Vodafone UK today announced its new premium broadband service, Vodafone at Home, will be launched on 8 January 2007.
The service will cost £25 per month and include line rental, broadband internet access and inclusive landline calls at anytime to any UK landline, as well as 25% off calls to mobiles.
The company said: “Vodafone At Home meets the growing communication needs of customers, with bills for mobile and fixed communication services coming from one company. The premium service has been designed to offer customers the combination of excellent service quality and great value.”
Customers will also get a free six-month subscription to Norton Internet Security 2006 for its anti-virus, anti-spam and parental control features. It also said it will prepare modems for set-up to offer customers as pain-free and plug-and-play a move to the service as possible and offer ten free email addresses. And coverage will extend to 97% of UK households as a result of Vodafone’s investment in BT’s unbundled broadband network.
Tim Yates, of Vodafone UK Consumer business unit director said: "By working with BT we will be providing a market-leading mix of quality, value and service. Vodafone at Home will provide nationwide broadband coverage from day one, as well as offering the flexibility and convenience of going wireless at home and being able to access the internet on laptops when out of the home on Vodafone's 3G broadband network."
The move is designed to drive more revenue from its existing customer base because, if a customer cancels their mobile contract, the Vodafone At Home service charge will rise to £35 per month. And broadband customers will be able to buy the Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem for half the normal retail price, at £58. A monthly fee of £29 will give customers access to Vodafone's 3G broadband network when roaming.