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Vodafone_Smart_PASS Vodafone unveils mobile wallet service for Europe

Vodafone has unveiled a new, near field (NFC) mobile wallet service in what is being hailed as the first of its kind in Europe.
It lets customers make a wide range of everyday transactions with just a wave or or touch of their smartphone. It can also be used to hold travel cards, loyalty cards, gift cards and vouchers, dispensing with the need for conventional plastic cards.
The service is based on the GlobalPlatform cross industry standard that identifies, develops and publishes specifications to promote management of multiple apps with secure chip technology. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Contract based plans might solidify iPhone sales in India

Announces a major deal with Reliance Telecom

With the increasing penetration of the Internet in India, consumers are sticking close to current technology – especially the younger generation. This has led to increasing interest amongst consumers in high-end smartphones like Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. Hot on the heels of this opportunity, Apple intends to further increase the sales of its iPhones in India, which is expected to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics market in the next decade. As we earlier reported, Apple is already paying real attention towards Indian and Chinese markets for further growth in its iPhone sales. Now it has done its first ever deal with an Indian MNO [Mobile Network operator]. Continue reading

mcclaren_verizon GoMo speculates on why McClaren dropped Perez

Is Verizon planning to take over where Vodafone left off?

Ardent fans of F1 (Formula One) motor racing are probably puzzled at the recent decision by leading British team, McClaren to drop Sergio Perez as one of its two drivers. GoMo News thinks it may have spotted the answer. Perez is, of course, a Mexixan as as such has previously been closely associated with Mexican mobile operator, Telmex. Which over here in sunny Blighty [Britain], wouldn’t be a problem for chief sponsor – Vodafone, the world leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator]. But Vodafone has always said that it intends to pull out of F1 sponsorship after the end of the 2013 season. Significantly, however, the McClaren cars are this weekend in the US Grand Prix based in Austin, Texas wearing a different logo – Verizon’s. Continue reading

Tough European trading hammers Vodafone’s revenues

Half year results out today [12th November 2013] from UK operator Vodafone have revealed a slump in revenues of nearly 5 per cent, with earnings before tax also down more than 4 per cent to £6.6 billion.
Southern Europe again weighed heavily on results, with its service revenue down by 15 per cent.
Vodafone also revealed it was making provision for a £3 billion tax charge from its sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless.
But the company did confirm a dividend of 3.5 pence, up 8 per cent, and bringing the full year dividend to 11 pence.
In a statement, CEO Vittorio Colao admitted trading conditions in Europe remained “very tough” but felt this would be alleviated as western economies returned to growth. Continue reading

more masts for vodafone Vodafone splashes millions on boosting London masts by a third

Stung into action by moans of City slicker customers

Vodafone is to plough £150 million into upgrading its mobile network in London, doubling capacity and countering the rate of dropped calls. Tomorrow [12th November 2013], the UK operator is due to announce its first half results and when it’s also expected to give details of Project Metropolis, a plan to increase the number of masts by nearly a third in the capital and extend its 4G coverage. But it’s not clear if the project is on top of Vodafone’s annual £900 million capital expenditure on its UK network. Continue reading

vodacom_logo Orange eyes Vodafone’s African assets

Joins AT&T in sniffing around

French-owned operator Orange is planning to give Vodafone a helping hand to further shred itself, according to Bloomberg, by buying its Vodacom assets in Africa once the Verizon sell-off is complete. Vodafone’s sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless is due to be completed next year [2014], but in the interim rivals are taking it as a signal that the UK operator is willing to offload other parts of its business empire. AT&T has already expressed an interest in acquiring Vodafone’s European operators and now, according to the news agency, Orange is eyeing up Vodacom. Focused on Africa, Vodacom is 65 per cent owned by Vodafone with operations in in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Lesotho. If a deal did go through it could prove a good fit for Orange, which – compared to Vodacom’s coverage – currently only has an overlap in the Congo. Continue reading

perhaps colao should create European MVNOs? AT&T ‘taking a fresh shot’ at buying Britain’s Vodafone

But EE could also be in the frame

Speculation that A&T will buy Vodafone’s European arm has reignited, amid claims that executives at the US operator are already putting together a complex deal that, if successful, would allow it to challenge Google and Apple when negotiating handset subsidies and wringing profit from mobile advertising. If the acquisition does go ahead it would create the world’s largest telecommunications operator by sales with a market cap in excess of $250 billion and more than 500 million wireless subscribers worldwide. But it’s suggested nothing is likely to happen until early next year [2014] and when Vodafone concludes the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless. Continue reading

Nokia’s Lumia tablet already loses out to Apple & Amazon

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 [2013] 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

5G lifeblood of digital economy - kroes Vodafone hits out at Brussels over roaming proposals

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

didn't he do well? - halford Vodafone’s top bean counter bows out, millions richer

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 [2014] 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

5s-fanboy UK Apple fanboys can get ready for 5s/c availability

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

mms can co-exist with OTT - amedume UK government will test cell broadcast texting for emergencies

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

shark-4G UK’s MOD to hand 4G spectrum sale to Ofcom

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 [2014] 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

whatsapp-compatible nokia x2 - screen reads "what's happening?" New twist in N73 & support for WhatsApp long-running saga

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

five times more iPhone stock this time - hooton New iPhone 5 models are ultimate boys toys for Brits

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 [2013]. Continue reading