T-Mobile selling unlocked iPhone for Eur999

German mobile operator, T-Mobile, has had its hand forced and is now selling unlocked Apple iPhones for the princely sum of Eur999. As we reported yesterday, Vodafone Germany has won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a lock to the network. […]

Voda upsets German Apple cart

Californian cool peddler Apple, has had a spanner thrown into the works of its German iPhone strategy and could be forced to sell an unlocked version of the device in the country. On Tuesday it emerged that Vodafone Germany had won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell […]

Voda seeking to increase Chinese presence

Vodafone, “the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue”, has plans to use the government led restructuring of the telecoms market to increase its presence in the country. The Chinese government is planning to shake up the local telecoms market as part of the roll out of 3G in country. And Vodafone intends to use its […]

Vodafone turns a profit; improves outlook

Vodafone, the “world’s biggest carrier in terms of revenue”, recorded a profit of £3.3bn during the six months to September 30, compared to a loss of £5bn during the same period last year. The Big V also kept its monster revenues up, increasing sales by 9 per cent year on year to reach £17bn, driven […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

Vodafone’s Indian trauma

The $11bn acquisition of Hutchison’s Indian mobile carrier, Essar, has not been the smoothest of deals for Vodafone. At the time of the acquisition in May of this year, the carrier took some time to secure regulatory approval. Now, it seems the Newbury-headquartered operator has received two more pieces of bad news in the space […]

Mobile music gauntlet goes down

The battle for mobile music market share started in earnest in the UK on Thursday, as both Vodafone and Nokia unveiled their offerings. Vodafone has struck an exclusive agreement with mobile music shop Omnifone to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. The MusicStation platform, which launched Thursday, gives […]

Vodafone targets international workers with MVNO

Vodafone UK notched up its second MVNO contract in as many weeks on Wednesday, announcing the launch of Lebara Mobile, which is targeting the UK’s 1.5 million strong migrant worker community. The SIM-only prepay service will be provided to customers under the Lebara brand and will be made available through outlets targeted specifically at the […]

Vodafone buys European fixed line units

Vodafone acquired two European fixed line operations over the weekend, shelling out Eur775m for Tele2’s Italian and Spanish units. The acquisition will give Vodafone almost 2 million fixed telephony customers in Italy, along with 268,000 broadband resale customers and 375,000 direct access and unbundled customers. In Spain, the Big V will acquire approximately 307,000 fixed […]

MontaVista takes seat in LiMo

Mobile Linux movement, the LiMo Foundation, won yet more support on Thursday as OS developer MontaVista joined the group. A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together in January to form the mobile Linux collective. Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone were the founding members. A not for profit organisation, the foundation […]

Vodafone offers unlimited music for £2

Vodafone UK shook up the mobile music space this week, with an announcement that it is to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. Under a deal with Omnifone, a UK-based mobile music company, Vodafone will roll out the MusicStation platform, allowing users to download tracks from Universal Music, […]

Vodafone: Ovi no threat, let’s work together

Leading international operator Vodafone has said that it is “not necessarily hostile” to the emergence of vendor-led portals such as Nokia’s recently announced Ovi project. Some handset vendors have long harboured a desire to build deeper relationships with end users, with Nokia at the head of the pack. The Finnish vendor tried once before to […]

Telekom SA considering Vodacom sale

South African carrier Telekom SA has announced that it has opened discussions which could see it sell off its 50 per cent stake in cellular player Vodacom to partner investor Vodafone, according to local press reports. Telekom, which is the largest fixed line player in South Africa, is understood also to be considering a marriage […]

Vodafone UK moves to HSPA

From Monday September 3rd, Vodafone’s UK customers will be able to purchase USB modems offering download speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/s, as the carrier switches on its HSPA network. The network will be available first in central London, and Vodafone is rolling the technology out nationwide during the Autumn. Telecoms.com experienced some problems with its […]

Vodafone spends big in India

Vodafone is rumoured to be preparing to award a $1.8bn network contract for its recently acquired Indian operation. The operator paid out $11bn for a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar earlier this year and is keen to expand the coverage of the operator’s GSM network. Local reports suggest that the tender will be split between […]

Vodafone joins WiMAX Forum

No doubt there were high fives all round at the WiMAX Forum headquarters Thursday morning, as the disruptive technology won the backing of Vodafone. The industry body, committed to promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products, announced that Vodafone has become a principal member of the forum, lending yet more credence to the assertion of the […]

Vodafone keeps its slice of Verizon

Vodafone reiterated on Wednesday that it is, under no circumstances, about to get rid of its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless. Despite months, maybe even years, of speculation that the operator would offload some or all of the 45 per cent holding, a statement released Wednesday said that “Vodafone continues to believe that retaining […]

Voda rebels voted down

Rebel shareholders in Vodafone received a solid trouncing on Tuesday, when proposals to spin off the holding in Verizon Wireless were defeated by a landslide of votes. At the company’s AGM on Tuesday, 33.4 billion votes were cast against plans to separate out the company’s 45 per cent interest in Verizon Wireless, with only 1.6 […]

Verizon, rain dampen Voda AGM

Vodafone’s holding in US cellco Verizon Wireless is expected to be hot on the agenda at the company’s AGM on Tuesday, despite chief exec Arun Sarin’s recent dismissal of calls to offload it. Last week, Vodafone hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the […]

Vodafone to hold onto Verizon stake

Vodafone on Thursday hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the asset. Arun Sarin, chief exec of Vodafone, said Thursday that the value of the Verizon stake had increased from $10bn to $15bn in 2006 and would continue to increase. He said […]

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