Category Archives: Vodafone
Vodafone UK promotes Apples & Kindles but not Nokias
Perhaps we are reading too much into this but Vodafone moved very quickly to announce that it will offer Apple’s two new tablets – the iPad Air with Wi-fi + Cellular in the UK on 1st November  and the iPad mini with Retina display later that month [November 2013]. This follows pretty closely on the news that it had reached an exclusive partnership with Amazon over the Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet. Vodafone will provide the connectivity for the new Amazon tablets to give Kindle users ultrafast access to millions of books, movies, music tracks, apps. All via Vodafone’s 3G and 4G networks. The company also confirmed to GoMo News that the two new Apple devices are compatible with its own flavour of 4G. But what about Nokia? Continue reading
How can creating fewer MNOs bring more competition?
It seems that the UK’s Vodafone isn’t going to take proposals by Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner responsible for telecoms regulation, lying down. It is arguing that attempts to dispose of mobile roaming charges within the EU (a great vote winner, of course) could lead to reduced competition. There’s also the great myth that there are only four mobile network operators in the USA – which is why the USA has overtaken the UK in terms of cellular development. There are, in fact, circa 30 operators in the United States and that’s not including MVNOs (Mobile Virtual network Operators). Continue reading
Is there something Halford’s figured out?
Vodafone’s chief financial officer, Andy Halford, has revealed he’s to step down from the board once the company has shed its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless. His departure – ostensibly to pursue “the next challenge” – in March next year  will mark a watershed in Vodafone’s history, given how Halford has steered the return of £61 billion to shareholders as well as an additional upcoming £54 billion from the proceeds of the Verizon sale – making the UK carrier one of Britain’s best performers when it comes to dividends. Continue reading
We think the 5s vs 5c price differential isn’t big enough
Well, in the UK, Apple fanboys (and fangirls, of course) will finally be able to get their hands on an iPhone 5s or 5c. Given the 5s sports Touch ID fingerprint technology, perhaps that should read ‘get their fingers on the new iPhones’. Anyway, if you’re shopping around for a deal, we’ve decided to provide something for you to compare against for the 5s. Namely Vodafone’s list of tariffs for consumer 12 & 24 month Vodafone Red for 4G; or consumer 12/24 month Vodafone Red plans for 3G. Vodafone also gives times for more 4G availability outside of the capital (London) and deals on ‘instant’ upgrades for three specific devices. Continue reading
Such systems needn’t be vulnerable to spoofing & hacking says Acision
The UK’s government ‘s recent decision to test an emergency text messaging alert system based on cell broadcast technology has given heart to SMS’ supporters. It is a mini triumph over fans of OTT style services. What the UK will be testing is the ability to send out messages to all of those with mobile phones switched on in a specific area. The kind of emergency ranges from natural disasters (flooding) to man-made catastrophes (such as train accidents) and security threats (such as terrorist attack). As the BBC has reported, the Uk government has picked three locations to test this technology out in. The locations are Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, Leiston, in Suffolk, and Glasgow’s city centre. The tests have sparked controversy over the vulnerability of such alerts to hacking and spoofing. Continue reading
Attempt to extract more from UK MNOs in auction
The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) was set to auction 200 MHz worth of 4G spectrum by Q3 2014. Now the sale is expected to be delayed until late 2015 or even 2016 after the MOD’s decision to hand the whole process over to the UK comms watchdog, Ofcom. The reason is obvious. The UK government wants to extract as much dosh [money] as possible from the UK’s struggling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). It was disappointed that the original auction of spectrum for 4G in the UK back in February  raised only £1.2 billion which was far less than the £3.5 billion that the UK government expected. The irony is that Ofcom was responsible for that cock-up [disaster]. Continue reading
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