Vodafone Red Hot allows customers to get a new phone every year

Vodafone Red Hot allows customers to get a new phone every year
If you live in the U.K. and need to have the latest phone every year, Vodafone's new Red Hot plan would seem to fit you like a glove. Red Hot gives you a chance to grab a new phone every 12 months along with 2GB of data each month, unlimited calls and texts, all with a 12 month contract. Fine print? Absolutely! With Red Hot, you are not exactly buying a new phone every year. You are leasing the handset which means that it cannot be returned to Vodafone in a damaged or modified condition. That means those with butterfingers or modders need not apply.

If the phone is returned with deep scratches or water damage, you will be charged £75 ($118.75 USD). Return the phone with cracks and wear to the buttons and ports, and you will owe Vodafone £150 ($237.50). If the phone doesn't work, or you fail to return it, you will be responsible for £375-£425 depending on the model ($594-$673 USD).

We will say that the phones available for Vodafone's Red Hot plan are three of the most, ahem, red hot phones in the market today, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung GALAXY Note II and the Apple iPhone 5. The 16GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III will cost you £47 per month ($74 USD) while the 32GB version is priced at £52 per month with a £29 up-front fee ($82, $46 USD). The Samsung GALAXY Note II is priced at £52 per month ($82 USD).

We wouldn't be surprised to see one of the carriers in the U.S. try a plan like this as a way to differentiate itself from the competition. Auto leases are big in the states, so why not smartphones? It might lead to users taking better care of the device they rely on every day and would satisfy those that need to have the latest and greatest models at all times.

source: VodafoneUK via AndroidCentral



1. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

And I'm guessing there is an insurance option as well?

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2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sounds like a pretty good deal if you are pretty gentle with the hardware.. I would LOVE a plan like this here in the US, however I don't like cases, and I would NOT want a plan like this with no case.

3. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Does Verizon still offer 1 year for 50 more dollars of the phone?

5. Xplmr

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Verizon only offers the 2 year contracts now. You know, the ones that last a year too long(past the manufacturers warranty)?! As for the Vodafone Red Hot, it also includes insurance. "How does it work? As an example, you can get the Samsung Galaxy SIII for just £47 a month on a 12-month plan. You'll get unlimited calls and texts, and a massive 2GB of internet - and you'll be insured too! Check it out at their website, dubya dubya dubya.vodafone.co.uk/personal/price-plans/pay-mont​hly/vodafone-red-hot/index.htm?cid=dis-bc-b-717036​3-90872808-51287153

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