Vodafone

Vodafone to Verizon: Pay, Buy or Merge – Your Call!

Verizon Wireless is the child of a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone, but one parent wants to change the custody arrangement. The Financial Times says Vodafone, which owns a 45 percent stake in the venture, is pressuring Verizon Communications to pay up.

Vodafone Will Sell iPhone In UK, Too

First Orange breaks O2’s exclusive deal to sell Apple’s iPhone to UK consumers, now Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) joins them: the company announced i…

Vodafone To Speed Up Cost-Cutting Measures

As part of Vodafone’s full-year results tomorrow, the global carrier reportedly will announce an aggressive cost-cutting plan as economic pr…

Vodafone Cuts Mobile Data Prices

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has cut the price of its mobile broadband offering in the UK in an effort to attract new customers and boost revenues f…

Vodafone Looking To Share Networks In India

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) is planning on teaming up with other operators in India to reduce the expense of expanding its mobile network in the co…

Nokia Signs Up Vodafone For Ovi

The eagle has landed… Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has agreed on handsets which include Nokia’s Ovi brand of mobile services. There was a fair bit…

Vodafone Shares Rise On Sarin Resignation Rumor

Vodafone’s shares have risen, apparently on the back of a rumor that CEO Arun Sarin is about to resign. “Today’s rumour surrounds Arun Sarin…

Vodacom Starts Selling Mobile Ads

South Africa’s Vodacom has announced it is selling text adverts on its free callback service and banner ads on its mobile portal, which Rome…

Vodafone Launches Second Life Service

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) has launched the beta version of a mobile operation in the online game Second Life which was foreshadowed a year ago. V…

Developers Still Having Problems With Vodafone

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) seemingly hasn’t fixed the problem that has mobile content vendors upset when it upgraded its mobile internet service b…

Vodacom Launches 2.5G TV Service

South African operator Vodacom has launched MobileTVPlaya, a 2.5G streaming mobile video service for 29 rand a month (US$4). The service is…

Vodafone In Talks To Buy Out Vodacom

Vodafone is reportedly in talks with South African encumbent Telkom to buy a greater stake in Vodacom, the 50-50 joint venture mobile operat…

Vodafone UK To Run Reviews Beside Games

Vodafone UK will be putting reviews beside the games on its portal — a step towards giving people some idea as to the type and quality of g…

iPhone Update: Why Voda Is Out of the Running

One version, anyway … A well-placed source tells me that Vodafone has opted out of the iPhone race because it wasn’t happy with the pricin…

Softbank Turns Mobile Business Around

The Eurotechnology Japan Newsletter has sent an analysis of Softbank’s effort with the mobile business it bought from Vodafone — and gives…

Vodafone Rejects Calls From Activist Investor

Vodafone investor Efficient Capital Structures (“ECS”) has called for a restructuring of Vodafone including a spin-off of its share in the V…

Vodafone Live Changes Break Web Pages

Vodafone UK recently made some improvements to its mobile internet service, but the changes are causing havok with some web sites. “When you…

Vodafone UK Launches Flat Rate Plans

This was suggested earlier by El Reg, but ZDNet UK has some specific details… Vodafone UK has launched a data package, 7.50 pounds per mon…

Earnings: Vodafone FY2006 Revenue Up 6 Percent

Vodafone has reported its annual earnings for the year ending March 31st. The group saw revenue of 31.1 billion pounds (US$61.74 billion), w…

Vodafone Egypt Plans 3G Video Service

Vodafone Egypt will launch a range of rich media services for its 3G customers in Spring, including a mobile TV service. Kamera will provide…

Vodafone Reveals What Women Really Want

Vodafone is gearing up to launch more content services aimed at women, including a Desperate Housewives game, Telecompaper (sub.req.)reports…

Vodafone Demos Skype At CeBIT

Vodafone has demonstrated Skype (or something similar) on its mobile phone service at CeBIT, reports Reuters. Based on Skype software, the a…

Agreement Reached For Vodafone Essar

This is being reported in many places as a done deal… Bloomberg says that Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin is optimistic that his visit with Essar…

Vodafone 3G Base Grows 2.5 Million During Q3

Vodafone has released its fourth quarter results: One interesting result is “subscription to Vodafone’s 3G services, such music, TV and vide…

Vodafone Plans Mobile Web Portal For Developers

Vodafone will launch an open source community portal dubbed BetaVine as a research and development space for mobile applications, reports Re…

