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Facebook phone Vodafone 555 Blue goes for sale
Aug 17th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone 555 Blue

The Facebook phone namely the Vodafone 555 Blue which was announced in July is finally available for sale from the mobile phone operator Vodafone. The smartphone is the first prepay handset to come with a Facebook button in the UK.

It looks quite similar to the HTC ChaCha handset as they share the same colour scheme and looks along with a dedicated Facebook button. The handset is manufactured by Alcatel which is famous for providing street-smart mobile phones with features and functions albeit at a low price.

The Vodafone 555 features a 2MP camera with flash, a 2.4-inch non-touchscreen QVGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard. There is no 3G or Wi-Fi though it has Opera Mini browser which comes with its compression capabilities thus enabling faster web access while saving bandwidth. The handset is powered by its proprietary OS.

The smartphone will be sold for £70 both in stores as well as online from Vodafone. This includes a top up of £15 by which users will be provided 200 minutes, 600 texts along with 100MB of web access. You can also grab the device for £62.50 which can be used only on Vodafone’s network.

Vodafone offering white version of Samsung Galaxy S2
Aug 15th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo White Samsung Galaxy S2

It has just been three months that the Samsung Galaxy S2 has hit the stands and the white version of the handset is already on its way. Don’t keep your mouth open in awe; it is indeed going to be available from 1st of September 2011 in the UK.

The white Samsung Galaxy S2 has been promised this September by the Korean mobile phone manufacturer and mobile phone operator Vodafone has already added the device to its ‘Coming Soon’ page.

The white version would be available both online as well as in stores. However, Vodafone has not mentioned any further details such as pricing or release date of the device.

As the white version is no different from the black one in terms of software or hardware, the device is said to cost the same as that of the latter. It means that Vodafone’s monthly tariffs would start from £36. However, Vodafone will not be the exclusive carrier for the white Galaxy S2.

The Galaxy S II is slimmer, lighter and faster. It is a mere 8.49mm thick, weighs only 116g and has a huge 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

The device comes pre-loaded with the latest Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Also bundled are a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. And of course adding value is an 8MP camera capable of recording HD 1080p video.

Orange and Vodafone go it alone with PAYG price hikes
Jul 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Orange_Large Vodafone logo

Citing new Ofcom regulations which make calls from landlines to mobiles cheaper, Vodafone and Orange announce price rise for their PAYG services.

Orange will hike the call rate from 20p to 25p per minute while texts will be charged 12p instead of the earlier 10p starting this Friday. Vodafone hikes will take effect from 14th July and the call price will be up from 21p to 25p per minute while the text pricing will be 12p per text.

O2, T Mobile, and 3 do not seem to have any plans to hike their PAYG prices, however. Despite that, the price hike by Orange and Vodafone would still keep all of them in the same range instead of being any higher.

Vodafone made a mention of cut in mobile termination rates as the reason for the price hike. Since April 2011, there has been a cut in MTRs and that reduces the price of landline to mobile calls. TalkTalk and BT started offering cheaper LL to mobile calls.

Vodafone & Three offering the HTC ChaCha
Jun 10th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC ChaCha

HTC ChaCha or ‘Facebook phone’ encompasses all the core elements of today’s smartphones and provides those extra features that keep it afloat. The handset which boasts a portrait-oriented keyboard is available for sale in the UK on Vodafone and Three Mobile.

The handset boasts a smaller 2.6-inch touchscreen display having HVGA resolution as well as a smaller 1250mAh battery. However, the device has a full QWERTY keyboard which allows easy typing on the Facebook chat app. It also comes with a 5MP rear camera coupled with flash as well as a front facing VGA camera.

This eye-catching petite smart phone, which was launched at MWC earlier this year, packs more than a punch of social networking with the dedicated Facebook button of the device. It also features a Qualcomm SoC processor clocked at 800MHz,  512MB RAM, 512MB of ROM, GPS, BT along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

You can grab the handset on a two year plan by shelling out £26 which will provide you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, data allowance up to 250MB along with 1GB allowance on BT Openzone Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, Three offers the handset for £29 bundled with 2000 minutes, 5000 texts, and free voicemail along with you can eat data. There is however no Wi-Fi allowance with this deal.

