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Vodafone Adopts Hardline Stand On Fair Data Usage

Vodafone is set to suffer a backlash from its existing customers as the mobile phone network has announced that it will discontinue its fair use data usage policy which allowed its users to go beyond their stated monthly quota without incurring any additional charge.

The move, which Vodafone described in a post on their customer message boards (opens in new tab), will come in force from the 1st of June as part of a new "out of bundle" charge which it claims, will make it "fairer for everyone" and protect their network from data abuse.

They will also simultaneously introduce a real time notification system which will allow customers to be in control of their expenses and see how much data they've used in a given time frame.

Many users have vented their frustration and anger at the move by Vodafone which could potentially see it lose a number of mobile phone users within weeks because the change is a pretty big one to the terms and conditions of the user's contract.

That said, Vodafone argues that their existing Pay Monthly Terms and Conditions already allows them to charge for any usage beyond the Fair Usage limit.

That charge will be up to £5 for every 500MB after the first 500MB and those without a monthly bundle will pay 50p for every 10MB after their first 25MB.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.