Vodafone Plans User-Gen Video Service

At Cebit Vodafone is planning to introduce a service which will let people upload and share videos, and receive money based on how many time…

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Vodafone Exits Switzerland

Vodafone has sold its 25% stake in Swisscom Mobile back to Swisscom for a cash consideration of £1.8 billion (US$2.37 billion). “Vodafone’s…

Vodafone Italy Offers Sky TV

Vodafone Italia will offer some channels from Sky TV over the DVB-H network it leases from MediaSet, backed-up by its own transmission netwo…

Vodafone To Offer BT Vision

Vodafone UK will be the exclusive mobile network partner offering BT Vision as part of its Vodafone at Home broadband package. BT Vision is…

Vodafone Plans Social Connections

BusinessWeek has a story claiming that Vodafone plans a social networking service, but specific details are regrettably scarce, so it’s not…

Vodafone UK Overcharged For Premium SMS

El Reg has a story on Vodafone UK admitting that it had overcharged for premium SMS sent by its customers to pay for content. “Customers are…

Voda

Amid the ample number-crunching that marked this earnings call (outlining Vodafone

Kontraband On Vodafone UK

Viral content website Kontraband has signed a deal to get onto Vodafone Live in the UK, through a deal with FoneStarz. “Under the deal, Voda…

Sky Mobile Hits a Million

Mobile Marketing Magazine is reporting (in an article dated Nov 17) that “Vodafone and Sky are claiming a successful debut for the launch of…

DAB Better Than 3G TV — Surprised?

Strategy Analytics has released the results of a user experience benchmark showing that people were more impressed with Virgin Mobile’s DAB…

Vodafone Posts First-Half Loss

AFP: British mobile phone group Vodafone has chalked up a first-half loss of 5.105 billion pounds (US$9.711 billion) , mostly because of the…

UPDATE: Vodafone To Retool Its Live Service

Vodafone UK is revamping its Vodafone Live! web portal for music and video downloads, and has hired Musiwave, a mobile content management co…

Mythbusters Premieres In Australia On Mobile

Mythbusters, a British “cult science TV show” shown on BBC Two and the Discovery Channel, is launching in Australia…on Vodafone Live. “Reg…

Ferguson On Mobile Content

Graeme Ferguson, until recently Vodafone Group’s director of global content development gave a talk at Breakfast with Guru’s. He said that a…

Bulgarian MobilTel Launches Vodafone Live

Bulgarian incumbent MobilTel has launched the Vodafone Live portal for its 4 million plus customers, with all the content that comes with it…

Vodafone Island In Second Life

Apparently Vodafone is planning to open an island in the online multiplayer game Second Life. This is attributed to Rivers Run Red, the comp…

Softbank, Access Develop Mobile Phone Software

Softbank has teamed up with Japanese mobile internet software developer Access Co to develop internet browsing and e-mail software for mobil…

Softbank Banks On New Handsets, Yahoo Content

Softbank is set to introduce “15 new handset models in 64 different colours” when it rebrands Vodafone KK to Softbank Mobile on sunday… “T…

Vodafone Plans Own-Brand 3G Handsets: Source

Reuters is quoting an anonymous source as saying that Vodafone is “set to announce it will sell own-brand low-cost 3G handsets from October”…

Vodafone NZ Considering Social Network Service

Vodafone NZ will reportedly launch a mobile social networking site by mid-October, although the telco isn’t releasing details. Most of the a…

New Vodafone Man Hopes To Replace Sarin

This is from last sunday but we missed it in the CTIA rush (thanks to Monty’s Wireless and Gaming newsletter for pointing it out)… British…

Vodafone UK Banks On 3G TV

Vodafone UK apparently thinks mobile TV provided via 3G networks is in a better position to succeed than mobile TV via broadcast networks, s…

The Mobile Phone Vending Machine

I just read this article in Time Magazine, not just about vending machines selling mobile content but actual phones…Vodafone is gearing up…

Softbank Rebrands Vodafone’s Flagship Store

The latest move by Japan’s Softbank…according to the Eurotechnology newsletter it has rebranded Vodafone’s flagship store, and included so…

Vodafone UK Trials Mobile Ad Scenarios

(sub. req.) In UK, Vodafone has started offering various trials on mobiel advertising, reports NMA. Unilever, Adidas, Canon and News Interna…

Growth & Deals In China

China Mobile has overtaken Vodafone as the largest mobile phone company in the world. It claims to be larger based on market capitalization…

BBC, Vodafone AU Sign Mobile Video Clips Deal

BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with Vodafone Australia and Vodafone New Zealand to license short clips from popular BBC shows such as ‘The…

HMV Set To Enter Mobile Market

Music retailer HMV is starting a trial to sell mobile phones and contracts from Vodafone and Orange in its stores. It’s starting with high-e…

Arun Sarin Stays

Vodafone isn’t doing too well at the moment, but Arun Sarin will stay as CEO. “At today’s Annual General Meeting in central London, around 8…

Vodafone Has Missed The Boat

The troubles at the mobile giant Vodafone will continue this week, at the annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, when investors will be give…

Is Data “Fair Usage” A Problem?