The SIM free version of the Facebook phone is also available for £250 from Amazon.

Vodafone to come up with its facebook phone
Jun 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo

If reports are anything to go by, the service provider Vodafone is reportedly preparing to launch its own Facebook phone. This would bring mobile social networking to the customers at low prices.

The phone which looks similar to HTC ChaCha in style comes with a QWERTY keyboard and silver chassis. A leaked picture over the internet shows this Vodafone Facebook phone with a dedicated Facebook key.

Another startling rumor doing rounds is that this phone would not be running Android or any kind of smart phone Operating System. The chances are that it would be running on a non-proprietary OS but everyone knows it isn’t given.

There’s every chance that the phone would be priced on par with its counterpart latest gadgets. However, if Vodafone is planning to release the phone at around something £20 with a decent data bundle for Facebook, it would give a good reason as to why Vodafone decided to eschew Android.

Given the design similarity to Chacha, it would be very interesting to see where Vodafone would fit its Facebook phone in the market!

HTC Sensation for £25 contract from Vodafone
Jun 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo

It seems like a price war is going on among the carriers that are going to stock the much hyped handset, the HTC Sensation in their UK stores even before the availability of the device in the UK.

Vodafone is offering the handset via MobilePhonesDirect on a two-year contract for £25 per month. With this, you will get 500 minutes, unlimited texts as well as 500MB of data allowance per month.

However, if you want to grab the device directly from the operator, then the cheapest Sensation deal starts from £36 per month which is bundled with 900 minutes, 2GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access, data allowance up to 750MB and regular internet access across selected European countries up to 25MB.

When compared to the Sensation deals offered by the other two carriers T-Mobile or Three, the Vodafone’s tariff is cheaper at £25 per month.

HTC Sensation is first handset to be powered by Qualcomm dual core system on chip running at 1.2GHz. It features video playback via HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 4.3-inch, 540×960 qHD screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The handset boasts of dual-LED flash and comes with a front facing camera to allow videoconferencing.

The Sensation which comes with Super LCD screen technology weighs just 148g and is 11.9 mm thick. It also has five sensors, a 1530mAh battery and onboard GPS. With all sensational features built into it, HTC sensation is going to be another super Smartphone from HTC like its predecessors.

HTC Sensation goes on sale from Vodafone
May 20th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Sensation Vodafone logo

Vodafone has officially launched HTC’s top of the range smartphone, the HTC Sensation. The much hyped HTC smartphone has finally gone on sale via Vodafone for free for as little as £35 a month or for £840 over the 24-month contract period.

The handset would be available on 12, 18 or 24 months contract however, with a minimum upfront payment of £199. For £35 per month, you can get the handset for free bundled with, 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data allowance along with Vodafone’s popular passport service offering data worth 25MB in selective European countries.

Coming to other service providers, the smartphone is anticipated to go on sale from mid June onwards with a price tag of around £500 for the SIM free device.

HTC Sensation is first handset to be powered by Qualcomm dual core system on chip running at 1.2GHz. It features video playback via HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 4.3-inch, 540×960 qHD screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The handset boasts of dual-LED flash and comes with a front facing camera to allow videoconferencing.

The Sensation which comes with Super LCD screen technology weighs just 148g and is 11.9 mm thick. It also has five sensors, a 1530mAh battery and onboard GPS. With all sensational features built into it, HTC sensation is going to be another super Smartphone from HTC like its predecessors.

O2, Three and Vodafone to sell BlackBerry 9900
May 5th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo

While Three and Vodafone confirmed that they are going to sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900, O2 just reported to CNET UK that it has every plan to offer the handset too. None of them has however announced the exact date.

RIM revealed the 9900 handset at its business-focused conference, the BlackBerry World at Florida, yesterday.

With 10.5mm thickness, the handset with a QWERTY keypad is going to be the thinnest BlackBerry powered by a 1.2GHz processor. It has a 2.8 inch capacitive touch screen with resolution of 287 dpi, a 5MP camera and a 720p video camera.

Orange and T-Mobile have not meanwhile announced any plans to sell the handset but if one of them goes for it, the other cannot be far behind as they are now together under the banner “Everything Everywhere”.

