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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 […]

Vodafone to annonuce Essar deal Thursday

Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, is expected to announce a deal Thursday that will see his firm jointly manage India’s fourth biggest mobile group, Hutchison Essar Ltd (HEL), according to reports. The Times of India on Wednesday said the two firms have also agreed to rename HEL as Vodafone Essar. It added that the newly […]

Voda reaches agreement with Essar – reports

British mobile firm, Vodafone, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Essar group that will see it take management control over Hutchison Essar. The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday that Vodafone will nominate Ravi Ruia, Essar’s group vice chairman, as non-executive chairman, quoting sources. The Times said the new board would be comprised of nine directors, […]

Hutch shareholders approve Vodafone sale

Shareholders of Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) on Thursday approved the $11.1bn sale of a controlling stake in the firm to British operator Vodafone. The shareholders – representing a majority of HTIL shares – approved the deal at an extraordinary general meeting in Hong Kong.

Vodafone NL opens door to MVNOs

Vodafone Netherlands on Friday opened its doors to the MVNO market, with consumer electronics retailer Dexcom as its first customer. Under a five year agreement, Dexcom Telecom will enter the Dutch market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) using the Vodafone network. Dexcom is expected to launch in the second quarter under its own […]

Voda intros B2B ad model

Vodafone has introduced a business to business mobile advertising service in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Big V said it will start with a proposition for two segments in the enterprise market – insurance resellers and pharmacists. Mobile users will be targeted with content and ads on their phone. In cooperation with Dutch company I-Wood […]

Indian prize snags new problem for Vodafone

Reports suggest that the Vodafone Group is walking into a complex legal battle involving 1 million Mumbai-based mobile phone customers as part of its £5.7bn ($11.7bn) takeover of Hutchison Essar. UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph said Friday, without naming its source, that Essar Group – set to become Vodafone’s partner in India – has moved […]

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