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32-inch Bravia set offered with Sony’s latest smartphone
Vodafone UK is the latest carrier to announce pre-order details for Sony’s upcoming flagship phone, the Xperia Z2. The device is now available to pre-order from Voda, with launch day scheduled for April 10. As always, Vodafone offers a range of price plans, but the cheapest monthly contract offering a “free” Xperia Z2 is a £42 per month 3G plan with 1GB of data. Switching up to 4G, a £47 per month plan gets you 3GB and a free Z2.
And to sweeten the deal — for early customers, at least — Vodafone is offering a free 32-inch Sony Bravia Smart TV for the first 3,000 Xperia Z2 pre-order customers.
More: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on
The Motorola/Lenovo Moto G, which is almost certainly the best combination of price and tech specs the Android world has ever seen, is now available through Vodafone UK. For £100 plus a £10 credit top-up it can be yours with a PAYG SIM, plus the network is also selling it on monthly contracts, where £13 a month gets you a “free” Moto G and a 100 minutes, 100MB SIM. You’d be best going PAYG.
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It’s the best budget phone you can get today by a wide margin, as long as you don’t mind camera quality that’s a little bit worse than the HTC Desire managed back in 2010. Check it out on Vodafone here.
Mid range device coming to large UK carrier soon
We've seen that Motorola is set to launch what we believe is the Moto X in Europe next week, and Vodafone UK has announced that they will be carrying the Moto G as well. Unfortunately Vodafone has yet to announce pricing, as they are holding that for the launch, but we can bet it will likely be less than from Motorola directly.
If you haven't already checked out our review of the Moto G or checked out how it compares to some other devices, you will want to do that now. Would you be interested in making the Moto G your next device?
If UK folks on Vodafone find themselves without 3G in some places, it’s because the telcom has failed to reach the minimum geographical coverage imposed by Ofcom. In 2010, the government-directed mobile regulator required the expansion of 3G networks until they cover the area where 90 percent of the …
Vodafone has announced that it's extending its "4G bonus" program through until the end of January. The promotion, which was originally due to expire at the end of October, gives Vodafone Red 4G subscribers 4GB of bonus data for the life of their contracts. What's more, SIM-only customers and 12/24-month customers on contracts that include a bundled 4G phone will get unlimited data for three months, then double the standard data allowance plus 4GB for the life of the contract. That's a lot of data.
With the extension of this Vodafone deal and new price plans launching from EE today, we're starting to see the UK LTE marketplace becoming a bit more competitive. That trends looks set to continue into December, when Three UK launches its LTE network along with unlimited data and a promise not to charge extra for the service.
Prices for the 5.9-incher start at £585
The HTC One Max has been available from Vodafone UK since shortly after its announcement, and now we're starting to see stock trickle through to SIM-free outlets. Unlocked Mobiles has the device in stock today, priced £584.98 inc. VAT; Clove, MobileFun and HandTec are expecting stock in the next day or so, and offer similar price points.
The One Max is a competent enough big-screened phone, but it's a tough sell at its current SIM-free price, which is perilously close to the higher-spec'd Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For a complete walkthrough of the Max, hit up our full review.
More: HTC One Max review
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Without much fuss or fanfare, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Express 2, a slight upgrade from last year’s Galaxy Express model. This mid-range smartphone will be heading for the UK first and has given UK carrier Vodafone an exclusive advantage.
In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 is unimpressive but solid. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, probably a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 1.5 GB of RAM. It sports a 4.5-inch qHD display with a 540×960 pixel resolution. It has 8 GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card. It has a variety of connectivity features, including NFC and, like its predecessor, LTE support. If the specs sound a bit like the Galaxy S4 Mini, albeit with a larger screen, you would not be the only one to think so.
On the software side, the Galaxy Express 2 will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and, of course, Samsung’s TouchWiz custom interface. It will also have access to some Samsung exclusives such as S Travel, Story Album, and S Translator to help users maximize their travel experience. Smart Stay face detection and Group Play file sharing will also be available.
Samsung has not mentioned pricing details but the Galaxy Express 2 will be available in the UK, starting today as a Vodafone exclusive with other retailers to follow. The smartphone comes in a Ceramic White color option, but Vodafone customers will also be able to purchase it in Rigel Blue, also exclusive to the carrier.
