'Vodafone’s new reward scheme... why not just give a discount?' blog discussion

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Martin's Blogs & Appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the News
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  • JimmyTheWigJimmyTheWig Forumite
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    why not just give a discount?
    Because they can.
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  • paulwfpaulwf Forumite
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    Virgin have a similar reward scheme...£10 off a new phone for every £100 you top up.

    I expect one reason they do it that way is because on PAYG you obviously don't get free upgrades, and this scheme helps move people on from ancient/broken phones at very little cost for the customer. If people have a modern phone with more services (MMS, internet, heck my old phones were even rubbish at texting) and it is in good working order that gives the phone company more potential to earn revenue.

    I like the Virgin scheme...I've used it to get "free" basic Nokia phones for the last few years and this time round with a £20 rebate and text offer equivalent to me of £40 it turned a £90 phone into a £30 purchase. I suppose the difference is Virgin don't make a big deal of it and certainly don't say you are getting 10% cashback.
  • hellypellyhellypelly Forumite
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    paulwf wrote: »
    Virgin have a similar reward scheme...£10 off a new phone for every £100 you top up.

    I expect one reason they do it that way is because on PAYG you obviously don't get free upgrades, and this scheme helps move people on from ancient/broken phones at very little cost for the customer. If people have a modern phone with more services (MMS, internet, heck my old phones were even rubbish at texting) and it is in good working order that gives the phone company more potential to earn revenue.

    I like the Virgin scheme...I've used it to get "free" basic Nokia phones for the last few years and this time round with a £20 rebate and text offer equivalent to me of £40 it turned a £90 phone into a £30 purchase. I suppose the difference is Virgin don't make a big deal of it and certainly don't say you are getting 10% cashback.

    I have virgin and never knew about the red rewards untill I was skimming over the site and found mine I had clocked up £140 in rewards I instantly got an upgrade.
    They charge just for the p&p I have had a new phone pretty much every 18 months or so now from them!

    I also found their phone slightly cheaper as they come without a sim card but most of them are locked into virgin.
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