Monday, 01 February 2016 17:01

FULL VIDEO: Vodafone’s Qantas FF and free NZ roaming media conference

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Vodafone’s introduction of Qantas Frequent Flyer points alongside free NZ roaming for Red and SIM Only customers will see more competitive efforts by Vodafone Australia to come.

Vodafone Australia wanted to show today that its competitive spirit is alight and that the company is taking the fight up to its major competitors, Telstra and Optus.

Sure, there was no announcement that 5G was coming years early, or that international roaming was getting even cheaper across the board, or some other eye-popping extravaganza to really blow your socks off, but it’s wasn’t a dud, either.

Qantas Frequent Flyers getting another way to accrue more points is no bad thing, and with New Zealand the No.1 travel destination for Australians, getting free roaming to a country that was one of the most terrible for extreme bill shock syndrome, and you have Vodafone offering some solid reasons to stay with or switch to the telco.

Of course, it all depends on your needs - Telstra’s fastest speeds and highest network quality is a must for some users, while Optus has its various bundles and deals to keep its customers as satisfied as possible.

But in a world of churn and competitive offers, not just from the major telcos but also the various MVNO players out there, all of whom also compete against the network they’re operating their virtual networks over, and we see the various telcos trying to shake the market up as best they can while still making a profit.

More below, please read read on.

iTWire had two articles today on Vodafone’s announcements, with the first entitled ‘Vodafone takes to the skies with Qantas Frequent Flyer partnership’ and the second entitled 'Vodafone waives $5 roaming fee for New Zealand on Red and SIM Only plans.’ 

iTWire also video recorded the event for your enjoyment, which is below. In using a new clip-on microphone, I accidentally set the recording volume a little too low, but I have used iMovie and YouTube’s audio boosting technologies to increase the volume a lot, so hopefully you’ll be able to hear it all just fine - turn up the volume if still needed!

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