Updated mid-ranger exclusive to Vodafone at launch, other operators coming later
Samsung UK has announced an updated version of the mid-range Galaxy Express handset it launched earlier in the year, the Galaxy Express 2. The LTE-capable handset features a 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI, the Galaxy Express 2 also features some of the software features from higher-end Samsung phones — Smart Stay, Group Play, Motion UX, S Travel, StoryAlbum and S Translator.
The Galaxy Express 2 will launch tomorrow, Oct. 23, at Vodafone UK, with other carriers to follow at a later date. It'll come in "ceramic white" and "rigel blue" color options, with the latter being exclusive to Vodafone.
We've got specs and the full press release after the break.
'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end
A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.
Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.
Liverpool on Oct. 17, Glasgow on Oct. 24, Manchester 'soon afterwards'
Vodafone UK is beginning to build out its 4G LTE network, and it's today announced that three major British cities are due for a 4G switch-on in the near future. First up is Liverpool, next Thursday, Oct. 17. That's followed by Glasgow on Oct. 24, with Manchester completing the trifecta "soon afterwards."
Vodafone reports that since launched its LTE network at the end of August it's attracted 100,000 customers to its "4G-ready" Vodafone Red plans. Unlike other UK carriers, Voda focused on London as its sole launch market, and it now says that 80-plus towns and districts in the capital have LTE service. In September this expanded to include Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield.
By 2015 the carrier aims to have LTE coverage for 98 percent of the UK population.
Two new imaging-centric handsets available with LTE connectivity
Vodafone is hoping to bulk up its camera-centric smart phone options today by adding the Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom as its latest offerings. Together with the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Xperia Z1 and S4 Zoom are the latest LTE "4G-ready" handsets to hit the carrier.
The Xperia Z1 with its huge screen and 20.7MP camera is available now in either black or white (no purple, sorry) with no money down and plans starting at £42 per month 2-year agreement, or at £99 down and £33 per month for the plan. You can pick up the Galaxy S4 Zoom with its not-quite-camera not-quite-phone form factor as well, but not until tomorrow, unfortunately.
Both phones will be available online from Vodafone at the source link below.
Rogers’ patience in finding a replacement CEO has paid off in spades. The Canadian telecom giant has just confirmed that Guy Laurence, Vodafone UK’s current chief executive, will be its new leader as of December 2nd. The hire gives Rogers a CEO who’s not only well-versed in mobile and media services, but has a reputation as a reformer — he shook up Vodafone UK’s corporate culture shortly after taking the reins in 2008. While it’s not certain that he’ll repeat history at Rogers, we wouldn’t expect him to maintain the status quo for very long.
Via: The Globe and Mail
Customers moving to 4G plans also receive unlimited data for three months
Gearing up for the expansion of its 4G LTE network in late September, Vodafone UK is offering new plans in a promotion it is calling "4G Bonus". Customers signing up for new 12 or 24 month contracts with Vodafone on its new "4G-ready" plans will receive double the standard amount of data it offers, plus an additional 4GB of data for the life of their contract.
This means for someone who goes for the entry-level plan and opts to be 4G-ready will get 6GB of data per month instead of the standard 1GB on a regular plan — and the starting price for such a plan with 6GB of data and unlimited talk and texts is just £26 per month.
As a gesture to those who signed up for its 4G-ready plans before this point, Vodafone is extending the 4GB of additional data to anyone who is already a customer at no additional cost. For those wanting to switch carriers or plans starting with this promotion, you have until the end of October to get on-board. You can find a full chart breakdown of the new plans and prices after the break.
Verizon is perhaps the most intimidating fish in the sea of US cellphone carriers (okay – it’s more of a pond). Now the Big Red is in talks to buy Vodafone’s 45% stake in the company for $130 billion, and signs suggest that this deal could be completed within a week. If this goes through, it will mark the closure of a deal Verizon has wanted to secure for years.
If you aren’t familiar with Vodafone, it’s a British company with roughly four times the number of subscribers that Verizon has and the largest mobile network operator outside of China.
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Vodafone UK has just made available the HTC One Mini which is available in 3G or 4G plans on a 24 month contract. This device is a smaller version of the HTC One, comes with mid-range specs, and with no upfront cost required by the carrier.
