Vodafone has recorded vast growth in mobile Internet usage with the UMTS data card. Now, after the introduction of T-Mobile's web'n'walk initiative, Vodafone Germany it is planning to drastically increase the free data volume that is provided with the Vodafone Time/Volume data tariff options from today, 8th July 2005 onwards. This makes it even easier and more attractive for first-time UMTS users to switch over to mobile data transmission in the UMTS network. The new terms and conditions will automatically apply for existing customers who have booked a Vodafone Time or Vodafone Volume tariff option.
The volume-based tariffs will be considerably enhanced by the higher free data volume. In the 'Vodafone Volume L' basic tariff, customers will receive 30 MB free data volume per month (previously 10 MB) for the same inclusive rate. Customers who select the 'Vodafone Volume XL' tariff get a whole 200 MB of free data volume (as compared with 50 MB). Vodafone also offers the 'Vodafone Volume XXL' tariff option, which is associated with 500 MB free data volume, and 'Vodafone Volume XXL 1000', which is practically a mobile flatrate and includes 1000 MB of free data volume per month. Users simply select one of the four Vodafone Volume tariff options that best suits their requirements.
While the increase of included volume sounds great, also the terms and conditions of data use are changed now and explicit excludes Voice over IP (VoIP) use and in addition, Vodafone blocks VoIP technically now. I have no idea yet how they do it in detail but I can imagine they've started to block typical VoIP ports.
For the regular user it's annoying. For sure, geeks like you and me will always find a way to do it anyway - but 'Joe User' is locked out now which was - IMHO - clear that carriers will shut down VoIP sooner or later.
Cheers ~ Arne