As the first handset powered by BlackBerry 7 OS, it will get new features like faster browsing experience, voice search, and modern Liquid graphics interface. HTML5, 720p HD recording are a plus.

Vodafone puts HTC Sensation on pre-order
May 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo HTC Sensation

The much hyped handset from HTC, the HTC Sensation is available for pre-orders exclusively from Vodafone with May 19th as release date.

At a lower end, the handset can be picked with an upfront payment of £199 on a two year contract for £25 per month. It comes bundled with 500 texts, 100 minutes and 500MB data.

For £35 per month, you can otherwise get the handset for free bundled with unlimited texts, 900 minutes and 750MB data. And in between there is a £30 per month plan which comes with unlimited texts, 100 minutes, and 500MB data with a £99 upfront fee.

HTC Sensation is first handset in the market which is powered by Qualcomm dual core system on chip running at 1.2GHz. Coming to the specs of the Smartphone, it has video playback via HDMI, a 4.3-inch, 540×960 qHD screen. The handset boasts of dual-LED flash and comes with an additional front facing camera to allow videoconferencing.

The Sensation which comes with Super LCD screen technology weighs just 148g and is 11.9 mm thick. It also has five sensors, a 1530mAh battery and onboard GPS. The HTC Sensation is said to bind together multimedia content with relevant and thoughtful features thereby resulting in a new dimension to Vodafone’s Smartphone range.

Additionally, the Sensation is the first HTC Smartphone to bring the super resistant Corning glass onboard as well as go beyond WVGA resolutions.

Vodafone confirms Samsung Galaxy S 2.3 update
Apr 19th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo Samsung Galaxy

It is time to rejoice for all the Samsung Galaxy S owners as the rollout of Gingerbread ( Android 2.3 ) has been confirmed for users in the UK. However the catch is that your service provider should be Vodafone as it is the only network which confirmed the Galaxy S 2.3 update till date.

Let’s take a sneak peek at what’s in store though you might not be on Vodafone. To us, it seems that a lot of performance issues might get fixed with the updates.

The UI will turn slicker and simpler, while the new Android keyboard will help with ease of copy/paste functionality. There would be better management of power and multiple cameras too. You can switch the handset back to GSM only (2G) mode with this update.

But, hold on because it is not enough to keep waiting for your phone to get updated; it would rather be a better idea to connect it to Samsung KIES on the computer to check the eligibility.

So, we need to wait and assess the Samsung Galaxy S2 as it promises faster response. better battery life, ease of typing and the like.

Vodafone To offer HTC Sensation
Apr 13th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Sensation

The much hyped handset from HTC, the HTC Sensation is now ready for pre-orders from Vodafone to enter major European markets in the coming few months. The HTC handset is first in the market which is powered by Qualcomm dual core system on chip running at 1.2GHz.

The device was unveiled officially yesterday at a media event held in London. The display of this latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone boasts new super blur-o-vision technology.

Coming to the specs of the smartphone, it is said to be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1080p video playback via HDMI, a 4.3-inch, 540×960 qHD screen and 4G connectivity in US models.

The Sensation which comes with Super LCD screen technology weighs just 148g and is 11.9 mm thick. It also has five sensors, a 1530mAh battery and onboard GPS. The HTC Sensation is said to bind together multimedia content with relevant and thoughtful features thereby resulting in a new dimension to Vodafone’s smartphone range.

Additionally, the Sensation will be first HTC smartphone that would bring the super resistant Corning glass onboard as well as go beyond WVGA resolutions. It is said to sport an amazing 8MP camera with front-facing to allow videoconferencing. It is also anticipated that the handset will be loaded with Android 3.0 software.

The smartphone is expected to be available by middle of May 2011. You can grab the device for free on £40 or more tariffs.

Vodafone is Subsidizing iPad in UK
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logoApple iPad Home Screen

After Orange, T-Mobile and Three networks, now Vodafone also announces its subsidized plans for iPad in UK.