Plans start at £33 a month which gives subscribers unlimited calls and texts messages as well as 1 GB of 3G data. If you’re looking for more speed you might be interested in the £42 a month plan which also gives unlimited calls and text messages but with 2 GB of 4G-LTE data. The 4 GB 4G-LTE data plan costs £47 a month while the 8 GB 4G-LTE data plan costs £52 a month. All 4G plans come with free 2 GB of Wi-Fi data.
HTC One Mini Technical Specifications
- 4.3-inch S-LCD3 display with 1280 x 720 resolution (341 ppi)
- 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU
- 1GB of DDR3
- 16GB of storage but no microSD card
- 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera with HTC Zoe support
- 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera
- LTE support
- Bluetooth 4.0
- BoomSound support
- Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 on top and BlinkFeed
- 1800mAH non-removable battery
- 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm
If you love the HTC One but think that its size is just big for you then the HTC One Mini might just be the smartphone for you. It uses the same HTC Sense 5 UI experience that’s available with the flagship model. It also has a bright and vivid display that’s great to use even under direct sunlight.
Although its hardware specifications are no match for its bigger brother it can match it in almost every feature.
If having a non-user replaceable battery as well as absence of a microSD slot isn’t a problem for you then this model is highly recommended.
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Prices start at £33 per month on 3G, or £42 p/m on 4G
Vodafone UK has launched HTC's new miniaturized handset, the HTC One Mini. The Mini, which we reviewed a few weeks back, packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and a similar metal chassis to the full-sized HTC One. The 4G LTE-capable handset arrives on Vodafone ahead of the network's 4G switch-on (in London, anyway) on Aug. 29.
The HTC One Mini on Vodafone is available on 3G contracts starting at £33 per month — that gets you unlimited calls and texts, a free One Mini and 1GB of data — or on 4G contracts from £42 per month which ups the data cap to 2GB. If you're after a larger 4G allowance, you can get a 4GB HTC One Mini bundle for £47 p/m or 8GB for £52 p/m. Voda's 4G plans also come with a choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.
Still unsure as to whether the HTC One Mini is the one for you? Check out our full review.
Source: Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK has just announced its 4G network rollout will begin on August 29th, with London to be the first city to go live. Twelve more locations will get switched on before the end of the year, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield (full list after the break). Price plans will begin at £26 a month (SIM only, for 2GB of data) and the operator already has a choice of compatible hardware to choose from — such as the Nokia 925, Galaxy S4 or BlackBerry Z10. Although the official turn-on won’t be until the end of the month, those eager to get the service will be able to sign-up from the 12th in store or online. Existing customers with an LTE handset can upgrade their plan for an extra £5 a month. As a sweetener, Vodafone is throwing in unlimited data for the first three months, along with a choice of Spotify premium or Premiership football content bundles. While the UK has had LTE services for a while now, until recently, choice was very limited. Now, with O2 coming soon, and EE already up and running, the UK market is set to enjoy the benefits of proper competition.
Twelve more cities by the end of the year; Data in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB allowances
Vodafone UK will be launching its 4G LTE service on Aug. 29, the same day rival operator O2 will be going live with its 4G offering. At launch, Vodafone 4G will only be available in London — so unless you live in the British capital, there's not much reason to care at this stage. (By contrast, O2 says it'll launch in London, Leeds and Bradford.) Vodafone is promising LTE in a further twelve cities by the end of the year, however.
4G plans will be available from Aug. 12, Vodafone says, ahead of the switch-on on the 29th. Vodafone "Red 4G" deals will provide double the data of its existing Vodafone Red packages — which means data will come in 2, 4 and 8-gigabyte bundles.
Vodafone UK has just announced its 4G network rollout will begin on August 29th, with London to be the first city to go live. Twelve more locations will get switched on before the end of the year, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield (full list after the break). Price plans will begin at £26 a month (SIM only, for 2GB of data) and the operator already has a choice of compatible hardware to choose from — such as the Nokia 925, Galaxy S4, or BlackBerry Z10. Although the official turn-on won’t be until the end of the month, those eager to get the service will be able to sign-up from the 12th in store or online. Existing customers with an LTE handset can upgrade their plan for an extra £5 a month. As a sweetener, Vodafone is throwing in unlimited data for the first three months, along with a choice of Spotify premium, or Premiership football content bundles. While the UK has had LTE services for a while now, until recently, choice was very limited. Now, with O2 coming soon, and EE already up and running, the UK market is set to enjoy the benefits of proper competition.
