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Vodafone to include VoIP allowance for iPhone 5

Mobile phone operator Vodafone has confirmed that it will allow iPhone 5 users on its Vodafone Red plans to make VoIP calls, meaning that Facetime over 3G, Skype, Rebtel and other VoIP traffic will not be prohibited.

Vodafone confirmed via an email that “The iPhone 5 will be available on Vodafone Red plans, giving customers access to Voice over IP services (including Facetime over 3G) as part of their data allowance.”

Interestingly, existing iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S customers on monthly price plans of more than £40 will get VoIP included. The Red plan also includes unlimited texts and minutes - perhaps a sign of things to come.

(opens in new tab)Alternatively, Vodafone adds, customers will be able to purchase additional data (£10 per month for 2GB) access VoIP, a move probably intended to encourage users to switch from the cheaper “100 plan” to the Red Plan.

Expect other service providers like O2 and EE to relax rules on VoIP on their networks. As for Three, the mobile phone operator has historically been VoIP-friendly, having allowed Skype and MSN to run free on its network for years.

Vodafone’s tariffs were unveiled this morning and start from £47 per month with a free iPhone 5 (opens in new tab).

You can win an iPhone 5 in our iPhone 5 competition (opens in new tab) by answering a simple question about what generation the Phone 5 is. ITProPortal reported live (opens in new tab) on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5 (opens in new tab), we saw new iPod devices (opens in new tab) but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S (opens in new tab), an iPad mini (opens in new tab) and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (opens in new tab).

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.