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Vodafone Pass

Vodafone's Vodafone Pass feature offers unlimited streaming, but it's worth reading the fine print.

Here’s what you need to know about Vodafone mobile’s unlimited streaming passes.

What are the four Vodafone Pass options available?

Vodafone Chat Pass

The cheapest Vodafone Pass add-on is the Vodafone Chat Pass. Options include an extra $1 for 1 Day, $3 for 7 Days or $5 for 28 Days on top of your pre-pay or postpaid Vodafone plan, you get unlimited social media usage across WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber. Although as we’ll see in a moment, there are some exclusions to that “unlimited” status.

Vodafone Social Pass

The next tier of Vodafone Pass costs $2 for 1 Day, $5 for 7 Days or $10 for 28 Days, and it grants you data-free access to social media services TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest. Like the Chat pass, you need to be aware of some exclusions.

Vodafone Music Pass

Like the Social Pass, the Vodafone Music Pass adds $2 for 1 Day, $5 for 7 Days and $10 for 28 Days to your mobile bill, but in return, data usage associated with music streaming from, for example, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Rova isn’t counted against your existing data cap.

Vodafone Video Pass

The most expensive of the new Vodafone Pass deals, the Video Pass, costs you an extra $5 for 1 Day, $10 for 7 Days and $20 for 28 Days. In return, you won’t have to worry about data costs associated with streaming of Netflix, NEON, SKY GO, Vodafone TV & TVNZ On Demand on your mobile phone. Only one video stream is permitted at a time, so you can’t (for example) tether your phone as a hotspot and stream across multiple devices at once.

Does this mean I don’t have to pay subscription fees for these services?

No, Vodafone Pass is an add-on purely to cover the data usage for services. Where a subscription fee is payable (eg for Netflix) you still have to cover that yourself.

What if I’m on a Vodafone Red Plus Plan?

Vodafone’s Red Plus plans already include unlimited data, so naturally, there’s no need for a Vodafone Pass there.

Are there any limitations I should know about?

In a word, yes. It’s always worth reading the fine print, and especially for these passes, because they could affect their value to you in some significant ways.

There are many usages that you might think of as incidental that isn’t covered by these passes. Vodafone’s FAQ lists out some examples that could eat up your actual data allowance even though you might think they are covered. These are listed below:

  • Advertisements and advertisement links that are displayed within apps
  • Analytics
  • Apps using features on your device. For example, your calendar may have permission to access data in the background or use location services.
  • External links and navigation to other websites, apps, news, blogs, walls, maps, app stores
  • GIF library
  • Maps and location services
  • Podcasts
  • RSS feeds
  • Software/application updates happening at the same time
  • Video and content hosted from other sites that are played in the app

(Vodafone, 2020)

How to purchase a pass using My Vodafone

  • Log into the “My Vodafone App”
  • On the dashboard, select “All Add-ons”
  • Select “Buy passes”
  • Choose the Pass you want, eg Vodafone Music Pass
  • Select “Buy”
  • Select “Confirm

Are the Vodafone Pass deals good value?

They could be, but it very much depends on your usage. For services such as social and music, if you’re only a light user anyway, or you’re on a plan with a solid data quota, there might not be much point. On the other hand, if you’re constantly racking up excess data charges because of your mobile Netflix habits, they could quickly become very good value indeed.

How can I possibly know how much data my apps are using?

Your phone actually tells you!

For iPhones, go to Settings>Mobile data and you should see app data usage once you scroll down. For Android users, the location may vary depending on the manufacturer and Android details a little, but it’s typically in Settings>Connections or similar. For example, on a Samsung Galaxy S9+, you’d find it under Settings>Connections>Data Usage.

Compare that usage against your plan allocation, and if you’re burning lots of data in that usage, a Vodafone Pass could be good value.

As always, though, it’s also worth comparing your current plan (especially if you’ve been on it for a few years) against any new plans available, which Mobile Phone Finder can help you do.

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