These days, carriers seem to be gravitating towards “less for more” — as in, giving users less while charging more. For those situated in the UK, however, Vodafone’s offering up a new pay-as-you-go arrangement that actually smacks of value. The Red Freedom Freebee plans are pretty simple. For instance, £30 a month nets you unlimited texts and talk within the United Kingdom coupled with 1GB of data. Cough up £40 each month, and that data cap doubles to 2GB. A couple of cheaper plans are available for those who need little more than text messaging and enough data to keep tabs on their email, all of which can be seen in detail at Vodafone’s site.
Via: Tech Digest
1GB, unlimited calls and texts for £30, 2GB for £40 on new PAYG plans
Vodafone UK has announced some new additions to its Pay As You Go line-up today. The new "Vodafone Red Freedom Freebee" gives customers unlimited calls and texts — much like the contract-based Vodafone Red service — with the option of 1GB of data for £30, or 2GB for £40. That's a large amount of money to be spending on a pre-paid service plan, but it also gets you access to a greater data allowance than some other carriers are offering, in addition to unmetered calls and texts.
Vodafone has also tweaked its other PAYG offerings, allowing customers to get unlimited texts on a £10 "Freebee" deal, as well as 1GB of data from a £20 bundle.
The operator's PAYG announcements follow the launch of new, competitive pre-paid prices from rival Three.
The great Huawei/Vodafone LOVE-IN continues, with the network putting the massive Huawei Ascend Mate up for sale today on its usual range of contracts. The Huawei Ascend Mate is a 6.1″ device that runs on Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core chipset, and will arrive with Android 4.1 onboard and the maker’s own Emotion UI suite of software tweaks.
Vodafone’s pay monthly contracts start at £25 a month for the Ascend Mate and a SIM with 300 minutes and a paltry 250MB of mobile data. And there are some better ones for more money. It’s not currently for sale on PAYG contracts.
And there it is. Here’s a thing from Vodafone confirming all of the above in a slightly more serious tone:
Huawei Ascend Mate now available exclusively at launch from Vodafone UK
The NEW Huawei Ascend Mate combines all the benefits of an almost tablet sized screen with the convenience of a slim and compact handset, designed to fit easily into your pocket or handbag.
Available exclusively at launch from Vodafone UK, the Huawei Ascend Mate is free for £29 per month (including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data) for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers. As well as the super-sized 6.1 inch HD display it packs a powerful 1.5GHz quad core processor and runs on Android Jellybean 4.1 for both speed and seamless browsing.
With Huawei’s Emotion UI, you can customise your new device as you wish, and what’s more you can use it anywhere and at any time. Its highly-sensitive IPS touchscreen is not only designed to cope with almost all light conditions, the unique Magic Touch technology means you can even use it with your gloves on.
Designed for both work and play, you can move the Huawei Ascend Mate’s keyboard to the side of the screen for one handed typing – whether you’re writing emails or updating Facebook – and the 8MP camera with Full HD recording and playback is great for capturing and re-living all those memorable moments.
There’s also loads of memory and a durable battery so you can store and enjoy films, games and entertainment when you’re on the go.
For further information on the Huawei Ascend Mate please visit the Vodafone online shop.
Free for £29 per month for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers
After it was confirmed just over a week ago that Vodafone would be carrying Huawei's newest phablet, the Huawei Ascend Mate has launched as a Vodafone exclusive. We first saw this device at the Las Vegas CES 2013 in January.
Packing a generous 6.1-inch screen, the Ascend Mate uses an IPS display with 280 x 720 resolution. A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor is powered by the 4050 mAh battery inside. Internal memory comes in at 8 GB, which is expandable via micro-SD for an additional 32 GB. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will be the shipping OS.
As for pricing, Vodafone states the "Huawei Ascend Mate is free for £29 per month (including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data) for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers." The full press release can be found after the break.
Britons with extra-large pockets will have more phones to choose from this summer than the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3: Vodafone UK has committed to carrying the Huawei Ascend Mate before the end of July. The carrier hasn’t yet discussed pricing, although the Ascend Mate’s modest specs (6.1-inch screen aside) should keep costs in check. We were impressed with the gigantic handset’s battery life during our testing, so Vodafone customers with an aversion to wall outlets may want to give it a closer look.
