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Vodafone LogoI’ve been a Vodafone customer for about seven years now, and – having previously experienced most of the major mobile networks – I reckon Vodafone is the best.

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted a new phone – the Blackberry Storm. However Stephen Fry opines on the subject, I still believe it is an excellent Blackberry, and I’m a bona fide member of the ‘love-it’ club when it comes to the Marmite-like SurePress screen.

The snag was that I still had five months to run on my previous contract, which had supplied me with the great-for-its-time Nokia Navigator.

My old contract was relatively cheap, and so I decided in my own mind that I was happy to buy myself out of it for the immediacy of a new phone, and I marched into my local Vodafone store all ready to pay – but was told this wasn’t possible.

Apparently, it’s against Vodafone policy to allow people to buy out of their contracts – presumably as it potentially loses them revenue from the calls and texts that people would’ve made in the bought-out period.

Yet on my walk home, I realised this was an utterly flawed policy, for there was nothing to stop me sticking my Vodafone device in a drawer unused, and signing up to O2 and getting a shiny new phone. There is no price differential from my point of view, but Vodafone would lose a customer.

As soon as I got home, I sent Vodafone an email pointing out this absurdity.

Within the hour, I had a phone call back telling me that the policy was indeed absurd in my case. They apologised for messing me – a loyal customer – about, apologised for my tariff (“It’s like something from the 80s!”), and apologised for not treating me more like royalty.

They then offered to do me a free upgrade five months early, with no need to buy myself out of my contract. They gave me a premium tariff, better than that available in the shop or online, a free Blackberry Storm with free delivery, and – for the first time in recent memory from a big company – the assistant gave me her name and direct number for if I had any further problem with either the handset, my tariff, or anything Vodafone related.

And all this for an increase in my monthly outgoing of about a fiver for eighteen months.

A couple of weeks in, and I’m still a very happy bunny. The phone is great, the tariff is liberating, and I have a level of smug satisfaction beyond compare.

This is the kind of service I’ve come to expect from JLP or First Direct, but to unexpectedly receive that level of service from Vodafone is – without doubt – a joy. I just hope they keep up the excellent work.

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Comment from David Hughes


by David Hughes

Comment posted at 11:17 on 30th March 2009.

Interesting.

In the past I’ve found Vodafone to be “average” at best so it’s good to hear them improving. Out of interest was the person UK based?

I left Orange as a network because their customer service was so bad; they simply didn’t care about me as a customer.

I’m currently with O2 who have very good UK based advisors but I wish they had the quality of Vodafone’s network.

More companies need to recognise the value of existing customers. Too many comapnies see customers as a cost and “off shore” their representatives and service teams.

Once a company sees their customers as a cost I think they have a fundamental problem.

Nice post – thanks.

David


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:17 on 31st March 2009.

The person who called me was indeed based in the UK – They did actually mention the city they were based in, but I’ve forgotten where it was.

Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂


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Comment from Jerusha Shaw


by Jerusha Shaw

Comment posted at 14:37 on 22nd May 2014.

The Blackberry storm!? How old is this post? Do Vodafone Customers get a special deal on Blackberry phones as the only people I know who have blackberrys are always on vodafone!


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