According to John Lillistone, Vodafone UK’s head of enterprise data, “Vodafone has never charged or disconnected a customer for going over t…

Sky Mobile TV Has 100,000 Vodafone Subs

Sky Mobile TV — a project by BSkyB and Vodafone UK — has reportedly clocked up more than 100,000 customers each paying

SoftBank Starts Rebranding Vodafone In Japan

Softbank began its rebranding process on saturday, beginning the process of removing the Vodafone brand from Japan (there’s an image at the…

Sports Stars Star In Mobile TV

Four of the Wallabies (Australia’s national mens rugby union squad) will star in a mobile TV series called Wallaby TV. It will be on the Vod…

Vodafone Japan Reports 69.4% Profit Plunge

Vodafone Japan (soon to be renamed Softbank Mobile) has reported a fall in consolidated net profit in fiscal 2005 of 69.4% from the previous…

Vodafone Data Revenues Rising

Vodafone made headlines this week after posting a 14.9 billion pound loss, after writing down 23.5 billion in assets. Still, there’s a lot m…

Vodafone’s World Cup Avatar

Vodafone UK’s FIFA World Cup gimmick is an Avatar that offers “a daily package of updates, images, comment and key facts from the finals”, d…

Verizon To Pay 48B For Vodafone’s US Arm

News media are awash with reports that Verizon has offered $48 billion to buy out Vodafone’s share in their US joint venture, all based on a…

Vodafone’s Mobile Casino

Vodafone UK has struck a deal with Gaming Corporation to launch an interactive mobile casino on Vodafone Live next month. “The service will…

Vodafone Rejects Verizon Offer

Verizon Communications is still interested in buying out Vodafone’s share of the Verizon Mobile business in the US, according to the UK’s Da…

@ FT Mobile: The Mobile TV Bit

[by Jemima Kiss] Channel 4 launched its own mobile channel on the back of Big Brother in May 2005 with ringtones, wallpapers and so on, but…

ITN Offers News And Weather To Vodafone TV

ITN has partnered with mobile network operator Vodafone to launch a 24-hour made-for-mobile news and weather mobile TV channel. It seems ITN…

Hollyoaks To Stream Full Show on Mobiles

In UK, Hollyoaks is to become the first Channel 4 show to be broadcast in its entirety on mobile phones…Channel 4 New Media, the company’s…

Data Price Cuts To Spur Digital Downloads

“A reduction in the cost of music over mobile phones should prompt a more dramatic change in the share of music sales by format, and we expe…

Softbank, Yahoo & Vodafone — Finance Details

The Eurotechnology Newsletter had some graphical representations of the deal between Softbank, Yahoo and Vodafone. Softbank also plans to ge…

Vodafone Unveils Mobile Radio Service

Vodafone has unveiled its UMTS music service, ‘Vodafone Radio DJ’. I’m pretty sure this is Vodafone Germany being talked about, with the unv…

$40 Billion For Vodafone’s Verizon Stake

Verizon has reportedly offered $40 billion to buy out Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless… This is from European publication the Busi…

Gent Quits Vodafone

The shake-out continues at Vodafone, with Sir Christopher Gent (ex-CEO) quitting his role as life president of Vodafone. He (along with Lord…

Executive Shake-up Continues At Vodafone

Peter Bamford, chief marketing officer and board member of Vodafone, will step down on April 1st, following a number of other high-profile c…

The End Of Vodafone Growth?

Following Vodafone’s 28 billion pound write-off last week due to its Mannesman acquisition in 2000 and its indication on Friday that it will…

Vodafone Leads Way On Branded Content

Vodafone has received a ringing endorsement for its live music programme “TBA”. “Advertising will play its part, but the whole idea of the p…

Google And Vodafone

Google’s global tie-up with Vodafone — which will see Google search being the only search option on Vodafone handsets worldwide — goes a b…