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Vodafone offers prepaid customers free weekend data and international calls

After two popular "freebie weekends" in 2014, Vodafone is now offering prepaid customers free data and international calls to five countries from now until April.

Vodafone prepaid customers will now be able to live the telco's slogan with free data weekends. Vodafone

Vodafone is axing data charges for prepaid customers every weekend from this weekend until April 26, 2015, as well as offering free standard international calls to its five most popular overseas destinations -- China, India, New Zealand, the US and the UK.

The "weekend freedom trial", as Vodafone has dubbed it, is available to all customers on AU$30, AU$40 and AU$50 Prepaid Caps across Australia. According to the telco, it will help prepaid customers gauge how much data they use, without having to worry about burning through their cap.

Vodafone says the decision to offer the free deal to prepaid customers came out of combining its "two most popular weekend freebie events of last year -- free data and international calling" into one event.

That free international calling weekend took place in October last year to celebrate the company's 21st anniversary in Australia. However, the free data weekend -- which saw customers use more than 590 terabytes worth of data, more than double the usual weekend traffic -- was less of a celebratory event, offered as an olive branch after customers were affected by a major network outage.

Regardless, this new offer is win-win for new customers who will be able to enjoy the free calls (to both international landline and mobile numbers) and free data for a total of 12 weekends, rather than just one.

Each weekend the prepaid free-for-all starts at 12 a.m. Saturday and runs through until 11.59 p.m. Sunday night, wrapping up for good a minute before midnight on Sunday April 26. The offer starts this weekend on February 7, and all the details can be found on Vodafone's website.