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Jamie Condliffe

September 2nd

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Verizon just shook off the part owners of Verizon Wireless, the UK-based Vodafone, by stumping up a

Verizon just shook off the part owners of Verizon Wireless, the UK-based Vodafone, by stumping up a cool $130 billion. That is one serious move‚ÄĒthough it’s unclear what the newfound freedom means for the network.

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Jamie Condliffe

September 2nd

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Verizon and AT&T rumored to consider acquiring Vodafone assets, valuing the entity at quarter trilllion dollars

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AT&T and Verizon could soon jointly bid to acquire Vodafone.

Vodafone is second only to¬†China Mobile¬†for the¬†world’s largest mobile telecommunications companies due¬†to 439 million subscribers and high revenues in¬†December 2011.

CNET reported¬†the deal would value Vodafone at $245 billion, if signed. For reference purposes:¬†Verizon’s market cap is now at $142.09 billion, and AT&T sits at¬†205.88 billion.

The deal would also allow Verizon to acquire Vodafone’s 45 percent stake in U.S. operations. AT&T would then acquire the remaining business outside of the U.S.

The¬†Financial Times,¬†which¬†cited “usually reliable people,” noted both U.S. carriers feel comfortable sharing the risk associated with such a huge deal and further believe it will pass any regulatory obstacles.

Get the full story at CNET.

This article is cross-posted on 9to5Google.


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Elyse Betters

April 2nd

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Verizon and AT&T rumored to consider acquiring Vodafone assets, valuing the entity at quarter trilllion dollars

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AT&T and Verizon could soon jointly bid to acquire Vodafone.

Vodafone is second only to¬†China Mobile¬†for the¬†world’s largest mobile telecommunications companies due¬†to 439 million subscribers and high revenues in¬†December 2011.

CNET reported¬†the deal would value Vodafone at $245 billion, if signed. For reference purposes:¬†Verizon’s market cap is now at $142.09 billion, and AT&T sits at¬†205.88 billion.

The deal would also allow Verizon to acquire Vodafone’s 45 percent stake in U.S. operations. AT&T would then acquire the remaining business outside of the U.S.

The¬†Financial Times,¬†which¬†cited “usually reliable people,” noted both U.S. carriers feel comfortable sharing the risk associated with such a huge deal and further believe it will pass any regulatory obstacles.

Get the full story at CNET.

This article is cross-posted on 9to5Google.


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Elyse Betters

April 2nd

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Mobile

iOS 6.1.1 build 10B145 being rushed to address 3G performance and enterprise concerns, some carrier testing completed

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Following reports about some carriers in Europe¬†issuing warnings not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 due to issues with 3G performance, it seems a fix is already in the works. The issue was not just with 3G through carriers such as Vodafone and three in Austria, many users in Apple’s own forums complained of similar problems, degraded battery life, and more. Users have also had problems with Exchange support, causing AOL corporate to¬†temporarily disable¬†the ability to manage mobile meetings from iOS devices running iOS 6.1.

Today, a report from German language blog iFun claimed that carriers have already completed testing a 6.1.1 update to address the bugs and a 23MB update carrying build number 10B145 should be available over-the-air soon:

After ifun.de this information is already in version 6.1.1 of the night on Monday as “Testing Complete” and should be offered the iPhone community with little flow as a wireless update. Sources which are applicable in the past on the issue dates of iOS 6.0.2 and iOS 6.1 as well as the eradication of the “SMS spoofing problem” have informed, indicate the large 23MB update with UMTS-compatible.

Apple’s first beta release for 6.1.1 was released last week with build number 10B311.


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Jordan Kahn

February 11th

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Vodafone nano-SIMs in stock ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone launch

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Update:¬†In a blog post prematurely posted on its UK website, Vodafone confirmed it has 500,000 nano-SIMs ready to go, while noting the “first devices have now been announced.” It also posted the images above showing off just how tiny the new SIMs are… approximately 40 percent ¬†smaller than micro-SIM.

They‚Äôre so slim and tiny you might only be able to handle them with tweezers ‚Äď but imagine the extra space the new nano-SIM card frees up inside your handset…The first devices have now been announced ‚Äď and¬†Vodafone has now got 500,000 of the new 12.3 mm x 8.8 mm nano-SIMs in stock.

We told you that nano-SIMs was arriving at carriers last week ahead of this week’s iPhone launch when the first one was spotted at T-Mobile partners in Europe. Today, iFun reports that Vodafone Germany also has its SIM cards in stock and ready to ship in the next 24 hours:

After the nano-SIM sightings at Telekom and O2 internally distributed cards, on which we reported in the course of the forenoon were able to report that we are now sitting in front of confirmed nano-SIM shipments Vodafone.



