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Jattennz

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#116935 14-May-2013 13:57
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Hello,

Looking at upgrading my smartphone. Last time I purchased a smartphone using the $0 and on a 24 month term I was able to swap alter my plan after 6 months. Do vodafone still do this or are you stuck on the $120 plan for the 24 month duration.

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johnr
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  #817426 14-May-2013 14:10
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You can swap plans but a fee can be charged

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  #817456 14-May-2013 15:04
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Term plans are generally a poor economy. The penalties to change usually undo most if not all of the benefit of a plan change during the contract, and the savings over 24 months vs going open term are tiny. You then also have to resign, locking you in for another 24 months.

A quick comparison of Vodafone vs. Telecom also seems to suggest you're going to get a pretty poor deal from Vodafone.

Eg.

24m contract with 1GB data, 200mins calling, a bunch of txt (Unlimited on XT, 2500 on VF) and a $400 device subsidy is $59 a month on XT, or $80 a month on Vodafone

This means if you buy a $1000 phone, the total cost over 24 months is $2016 on XT or $2520 on Vodafone - so Vodafone is $504 (or more than $20 a month) more expensive for exactly the same stuff - including $600 up front for the phone in both cases.

Instead, you could by the $1000 phone outright, and put it on Telecom's $59 open term plan which gets you 300 extra minutes a month. The benefit of this is that you can change plans whenever you wanted. Assuming you stayed on a $59 plan for 24 months, the total cost of that over 24 months is $2416 - including the device itself, which is still cheaper than signing on with Vodafone for 24 months!




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nzhc
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  #817490 14-May-2013 16:01

This loophole was closed about 2 years ago you must have just got it.

Jattennz

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  #817515 14-May-2013 16:34
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Shame... thanks for the detailed replies though.

I'm already on contract with vodafone (have been for a long long time) so upping the monthly payment from $40 > $120 for 6 months to 1 year used to be a great option.

Guess have to look at buying outright this time.

Thanks again

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