Vodafone announced that it has extended ” Double Data Offer ” to all its circles. This announcement came when other operators are hiking data tariffs, and after Airtel launched 4G services in more than 296 cities, providing 4G data at 3G rates.
Double Data Offer is a limited period offer for Vodafone India subscribers across all the circles. Under this offer, the subscriber will be eligible for receiving double the quota of their original data pack that is availed from 121 platform during the offer period.
Unlike the older offer, this new offer is available for recharges done through either electronic mode at retailer, using paper vouchers, or using the online mode or debit mode (direct debit or USSD). This is surely quite delightful for Vodafone India data users. Hurry! This offer expires on the 30th of October 2015.
Continuing with its endeavour towards improving overall customer experience, Vodafone India invested over Rs 1000 crores in Mumbai to strengthen its network by putting up over 950 new 3G sites and expand its retail footprint with the opening of 11 new Vodafone Global Design Stores.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) extended the deadline to implement the full mobile number portability (MNP) across the India till July, 2015. Today, Vodafone and Airtel have announced that they will launch National Mobile Number Portability (NMNP) from July 3rd. Nationwide MNP allows subscribers retain their numbers even if they move to another state, irrespective of the service provider. It is applicable for both pre-paid and post-paid customers.
Airtel also introduced faster processing of porting requests within 24 hours and free incoming on roaming once they raise a number portability request until it is processed. Airtel customers can also avail the option of transferring their balance in prepaid or carrying forward their unbilled/billed amount in the case of postpaid while porting their number to the new city, said the company.
Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, AIrtel said:
Today, not only has mobile phone become an essential part of our lives, the mobile number has equally become an indispensable identification for each one of us. With our complete readiness to launch National Mobile Number Portability, we aim to empower customers enabling them to retain this identity as they move across anywhere in the country. To facilitate a seamless transition we will also allow our customers to enjoy free incoming on roaming while their number portability request is being processed.
Commenting about the initiative, Vivek Mathur, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India said:
Customers will be the biggest gainers of the National MNP service as it allows them to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time.
Airtel users can visit any Airtel outlet and follow the procedure. The can also call 1800-103-111 for more details. Airtel said that it is not available for customers shifting to J&K, Assam and North East owing to security reasons. Vodafone users can visit any Vodafone Store/outlet to request for NMNP, Generate a 8 digit UPC code by sending a SMS ‘Port ’ to 1900, Fill up the CAF and porting-in form, submit relevant documents and choose your tariff plan
Vodafone India has launched new, responsive M-Pesa App that lets their consumers pay their bills and recharge their mobile easily. User can load money to M-Pesa wallet through Net Banking/Debit Card through the app. The company also offers 5% cashback on payments made using the App (up to a maximum of Rs 50 per month).
Vodafone M-Pesa has pan-India distribution of over 90,000 agents and more than 3 million customers, says the company.
Features of Vodafone M-Pesa App
Recharge any prepaid number (Vodafone and other operators)
Recharge any DTH connection
Recharge a Broadband connection
Recharge a Post-paid Vodafone number
Pay your Utility Bills
Instant Transfer to any bank account/ M-Pesa wallet
Nearby Agent Locator
The app is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Customers can find more details and register for the service at mpesa.in
Commenting on the launch, Suresh Sethi, Business Head -M-Pesa, Vodafone India said:
Vodafone has always been at the forefront in launching innovative products and services relevant to the needs of our customers. Our newly launched ‘M-Pesa App’ is highly safe and secure and has been designed to empower and provide the ease and convenience to all our customers to transfer money instantly, pay utility bills, recharge phones, etc. through their mobile handset.
Vodafone will change its customer care number into 199, according to sources. Currently, the service provider uses 111 as its customer care number and TRAI had directed it to stop using this number last month. Announcement of the same will strike soon.
TRAI had earlier directed the service provider to change its existing 111 customer care number on the grounds that it violates the national numbering plan. According to the national numbering plan of Department of Telecommunications issued during 2003, numbers from 100 – 115 is allotted for emergency services (100 – Police, 101 – Ambulance etc.) and no telecom providers are allowed to use it for their operative purposes.
However, Vodafone stated that their customer care number 111 was in use among its customers even before Government’s number plan. The service provider has been using it for past 18-20 years and hence, it is difficult for them to change the number.
The show case notice was given to Vodafone on 2nd February on this regard. The provider was asked to submit a compliance report by March 10th, which the provider extended stating that it cannot change the number in a short span of time.
The date from which the new number will become effective is yet to be know
Opera and FreeCharge have joined hands to offer a free internet service to Vodafone and Idea subscribers in India. FreeCharge’s sponsored web pass gives Opera Mini users up to 5MB of free internet on Vodafone and up to 10MB on Idea per day.
If you are a Vodafone or Idea user, you will need to download and open the Opera Mini browser on your smartphone, and go to the Speed Dial Start Screen to avail of the offer. There, you’ll need click on Vodafone Internet Pass or Idea Web Pass, and select free browsing by FreeCharge.
“At Opera, we always strive to create products and solutions that help more and more people experience the power of the internet. Opera Web Pass is a step towards getting more users online, by offering simple and convenient web access,” said Opera in a press note.
Recently, Microsoft partnered with Idea to bring operator billing to Windows Phone users. It allows billing.