Watchdog - Streaming Stan on Vodafone

By AdNews | 3 July 2015
As featured in AdNews magazine, Watchdog is that mighty defender of consumers against BS marketing and advertising claims.

Vodafone: Hi, how can I help?

Watchdog: Hi, my name is [gives a cunning alias] and I'm currently on a $70 per month plan and was wondering how much Stan I could stream under that account...

Vodafone: Let me have a look for you...it looks like on a $70 plan you could download 4GB.

Watchdog: Realistically, how much could I stream using a 4G system?

Vodafone: If you were streaming 4G you would be downloading 30mb per minute.

Watchdog: Is that high or low definition?

Vodafone: It will default to low or medium quality.

Watchdog: So that's about two hours a month not taking into account any other data usage. That doesn't sound like a lot. Do you have any guidance on how much data people use day-to-day? Obviously the Stan access would be seperate to that...

Vodafone: I can't really answer that question. Every customer is different.

Watchdog: Still, two-odd hours a month.

Vodafone: The $70 a month plan is our minimum though, and there are data packs you can add on if you need more.


THE FINAL RECKONING:

Watchdog reckons that if you're streaming movies and TV via a smartphone on a 4G network, you're doing it wrong. Nonetheless, the implict promise of a streaming nirvana probably isn't real yet.

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