You don’t have to be on a Vodafone contract to access the rewards app VeryMe. Here’s how anyone can get it, and how to use it to save money at the cinema and more.
- How anyone can get Vodafone’s VeryMe rewards
- If you’re already with Vodafone
- If you’re not with Vodafone
- Are the deals any good?
- How to get Odeon tickets from £3.50
- Is it worth switching to Vodafone for?
- How does it compare to Three’s Wuntu and O2 Priority?
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Vodafone has joined Three (Wuntu) and O2 (Priority) to offer customers offers and freebies via a loyalty app. Like the rival apps, I think VeryMe is hit and miss, but there are some decent offers on there.
How to get VeryMe rewards
You access the deals via an app. If you’re already with Vodafone then all you need to do is download the My Vodafone app. This lets you manage your account. There’s also a button on the app’s home page labelled VeryMe Rewards. Click on this to see all the deals.
If you’re not with Vodafone then you obviously need to join the network – but you don’t have to ditch your current provider. First you need to unlock your phone. You might actually find it already is, but you can call your network to ask them to confirm. If it is you’ll need to ask them to unlock it. They might charge you if you’re still in the first six months or year of a contract.
Once it’s unlocked you can request a free Pay-as-you-go SIM from Vodafone. I ordered mine online and it arrived within a few days. Whack this in your phone and you’ll be able to connect to the Network and validate the My Vodafone app. You need to get a 4G signal for this – something I struggled with!
Once this is done you can put your normal SIM back in the phone – but you’ll still have access to the My Vodafone app.
You’re nearly all set – but here’s the catch. Unlike similar tricks with O2 and Three, you need to put £10 on the SIM in order to see the deals. And you can only use them for the next six weeks. After this you’ll need to top-up again by £10, and you’ll get access for another six weeks. And so on.
Are the deals any good?
In the six weeks I used the app I only actually took advantage of two deals – and they weren’t amazing. However, there were a few freebies which would be welcome if you like Costa Coffee or have a Millies Cookies near you. Here are some of the offers that appeared in the first six weeks:
- Two Odeon tickets for £7 – this runs every week
- Free Millie’s cookie – this has run a few times
- Free Costa Coffee – again, this has been a regular deal
- Free Tesco lunch meal deal
- £10 credit to spend on movie rentals at Chili (from a set selection)
There has also been a range of discount codes and free trials, though nothing that stood out to me as better than what you’d find with a quick internet search.
So at first glance, it seems you’d probably break even if you did choose to top-up by £10 every six weeks, if not be a few quid better off. But it’s worth asking yourself whether you’d buy these things anyway, and if it’s worth the hassle just to get the odd freebie.
However, if you regularly go to an Odeon to see films then this could be a big saver. Here’s how to make it work.
Is the Odeon offer on Vodafone’s VeryMe any good?
The offer is £7 for two Odeon tickets any day of the week, at any time of the day. You get one code every week, with new ones issued on a Thursday. You can use the code at all Odeons except the posher Luxe screens, or the BFI and Leicester Square locations in London. And I think that’s pretty good. It’s hard, though not impossible, to beat this £3.50 a ticket offer.
Of course with the £10 top-up, that makes the real cost £17 for two tickets, or £8.50 per ticket. Not so great, especially if you are going on a Tuesday or Wednesday when you can use Meerkat Movies. This offers two-for-one tickets and you can get access for just £1 a year. And if you can go to different chains you can often get the price down on other days.
However there are quite a few Odeons where this is still a good saving, even on child prices. This is especially the case in London and at weekends when prices can be £12.50 or more.
But to really max your savings you need to time your top-up so you go at least twice in a six week period. Do this and the price drops down to £6 a ticket. If you manage three visits, you’re paying just over a fiver. And when the six week period ends you don’t need to add money on straight away. You can wait until your next visit before topping up, starting the cycle again.
Is it worth switching to Vodafone for VeryMe?
If you’re already on Vodafone then it’s good to nab these extras, but I wouldn’t move your contract over just for this. You can usually get a far cheaper deal by going SIM only at a challenger network, and you’ll probably save more money every month than you can claim in freebies.
And for most of you I don’t think the Pay-as-you-go trick detailed above will be worth the effort or occasional £10 top up. However, if you do go to an Odeon regularly at the weekend – at least twice every six weeks – then it’s a good way to pay less for your tickets.
How does it compare to Three’s Wuntu and O2 Priority?
I’m with Three and regularly check the Wuntu app, while Becky is with O2. I think both are a touch better than VeryMe, but the freebies and offers with all three can be very dependent on where you live. For example, this week Wuntu had a free Lindt chocolate bar from a WH Smiths Travel shop. I only have a normal Smiths near me, so I couldn’t use it.
All three are nice to have features, but I wouldn’t choose these networks just for the extras. Price and signal should be your main motivators. And since you can get both Wuntu and O2 Priority for free with an unlocked phone and free SIM card, there’s no reason you can’t get them anyway.