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Voda gets boost from Bubble Motion

Voice SMS developer Bubble Motion was touting its latest customer win on Wednesday, announcing that Vodafone Egypt has seen 15 per cent of its subscriber base adopt the service within two months of launch. The BubbleTalk service, which Vodafone markets under the MiniCall brand, allows users to record a voice message that is sent like […]

Vodafone to be hit by roaming cuts

Vodafone warned on Tuesday that it expects to take a revenue hit of between £200m and £250m during the financial year 2007-2008, as a result of regulator imposed caps on roaming charges. The warning comes as Vodafone continues to struggle in the more mature markets of Europe. On Tuesday, the operator reported that revenues for […]

Vodafone wins Ya.com

Vodafone is reported to have won the battle for Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish ISP, Ya.com, with a bid of between Eur400m and Eur500m. Big Red looks to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Spanish broadband service provider Jazztel and mobile operator Orange. Ya.com is the country’s fourth largest broadband provider with about 400,000 subscribers. […]

No i-mode for India

No real surprises here, but with Vodafone’s $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar in the bag, NTT DoCoMo has pulled the plug on its i-mode plans for India. Japanese operator DoCoMo and Hutch had signed a contract in December with an eye to launching i-mode in India this year. But “due to the changes in business […]

Orange rolls out all you can eat web

Hot on the heels of Vodafone’s daily data tariff, Orange UK has launched its own flat rate mobile internet offering for both prepay and contract subscribers. Orange customers will have five new bundles to choose from – three for contract, two for prepaid – starting in June. Daily browsing for all subscribers is charged at […]

Vodafone opens door to cheaper surfing

Vodafone looks to have taken a leaf out of 3 UK’s book and has decided to make it cheaper for its customers to surf outside of the walled garden. On June 1, the mobile operator is launching a new data tariff which will allow users to download up to 15MB of data for £1 per […]

Vonage throws oranges at Verizon

Embattled VoIP operator Vonage has launched a national campaign to “raise awareness of the importance of consumer choice”. But the launch of a new website, freetocompete.com, and the full page ads in US newspapers, smack more of a desperate attempt to save its bacon. Vonage faces the very real threat of closure after being found […]

Vodafone UK suffers network outage

An unspecified number of subscribers on the Vodafone UK network were left without service on Friday after the mobile operator suffered an outage. A customer service representative said that one of the operator’s Home Location Registers (HLR) had fallen over and could take up to 24 hours to fix, meaning customers could be without service […]

Voda, Orange shipping crippled N95s

UK mobile operators Vodafone and Orange appear to be selling the shiny new Nokia N95 minus the functionality to make VoIP calls. Internet telephony firm Truphone has been making some noise about the fact its users cannot use their VoIP application on the device, while a number of new N95 owners have been complaining loudly […]

Low take-up of cellco-branded MIM deters Microsoft

A PC-to-mobile instant-messaging service that enables instant messaging between MSN Messenger at the desktop and the Vodafone Messenger mobile-instant-messaging service, has not been a success, says Matt Hudson, senior product manager for MSN and Windows Live for Mobile. The problem seems to be that there are too few Vodafone Messenger users, or at least not […]

Indian law hits Voda’s Hutch bid

Vodafone has reportedly written to Indian authorities, admitting that the country’s legal system prevents it from buying all of the 67 per cent stake it said it would buy in Hutchison Essar. The UK’s Financial Times newspaper reports Thursday that it has seen a letter to the Indian finance ministry, in which Vodafone acknowledges that […]

Vodafone partners Asda, warns on year ahead

Vodafone has inked a deal with Asda, one of Britain’s leading supermarket chains, to sell branded mobiles to shoppers. Asda, which is owned by American firm Wal-Mart, will rent airtime from Vodafone in a similar arrangement to that which exists between Tesco and O2 which has over 1 million customers. Announcing the deal at a […]

Essar deal delayed as regulators mull details

Telecoms regulators in India have confirmed there will be a delay on their decision to clear Vodafone’s deal to buy a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar. The announcement is the latest problem for Vodafone in its proposed bid for a 57 per cent stake in Essar for $11.1bn (£5.7bn). The regulators want to extend their […]

BT heads to Spain

UK telco BT said this week that it plans to launch mobile services in Spain after signing an MVNO agreement with Vodafone Spain. The service offering will be available in the summer and will be aimed at businesses and the public sector, delivering mobile video telephony, audio/video streaming services, location based services and fixed mobile […]

No VoIP for Vodafone customers yet

Despite revealing its Stafish application at the CeBit technology show this week, UK operator Vodafone has no intention of putting any VoIP functionality on its phones. Speaking to Telecoms.com Friday, a spokeswoman said that Starfish – a launch application embedded into a mobile’s operating system to make software like Skype and Messenger easier to use […]

Voda ‘out of touch with reality’ says Ovum

Industry analyst Ovum, said Friday that Vodafone’s flat-rate data announcement Wednesday is neither flat-rate nor unlimited, as the operator claims. Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Ovum said the company’s marketing around the offer, which includes the phrase ‘practically unlimited data usage’ is “out of touch with reality”. Vodafone’s latest data tariff gives users what it […]

Vodafone attempts to jump Essar hurdles

British mobile group, Vodafone, is looking to vault over hurdles to block its purchase of the Indian telecoms firm, Hutchison Essar, by snapping up a stake in the company’s parent. Hutchison Essar is majority owned by Hutchison Whampoa via emerging markets spin off Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) and, according to a report in Tuesday’s edition […]

Voda pitches flat rate data roaming

Vodafone on Wednesday announced a flat rate data roaming rate of Eur12 for a full day or 50Mb worth of use. The tariff will be available to Vodafone customers from July 1 and follows on from the introduction of flat rate data tariffs in individual countries over the past year. Vodafone has also seen some […]

Vodafone demos Skype on mobile

At the CeBit tech conference in Hannover Thursday, British operator Vodafone demonstrated calls being made over the internet using VoIP application, Skype. The company hinted that it may offer the software on its mobiles at some time in the future. Using a menu bar that is strikingly similar to 3UK’s X-Series offering, Vodafone demonstrated the launch application […]

Vodafone and Essar agree to play nice

As anticipated, Vodafone and Essar announced an agreement Thursday under which they will jointly manage fourth placed Indian mobileco, Hutchison Essar. Under the terms of the partnership, Vodafone will have operational control of the company, to be renamed Vodafone Essar, and Essar will gain proportionate board representation. Ravi Ruia will be appointed chairman of Vodafone […]

Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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