07-05-2012 07:54 PM
If you'd like a hand setting up the agreement with my team directly, we'll be happy to get in touch to set you a deal up that is eligible for the Employee Advantage Scheme discounts. Simply email us by following the instructions I've sent to you via Private Message. You can find your PM inbox here.
16-05-2012 05:32 PM
05-06-2012 09:05 PM
I work for the NHS but not currently with vodafone (tied into a long 24 month contract unfortunately)
Can I still get this discount for friends and family or must I be a Vodafone customer too??
06-06-2012 10:45 AM
I would think that a huge number of Vodafone's customers could find a relative who works for one of the organisations that qualify for a special discount. Would you really expect all of them to be given a discount even if that relative was not a Vodafone customer?
Doesn't make sense does it. What organisation would you expect to give you a discount just because your sister or cousin or whatever was a nurse but not themselves a customer of that organisation?
07-06-2012 02:16 PM - edited 19-07-2012 02:45 PM
Thanks for your query redarding the Vodafone Employee Advantage scheme. Mari1970 is spot on with her advice in that you personally need to be a Vodafone customer to take advantage of the offer.
For further information, please see the below links or alternatively your company intranet.
07-06-2012 04:20 PM
Can someone from Vodafone please contact me regarding the advantage scheme. I requested for the discount against my partners NHS job, my first contract was accepted but my second contract was declined. I believe you can have 7 numbers against one account for the discount? Anyway, can someone email me so I can send more information
08-06-2012 08:19 AM - edited 08-06-2012 08:27 AM
well not so much a flaw but something you've failed to realise...
you say that it "doesn't make sense" that vodafone would give discounts to friends and family of qualifying non customers..
however there are a few things that you haven't thought about..
1. even with the 20% discount, vodafone will be making a sizeable profit.. especially given that vodafone prices are not very competitive.
2. this promotion is not very well advertised.. not by vodafone and not by HR of participating companies.. so the take up is minimal in any case
3. potentially having 6 new customers sign up to a 18-24 month contract for each NHS worker (considering that the NHS is the largest employer in Europe and top 5 in the world!) is a massive coup for vodafone.
All these things considered amongst others that I haven't mentioned, it does make sense that Vodafone might offer these discounts to an NHS worker who isn't already a customer of Vodafone.
although it doesn't seem like this would be possible, according to Andrew?
08-06-2012 08:26 AM
THanks Andrew for your post.
I have spoken to a few Customer Advisors in the Web Chat and several more in stores and they seem to disagree with you, mari and jeff..
It does seem like I might be able to get the discount for my family and friends without being a customer myself.
I've just noticed that there's a dedicated email address for the scheme.. I will check with them and report back
08-06-2012 12:58 PM
I'll be interested to see how that works out. This is from the terms and conditions of the scheme:
- The Vodafone Employee Advantage offer is only available to employees or contractors of companies that are confirmed participants of the Vodafone Employee Advantage Programme.
08-06-2012 01:08 PM
I can fully understand why you think it would work for Vodafone but I willl explain why I think it would be bad for Vodafone.
1.It does not make sense for any company to reduce its long term margins to attract business - even if the absolute number of customers goes up so will costs and the overall effect of such a move would be a reduction in profitability.
2. It would also hurt short term working capital cash flow and that is the lifeblood of any business.
3. I don't think Vodafone does make sizeable profits in individual contracts - they certainly don't on the phones themselves. The profit on the handsets would amount to a few pounds over several months.
4. Companies like Vodafone are judged internally and externally on a statistic known as ARPU - average revenue per user. This determines their own forecasts and budgets as well as their ability to raise money on the capital markets. If ARPU drops because of wholesale discounting it would have serious adverse effect on their ability to raise new funds.
That is why such schemes of necessity have to be restricted if they are offered at all. Just my own thoughts as a long term commercial financial director - I have no inside knowledge.
08-06-2012 04:53 PM
Thanks jeff, I appreciate you taking the time to explain your viewpoint. You are obviously way more experienced with this sort of thing than I am.
I'll wait and see what the employee scheme department says and report back here.
08-06-2012 09:12 PM
We can certainly take a look for you, so I've sent you a PM which you can access here. Just follow the included instructions and one of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.
Let us know how you go on.
12-06-2012 12:32 PM
I work for a dentist who has an NHS contract. I have an NHS email address which I submitted on the form but my employee number is one of the companies own as oppose to an NHS employee number. Do I qualify for the discount?