Vodafone’s Red Hot service allows you to rent a new phone every 12 months

by: Brendan LynchNovember 15, 2012

When it comes to American phone carriers, upgrades and contracts are a complete nightmare. For most people in the U.S., when you buy a phone you must wait 2 years before you can buy another. This is of course completely illogical because at the rate technology is currently progressing, your Android phone is out of date if you’ve had it longer than 2 months. At the same time, these carriers are completely eliminating unlimited contracts and moving to only tiered plans.

Vodafone on the other hand, is taking an entirely different approach. Instead of purchasing a phone at discounted pricing and being locked into that phone for two years, you can simply rent it. With Vodafone’s Red Hot service, you simply pay a little for the phone, and then a year later, you give it back and get a new one. With this system you get a new phone every year while still maintaining a generally cheap phone payment.

The only aspect of this plan that might not sit well with customers is that you actually pay monthly for the hardware. As an example, the Galaxy S3 is currently priced at £47 per month under this plan, with the fee including unlimited voice minutes and text messages and 2GB of data. Still, on the long run, getting such a deal might be more admirable than paying significantly more up front.

UK Android handset buyers, will you sign up for Vodafone’s Red Hot plan?

  • £47p/m is a ludicrous sum of money just to have a new toy to play with every year.

    • smasta

      Be thankful you don’t live in the us then, we pay significantly more than that monthly w/ 2 year contract and down payment on phone

      • Justin W

        That’s actually about $75, which is only $5 less than what I pay. I wouldn’t switch to that just to have a new toy each year, but it’s only a little less than what a lot of people pay.

  • henrihenrynl

    must wait 2 years …. Android out of date in 2 months….

    seriously? you cant sell it off on ebay and buy a new one, man, that sucks 1990 style.BTW most phones will do all the things you ask of it fine in android 2.3

  • as someone mentioned you can buy phone everyday at regular price. price that you . talking about is not the base price. So if you want discount, than you have to wait for contact to expire. There are many Android phones older than 2 years, they’re working perfectly still. It’s just that thing that we all want newest gadgets. Who can make money from this? Cellphone renters. With that option you can easily rent new device for a month or two and see how it goes. Maybe you not gonna need it at all after “test” period.