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Vodafone launches McLaren Mercedes handsets

Jan 18 2007 - 04:44 PM ET | Samsung, Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone has launched three new special edition handsets branded by the McLaren Mercedes. Vodafone is the sponsor of the McLaren Mercedes team in the upcoming Formula 1 season and is hoping the new handsets build buzz for the team. Special...

Palm Treo 750v introduced for Europe

Sep 12 2006 - 01:22 PM ET | Palm, Vodafone
As expected, Palm has unveiled a new Treo model for the European market--the Treo 750v. New environmental legislation required Palm to stop selling previous Treo models. The 750v sports Windows Mobile just like the 700w/700wx in the US. Vodafone will...

Vodafone suits face revolt, vote

Jul 21 2006 - 01:26 PM ET | Vodafone
Executives of mobile phone carrier giant Vodafone are facing pressure from its shareholders. One of Vodafone's largest shareholders said he would vote against the re-election of CEO Arun Sarin. Other reports cite that shareholders controlling 7% of the company are...

Palm to make 3G Treo for Vodafone

Jul 13 2006 - 11:01 AM ET | 3G, Palm, Vodafone
Palm took the unusual step of pre-announcing (though without many details) a new handheld designed exclusively for Europe. Earlier this month it came out that due to new regulations regarding the environment, Palm would be unable to continue selling its...

Motorola, Samsung and others form mobile Linux platform

Jun 15 2006 - 07:12 AM ET | DoCoMo, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Vodafone
A collection of mobile industry players have announced a foundation to create an open source Linux-based platform for mobile phones. Founding members include: Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone. While Linux is not new to...

Verizon to buy Vodafone stake for $48b, report

May 15 2006 - 01:57 AM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
The Observer is reporting that buyout talks between Verizon and Vodafone over Vodafone's 45% stakehold in Verizon Wireless have gotten more serious. Verizon has offered $48 billion for the holding, including inheritence of $8b of debt that make the total...

Vodafone wants $50B for VZW stake

May 09 2006 - 12:20 PM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
Vodafone reportedly wants a cool $50 billion for its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. It's no secret that Verizon wants to wholly own Verizon Wireless, but its bid came in at just $38 billion. AT&T's buyout of BellSouth (and...

Verizon not interested in Alltel, CEO

Mar 21 2006 - 02:14 PM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg noted today in a New York Times article that his company isn't interested in buying Alltel as some analysts have predicted. "Alltel, he said, would only make Verizon bigger, not necessarily faster-growing." Alltel uses the...

Vodafone sells Japanese unit to Softbank

Mar 17 2006 - 04:12 PM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone Group today confirmed a rumored sale of its Japanese unit, Vodafone K.K. to Softbank for $15.4 billion. Vodafone K.K. is the third largest carrier in Japan but has been struggling financially. Vodafone shareholders were not too impressed with...

BT, Virgin and Microsoft to do mobile TV

Feb 13 2006 - 11:56 AM ET | 3G, Backpage, In The News, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone
The TimesOnline is carrying a story that BT, Virgin and Microsoft are announcing a Mobile TV alliance. The three will announce a digital TV service for mobile phones at the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona. This is just one of...

Nokia and Vodafone team to promote S60

Feb 13 2006 - 03:38 AM ET | 3GSM, Backpage, Nokia, Vodafone
3GSM 2006 -- Nokia and Vodafone this morning announced a partnership to increase the adoption of the S60 phone platform. By making more Vodafone handsets S60 the carrier will have an easier time making the customizations and value adds...

Vodafone Japan lost subscribers in Jan

Feb 06 2005 - 11:49 PM ET | 3G, Vodafone
Update: Vodafone K.K. has officially announced this story--the actual net-loss was 58,700 customers. The company also announced changes to its executive structure. The press release is available below. Reuters is reporting via an anonymous source that Vodafone K.K. lost subscribers...

Vodafone K.K. launches motion, tv phones

Jan 31 2005 - 03:37 AM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. announced that it plans to launch two new sophisticated 2G mobile phones in the middle of February. The Toshiba V603SH is Japan's first "motion sensitive" handset: bq. The one-chip sensor allows customers to perform menu operations by moving...

Verizon, Vodafone, Sprint, Nextel

Dec 14 2004 - 03:58 PM ET | Nextel, Rumor, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
With this morning's report that Verizon talked to partner Vodafone about purchasing Sprint (despite Sprint attempting to purchase Nextel), the wireless industry has been abuzz. Several further reports have been filed since the Wall Street Journal's that set the whole...

Vodafone K.K. to ID prepaid users

Nov 30 2004 - 12:35 AM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. (Japan) today announced that the company will start to identify users of its pre-paid mobile phone service. The new ID action will help prevent, "Inappropriate use of prepaid mobile phones in Japan." There are three measures to the...

