Vodafone launches special caller tunes for speech and hearing impaired on International Disability Day

These caller tunes can be availed lifelong for free

On the occasion of the ‘International Disability Day’, Vodafone India, announced the launch of special caller tunes for the speech and hearing impaired. These caller tunes can be availed lifelong for free.

The challenge speech and hearing impaired users often face is that when they order any service like a fleet cab or a parcel from e-shopping platforms, the driver/courier by default calls their phone to inform them of his arrival, which they are unable to respond to, thereby missing out on accessing several such services currently.

These specially developed caller tunes provide a simple solution to this very practical and routine challenge. By downloading and activating either of the 2 special caller tunes, anyone calling them will be requested to send a message via SMS or Whatsapp, which they can see and respond to.

To activate these caller tunes, just SMS:

· “CT 8894702” to 56789 – for English-Hindi-English Callertune
· “CT 8894716” to 56789 – for Hindi-English-Hindi Callertune

Speaking about this unique offering, P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India, said “Vodafone is committed to leverage the potential and reach of mobile technology to drive inclusion and address developmental challenges in the society. The launch of these Caller tunes is the latest example of this endeavor. The Vodafone Foundation has diligently worked with our partner Enable India to create this simple solution to make the daily lives of our specially-abled customers convenient. This innovative idea is also a small gesture of our support to the Government’s Vision of Accessible India.

Vodafone India will be using its digital platforms to raise awareness about this initiative.

Vodafone launches Bada Data Chota Price

Offers data packs from just Rs 24/- onward for the full month

Vodafone, one of India’s largest telecommunications services providers, today announced the launch of Bada Data Chota Price – a series of low price monthly data packs starting at Rs 24/- for a 30 day validity. The pack prices vary from circle to circle.

Launching these customer empowering packs, Sandeep Kataria, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India said, “We are democratizing data by making it more affordable and accessible. This is key to driving usage and encouraging first time users to come online. We are confident that our Bada Data Chota Price packs will empower our hundreds of million customers to remain confidently connected for the full month and enjoy the power of internet via the mobile on our modern and seamless network. It will facilitate in faster adoption of data and its better usage, vital for India’s progression into the digital economy.”

Residents of Bihar can now pay their Electricity bill ‘On the Go’ with Vodafone M-Pesa

·         Partners with two Bihar State Electricity Distribution Companies – NBPDCL and SBPDCL

·         M-Pesa Digital Wallet to facilitate instant electricity bill payments;

·         With this tie up, over 4.9 millions of electrified households will benefit through this facility

Vodafone M-Pesa, a unique and innovative Digital Wallet service from Vodafone that offers Money Transfer, Bill & Utility Pay, Merchant Payments and Business Solutions, has partnered with two Bihar State Electricity Distribution Companies – North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) and Southern Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL), offering the residents of Bihar a simple, easy-to-use option to pay their electricity bills instantly. Vodafone M-Pesa offers customers a cashless, secure platform for electricity bill payments with the largest network of agents (or CashIn Points) to enable digitization of money for Cash holding population.

Vodafone has more than 12000+ outlets (or CashIn Points) including Vodafone Company owned stores, franchisees, and multi brand outlets. These CashIn Points provide convenience and ease to Customers to convert cash into digital money facilitating digital payment of Bills and e-commerce /m-Commerce. The bill payment touch points are easily available at every nook and corner, including all Vodafone brand stores in Bihar.

Inviting the residents of Bihar to reap the benefit of instant electricity bill payment on the go through Vodafone M-Pesa, Rajshekhar Metgud, Business Head, Bihar & Jharkhand Circle – Vodafone India said “It has been our constant endeavor to deliver and bring innovative and simplified service offerings relevant to the needs of our customers. Vodafone M-Pesa partnership with the two key electricity distributing bodies in the state is one such initiative that bridges the need for a simple, timely and cashless payment solution for consumers through their mobile phones”.

Customers across various segments can access M-Pesa on either a smart phone by downloading (Google Play store > M-Pesa customer app > Download > Register with basic credentials > Confirmation SMS > Login and change the PIN) the M-Pesa App or by dialing a USSD short-code (*400#) from any phone including any feature phone. This facility is aimed at driving financial inclusion further along with providing the State Electricity Board subscribers in Bihar the benefit and comfort of making payments instantly.

Elaborating further on the service, Suresh Sethi, Business Head, M-Pesa, Vodafone India said “We are delighted to facilitate payments via M-Pesa (mobile wallet), safe, fast and convenient way of bringing bank to the mobile. With this facility, customers now have an access to multiple touch points for electricity bill payments in a simple and hassle free manner. From process automation to instant and secure transaction, we are confident M-Pesa will bring transformational benefits to the people in Bihar and further drive financial inclusion in the state.”

