The mobile operator and ISP Vodafone has now enriched its existing range of residential fixed lines “Professional broadbandâ(FTTC / FTTP) by integrating Amazon’s Alexa AI personal voice assistant in their packâSuper Wi-Fi Plusâ(Mesh network), which has also been upgraded to support Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
Just to recap. “from Vodafone”Pro“, which come at an additional cost (from Â£ 38 per month for 35 Mbps), launched in March 2021 (here) and were seen as a response to BT’s similar Halo plans. 4G-based mobile broadband backup (automatically switches to 4G if your service is interrupted), Super Wi-Fi (a mesh system for guaranteed Wi-Fi in every room), 12 months of free Norton 360 Premium antivirus , Xperts Wi-Fi (enhanced technical support) and promise to upgrade customers once FTTP is available.
Finally, all Pro customers who also have a qualifying airtime plan with us can save up to Â£ 3 per month on their bill with a Vodafone Set reduction (i.e. bundling with a mobile plan). In addition to this, there is also an option to switch to “Pro XtraâPlans for an additional Â£ 8 per month, which includes Apple TV 4K, unlimited landline and mobile calls, with no contractual price increase, as well as Apple TV + which is included free for 3 months for new Apple TV + subscribers.
The key change today is that they have integrated Alexa and Wi-Fi 6 into their “NewâSuper WiFi boosters, which among other things give households the ability to listen to music, check the news, set reminders and activate Internet downtime, etc. Pay monthly on mobile Plans can also use Vodafone’s OneNumber service to make and receive calls on their Super WiFi Plus booster with Alexa, using their existing mobile phone number and allowance.
Max Taylor, Director of Consumers at Vodafone UK, said:
âWe launched Vodafone Pro Broadband earlier this year to provide our customers with unbreakable broadband at an unbeatable price. Now, we’re taking it a step further by adding this amazing, unique broadband service built into Alexa, bringing the latest technology into our customers’ homes, making family life even easier.
However, Vodafone’s announcement does not specify whether existing customers with their Super Wi-Fi mesh system will be able to benefit from the new Alexa functionality (i.e. via a firmware upgrade), or whether it will not. ‘is only available for new subscribers. We assume this is only for new customers, given the significant changes to the devices, but this is currently under review and we will let you know soon.
In addition, for each new and existing Vodafone Together customer, Vodafone will provide a person in need with a SIM card, loaded with 20 GB of data as well as free calls and SMS each month for one year. The ‘Buy One, Give One’ initiative aims to ensure connectivity reaches those who need it most, with SIM cards being distributed through Trussell Trust’s UK network of food bank centers.