UK carrier to start charging per minute rather than per second for voice calls on PAYG
UK carrier Vodafone is set to change how they charge pay-as-you-go customers. Instead of charging per second as they currently do, they're going to charge per minute. So, even one second over a full minute will cost you for an entire minute extra, of which 59 seconds of it you're not even on the phone.
Vodafone claims the move is to simplify their charges for their customers, but it has been met with understandable criticism from some of their customers. Rival carriers Orange and T-Mobile already employ such pricing. Simpler or not, from August 1 the new prices will come into effect. Any Vodafone customers out there set to be affected by this? How do you feel about the new structure?
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Benefits of pay-as-you-go handsets and SIMs include having complete control over your spend, and knowing how much call time is left before the next top-up is due. Well, if you PAYG with Vodafone in the UK, prepare to start seeing those available minutes diminish a little quicker than you’re used to. You may have been unaware that calls are currently charged by the second, but come August 1st, the network will begin pricing calls by the minute. Basically, this means calls will be rounded up to the next minute, so a natter lasting just over a minute will be charged as two, losing you precious seconds. Voda says this is to make things simpler, so “you’ll always know exactly how many minutes you have left” — or don’t, as the case may be. In a statement, the carrier was keen to point out that several “competitors already offer price plans charged in this way,” and that top-up extras (like free minutes and cake) “continue to offer our customers great value.” Nice try, Voda. Full statement after the break.
In one sense, many budget smartphones aren’t budget enough; they often require some substantial financial discipline for the typical buyer. Not so Vodafone UK’s new Smart Mini: at just £50 ($78) on pay as you go service, it’s very nearly an impulse purchase. You’re even getting a bit more than you’d expect for that small cash outlay. While the 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 2MP camera, 1GHz MediaTek chip and 4GB of storage won’t floor anyone, the Smart Mini ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — we’ve seen more expensive phones that carry older software. Those who like the Smart Mini’s back-to-basics proposition can pick up a black or white model today.
Vodafone UK has just launched a new smartphone for the budget-conscious, and it's available for just £50 on PAYG with no subscription. The Vodafone Smart Mini packs vanilla Android (Jelly Bean) UI onto a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, running on a 1GHz single-core MediaTek CPU. That's backed up by 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. Around the back there's a 2-megapixel camera.
So the Vodafone Smart Mini isn't going to win any awards for cutting-edge technology, but it is impressive that you can pick up a fully functional (if basic) smartphone for a tenth of the cost of the latest high-enders. The Smart Mini will be available from Vodafone.co.uk later today in black and white, with a pink version to follow.
We knew Vodafone would be adding the recently unveiled Nokia Lumia 925 to its smartphone lineup in the United Kingdom, but today the carrier’s officially diving into how it plans to sell it to potential suitors. The best attraction would appear to be the all-you-can-have calls / messages with 2GB of data, which will cost you £34 per month over two years. If that particular offering isn’t for you, however, Vodafone UK also has something for those who need a little more web access on the go: £39 for 24 months gets you the same unlimited deal on voice and text but with 4GB of data — and it’s worth mentioning both plans won’t require any cash upfront for the device. The sleek Lumia 925 is set to be up for pre-order starting today, and Vodafone’s really hoping the 32GB black model will be a crucial detail in your decision to go its way instead of, say, O2. So, what will it be?
Two different data plan prices save you a good amount of money up-front
Vodafone UK just announced today that it will be carrying a cellular data-enabled version of Sony's latest tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, in both black and white for £199 on a £28 per month data plan or £99 on a £32 plan. As a price comparison the 16GB Wifi-only model of the Tablet Z is currently retailing for £399, and those plans will get you a respectable 1GB or 2GB of data per month to use on the glass-laden waterproof device. Just as a quick refresher, the Xperia Tablet Z is a 10.1-inch 1920×1080 resolution tablet with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and both 8MP rear and 2.2MP front cameras.
The carrier hasn't yet flipped the switch on its LTE network — hence the "4G ready" branding — but the tablet will indeed support the upcoming network as soon as its available. Vodafone is making a strong effort to have customers on LTE devices in preparation for the upcoming network launch, but we're not sure how many people are going to bite on a tablet like this before the LTE network is ready with a relatively expensive plan.