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Vodafone UK Relaunches 5G Ready VOXI For Now Social Tariff

Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2022 (7:21 am) - Score 1,632

Contract-free UK mobile operator VOXI, a brand of Vodafone, has today relaunched their cheaper £10 VOXI For Nowsocial tariff” for anyone claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Allowance, Personal Independent Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, or employment-based Universal Credit.

The original tariff, which “usually costs £35 per month” and was the only one of its type on the UK’s mobile market, was only made available for a limited period during the pandemic and thus has not been available to new customers to take for a good few months, until now.

NOTE: Moneyhub will provide an automated FCA-regulated eligibility checking service, so it’s quicker and easier to access the tariff.

The tariff itself offers unlimited 5G or 4G data (mobile broadband), calls and texts for just £10 a month to anyone receiving benefits (not just the under 25s). But this only lasts for up to 6 months and after that they’ll switch you over to their standard £10 a month plan, where you’ll still have access to “Endless” Social Media as well as “Endless” calls, texts and the flexibility to change, pause, or cancel at anytime.

Max Taylor, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK, said:

“By enhancing VOXI for Now and extending it to anyone experiencing financial hardship, we hope to keep as many people as possible connected, both to family and friends, as well as to vital online services. If you can’t afford your current plan, or you know someone who is struggling, we can help.”

Digital Secretary, Nadine Dorries, said:

“At a time when family budgets are under pressure from global price rises it is brilliant to see Vodafone offering support for those struggling the most.

“We’ve successfully worked with mobile and broadband companies to broker a range of social tariffs and this new offer means five million people are now able to make savings on their mobile phone bill. I urge those eligible to speak to their provider and see if they can save by switching.”

The big problem with ‘For Now’ is that it doesn’t present like a real Social Tariff due to the unlimited data aspect only lasting for 6 months, before it simply drops back to being a regular VOXI plan. As a result, ‘For Now’ ends up feeling more like a time limited special offer, which is much more common across the wider market.

Ofcom recently told ISPreview.co.uk (here) that they require social tariffs to offer pricing stability, avoid early termination charges and have minimal initial upfront costs. The regulator said that a provider cannot merely convert an existing package and call it comparable to a ‘social tariff’ without factoring this in first. Suffice to say, there’s a question over whether dropping a material feature like unlimited data after 6 months, while keeping the price the same, should still qualify.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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11 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Lucian says:

    When you put it like that, Mark, it does sound more of a marketing move than a charity one..

  2. Avatar photo Serf says:

    Vodafone offer Pay As You Go (PAYG) big value bundles that could be an alternative to VOXI for those who don’t need a large data allowance.

    The Big Value Bundles offer unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 7GB data allowance for £10 for 30 days use with unused data from the previous month rolled over to the next month but only if renewed before the end of the 30 day period.

  3. Avatar photo Mark says:

    It only last for six months – pointless really!

    1. Avatar photo james smith says:

      mark if someone can’t get a job in 6 months, just how hard are they trying?

  4. Avatar photo Mark says:

    Personal Independent Payment isn’t social benefits (it use for out of work and in work PIP) as it shouldn’t be including!

  5. Avatar photo Alan says:

    I’ll stick with Asda Mobile. £5 a month for VOLTE, Wi-Fi calling, roaming & 3 Gb data.

    1. Avatar photo James says:

      Not sure what your point is?

      Voxi has all of what you mentioned? And it doesn’t have a speed cap like ASDA does

    2. Avatar photo Jordan says:

      I don’t get your point Alan. All voxi packages offer VOLTE, Wi-Fi Calling, Roaming and this £10 social plan offers truly unlimited 5G data with no speed cap. 5G is also included in all voxi packages, ASDA only include 5G in bundles over £10. Oh and all voxi tariffs have endless social media.

  6. Avatar photo Alan says:

    In the sense VOXI’s offer is only for six months and if your on benefits, a saving of £5 a month with Asda; is definitely worth considering. Mobile data above what Asda offer in their £5 package; I doubt is needed. With the abundance of free public Wi-Fi. I think I use about half a gig a month; of my Asda data. Home fibre & public Wi-Fi when out.

    1. Avatar photo James says:

      I’d never use public WiFi!

  7. Avatar photo Ben says:

    Why are people out of work? There are over 1 Million unfulfilled jobs being advertised.
    Employers are so desperate for staff they are paying £500 or £1000 bonuses to enrol folk.

    The ultimate price for being feckless/laziness is well-deserved poverty.

    The majority on benefits ARE able to work but won’t work as our system rewards laziness.

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