Category Archives: Vodafone
Now WhatsApp runs on some Nokia S40 devices but not on all Indian networks
One of our most read stories ever is ‘Nokia update N73 Software‘ – despite the fact that this news item was written back in 2008. The article has created false hope for N73 owners (particularly those based in India) who are desperately hoping that an OS (system) update will enable this workhorse Symbian smartphone to run the WhatsApp messaging app. It doesn’t fix the problem. For the umpteenth time, can we repeat that the N73 cannot run WhatsApp? We’ve explained why this is in this story … ‘Nokia S60 handsets capable of running WhatsApp‘. Now we’ve had a new twist to this long running saga. One reader has discovered that WhatsApp will indeed run on certain Nokia S40 handsets. Including some that don’t have support for Wi-fi – such as the Nokia X2. Continue reading
Males under 30 placing orders for 5s & 5c on 4G says Phones 4u’s Hooton
Comments just released from Phones 4u‘s COO, Scott Hooton, show that demand for the new iPhone 5c and 5s is strongest amongst males under 30 who want to connect the device to a 4G Network. This flies in the face of the general perception that the latest smartphones from Apple have tanked. No-one should underestimate the loyalty of Apple fanboys it seems. Hooton revealed that not only are pre-orders for the two new models strong, Phoes 4u is “predicting that the new handsets will set a record as generating the most pre-registrations ever at Phones 4u.” Wow. The smartphones go on official release in the UK on September 20th . Continue reading
Inside job nets two million customer records
Vodafone Germany has been forced to admit that an independent contractor had stolen the details of over two million of its customers in that country. The admission means that German Vodafone customers should be alert to signs of ‘phishing’ on both the fixed and mobile internet. GoMo News recommends smartphone users should immediately install a mobile security app that helps protect against identity theft. Such apps are frequently actually free. The news follows the announcement that Dutchman Jeroen Hoencamp has been appointed as the CEO of Vodafone UK after Guy Laurence left to join Canadian Telco, Rogers Communications. He has been replaced as CEO of Vodafone Ireland by Anne O’Leary. Continue reading
Only the 5S has Touch ID Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button
Well, we were wrong about Apple waiting until tomorrow [September 11th 2013] to announce the iPhone 5C as well as the 5S. Details of both are now on the official Apple web site. Interestingly, only the 5S has Touch ID Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button. (See our previous story Massive speculation about forthcoming iPhone’s fingerprint recognition). The most important thing from the UK perspective is that there are at least four flavours of the iPhone 5S. And at least one model – supports bands 20 and 7 – meaning that they will run on Vodafone and O2′s version of 4G. (See Wrong kind of L-T-Es on iPhone 5). Continue reading
Could push share price to 310p
Analysts at research firm Sanford C. Bernstein believes Britain’s Vodafone could be soon be a takeover target once the Verizon deal has gone through. With its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless no longer part of the equation, analysts believe Vodafone will be small enough to be swallowed whole by the likes of America’s AT&T which as long been looking to expand into Europe, or Japanese telco, SoftBank, which earlier this year acquired a 70 per cent controlling stake in US rival Sprint for $21.6 billion. Continue reading
Special report from our Indian correspondent
India is becoming one of the key mobile phone markets worldwide in terms of year-on-year growth, and with the imminent arrival of 4G networks in the country, that will be even more the case more so from next year  on.
The Indian government is currently auctioning 4G licenses, and it is estimated that by the end of 2013 a total of 13 cities will be covered by 4G networks. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs] awarded with the licenses will offer services on the TD-LTE (time division–long term evolution) standard over LTE band 40 (2300 MHz). The number of TD-LTE ready handsets available to Indian consumers is, however, surprisingly low. Continue reading
Vodafone investors can expect to receive one of the biggest ever payouts in corporate history following the operator’s sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless.
A massive 71 per cent of the proceeds are expected to be handed back in cash and shares, equating to around $84 billion.
“This is a very substantial return to individual shareholders and investment funds that are relied upon by savers and pensioners in the UK, US and internationally, rewarding our investors for their long-term support.” said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao yesterday (2nd August 2013), after the deal was apparently settled with a simple handshake at a hotel.