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Jordan Kahn

September 11th

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European carriers again offering pre-order Tickets for the next iPhone

Much like in the weeks leading up to the iPhone 4S launch in early October 2011, European carriers are preparing for the expected Sept. 12 introduction of the new iPhone with pre-order tickets now available through various carriers. As noted by¬†reports from German website iPhone-ticker.de, Deutsche Telekom will offer pre-order tickets to interested customers through its distribution partners starting today. The tickets will offer a first-come, first-serve basis for the new iPhone with express delivery of the device to ticket holders on the first available day. Carriers are clearly preparing for the launch of Apple’s next-gen iPhone. Not that we need additional verification, as the most recent reports once again confirm a Sept. 12 unveiling and add the device could actually be available for pre-order on the same day. Last year, Vodafone and other carriers quickly followed Deutsche Telekom by offering iPhone pre-order tickets.



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Jordan Kahn

August 14th

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European carriers again offering pre-order Tickets for the next iPhone

Much like in the weeks leading up to the iPhone 4S launch in early October 2011, European carriers are preparing for the expected Sept. 12 introduction of the new iPhone with pre-order tickets now available through various carriers. As noted by¬†reports from German website iPhone-ticker.de, Deutsche Telekom will offer pre-order tickets to interested customers through its distribution partners starting today. The tickets will offer a first-come, first-serve basis for the new iPhone with express delivery of the device to ticket holders on the first available day. Carriers are clearly preparing for the launch of Apple’s next-gen iPhone. Not that we need additional verification, as the most recent reports once again confirm a Sept. 12 unveiling and add the device could actually be available for pre-order on the same day. Last year, Vodafone and other carriers quickly followed Deutsche Telekom by offering iPhone pre-order tickets.



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Jordan Kahn

August 14th

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First Jelly Bean Rollout Stymied By Emergency Call Issues [Android]

The new version of Android, Jelly Bean, was to be officially rolled by a carrier for the first time this week in Australia. Sadly, Vodafone couldn't see it through, because the new OS failed to meet regulations related to emergency calls. More »


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Jamie Condliffe

July 20th

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Vodafone Buys Cable & Wireless For $1.7B, Gives Mobile Carrier Bigger Window On Enterprise, Broadband

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Big news from the UK this morning: Vodafone, one of Europe’s biggest mobile operators, has made a formal offer to buy up the assets of Cable & Wireless Worldwide¬† for ¬£1 billion ($1.7 billion), a deal that catapults Vodafone into running its own fixed line network in the UK and specifically will give it a much bigger view to winning enterprise business — a big challenge to BT and a mark of further consolidation in the space.

Cable & Wireless, first founded in the nineteeth century and one of the biggest operators in Europe, has fallen on hard times more recently and has run through three chief executives since a restructuring in 2010.

The deal will make Vodafone the UK’s second-largest operator, with ¬£7 billion ($10.5 billion) in annual revenue.

According to Vodafone’s statement to the market, Vodafone will offer C&W shareholders 38 pence in cash for each C&W share, a premium of 92 percent to C&W’s closing price on February 10 (when Vodafone had first made its offer). It says that both sides have reached agreement on that deal and that C&W directors will recommend the buy to shareholders.

The deal opens a new opportunity for Vodafone to offer networking services for enterprises, which form the core of C&W’s customer base at the moment, but as Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao noted in the statement Vodafone could also use C&W’s extensive international network to offload its mobile network traffic in other markets and serve enterprises outside the UK, too:

“The acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide creates a leading integrated player in the enterprise segment of the UK communications market and brings attractive cost savings to our UK and international operations. We look forward to working with the management and employees of Cable & Wireless Worldwide to combine our expertise for the benefit of our customers and shareholders.‚ÄĚ

It will also give Vodafone its first crack at owning a broadband network: that could mean more consumer services from the carrier, too, to compete against incumbent operator BT.

It raises another question, though: currently Vodafone supplies BT with wireless network that it sells on to customers; and BT provides Vodafone with backhaul for its wireless network. For now it looks like business as usual: “I see no reason why our relationship with BT should not continue to be good,” Colao noted in the analyst call earlier today.

The deal is also a setback for another carrier, Tata in India, which had also been angling to buy C&W as part of its international expansion strategy; it withdrew its bid last week.

Cable & Wireless is one of the UK’s oldest carriers. The company was first established from a number of international telegraph assets and in the 1980s became the first carrier to offer a competitive service to BT in the UK. It’s not clear yet what will happen to C&W’s current chief executive, Gavin Darby, although this deal could mark a return of sorts: he had joined C&W in November 2011 having previously worked for Vodafone.

At the moment around one-third of C&W’s revenues come from its international operations, which extend across the UK, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East & Africa, Europe and North America.

In the UK, although C&W had offered retail services (eg broadband and other products like cable) to consumers in the past, more recently the company has been operating as a wholesale carrier, with other operators using its network to deliver broadband to businesses and consumers. It will be interesting to see whether Vodafone plans to continue this business model, or use the network to launch its own broadband operation.



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Ingrid Lunden

April 23rd

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