Serving the needs of the unbanked and under-banked customers, Vodafone M-Pesa is a safe, fast and convenient way of bringing bank to the mobile. Also, with a pan India distribution network of over 120,000 CashIn Points and with more than 8.4 million customers, Vodafone M-Pesa is the largest banking business correspondent in the country. M-Pesa today plays a vital role in enabling financial inclusion and m-commerce. ‘M-Pesa’ effectively leverages the combined strengths of Vodafone’s global expertise in the domain of mobile payments and significant distribution reach in India plus the security of financial transactions provided by ICICI Bank.

Special Vodafone Store At Pamba To Serve Recharge Needs Of Sabarimala Pilgrims

– Will facilitate money transfer, pre-paid mobile recharges ( including non-Vodafone customers), DTH payments through Vodafone M-Pesa
– Post paid customers can make their bill payments at the store

With the commencement of one of the biggest pilgrimage seasons in South India- the annual Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam, Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunication service providers, has set up an All in One outlet at Pamba, the base point where Ayyappa pilgrims converge on their way to the holy shrine. The Vodafone outlet at Pamba was inaugurated by R. Girija, District Collector, Patanamthitta, earlier this week.

Sabarimala witnesses one of the biggest congregations of pilgrims in the world, with an estimated 45–50 million devotees visiting the shrine each year during the Mandalam season. For the convenience Ayyappa devotees, the Vodafone outlet at Pamba will not only serve the needs of Vodafone subscribers, but will also facilitate recharges for customers of other telecom service providers, through the Vodafone M-Pesa service. In addition to prepaid recharges facilities, the outlet is equipped to provide a variety of services such as M-Pesa, Money transfer, DTH – recharges and postpaid bill payments.

Conveying his Mandala Pooja greetings to all Ayyappa devotees, Abhijit Kishore, Business Head – Kerala, Vodafone India said, “Each year, lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country come to Sabarimala to invoke the blessings of Lord Ayyappan.

Through the special Vodafone store at Pamba, Vodafone is making it simple and easy for pilgrims to stay connected and access related recharge, money transfer and bill payment services through Vodafone M-Pesa. Vodafone’s free incoming on national roaming plans will ensure that Ayyappa devotees travelling to Sabarimala from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and other parts of India, remain connected with their loved ones without worrying about roaming tariffs.”

The Vodafone outlet at Pamba will remain functional from November 21, 2016 to the end of Makara Vilakku season, i.e. January 14, 2017.

Withdraw cash from over 120,000 outlets across the country with Vodafone M-Pesa

Digitally load your M-Pesa wallet and withdraw cash from your nearest outlet

Vodafone India, committed to supporting the Government’s bold step to accelerate India’s progress into a less cash economy, today announced a unique cash out facility for its 8.4 million plus Vodafone M-Pesa customers who can withdraw cash using their digital wallet from any of the over 120,000 Vodafone M-Pesa outlets across the country, subject to availability.

Announcing this, Suresh Sethi, Business Head, Vodafone M-Pesa, said: “Vodafone M-Pesa customers do not need to stand in long queues outside ATMs and bank branches for cash. We have invested in building a nationwide network of over 120,000 M-Pesa outlets, equivalent to the numbers of bank branches in the country. Over 56% of these outlets are located in the rural India, enabling last mile disbursement in the hinterland. Our customers can visit any of these outlets and use the unique cash out feature of Vodafone M-Pesa to withdraw cash from their digital wallet at their convenience. Further, the Vodafone M-Pesa digital wallet too can be easily digitally loaded via credit or debit card or net banking. Additionally, the Vodafone M-Pesa wallet can also be used to shop online, pay bills and remit money to family and friends. Such comprehensive features, a nationwide distribution and service network and the unique cash out facility make Vodafone M-Pesa the ideal digital wallet for masses.”

To avail the cash withdrawal facility, customers need to carry an identity proof to their nearest Vodafone M-Pesa outlet from where they can withdraw money, subject to availability, in line with RBI guidelines.

As India’s largest banking correspondent, Vodafone M-Pesa leverages the reach of mobile technology, effectively bringing the bank to the mobile. In addition to enabling financial inclusion and offering the convenience of a digital wallet for easy transactions, its unique cash out feature makes it the ideal for all users, enabling them to digitise cash, remit it to family and friends, pay bills and/or withdraw it at their convenience,

To start using Vodafone M-Pesa, customers just need to download the Vodafone M-Pesa App. The App welcomes all M-Pesa users ((both Vodafone and non-Vodafone customers), intuitively and prompts existing users to Login and new users to register for M-Pesa. With the ‘M-Pesa App’, consumers can very conveniently recharge their mobile & DTH, pay their Post-paid, Electricity, Gas and Landline bills from their mobile with a click of few buttons. As a special gesture, the customers can load their wallets using, debit cards, credit cards and net banking free of cost.

