Vodafone has announced a new Work And Play package, which adds a second broadband connection to your home to ensure Wi-Fi speeds stay stable when some members of your household are bingeing boxsets back-to-back at the same time as others are hosting video conferences and downloading time-critical files. The move follows a similar one from BT, which is also designed to help homes struggling to meet the demands of working, studying, relaxing and socialising at home.
As millions of people look to work from home for the foreseeable future, Vodafone believes its Work and Play offer will appeal to those looking for bulletproof internet connections to keep everyone connected. And best of all, you don’t need to be an existing Vodafone customer to take out a second line with the firm.
However, those who already have a Vodafone-branded SIM card in their pocket will get a discount on the monthly cost of the second internet connection. Anyone who signs up to a second line from Vodafone will receive its latest WiFi Hub router, which lets you manage your connections from the companion app on your iOS or Android smartphone. Of course, that means you’ll have to find room for two different routers in your house, which could be a headache if you live in a cramped flat.
You’ll also need to be careful that you haven’t placed your router anywhere where interference might be deteriorating your Wi-Fi signal.
For existing pay monthly smartphone customers, prices start from as little as £21 a month on Vodafone’s 35Mbps Superfast Broadband. If that’s not quite enough oomph for the amount of working/playing you’re planning to do at home, existing Vodafone customers can upgrade to 67Mbps on the second line for £23 a month.
For new customers without a mobile plan, prices start at £23 a month for the same Superfast Broadband plan and rise to £25 a month for 67Mbps Superfast Broadband, which Vodafone says represents a saving of some £700 in comparison to a similar second-line service from BT.