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1 year < after 4g launch - kelly Vodafone UK announces successful voice over 4G (LTE) tests

Vodafone makes first successful Voice over LTE call at UK lab in Newbury, UK
Ongoing trial working towards offering crystal clear calls and even higher quality video calling

Press release

August 8th 2014. Less than a year after the launch of its ultrafast 4G service, Vodafone UK has announced it has successfully tested Voice over LTE at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, England. ‘Voice over LTE’, or ‘VoLTE’, is a universal technology allowing voice calls to be carried across a 4G data network (in this case Vodafone’s), instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as most Mobile Network Operators [MNOs] do today. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

Vodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading

Action demanded on stolen contract phone bills

UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise

The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading

Vodafone UK launches national programme focused on rural notspots

Vodafone UK is giving 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to have mobile access
Up to one million people could have mobile coverage in their community using Sure Signal technology
Programme will build on the success of Vodafone’s ‘community-led’ Rural Open Sure Signal trial which gave access to 12 communities across the UK
Vodafone UK spending more than £1 billion on its network and services this year

Press release

July 22nd 2014. Vodafone UK has launched a national programme giving up to 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to apply for mobile access. Vodafone is calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology in their villages and hamlets and bring Vodafone 3G mobile coverage to their area. In addition to Vodafone’s domestic Sure Signal device, up to one million people could have mobile signal in their community.1 Continue reading

Carphone considering becoming MVNO on 3UK

Not sure how this will affect Talk Mobile

According to reports, the UK’s leading mobile retailer, the Carphone Warehouse is in advanced negotiations with mobile network operator [MNO] Three (3UK). The intention is to create a Mobile Virtual Network Operator [MVNO] to rival the likes of Virgin Mobile or Tesco Mobile. The rumour has it that Carphone Warehouse could even launch the MVNO in time for Xmas. GoMo News isn’t quite sure where this leaves Talk Mobile (not to be confused with TalkTalk Mobile) which operates over Vodafone’s mobile network. Continue reading

expanding in asia pacific - gastaut Vodafone & Bmobile announce partner market agreement In Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands

Press release

July 10th 2014. Vodafone and Bemobile Limited (trading as ‘bmobile’) have jointly announced the formation of a new partner market agreement in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.Under the non-equity partnership agreement, bmobile becomes Vodafone’s exclusive partner in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services. bmobile will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and products and services which will enable it to enhance its proposition to customers in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Continue reading

vodafone_woman_with_phone Vodafone launches WorldTraveller roaming for USA & India

Take your UK minutes, texts and data to India for an extra £5 a day

Good news for Vodafone UK’s contract (Pay monthly) customers who want to roam with their mobile phones outside Europe – especially in the USA & India. Leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], has just launched a new plan which enables those on contracts – including business travellers on certain business price plans, to take their existing UK minutes, texts and data with them whilst roaming abroad. Vodafone WorldTraveller is available for just £5 a day (including VAT) in the Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa as well as the USA and India. The deal is positioned as an adjunct to Vodafone EuroTraveller where Vodafone contract customers can roam Europe at a special price of £2 a day. Continue reading

kings arm lockerley Three inTouch beta gets 3UK users out of a black hole

Could some-one kindly share the URL with us?

Here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by existing 3UK prepaid users who claim to be already running the Brit MNO’s [Mobile Network operators] voice over Wi-fi app – Three in Touch. See our original story here. The whole objective for this app is to provide 3UK users with a regular connexion in cellular not-spots (with no radion coverage). So its seems that the MNO’s support centre has decided to give out the URL (link) to the beta version of this particular app. And the app very obviously works although it doesn’t go officially live until the 27th July [2014]. Better still with the beta vesion calls made with Three in Touch are free! Continue reading

Analyst confidence in Vodafone drops

Fears that move to data tariffs won’t yeild expected revenue increases

It appears that market confidence in world leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone has declined give that of the 34 analysts publishing research on the stock, only a third are buyers, the lowest ratio on record – according to a report in the FT. It seems the latest blow was when Merrill Lynch which cut Vodafone off its ‘buy’ list on yesterday. Reasons for this lack of confidence seem to centre on the fact that hope for gains from the switch to concentration on high data tariffs away from voice don’t appear to be paying off. Trading in key markets such as Germany and Italy have shown few signs of improvement. Meanwhile the payback from longer-term investments such as Project Spring, its £19 billion should help revive revenue growth but only from 2017 onwards. Continue reading

First reactions to Amazon’s Fire phone

Actually we think it’s Shazam that’s in deepest trouble

It’s amazing how dazzling Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, must be because the hype seems to have buried the fact that his company has launched a smartphone running a ‘forked’ version of Android. Um, just like that massive success the Nokia X, then? [Sarcasm]. Now GoMo News has read nothing to suggest that the new Amazon Fire smartphone when it is introduced will seriously damage Samsung or Google. Unlike Android which killed Symbian. The thing that strikes us most is the existence of ‘Firefly’ as an app on this phone. This facility can apparently identify songs. Continue reading

new global provider of connected car - brenneis Vodafone to make M2M move with Cobra takeover

Success would provide it with big telematics/M2M/iOT player

Well, Vodafone has found something new to do with its funds war chest inherited by selling its Verizon Wireless stake. It’s going heavily into the telematics/M2M/iOT sector by announcing its intention to voluntary takeover of Cobra Automotive Technologies. Headquartered in Italy and listed on the Milan stock exchange (Borsa Italiana S.p.A), Cobra has operations in a host of countries including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland as well as the UK. Continue reading

telecoms_fraud Surrey women caught up in stolen handset scam

Nasty case of identity theft – be warned

A woman living in Surrey, England has become the victim of a serious mobile phone fraud through an obvious case of identity theft. It resulted in major run-ins with two UK MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] O2 & Vodafone, and could easily have cost her dearly. GoMo News believes this scam is well worth reporting given the degree of sophistication involved. Luckily for her, the woman is a very spritely person despite her many years. The moral of this story is that if unsolicited mobile phones turn up at your home, be very, very careful. Continue reading

IDATE Yearbook is fountain of useful mobile stats

Shame that Ed Vaizey didn’t make it to London event

Weren’t not sure why what must be the ‘Bible’ of statistics for the mobile industry was launched in London at the Royal College of Nursing but it was. The 2014 edition of the Digiworld Yearbook is the product of a thinktank called IDATE . It contains so much useful information that it is difficult to know where to start. Literally, the only disappointment was the fact that the UK’s present minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey had to cry off at the last moment for an important cabinet meeting. What GoMo News is uneasy about, however, is the suggestion that the US market is faring better because it has fewer MNOs [Mobile Network Operators]. We don’t believe it. Continue reading

lebara_tweakker Tweakker’s web app simply switches an iPhone to MVNO data

Could save you from having to unlock the phone

A while back when we ran a story entitled ‘US MVNO Ultra Mobile connects through Tweakker‘ we spotted a reference to a special facility for Apple’s iPhones. The company claimed it can provide, “a unique solution for iPhones where the customer is guided via SMS and web-apps through an automatic setup process.” This turns out to be an extremely useful facility for MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] who know that a large number of potential subscribers want to migrate using their iPhone. The problem is that MVNOs’ APNs [Access Point Names] are not included in Apple’s own iPhone activation ‘process’ files. Without Tweakker’s solution this can prove to be a support nightmare for MVNOs. Continue reading