Vodafone India Welcomes Government’s Continuing Initiatives to Enhance Ease of Doing Business and Support Telecom Sector Growth

Vodafone India has welcomed the recent Right of Way (RoW) rules issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT)

Thanking the Minister Shri Manoj Sinha and Secretary Shri J S Deepak for taking another progressive step to support the growth of the Indian telecom sector that also enhances the ease of doing business in the country, Mr. Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, said, “The Prime Minister and the government have taken several pioneering initiatives towards actualising the vision of Digital India. In the telecom sector itself, during the last two and a half years, several progressive steps have been taken transforming India from spectrum scarce to a spectrum surplus nation.

Game-changers like EKYC using Aadhaar for on boarding customers and GST are being introduced. The ROW Rules 2016 so published are another major step towards making processes simple and progressing towards a stable and transparent policy regime. It will further contribute immensely towards improving ease of doing business, hasten roll out of networks, help attract more investments and enable a faster realisation of Digital India, which at Vodafone India, we are committed to.”

Vodafone India Begins Free Sim Upgrade In Punjab Circle

UPGRADE TO VODAFONE 4G SIM AND ENJOY FREE 2GB 3G DATA

Commercial services on 4G to be launched soon in Punjab
Customers can upgrade to 4G Sims at their convenience at any Vodafone store, Vodafone Mini Store and 6000+ multi brand outlets across Punjab

As Vodafone India enters the final stages of bringing the world’s largest 4G network to Punjab, it announced today, the availability of 4G SIMs with an attractive data offer- 2GB of free 3G data on 4G enabled smartphones. The offer is applicable to all existing Vodafone customers who have a 4G enabled smartphone and opt for a 4G ready SIM. Vodafone 4G SIMs are available at all Vodafone Stores, Vodafone Mini Stores and 6000+ multi brand outlets located across the circle. Initially the 4G services will be launched in select towns of Punjab.

Pre-paid customers can enjoy the one time offer of 2GB 3G data for free, for a period of ten days while post-paid customers can avail the benefit for one bill cycle. Customers will need to use their 4G ready SIM on a 4G enabled handset only.

With the new a Vodafone SuperNet™ 4G SIM, customers will continue to enjoy uninterrupted mobile internet with an additional 2GB of free 3G data which will be added to the customers data balance within 48 hours of the SIM exchange.

To ensure a smooth and seamless exchange of 4G ready SIMs, these are being made available in advance of the commercial launch of Vodafone’s 4G services in Punjab. A formal announcement regarding the launch, which is expected soon, will be made in due course. To avail the 4G services, customers will need to use their 4G ready SIM in a 4G enabled handset.

Customers can walk into any nearby Vodafone Store, Vodafone Mini Store or 6000+ multi brand outlets across Punjab and get their 4G ready SIM free of cost with a hassle free exchange process. With the new 4G ready SIM, they will continue to enjoy uninterrupted mobile internet experience as per their existing plans and will be automatically upgraded to 4G as soon as the services are launched commercially in Punjab.

Announcing this, Rajat Avasthi, Business Head, Punjab, HP and J&K, Vodafone India, said, “Vodafone is one of the leading telecommunication services providers in Punjab and our 5 million+ customers in the region have a lot to look forward to. We have made 2GB of 3G DATA free for our customers to start experiencing the benefits be 4G and be ready to enjoy high speed mobile internet services as soon as these are launched commercially. We are excited and fully geared up to launch our 4G services on the superior 1800 MHz band in Punjab very soon.”

Vodafone has successfully tested its 4G services on its robust network architecture coupled with strong backup to support the expected volumes and speed requirements of its customers. In the past few months, Vodafone has invested significantly in modernizing its existing network, incorporating the latest advances in technology making it more resilient and energy efficient.

Customers can switch to a 4G ready SIM following these easy steps

1. Walk in to any nearby Vodafone Store, Vodafone Mini Store or multi brand outlet and place your request for 4G ready SIM
2. To activate the 4G SIM card, use your existing Vodafone number to SMS ‘SIMEX ’ to 55199 (this number will be available on the new SIM card/jacket given to you)
3. You will receive a response SMS from 55199 with partial SIM number entered
4. Please send the last 6 digits of the new SIM number to 55199 within 2 hours of receiving the SMS mentioned in the above step
5. You will receive a success SMS, post which your 4G ready SIM will be activated within 20 minutes.
6. Subsequently, replace your old SIM in the handset with the new 4G ready SIM and continue to enjoy un-interrupted Vodafone services.
7. You will enjoy benefits of high speed 4G services as soon as they are launched commercially in Punjab

In case customers face any issues with the SIM upgrade process, they can call 199 or seek assistance from our staff at any Vodafone retail store.

