Vodafone start charging for out-of-bundle data usage on the HTC Desire

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Vodafone customers who joined a 2 year £35/month contract with their Desire will only have had a data bundle of 500MB.

This wouldn’t have been a problem up until Thursday when Vodafone announced they will now start charging customers who go over their 500MB limit. Previously Vodafone would not worry about this happening because apparently only 3% of customers ever go over this limit.

Now phones like the Desire are even more “online” it’s evident that this is causing Vodafone to panic somewhat. Here’s what was posted on the Vodafone forum:

We are planning to introduce Out Of Bundle charging for Pay Monthly customers from 1st June 2010. The reason we’re introducing these charges is to make it fairer for everyone, and to protect our network from data abuse. We’re introducing a real-time notifications service to be completely transparent about these charges and keep customers in control of their spend. No Out Of Bundle charges will happen this month but they will take effect from 1st June. The messages you’ve received this month were sent in error and no more will be sent out from today.

The charging will be as follows:

Monthly bundle customers will pay £5 for every 500MB after the first 500MB
Customers without a monthly bundle will pay 50p for every 10MB after the first 25MB

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3 Responses to “Vodafone start charging for out-of-bundle data usage on the HTC Desire”

  1. Si Says:

    I assumed they would have charged over 500mb anyway.

    Saying that though, £5 for 500mb is ace… bit crappy if you hit 501mb though (remember everyone, this includes upload too!).

    I don’t like the amount of odd data here and there just for the sake of a facebook sync (although I don’t use FB). I have the 3g monitor app and have only used 10mb this month that was cautious usage until last week.

    Considering I get 3000mb I’ve decided to leave it on now, will see how it goes. T-Mobile automatically includes “unlimited data” for “always on” phones like the HTC Desire, which is nice.

    • Jon Says:

      Apparently not – hence the announcement. Seems they were quite relaxed about their data.

      I might get that 3G app as well – not because I’m worried about going over my unlimited internet tariff but just out of interest to see how much my phone uses day to day. I don’t suppose it record 2G/Edge usage as well does it?

      • Si Says:

        If it doesn’t it might explain why I haven’t used so much.

        The T-Mobile site is VERY clear about how many minutes, texts and World A call allowance I have yet, but not for data, it shows data in clumps when im connected with no total!

        Just looking at my phone, it says it monitors “mobile internet”, and it gives the name of the mobile internet interface (if you know linux, this makes more sense, basically there is a single virtual connection for mobile internet).

        So I would say yes, it monitors it all.

        I’ve stopped “killing” apps, although I sometimes would like to put an app in the background and be sure it won’t get killed, or it will kind of carry on loading or something (if you do this for internet, it won’t keep loading the page) or for video it might not return back to the video at the point you wanted.

        I hate not having this control, its annoying as heck.

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