Press Release | 29 Jan 2018

Vodafone UK and Martin Freeman Reunite in Action Thriller to Launch V by Vodafone

Vodafone UK and Martin Freeman Reunite in Action Thriller to Launch V by Vodafone

In a comical case of mistaken identity, Vodafone and Martin Freeman show how new Internet of Things products help us keep track of the things we care about most.

Martin Freeman is spotted by a mysterious stranger while going down an escalatorIn a comical case of mistaken identity, Vodafone & Freeman show how new Internet of Things products help us keep track of the things we care about most

Today Vodafone & WPP Team Red (O&M London & Wavemaker) debut a fully integrated campaign marking the launch of V by Vodafone. A new category in the market, Vodafone is bringing this exciting range of smart devices to life across TV, digital and social. The V by Vodafone product range currently includes car, pet and bag trackers and a 4G camera.

The latest spot sees Martin Freeman’s character flung into the world of a spy action thriller. Standing unassumingly on an escalator with his backpack in situ, Freeman finds himself in the midst of a chase, eventually hiding out in the depths of a cupboard. As the couple pursuing Martin catch up with him, he discovers his “adversaries” are using the V-Bag tracking device to keep tabs on the backpack. This reveals that there has been a humourous case of mistaken bag identity.

The campaign is the first installment for 2018 of Martin Freeman’s character’s adventures showing how Vodafone is helping its customers connect and make the most of technology. 2017 saw him bring to life the freedom to roam, the benefits of indoor coverage and how connectivity can lead to a fairytale ending in ‘A Christmas Love Story’. With this latest campaign, Freeman’s adventure shows how everyone can have peace of mind through tracking the belongings they value most.

The integrated campaign features ATL, social and digital executions across the whole V by Vodfone range including: V-Bag, V-Auto, V-Pet and V-Camera. The main TV spot is complemented by two short social executions available to view on the Vodafone UK YouTube channel and product-specific digital creatives which will use camouflage in everyday environments.

Glafkos Persianis, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK, said: “Our latest campaign with Martin Freeman introduces our exciting new product line, V by Vodafone – a new and easy way for our customers to connect devices and keep the things they care about safe and secure. Our hero Martin is not aware of this new technology and therefore finds himself in an exciting secret agent style chase, only to find out he mistakenly took something very dear to somebody else’s heart.”


About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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