Vodafone launches 3G network

Nov 10 2004 - 03:16 AM ET | 3G, Vodafone
As expected, Vodafone today launched its 3G network. The network has been a massive investment by the company thus far--some estimates are as high as $129 billion. The activated markets are: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands,...

Vodafone to launch 3G this week

Nov 08 2004 - 12:41 PM ET | 3G, Rumor, Vodafone
Vodafone is expected to roll out its 3G phone network this week. The company will spend an impressive 100m ($185m US) in marketing, which pales in comparison to the billions it spent on spectrum licenses. 10 phones should be available...

Toshiba V602T announced by Vodafone K.K.

Oct 04 2004 - 02:10 AM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. today announced that it will begin to carry the Toshiba V602T starting in November. The phone will come in both "metal" and "ceramic" textural variations but other than that the features of the Toshiba V602T are the same:...

Vodafone wants larger stake in Verizon

Sep 27 2004 - 10:49 AM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
Reuters has a piece that notes Vodafone would like to have a bigger stake in Verizon Wireless (currently the company owns 45% of Verizon Wireless). However, Verizon Wireless would also like to have a bigger stake. Verizon has wanted to...

Vodafone K.K. launches 7 new 3G handsets

Sep 22 2004 - 01:25 PM ET | 3G, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. today announced that the company will carry 7 new 3G based mobile phones. Some, like the Nokia 6630 are both 3G and GSM. The new phones are: * Sharp 902SH and 802SH * Sony Ericsson 802SE * NEC...

BlackBerry 7100v launches on Vodafone

Sep 16 2004 - 09:54 AM ET | Research In Motion, Vodafone
Vodafone has launched a carrier customized version of the BlackBerry 7100t called the BlackBerry 7100v. Despite being called a "Vodaphone exclusive", the device has the same features as the 7100t but just a different case. More information on the 7100v...

Sharp V402SH introduced by Vodafone K.K.

Jul 23 2004 - 02:17 AM ET | Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. today announced that it will begin carrying the Sharp V402SH on July 24th. The standout feature of the V402SH is a built-in analog TV tuner. Here are some other features? * 180 degree reversible "Swivel Style" form factor...

Sanyo V401SA released on Vodafone K.K.

Jul 14 2004 - 02:16 AM ET | Sanyo, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. has announced that it will start shipping the Sanyo V401SA tomorrow. The handset features among other things a stereo FM radio. Here's the feature list: * Built-in FM radio tuner, TV channels 1-3 * 12MB storage * Slide-type...

Sharp V602SH ships

Jun 30 2004 - 12:15 PM ET | Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. announced that the Sharp V602SH will begin shipping on July 2nd. We first mentioned this phone in May, along with four other phones in Vodafone K.K.'s summer lineup. The Sharp V602SH is the first mobile phone with a...

Sony Ericsson Z1010 launches on Vodafone

Jun 28 2004 - 11:25 AM ET | 3G, Sony Ericsson, Vodafone
The Sony Ericsson Z1010, a UTMS (3G) handset, is now shipping from Vodafone. We heard back in November 2003 that it was "close to launch". It is the first 3G phone from Sony Ericsson. Here are the core features: *...

Vodafone / Verizon relationship trouble coming

Jun 10 2004 - 12:06 PM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
The Wall Street Journal today reports [subscription] that the relationship between Vodafone and Verizon Wireless is now being tested. Vodafone owns a huge chunk of Verizon Wireless (44.4%), and now the option of forcing Verizon Wireless to pay $10 billion...

Vodafone posts loss, considers Japanese buyout

May 25 2004 - 01:28 PM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone Group PLC posted a 9.02 billion loss for the fiscal year ending March 31. This is compared to a 9.82 loss from the prior year. The company also made it clear that it wants to buy back minority stakes...

Vodafone K.K.'s new summer lineup

May 10 2004 - 12:27 AM ET | Sanyo, Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. has announced 5 new phones that should arrive this summer. The V602SH by Sharp, V601T by Toshiba, V401D by Mitsubishi Electric, V401SA by Sanyo and V402SH by Sharp should all be here in late June to early July....

Vodafone K.K. ships TV phone

Apr 08 2004 - 01:24 PM ET | Unique, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K., the Japan based arm of Vodafone, has announced it will ship the Toshiba V401T towards the end of the month. The V401T includes a high resolution screen and a built-in analog TV tuner, which should combine to make...

Vodafone chief hints at Verizon Wireless stake sale

Feb 20 2004 - 05:52 PM ET | Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin hinted at a possible sale of its 45% stake in US wireless leader Verizon Wireless. Once Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless is completed, Verizon Wireless will become the #2 US carrier. Business Week thinks the recent...