Under the terms of the settlement, Vodafone will receive £38 billion in cash, £39 billion in Verizon stock and a further £7.1 billion made up of smaller transactions. Continue reading
Nokia finally makes it into the Top Ten with the WP8 Lumia 520 smartphone
In the latest uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker survey, Apple smartphones have taken the Top Three slots as the most searched for handsets – with the iPhone 5 sitting in Pole Position. This has sent Samsung’s Galaxy S4 tumbling to fourth position. Here at GoMo News we reckon that it is cynical Brits are cashing in on a potential bargain which has caused the iPhone 5 to top the rankings. After all, they all know that once Apple announces its latest handset(s) this month, nobody will want the iPhone 5. Therefore, resellers will be desperate to get the iPhone 5 off their shelves – now! However, there’s good news for Nokia too because the Lumia 520 has entered the chart at Number Ten. Continue reading
But what will it do with all the money?
In what looks like a landmark decision for the global telecoms industry, directors of US mobile network operator (MNO) Verizon Wireless will meet later today (2nd September 2013) to vote on whether to acquire Vodafone’s 45 per cent stake in their joint US mobile venture. For years speculation has been rife about when and if Vodafone would yield to Verizon’s overtures, with matters complicated by the fact that the US venture has since grown into a huge cash cow for both sides, inflating any buy-out price. Capital gains tax liability is another major consideration, though under UK laws Vodafone may be spared the worst of this on the basis that it is disposing of a major asset. Continue reading
Quite frankly, we never saw the synergies
Shares in Vodafone surged in the UK to 204 pence – which is a 12 year high, after it was officially confirmed that Vodafone is in talks with Verizon Communications of the USA. Vodafone actually owns a 45 per cent chunk of Verizon Wireless as the result of a much earlier acquisition of the US based network Airtouch in 1999. We couldn’t see the logic in Vodafone holding a stake in a cdmaOne based network when its expertise lay with GSM based networks. Well, it may receive as much as £84 billion ($130 billion) for its stake which is higher than Vodafone’s current capitalisation. So hanging on in there has paid off. Continue reading
It also doesn’t helps if you don’t live in London
Vodafone UK has finally managed the commercial roll out of its 4G/LTE network to those living in London today [August 29th 2013]. Which means that Ofcom handed EE (formerly Everything Everywhere] virtually a ten month lead in 4G over its rivals – 3UK, O2 and Vodafone. However, here at GoMo News we think that the most irritated Vodafone customers will be those who like Formula 1 racing (F1) or who already own a 4G ready Nokia Lumia 925 handset (for example). That’s because there’s no Windows Phone 8 (WP8) version of Sky Sports Mobile TV and F1 isn’t included in the Sky package offered to Vodafone 4G customers. Continue reading
Ten month head start equates to a million customers already
A belated 4G roll-out today (29th August 2013) by Britain’s O2 and Vodafone carriers has had the shine further wiped off it by EE, which says that its own network has now passed a milestone with over 100 towns covered. EE, the nation’s biggest operator and which owns Orange and T-Mobile, also says it will continue rolling out its 4G network to an additional nine towns this month, aiming to reach 98 per cent of the UK population by the end of 2014. Continue reading
Smartphone users twice as likely to churn networks, analysts predicts
Well, with Vodafone and O2 set to launch their UK 4G services tomorrow (September 29th 2013), the UK will finally come to the forefront of the European 4G market say Analysys Mason principal analysts Ronan de Renesse and Chris Nicoll. However, the pair argue that 3UK’s all-you-can-eat mobile data plan and no 4G price premium approach will be difficult to beat. EE –which has enjoyed a near 4G monopoly in the UK for around ten months has already altered its pricing plans in response to 3’s unlimited data plans. Continue reading
Sadly F1 isn’t included in the Sky content deal
Well, it was on the cards really. If you want to illustrate just how useful 4G’s high data speeds are, you provide content which showcases it elegantly. That’s exactly what Vodafone has just done in the UK with the announcement that it will offer new 4G subscribers the choice of either footie (soccer) or music through deal with Sky Sports and Spotify. We’re not sure whether the UK public will pick up on the fact that Vodafone’s version of 4G will work better indoors than EE’s. However, according to uSwitch.com’s telecoms guru, Ernest Doku, Vodafone has made a clever move with its Data Test Drive offer. We’d agree with him. Continue reading
Launch of Ultrafast 4G plans with a choice of more than 20 million songs or over 150 hours of Premier League football built in
Worry-free, unlimited data for three months; unlimited calls and texts and double the data available on standard Vodafone Red plans
Ultrafast 4G coming to London on 29 August with 12 more [...]