst also offering free voicemail retrieval, and BT Cellnet is, in my opinion, cheaper than Allcalls. So it may seem like Vodafone is a bad choice on price alone. However, the Vodafone network does has its redeeming features.
The best thing about Vodafone is its free information service 'Scoot'. By calling 333 you get through to someone to whom you can ask cinema times, taxi booking numbers, and many other things its useful to know when you're out and about. These calls are totally free. I find this service very useful, since other networks often charge for a similar service. You can check out Scoot's website at www.scoot.co.uk.
Vodafone also has great network coverage - in fact, I can't remember when I've not been able to get reception, even on train journeys. One 2 One has often left me without a signal, even in city areas. So Vodafone is good if you need reliability.
Topping up is easy - just buy a TopUp card from a shop, phone the creditline and enter the code on the card. Or you can set up an electronic TopUp card. This is a card which contains your phone details. You take it into a shop and pay them, they swipe your card and the amount you payed is added to your calling credit. You can also pay by credit or debit card, but you first need to register your card.
With mobile phones I feel that its not a case of which network is best, but rather which one suits you the best. For reliability Vodafone is great, and Scoot is a massive bonus as far as I'm concerned. If, like me, you don't make many calls, it might just be that Vodafone is the best network for you.
My first mobile was a vodaphone pay-as-you-talk. I have tried others since - BT Cellnet (got stolen) and One 2 One (still have but use mainly to receive calls) - but I am now back with Vodaphone on Smartstep. This too has WAP at 10p/min but I never use it. I also recommend Vodaphone, as you say reception is pretty much universal, I think there is only one place I have been unable to get reception and that is at one end of Morrison's in Beverley so I think I can forgive them for that! Great op!
TallTone 09.08.2001 14:25
Good op. Text messages are 12p each (not per min) which is standard although some networks are cheaper (1-2-1 and Fresh I think). Also on Cellnet there is the 888 talking pages service which is free. TT.
adsalamon 09.08.2001 14:13
good op. but u did miss out the orignal tarif which has cheaper calls but you have to pay for service time .Also did u know scoot may go out of buiseness next month as well!!