Vodafone ships Sharp GX30

Feb 19 2004 - 02:38 PM ET | Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone announced the the first mega-pixel camera phone for GSM networks - the Sharp GX30. Other features include a large 262,144 color screen, a removable SD memory card and an MP3 player. The phone should ship in March....

Cingular snatched AT&T Wireless from Vodafone

Feb 18 2004 - 10:39 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Vodafone
The NY Times is running a fantastic [free reg required] piece on yesterday's drama: bq. "One of the most frantic takeover battles in recent times ended in the early hours of yesterday morning as a legion of bankers and lawyers...

Vodafone plays hardball, ups offer

Feb 17 2004 - 12:51 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Vodafone
Vodafone is using its muscle in the wireless sector, by once again upping its offer for AT&T Wireless. The offer has gone from $35 to $38 to a now leading $39.4 billion. Cingular is sticking with its $38 billion all...

AT&T Wireless bid war underway [updated]

Feb 16 2004 - 12:40 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Vodafone
A bidding war for US carrier AT&T Wireless is underway according to the Wall Street Journal. Cingular and Vodafone both bid on the #3 carrier before the Feb. 13th deadline. Over the weekend both companies increased their bids. Reports currently...

Vodafone under pressure to disclose bid [updated]

Feb 15 2004 - 11:41 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Vodafone
Vodafone is expected to come under heat to disclose if it bid on AT&T Wireless last week. Cingular is said to have put in an all cash offer between $31.9 and $35 billion . If Vodafone did put in an...

Exclusive: AT&T Wireless buyout summary

Feb 11 2004 - 11:32 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, DoCoMo, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Update: AT&T Wireless has been bought by Cingular for $41 billion. By this Friday, all offers for AT&T Wireless must be made. There have been a ton of reports on who's doing what, so we've compiled the best from the...

Vodafone may take over Verizon Wireless

Feb 10 2004 - 01:17 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Rumor, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
It's no secret that AT&T Wireless is being sold. Vodafone is said to be mulling a bid. However, a new rumor today has Vodafone taking over US wireless leader Verizon Wireless, a company that it already owns a large stake...

Vodafone prepares $40B AT&T Wireless bid

Feb 08 2004 - 01:11 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Rumor, Vodafone
Forget the $30 billion offer we talked about last week, the new rumor is a $40 billion deal by Euro giant Vodafone for an AT&T Wireless buy-out. The market cap of AT&T Wireless (traded under AWE) is currently $25.62 billion....

Vodafone to ship Sharp V801SH megapixel phone

Feb 02 2004 - 01:06 AM ET | 3G, Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. announced that starting in April, it will be shipping the Sharp V801SH. It's a new 3G handset made specially for the Vodafone network. It's aimed for use both in Japan and abroad. To accomplish roaming, the V801SH plays...

Vodafone tries 3G data

Jan 26 2004 - 10:08 AM ET | 3G, Data, Vodafone
The Register is reporting that Euro-carrier Vodafone is trying out 3G data cards. The service should make it to the marketplace by Spring. However, the Register wasn't too impressed with the speed: bq. "The current version of the card provides...

Report: AT&T Wireless sale reaches critical mass

Jan 23 2004 - 06:57 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, DoCoMo, Nextel, Rumor, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Nearly every news outlet is reporting at least something about AT&T Wireless being on the market. To sum things up, we've compiled pieces from all of the reports we have heard thus far. nearly everyone but Verizon Wireless is interested....

Cingular / DoCoMo / Vodafone talk AT&T Wireless

Jan 20 2004 - 10:19 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Vodafone
According to a Reuters report, Cingular has made an official bid to buy out AT&T Wireless. Stock of AT&T Wireless (AWE) is jumping on the news. The bid is for $11 per share. Yet another story says Euro carrier Vodafone...

Vodafone K.K. cracks down on spam

Dec 15 2003 - 01:03 AM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. sent out a press release stating that customers who, "send more than 120 mails in the space of three hours from Vodafone PDC (2G) handsets will have mail sending access restricted for the next 21 hours." This is...

Vodaphone announces 2 megapixel cam phone

Oct 16 2003 - 07:56 AM ET | Sharp, Vodafone
Vodafone has announced that in December it will be offering the Sharp V601SH, a 2.0 megapixel camera phone. It also sports the ability to capture video. Not much else is known about the phone except that it has a massive...

Vodafone, Microsoft pair up

Oct 13 2003 - 02:51 PM ET | Smartphone, Vodafone
Showing once again that Microsoft is serious about becoming a major player in mobile, they today announced a partnership with Vodafone that aims to promote programming standards for software that could work easily on both mobile phones and personal computers....