It’s increasingly difficult to get a grasp of value for money on UK mobile networks, as it’s not always just a case of plain old minutes, texts and data.
Take Vodafone for example. Sign up to Big Red 4G and you get the choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports, and soon you’ll be able to opt for six months of free Netflix. Seems like a good opportunity to randomly throw in a picture of Heisenberg.
Obviously free Netflix is nothing to be scoffed at, but we’re failing to see how it matches up to Vodafone’s other offerings.
Netflix recently announced it’s increasing the price of its subscriptions for new customers from £5.99 to £6.99PM, but even then we’re only talking £41.94 for six months.
Meanwhile, Spotify is £9.99PM, which equates to £239.76 for the full two-year period of freeness. Am I missing something? EDIT: actually, for Spotify and Sky Sports, it looks as though it’s variable (six months, 12 months, 24 months) depending on the tariff, though with Netflix we’re repeatedly told it’s six months, six months, six months…
Confused? Me too. Let’s relax and listen to marketing lady and former Disney employee Cindy Rose.
“With 4G, speed is just the start,” purrs Cindy. “It’s what you can do with it that’s really exciting. We’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix so that our Red 4G customers can enjoy their favourite TV programmes and films when out and about.
“We’re already offering 4G in hundreds of cities, towns and villages across the UK, providing an amazing video streaming experience. There’s no need to mess about finding a WiFi hotspot, with ultrafast 4G you can just enjoy your favourite entertainment on the move whenever you want it.”
Free Netflix doesn’t appear to be available on Vodafone Red 4G just yet, though I’m reading it’ll be offered on plans at £26PM or over. More info at the Vodafone blog, if you’re interested.