Vodafone has recently announced its plan for iPad, which includes a subsidized and cheaper price for the device, whose cost is being absorbed into monthly charges. In other terms monthly charges are pegged at a bit higher rate. Though exact details of the plan are yet need to be out, Vodafone is expecting to roll out it as an offer to its customer in early next year. Initially plans were to roll it out as festive offer, but now it seems will be happening only in the next year.   

Amid of many manufacturers unveiling plans for their own tablet devices, with expectation of increased competition in the market, network providers are coming with best of their options to lure the customer taking advantage of being first in the market, before the rates of the devices comes down.

Vodafone UK brings down cost of data for its customer across Europe
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo

To survive cut throat competition in Mobile Market, Vodafone UK has come up with plan to reduce the data charges for its customers across Europe.

Vodafone has its well established presence across Europe. It is planning for this new offer by leveraging its Group operates across European. The plan named “Vodafone Data Traveler” will allow users to use 25 MB of data per day for free across European territories.

It comes with both daily plan and monthly plan. While daily plan allows occasional travelers to subscribe for the plan on need basis, monthly plan allows regular travelers to subscribe to the plan on monthly basis. Daily plan allows users to access the plan at a cost of £ 2 per day on the other hand monthly plans allows them to access the plan for a month period at £ 10 per month.

Samsung’s answer to iPad available on Vodafone
Nov 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone has confirmed availability of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s answer to Apple iPad, is available on its stock across UK.

Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2 mobile operating system based gadget, is perfect light weight alternative to Apple’s iPad. While 10 inches Apple iPad is bit bulky to fit into your hand, 7 inches light weighted Galaxy tab perfectly fits into your palm. Galaxy tab supports streaming videos over web along with pre-installed Google widgets and Adobe flash 10.1.

Another unique feature being, Samsung’s Galaxy tab is phone indeed, allows making calls and text SMS messages, while Apple’s iPad lacks this feature. It also has front facing camera, to allow video calling. It is just not a tablet, it’s a tablet with phone features like 5 megapixel camera, WiFi connectivity, 3G and comes with up to 32 GB of storage.

Vodafone is making it even more lucrative by offering at really very lucrative price offer. It is available at £25.00 per month over contract with one-time payment £239.99. Deal is also wrapped along with 100 free text messages, 500 MB of Data and 500 minutes of talk time. It is also available with other operators like T-Mobile and Orange with prices pegged slightly higer level compared to Vodafone.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab

HTC Legend sports Froyo, thanks to Vodafone
Nov 16th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Legend Froyo

HTC started upgrading HTC Legend customers on Vodafone UK to Android 2.2 aka Froyo a week after it officially confirmed the move.

Despite the fact that the update got rolled out after the official launch, the decision to upgrade branded Legend phones before the unbranded ones sounded weird because HTC initially announced that the branded versions of HTC Legend were supposed to wait longer for the update than those with unbranded one.

Vodafone seems to be the only network on which the Legend update is being provided in the UK, Germany and France though this needs to be confirmed. Vodafone UK users using the HTC Legend need to check the updates area on their handset for the upgrade.

It was in spring 2010 that the HTC Legend got unveiled in the market with Android 2.1 onboard. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz processor, the handset has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive TouchScreen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution to provide 16 million colours.

The HTC Legend has HTC Sense UI, 384 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, a microSD slot for memory up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPS with A-GPS, HSUPA, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, and a 5-Megapixel camera with LED Flash and Autofocus.

HTC Desire Z going to be available in UK through Vodafone
Nov 11th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire Z Vodafone logo

The latest addition to HTC’s Desire range, HTC Desire Z is soon going to be available to UK customers through Vodafone network. Though HTC Desire Z is not as glamorous as its predecessor HTC Desire HD, it is still a Smartphone packed of powerful features.

This Android 2.2 based Smartphone will be available with 5 megapixel camera and allows user to stay connected from anywhere and anytime.

HTC Desire Z inherits HTC’s trademark QWERTY keypad, which specially designed for text intensive users and corporate users to type lengthy emails with maximum comfort. Desire Z, has the keypad sliding vertically beneath the touch screen, which claims to much decent slide, when compared to any other sliding keypad models available in market including Dell Venue Pro, Blackberry Torch and Nokia E7.

HTC Desire Z comes with Flash support, which is backed by 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, which makes it not only attractive, but also faster and powerful.