Vodafone has already launched its high speed 4G services in Kerala, Kolkata, Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal (ROB). Vodafone is in the process of rolling out Vodafone SuperNet™ 4G services across more circles, taking it to 2400 towns in 17 telecom circles.

Vodafone ties up with Google Cloud to bring G Suite to Indian enterprises

Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has tied up with Google Cloud to offer G Suite – a set of intelligent productivity, communication and collaboration applications – on a pay-as-you-go model, securely from the cloud with easy access from any device.

In its mission to build Ready Businesses in India, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, has tied up with Google Cloud to offer G Suite to Indian enterprises. G Suite is a set of intelligent apps – Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more – designed with real-time collaboration and machine intelligence to bring people together and help them work smarter.

Under this tie-up, Vodafone enterprise customers can conveniently and securely access G Suite in a pay-per-use, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. With G Suite securely delivered from the cloud, Vodafone will support enterprises from on-boarding and activation right up to migration and service support through a dedicated Cloud Support Team.

Making the announcement, Nick Gliddon, Director, Vodafone Business Services, said, “We are delighted to work with Google to help Indian enterprises benefit from substantial productivity gains through the adoption of G Suite using Vodafone.

Vodafone is widely acknowledged as an enterprise mobility leader. With our cloud delivery model, we are now well positioned as a total communications partner to Indian enterprises embarking on their digital journeys.”

VODAFONE U ROCK ON 2 LIVE CONCERT ENTHRALLED DELHIITES

Vodafone U, first-of-its-kind lifestyle proposition for youth and the much awaited musical drama film Rock On 2, enthralled Vodafone music lovers with their exclusive Rock On 2 with U Concert live at Ramjas College, New Delhi today.

Vodafone fans were overwhelmed with the rocking performance and foot tapping music by the Rock On 2 team – Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal.

The rocking evening was a part of the multi-city concerts being held exclusively for Vodafone U customers in Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi. As a part of the engagement initiatives around Rock On 2 with U Concert, Vodafone invited youngsters to participate in the contest #JoinTheBand, giving them once-in-a-lifetime experience to chill with Farhan, Shraddha and the Rock On 2 band backstage.

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Commenting on the Rock On 2 with U Concert, Sandeep Kataria, Director- Commercial Vodafone India. “Music is a huge passion point for the millennials today. Vodafone U – our youth proposition has tied up with Rock On 2, the much awaited musical film to provide our young customers a fantastic “money can’t buy” music experience and build connect like never before.”

Speaking about the association, Farhan Akhtar, said, “As always the crowd in Delhi was an amazing audience and I thoroughly enjoyed performing at the Vodafone U- Rock On 2 concert here. The evening turned out to be an epic one because the audience kept cheering us and expressing their adulation song after song.”

Vodafone U offers a bundle of benefits that will keep the young patrons always connected with friends and fun via the world of internet, voice, music plus exciting digital offers and experiences. Vodafone U is designed to provide an all-in-one prepaid offering to address all the needs of the youngsters. All the features available as a part of Vodafone U can be accessed by downloading the Vodafone app on one’s smartphone.

Vodafone India Intensifies 4G Deployment

Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G to be available in 2,400 towns and across 8 more circles

Assam & North East, Maharashtra & Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and UP (W) to soon have the World’s largest 4G Network

Mumbai, November 10, 2016: Following the successful launch of its Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services across nine circles, Vodafone India today announced that it will soon make available the world’s largest 4G network available in 2,400 towns and across 8 additional circles by March 2017.

Key circles of Assam & North East, Maharashtra & Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and UP (W) will shortly join Mumbai, Delhi & NCR, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, UP (East) and West Bengal in offering Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services.

Announcing this next phase of 4G rollout, Sunil Sood, MD and CEO, Vodafone India said, “We are actively working to expand 4G coverage in our circles across the country to offer our hundreds of million customers world-class data experience. We have enhanced our 4G roll out plans following the spectrum auction in which we emerged as the biggest winners. Utilising this spectrum won, we will make available Vodafone SuperNetTM 4G services nationwide in 2400 towns and across 8 additional circles by the end of this fiscal instead of 1000 towns as announced earlier. Our investments in creating a modern and scalable network and partnering with leading global technology infrastructure service providers, is enabling aggressive network rollout in terms of pace and scale of deployment.”

Vodafone India had recently modernized and upgraded its entire network across the country to Vodafone SuperNet™, empowering customers to enjoy a superior network experience and remain confidently connected at all times.