New web deal for Vodafone customers

Vodafone claims its new Mobile Internet service will ensure an accurate representation of the internet on a mobile, allowing customers to replicate on their handsets what they can do on the computer - from updating their MySpace profile, through sending and receiving emails with AOL, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail amongst others, to buying and selling on eBay.

Vodafone says it's not necessary for most customers to upgrade their mobiles to access the service. An innovation on the Vodafone network will take pages designed for the computer, compress them by up to ten times on average and turn them into mobile-friendly content, making them easy to read on over 150 handsets without losing any of the information, or the design. When coupled with the new pricing structure, customers can now move anywhere they want on the Mobile Internet.

As well as the modifications to pricing, the mobile portal has changed so that Vodafone's Google search is prominently displayed. There is also quick access to account details and an area to store links to favourite sites. 'Favourites' can be saved by clicking on the 'bookmarkl icon on any page on the Mobile Internet or by pressing a 'mobile favourites' button while on the computer which will ensure that the address is sent to the phone. Customer can also enter the address via their handsets.

What it costs:
Contract customers:
Customers signing up to a data pack will pay £7.50, giving them up to 120MB of data for mobile internet use per month. If customers use more than 120MB they will be charged in the same way as customers who have not signed up for the pack (see below).

A customer not signing up to a data pack will pay £1 for 500KB of usage each day. Usage of less than 500KB will incur a proportionately lower charge. Once the customer goes over 500KB they will experience no further costs until they have used 15MB.

Prepay customers:
Pay As You Talk customers will be charged in the same way as a contract customer who has not signed up to a monthly data pack. They will pay £1 for 500KB of usage each day. Usage of less than 500KB will incur a proportionately lower charge. Once the customer goes over 500KB they will experience no further costs until they have used 15MB.

Vodafone live! charges:
With content purchased from Vodafone live! there is no extra downloading or streaming cost.

Written by Mobile Choice
Mobile Choice

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