Reviewed: Employee perks available for SMEs through O2, EE & Vodafone business plans

by Rasheeda Russell on Jun 07, 2022

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Did you know that as part of your business mobile phone contract you may be able to offer your employees some great perks, at no extra cost to your business!

Whether you choose to use O2, Vodafone or EE, for your business mobiles, each one of them has there own employee incentive scheme that you can offer to your employees. This applies to any business that meets the basic criteria.

We will explore how to qualify for these great schemes, what you can then offer to your employees and then tell you which one we think is best.

Let’s look at the network offerings below:


What’s it called?

Vodafone Advantage 

How do I qualify?

If your business has more than 2 mobile contracts.

What do I get?

Employees can get a 15% discount on a handset or sim only contract. Additionally, they can extend the discount to one friend or family member.

How do I sign up?

This service can be accessed online through Vodafone’s website if the business is registered for it (your business will receive a discount code).

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Other Perks

Vodafone also offers discounted services to NHS, Military and Ministry of Defence workers. You can add your discount by going to their website and inputting your employee code.

If you are an employee, and your business is on Vodafone, then there are some terms and conditions so it’s always best to speak to your HR or IT department to make sure you are eligible.


What’s it called?

EE Perks

How do I qualify?

If you are are a large business (50+ employees) you automatically qualify for EE Perks. The perks scheme does not apply to SMEs < 50 employees.

What do I get?

With EE, your employees will get five 20% discount codes to use each year.
The discount is applied to your monthly line rental. Your employees can also share the discount code between friends and family who can obtain this 20% discount too. This needs to be on a minimum of a 12-month contract.

This perk is available to new and existing customers.

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**Other perks**

Your employees also get the added advantage of getting three months’ worth of free streaming on the BT Sports App (Not on Sky/Virgin)

EE also has a partnership with Apple Music. Your employees can get a free six month subscription on their personal contracts. This is available for new and existing customers, on a device contract or sim only plan, with an iOS or Android phone.

To obtain this Text Music to 150 to get this offer.


What’s it called

O2 Open

How do I qualify?

If your business has mobile contract with O2 and has more than five lines, then your business qualifies for the O2 open perk.

To find out if your company has registered for O2 Open, simply text OPEN, followed by your companies name, to 61202.

What do I get?

Employees can get additional discounts from O2 on their personal mobile phones and tablets.

O2 only offer a discount on their refresh device plans and it ranges from:

25% discount on 3GB and above Airtime Plans (data, minutes and texts)
15% discount on 1GB and above Airtime Plans (data, minutes and texts)

They can claim the discount once they have bought their new phone or tablet. (You will need to give them a code within 28 days of the start of their O2 refresh contact.)

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Other perks

Something which O2 offer outside of your O2 Open Perk is a gift of your choice when you buy a device from them. Whether you’re into TV and movies, music, meditation, books, audiobooks, you want to keep in touch with loved ones overseas, you can find an extra that’s perfect for you.

You also benefit from O2 Priority, which is an amazing app for everyday use. It’s exclusive to O2 customers and brings you great offers from high street brands, tickets, and experiences, as well as access to the best in entertainment.

Planning on going to a gig? Well, you can rest assured and know you can get your priority tickets to thousands of gigs and events across the UK, up to 48 hours before general sale.

You can learn more about Priority here.

In summary

Vodafone: Great to get money off but not much else

EE: The perks are great, however, they do not offer EE Perks for small to medium-sized businesses. They do offer a lot more than Vodafone so your employees can enjoy these perks if you’re a large business.

If you’re a sports enthusiast your employees can benefit from the BT sport subscription and if they love music then the apple music comes in handy on all your devices

Our winner

O2: Not only do your employees get more off their phone bill. Its open to all businesses, not just larger ones. They also get access to the priority app. This is an amazing feature for things like client entertainment, and you can utilise it for almost everything. It connects to your location settings and helps you pick the best offers that are available to you locally.

If you would like to find out more or would like us to give your business mobile phone contract a free health check book in a call with us here.