With the end of subsidies in April 2012, Vodafone opted for your particular financing of smartphones with a system of rates whose monthly fee depends on the range of phone He is associated with known as “Vodafone ranges” that had divided in five sections according to the cost of the phone.
A system that has undergone three changes throughout its existence and today happens to be replaced by a model of payment like that we can find in Movistar and Orange with the same purpose of establishing the final monthly cost depending on the actual price of the phone but with greater flexibility When establishing the monthly fees so that for one device, apply different monthly payments according to associated rate to adjust the final grant thus and that the initial payment was not the only weapon so far.
And it is that lack of flexibility had become patent this summer when Vodafone had to start to promote its ranges to make a higher subsidy in certain cases. At the end was difficult to communicate and in practice was the same as finally can be seen if we compare the price before and after the change of method.
Therefore, it is simply a payment which comes into force today 7 November for private clients as a company with which better reflects how much is paid by mobile and how much by rate starting from now to show the true cost of the phone and the cost savings to associate it to one of the rates available although the new payment installment not only is that.
Mobile change every 12 months will be easier
Vodafone already introduced a program that allows you to brand new mobile new each year and not any one, if not a high-end with a sort of annual rent mobile whose principle of power change mobile phone before the end of the stay is reinforced from now with the new payment by instalments of Vodafone that will allow from the 12 month renew phone upon payment of the total of the monthly fees that may be outstanding from the previous funding.
I.e., if I buy a phone of 10 euros per month in 24 installments, when it has passed the first year I can buy any other mobile catalog while maintaining the same rate upon payment of 120 euros, which would be me pending of the first mobile, which will be on property as main difference with the new service each year..
Remember that in this sense, Orange allows you to pay in installments two devices at the same time for each mobile line you have contracted.
Same price for portability and new high
In addition, with the new payment Vodafone enhances offering for new high and portability of origin prepaid which from now on will have the same final price of the smartphone than the offers for portability and all that It will change is the initial cost which will change monthly fees.
As an example, the Samsung Galaxy S5 network M will cost 299 euros initial over 5 euros per month for new high while that portability, cost will be 59 euros more monthly fees of 15 euros. In both cases, the total cost will be 419 euros NET M so it only changed the method of payment.
In this sense, the proposal from Vodafone collides with the last movement of Orange in this regard after which ceased to facilitate the purchase of smartphones with payment by instalments in the new high. Movistar It has always allowed the same payment regardless of the chosen rate or the type of high.
Small changes, a large windfall?
As we have seen, the new payment of Vodafone introduces few changes of face to what you end up paying customer but if it seems to try to be more transparent to be able to know how much you save by mobile if you sign staying with one of their fees as they do already Movistar and Orange for deal with the sale of mobile push free with the MVNO.
Incumbents continue thus shaping their Christmas campaign that despite not having temporary promotions for rates as those that we had used, they try to mark differences with the OMVs becoming strong with the convergent offers, the 4G or facilitating the purchase of mobile with installment payments and subsidies will halt its slide in the number of lines or think that low cost rates will continue to reign?