We’re big fans of the Vodafone Mobile Broadband service. It’s served us well in many situations, giving a glance of what a a truly connected future will be like. We’ve used it for years to provide live coverage of product launches, as well as politically important local politics events, like the Isle of Wight council threatening to close half of the Island’s Primary schools.
Vodafone have just announced that it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten countries around the world.
Those countries are Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.
When they will be available is currently unclear beyond, “later this year.”
The wording that Vodafone has used is interesting, saying they “will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network,” which leads us to suspect that these might not be exclusive deals in these countries, a departure from the Apple iPhone deals have happened to date.
More when we hear it.
A Vodafone customer in Darlington got the shock of his life before new year, when he learned from Vodafone that he’d racked up a huge mobile data bill.
A ‘friend’ of his had told him that he could wire his mobile phone to his laptop to use it as modem. After signing up for a £41.50/month deal, Ian Simpson from Darlington, thought he could use it without limit.
Continue reading £27,000 Mobile Phone Bill Shock
Mobile mega-company Vodafone has waved its enormous wad in the direction of Europe and acquired the Italian and Spanish assets of telecoms firm Tele2 AB for an eye-watering £537 million.
The Swedish-owned Tele2 enjoys a big presence in Italy, offering fixed-line and Internet services to more than 2.6 million users, including 400,000 broadband customers.
Continue reading Vodafone Scoops Up Spanish And Italian Broadband Firm
Camera and video
The onboard 2MP camera produced reasonable enough results although the accompanying thunderous shutter sound effect is likely to startle sleeping babies and send nearby cattle stampeding. We sure it’s in there somewhere, but we couldn’t find a way to turn the ruddy thing off.
Continue reading Palm Treo 500v Review: Smartphone (Part 3/3: 87%)
In part one we took a look at the Palm Treo 500v’s ergonomics and form factor, and in part two we’ll see how it shapes up as a phone.
Booting up the Treo for the first time took around 30 seconds, with a succession of logos appearing on screen: first the Palm logo, followed by Vodafone’s animated feast of redness and finally the Window Mobile branding.
Continue reading Palm Treo 500v Review: Smartphone (Part 2)
As anyone who has been tracking the various ups and (considerable) downs of Palm’s fortunes recently will know, there’s quite a lot hanging on this latest release for the company.
Continue reading Palm Treo 500v Review: Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Vodafone UK have announced details of their new handset lineup, which includes an exclusive agreement to offer the F700 smart phone from Samsung.
Touted as an ‘iPhone rival,’ the touchscreen- packing Samsung offers audio and video playback, 3G and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) support – potentially providing speeds as high as 7.2Mbit/sec – and a ‘proper’ hardware pull-down QWERTY keyboard.
Continue reading Vodafone’s New Handset Line Up Includes iPhone Rival, Samsung F700
Early this morning, Vodafone released news that it had decided not to exercise it’s Put option to sell its $10Bn interest in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications.
This is the fifth and last year that they had to exercise this option after Verizon Wireless was formed in 2002 when Verizon Communications and Vodafone decided to pool their US operations.
Vodafone Chief Executive, Arun Sarin, recently said that he thought the currently value of the shared they hold to be $15 billion.
It’s understood that Verizon won’t be particularly happy about this, as they’re keen to get their hand on the whole venture.
Where does the insanity of the iPhone coverage go now? The US hoopla is over, so the media needs another hook, and today sees it heighten – the battle of the European operators to have the exclusive for the iPhone.
Continue reading T-Mobile iPhone European Deal? Official “No Comment”