We’ve just introduced inclusive roaming – with unlimited texts, calls and picture messages, and up to 4GB of monthly data – across 40 destinations!
Planning an epic summer holiday? Wherever you’re off to, chances are we can help your journey with some priceless peace of mind. That’s because we’ve just introduced inclusive roaming* – with unlimited texts, calls and picture messages, and up to 4GB of monthly data – across 40 destinations within our inclusive roaming zone on our Pay Monthly 12 & 24 month Red and Red Value bundles for new and upgrading customers.
Not only do we give you inclusive roaming across more destinations than any other UK network provider – you can surf, stream, download and send all the media you would normally with the benefit of knowing that everything you use is included in your bundle – you can also now enjoy 4G roaming in 101 destinations worldwide – that’s more than any other UK mobile provider. And to help you make the most of your new found freedom, we thought we’d round up all the pre-flight ways you can make your data allowance go even further.
Get your phone ready for take-off
Outward bound? We all know you’ll be sharing your favourite moments as you go on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and sending instant postcards with Touchnote, but what’s the best way to use your phone while you’re away on your well-deserved holidays, apart from sharing every moment with your friends? We’ve got a few top tech tips to take on board. Your phone can help you find your way around foreign lands, keep you entertained and keep you out of trouble, but only with the right knowhow…
If you’ve got a Spotify Premium account you’ll already know that it’s an unrivalled window into a whole universe of music, all available on the go via your smartphone. And with our new and upgraded Red and Red Value bundles with a generous amount of data in 40 destinations, that huge library of tunes can now go with you on the go. But what about on the plane?
If you’re not using Spotify Premium’s offline capabilities then you’re not using it to its fullest.
If you’re not using Spotify Premium’s offline capabilities then you’re not using it to its fullest. Just jump into any one of your playlists and toggle the ‘Available Offline’ switch at the top. If you’re on Wi-Fi your phone will begin to download every song to your phone’s storage one by one, meaning you can listen even if your phone is on Airplane mode.
And what if your favourite artist happens to bring out a new album while you’re on holiday that you absolutely have to listen to right away? Well if it’s on Spotify, with the ability to roam freely and your data allowance you’ll be able to do just that! Set your streaming quality to ‘normal’ in your account setting to use less data while you listen.
Keen to fill your downtime by catching up on movies and TV? If you have them stored on your home computer then you really need to download the Plex media server. It’ll sort your files into categories, automatically add artwork (like movie posters), synopses, cast and crew information and more, and then let you access those from any device with the Plex app wherever you have a data signal (and so long as your home PC is switched on or sleeping).
Opt for the Plex Pass (£3.99 per month) and you’ll be able to save them offline to your smartphone, which effectively makes it a seamless way to upload and manage the movies you have downloaded without ever having to connect your phone to your computer.
To catch up on the latest UK TV shows, download the BBC iPlayer and All4 apps. Both of these have current and classic TV on offer, and both now allow downloading over Wi-Fi for up to 30 days – long enough for even the lengthiest of summer holidays.
If Netflix is your choice of streaming service and you couldn’t imagine using anything else then inclusive roaming means great things for you. You’ll be able to stream movies and TV shows, whether you’re at the beach, chilling by the pool, or waiting for the local bus. And the best bit? Netflix content changes depending which country you’re in, which means you can discover new shows and movies while you’re away.
Another great option is Amazon Prime, which offers movies and TV shows to stream as a bonus for subscribing to its next-day delivery service. The icing on the cake is the Amazon Instant Video app’s ability to let you download anything in its extensive library to watch offline. Once you start watching something you’ve saved you’ll have 48 hours to finish it, but other than that there’s no time limit on how long you can keep things downloaded.
It doesn’t matter where you go in the world: Google Maps has got your back. As the veterans of the online mapping world it should come as no surprise that Google’s offering boasts a huge number of pioneering and synergetic features, from Street View to sat nav, and from restaurant reviews to shopping mall maps, but did you know you can download entire countries to take offline?
Did you know you can download entire countries to take offline?
Open the menu bar inside your Google Maps app and click on ‘Offline Areas’. From here you’ll be able to search for a zone to download, with areas up to 1500MB of information supported – for context, that’s Brighton to Cambridge and everything in-between.
And what if you find yourself accidentally crossing the border into unknown lands on a night out and don’t know how to make it back to the safety of your hotel room? With inclusive roaming you’ll be able to use your data and jump onto Google Maps, which will point the way home, and give you the easiest and quickest ways of getting there.
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (inc. Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (inc. Corsica), French Territories (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion and Saint Martin), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy (inc. Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (inc. Azores & Madeira), Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (inc. Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Other essential downloads
How’s your grasp of foreign tongues? In 2016 you no longer have to try and rattle off your rusty French (or German, or Italian, Japanese…); you need only download Google Translate. It’s an invaluable travel companion thanks to several mind-blowing features. For one, you can hover your phone’s camera in front of foreign text on a menu, sign or website and have it translated in real time on your screen, but the really brilliant touch is the ability to hold spoken conversations with someone in two languages while the app acts as your interpreter. All-in-all? It’s a must.
You should also check out Localeur, which, according to Vodafone’s own travel expert John Buckthorp, “has loads information on local places of interest, but from local users rather than owners.” And with that in your arsenal, you’ll be able to unearth some real hidden gems: “It offers exactly the sort of user-generated content that is key for finding the best places.”
Find out more… For more info on our inclusive roaming, click here. To find out about our 30 day network guarantee, which lets you try us out for a full month, click here. Or for more travel tips and tricks, check out John Buckthorp’s latest blog here.