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New Vodafone pass lets you stream Netflix data-free for £7 a month

Wednesday, November 1st 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Vodafone has launched monthly passes to help customers use their favourite apps without using up their data allowance.

The provider also claims to be “ripping up the rulebook” with the launch of a pay as you go feature that caps your daily spending at £1.

Four Vodafone Passes are now available to pay monthly customers on Red Extra and Red Entertainment mobile plans.

The Chat Pass is £3 a month and gives you unlimited access to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber.

The Social Pass costs £5 a month and includes Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Music Pass is £5 a month and covers Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

The Video Pass is £7 a month and includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DisneyLife, Vevo, My5, YouTube, UKTV Play and TVPlayer.

You can combine all four passes together for £15 a month and Vodafone expects to announce more apps that will feature in the passes over the coming weeks.

Some of the apps included in the Vodafone Passes still require separate individual subscriptions. Adding a pass to your mobile plan simply means you won't eat into your monthly data allowance by using those apps.

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK’s chief executive, said: “We want our customers to be able to use their phones exactly as they want to.

“With Vodafone Passes, they can keep in touch, keep tuned in and keep watching without having to keep an eye on their data meter.”

Saving on data usage

Vodafone isn’t the first mobile operator to come up with an innovative way to slice up its customers’ data usage or to let people use certain apps data-free.

Virgin Media offers data-free messaging on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter as standard on its 4G pay monthly plans.

And Three’s Go Binge feature lets customers stream movies, TV shows and music using Netflix, TVPlayer, Deezer, SoundCloud and Apple Music without it eating into their data allowance.

EE customers can currently get six months of Apple Music for free – and are able to stream and download songs without using up their data.

Virgin, O2 and BT also give their customers access to thousands of wi-fi hotspots around the country to help them save on data usage.

'Never pay more than £1 a day'

Vodafone’s other new feature is called Pay as you go 1 and is aimed at customers who only use their phone occasionally but don’t want to worry about running out of credit when they do

With this plan, you pay for what you use up to £1 and after that you get free unlimited minutes and texts for the rest of the day, as well as 500MB of data.

Until you hit the £1 daily limit, you’ll be charged 20p a minute for calls, 20p for texts and 20p for each 5MB of data used.

As this is pay as you go, if you don’t use your phone on a particular day you won’t pay anything – the £1 cap just kicks in on the days when you do use your phone.

Vodafone CEO Mr Jeffrey said: “With Pay as you go 1, we’re ripping up the existing Pay as you go rulebook, so that customers can use their phones knowing they won’t pay for what they don’t need, and they’ll never pay more than £1 a day.”

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