Vodafone’s content drive goes off the map

Vodafone Live! will be drawing on Google for its maps and local search service, it was announced Monday, while the company will be working with Citibank on a new mobile payments system. Google launched Google Maps in 2004, which proved to be the starting gun for Web 2.0, as the service’s rich AJAX-based user interface, […]

Brothers warn Vodafone to back off in Essar bid

Two of India’s wealthiest brothers have threatened to block Vodafone’s plans to buy mobile operator, Hutchison Essar. Ravi and Sashi Ruia, both managers at Essar, have told the British firm that they will use special ‘operating rights’ to hamper its ability to develop Essar’s business if it wins the $20bn auction for the firm. While […]

Vodafone puts YouTube on mobile

Vodafone marked the end of a busy week on Friday with an agreement to launch YouTube on mobile phones. The service will launch in the UK initially and will be expanded to key markets across Europe, allowing users to access a version of the popular YouTube service directly via Vodafone live! As part of the […]

Vodafone, Orange to share 3G networks

UK operators Vodafone and Orange on Thursday announced an agreement to share their 3G Radio Access Networks (RANs). The project outlines plans for the two networks to be combined over a number of years and covers both existing and new buildouts of their 3G networks. Regarding 2G, the companies will continue to explore opportunities for […]

Vodafone offers eBay app.

Vodafone has struck a deal with online auction house eBay to offer a dedicated downloadable mobile application for the service. The eBay application will be free to download on Vodafone live! or embedded on key handsets. The offering will launch initially in Italy initially and will be made available across Europe later this year. The […]

Vodafone in MySpace partnership

Vodafone announced an exclusive tie up with social networking portal MySpace on Wednesday, allowing Vodafone customers to interact with the site via their mobile phones. MySpace already has deals with Cingular Wireless and MVNO Helio in the US and Softbank in Japan, but today’s announcement marks the first extension of Fox Interactive Media’s portal into […]

Vodafone breaks 200m subs barrier

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said Wednesday that its total proportionate mobile customer base had crossed the 200 million mark. The operator counted 8.7 million proportionate organic net adds for the quarter to end December, with 3G devices contributing 2.5 million new additions. Vodafone’s global 3G device base is now more than 13.6 million, with 3G/HSDPA available […]

SingTel after Voda’s stake in Bharti

According to reports, Singaporean telco SingTel has formally expressed its interest in buying Vodafone’s 10 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel to the British company and its advisors, UBS. Vodafone initiated the talks with Singapore’s largest telco in order to sell the stake in Bharti Airtel. If Vodafone wins the $18bn auction of Hutchison Essar […]

Linux proponents rev up LiMo Foundation

A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together on Friday for the official launch of mobile Linux collective, the LiMo Foundation. Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone intend to collaborate on a Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. A not for profit organisation, the foundation is aimed at blending the community-based development benefits […]

UCG bandwagon gains momentum

The user Generated Content (UGC) bandwagon gathered momentum today with the news that Singapore’s M1 and UK-based Vodafone are looking to get in on the game. After Hutchison Whampoa 3 UK set the ball rolling with SeeMe TV in 2005, the UGC market has exploded. Now M1 is hoping to cash in on a generation […]

Vodafone buys Egyptian 3G licence

Vodafone has coughed up E£3.34bn (Eur452m) for a 3G license in Egypt, the country’s telecoms regulator said on Monday. As part of the 15 year agreement, Vodafone will also pay 2.4 per cent of annual revenues from the provided services. The move makes Vodafone the second Egyptian operator to secure a 3G licence. Etisalat paid […]

Vodafone to launch fixed broadband

Vodafone will next week, launch fixed broadband in the UK, responding to increasing challenges in its home market. The company has inked a deal with British incumbent, BT, to provide the infrastructure for the new broadband internet service, dubbed: “Vodafone At Home.” Unlike rivals Sky and Carphone Warehouse which have limited domestic coverage, Vodafone’s alliance […]

Sarin targets Hutch in India

Arun Sarin’s interest in India’s fourth-largest mobile operator, Hutchison Essar, was confirmed Friday morning as Vodafone admitted it was looking for a controlling stake in the company. In a statement Friday morning, the UK mobile phone group said: “The board of Vodafone continues to believe the mobile market in India has great potential and is […]

Vodafone slims further: exits Switzerland

Vodafone continued its pre-Christmas diet on Tuesday with the announcement that it has agreed to sell its 25 per cent interest in Swisscom Mobile back to Swisscom for a cash consideration of £1.8bn. The news did not come as much of a surprise. Analysts began speculating that the UK-based operator would offload its Swiss assets […]

Vodafone Greece fined Eur76m over tapping scandal

The Greek unit of mobile giant Vodafone, has been fined Eur 76m (£50.9m) by a Greek privacy watchdog over a phone tapping scandal. The company has described the fine as “illegal, unfair and baseless” and vowed to fight the decision. The watchdog – the Greek Communications Privacy Protection Agency – said Vodafone had failed to […]

MySpace coming to European mobiles?

Last week’s appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s global business development manager, to head up Fox Interactive’s mobile strategy in Europe has sparked reports that MySpace is preparing to expand onto the European mobile scene. Sanchez is understood to be already discussing distribution details with European service providers, to put MySpace – owned by Fox […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Vodafone reports another loss

The Vodafone group reported a first half loss of £5.1bn ($9.7bn) Monday after writing down the value of its German and Italian units. The loss, which will prompt further questions about the company’s leadership, contrasts with a net profit of £2.77bn in the same period last year. The loss amounted to 8.88p per share and […]

Voda to launch fixed broadband in January

Mobile operator Vodafone has finally revealed details of the fixed line broadband service it will launch in the UK on January 8. Vodafone at Home will be available to mobile contract customers for £25 per month, including line rental, on an 18 month subscription. Broadband speeds will be up to 8Mbps with unlimited downloads and […]


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