This dynamite of features is expected to start reaching customers before to Christmas to make maximum out of year end and holiday shopping.

Vodafone offers three more Blackberry mobiles on PAYG
Nov 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo PAYG

Mobile service provider, Vodafone has more to offer on its PAYG range as it started offering three more RIM BlackBerry handsets – the Curve 9300, the Pearl 9105, and the Curve 8520.

All the three new additions are candybar models. The Curve 9300 priced at £230 is available in red and black while the Curve 8520 priced at £230 appears in black. Both the handsets have QWERRT keypads and 2.4-inch display screens with a 320 x 240 resolution.

The BlackBerry Pearl 9105 on the other hand has a smaller screen, looks slicker and still costs £230. The BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) which bundles email, apps and BlackBerry’s proprietary Instant Messaging Service is provided for free till June 2011 to those who buy the handsets on PAYG.

As a topping on the cake, Vodafone is providing a host of freebies too. The Vodafone Freebees includes as an example “Top up and Get Text and Web” offer. Users who top up with £10 get to have 300 free texts and 500MB monthly data allowance under this scheme.

Sony Ericsson W595 Black now on PAYG
Oct 10th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Vodafone logo Sony Ericsson W595

For those who want to own the Sony Ericsson W595 Black rather than going for monthly contracts, the handset is now available on Pay As you Go (PAYG). The handset comes in other hues like pink and white too.

The Sony Ericsson W595 is a sleek handset with 2.2 inch colour display. It has an alphanumeric keypad that slides out from a rubberised curved chassis.

The handset boasts of its music features as it comes equipped with Sony Walkman 3.0. The mobile phone thus doubles up into a music player with stunning sound quality as you capitalize on the in-built stereo speakers. The shared headphone jack only tops it up.

Thanks to expandable memory upto 8GB and a 3.2 megapixel camera helps you shoot good imagery apart from being able to record videos. It also has FM Radio, and GPS powered by Google Maps.

Vodafone has priced the Sony Ericsson W595 Black at just £69.37 on Pay As You Go (PAYG).

T-Mobile to launch HTC Desire HD in ‘next few weeks’
Oct 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

T-Mobile Logo HTC Desire HD

Even as Vodafone officially gears up to launch HTC Desire HD phone on 14th October, T-Mobile is trying to catch up by launching the handset very soon.

A source in T-Mobile revealed that the company is busy stocking up the HTC Desire HD Smartphone and that plans are afoot to make the 4.3-inch Android Smartphone available to its customers in few weeks.

The handset is already being offered by Vodafone on pre-order with various contracts ranging from £35 to £55 per month. The handset can be bagged for £25- £30 monthly contracts as well but then the handset needs to be bought.

The HTC Desire HD as known to many is a clear upgrade of the HTC Desire as the bulkier Desire comes bundled with more memory ( RAM and ROM ), a higher pixel camera, a faster processor and a larger screen. The handset supports Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround and DLNA sound.

Showed off at HTC’s London conference last month, the HTC Desire DD features a 1GHz processor and an 8 MP camera with 720p HD recording capability. It has a 4.3-inch LCD display instead of the AMOLED screen sported by the original HTC Desire mobile.

Vodafone to sport and stock HTC 7 Trophy?
Oct 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo HTC Logo

The HTC 7 Trophy Smartphone seems to go Vodafone’s way. A leaked snapshot of the company’s inventory suggests the Trophy as amongst one of the upcoming models. Motorola Defy also features in the picture. BestBoyz’s sources in a Vodafone’s German database spotted the HTC 7 Trophy for the first time.

HTC 7 Trophy is probably named that way to suggest that the much-awaited Windows Phone 7 platform powers it up. It seems more of a smaller sibling of HTC HD7.

The specs of the Trophy were leaked last week and the handset is expected to sport a 3.8-inch 800×400 WVGA display, 8GB memory, and a 5MP camera with LED Flash and autofocus. The handset is expected to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor apart from 3G and Wi-Fi.

Just the way HTC Mozart handset powered by Windows Phone 7 has a fixed 8GB memory the HTC 7 Trophy has memory as its Achilles heel.

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