Archive for the ‘Vodafone Phones’ Category

Palm Pre 2 up for pre-order on O2, Orange and Vodofone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

HP announced version 2.2 of the webOS platform as well as version 3.0 which will power the TouchPad tablet and hopefully make it to webOS powered smartphones in the near future. But even with all this news, the second generation Pre is set for release on the UK’s three biggest networks.

The second generation device will feature version 2.0 of the webOS platform and not version 2.2 which will be powering the three new devices due out this summer. The Palm Pre 2 sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support and a slide out QWERTY keyboard just like the first generation Pre’s. There is integration for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networking websites and as usual you have access to the best multitasking platform on the market.

Rounding out the features are a built-in media player, 5 megapixel camera on the back (unfortunately no front facing cameras), HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Adobe Flash 10.1 with 16GB of internal storage. Sadly, for the second time, the SD card slot has been ditched in favor of design.

Look for the Pre 2 to be available on plans of £18.19/month or £22.98/month on a two-year contract with 300 included minutes, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data.

As for our thoughts, if you’re hell bent on getting a webOS device (and why not?) we’d hold our hard earned cash until we get some dates from HP on the Veer and Pre 3 which are expected to launch in the not so distant future and if rumors are correct, should be making a landing on our UK shores before the end of the year. Not only will the specs be bumped up to that of the current market offering, but it should feature webOS 2.2 as well.

Source: DialToSave

Vodafone’s UK network taken down by break-in

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

If you’re like some others in the UK who have their service through the Vodafone network, you might have woken up yesterday morning to your service interrupted or off altogether. 2G, 3G, SMS and Blackberry services were some of the services to go and it appeared to affect a significant portion of the Vodafone UK network.

As for the cause of the interruption, the company has attributed it to a break in at the Basingstoke exchange center. The company refused to go into detail and has not elaborated as to whether a suspect has been caught or if it was an inside or outside job.

As of now, many of the services are back up and more services are expected to be up in the coming hours. So if you’re one of those affected by the break in, be patient as the company is working on restoring service. Vodafone claims that the estimate of affected customers is “a couple hundred thousand users.” If those estimates should prove to be true, it would mean that only a fraction of it’s user base was affected by the outage.

So what does this say, burglary can affect your cellular calls, and it might not be the best time if you’re trying to place an all-important emergency call when such an outage comes, as many customers of Vodafone’s U.S partner, Verizon experienced earlier this month when over 10,000 calls to emergency dispatchers were dropped.

Source: Vodafone

HTC Incredible S available for pro-order on O2 and Vodafone

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

It’s a little over a week since the Incredible S from HTC was announced at Mobile World Congress. But HTC is used to getting devices to the market in a timely and organized matter, so we’re none too surprised that the phone is now popping up on pre-order pages for Vodafone and O2.

The Incredible S, which is scheduled to ship March 3rd, will be available on a £25.00 per month and not only does this device become free on contract, but for that monthly plan you also receive a 300 minute allowance per month as well as unlimited texts and 500MB of data. That price is good on both carriers.

The HTC Incredible S features a 4-inch Super LCD display along with an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash as well as a front facing camera which sports 1.3 megapixels and is specifically designed for video conferencing. The rear facing camera also shoots midrange HD content at 720p. All this data can be held on microSD cards of up to 32GB in capacity thanks to a storage slot, and all this content can be intern wirelessly streamed to an HD TV that supports DNLA.

Even though the device will arrive with Froyo, HTC has promised that Gingerbread will be making it to the device thanks to a software update, but the company has not elaborated as to when to expect such a software upgrade.

It is also said that cheaper deals will be announced next month when the device official launches, so we’re guessing that a phone could ultimately be purchased sans a contract with no 2 year agreement plan.


HTC Desire S coming to Vodafone UK

Friday, February 18th, 2011

HTC shot back at all its competitors with a strong showing at Mobile World Congress this week. The Taiwanese cellphone manufacturer who shot to fame in the mobile world with such devices as the Droid Incredible, Nexus One, Touch Pro2, Desire, Evo and Evo Shift made a clear path for its 2011 mobile phone lineup.

One of those phones is the HTC Desire S which is sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The handset will have a similar design to it’s Windows Phone 7 counterpart called the HTC Mozart. It features a sleek aluminum shell that houses a 3.7 inch display that posts 480 x 800 pixels in a WVGA glass. The optical trackpad is gone but it will feature a revamped version of HTC’s Sense UI including a host of new apps such as a personalized “Mirror” app, perfect for the ladies looking to apply the mascara away from a real mirror.

On the back of the device is a 5 megapixel camera that boasts LED flash and is capable of doing 720p HD video shooting. Video conferencing junkies need not worry as a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera will satisfy all your needs. As we said before, Android Gingerbread (2.3) is stock and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor does the honors as well as GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with a 1450mAh battery for juice.

The handset will arrive in the Q2 of 2011 for an undetermined price. Three has also confirmed that they will be stocking the phone as well. We’ll keep you posted as we get updates, but based on demos we’ve seen, this could be a solid competitor to Samsung’s newly announced Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones and though it is missing the dual core action, we’re sure 1GHz will be able to more than able to power this device.

Source:  Vodafone

Vodafone UK lands Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusivity

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It’s not like we had a clue that the Galaxy 10.1 would be coming to Vodafone. Samsung has shown for quite some time now that they do not deal with exclusivities for such big products as they are hell bent on world domination of the smartphone sector and Vodafone only represents a small percentage of the total UK mobile subscriber list. But it appears that Vodafone might have sweet talked the Korean based company into an exclusive launch on its network, at least for the initial onset.

The news came via Vodafone’s Twitter account where it wrote that not only would the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be making an exclusive appearance on the network, it would have “More info Coming soon!” So far we’ve heard that the device will be coming to Asia and Europe in March. Unfortunately there is no pricing, but we’re hoping it drops within the range of the outgoing Galaxy Tab. Pricing and release date for North America remain a mystery and at this point we’re pretty sure that we here in the UK will get the device before it sails the seas to Canada, South, Central and the rest of North America.

As for a quick recap of specs, there is a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 WXGA TFT display. Running the operations is a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM along with an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and a 2 megapixel camera in the front that does video conferencing. The device can shoot full 1080p video at 30fps and thanks to its Honeycomb internals, this has updated software unlike the previous Galaxy Tab. Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass and Proximity sensor are all standard as well as a 6860mAh battery to crank the juice needed for operation.

Source: Twitter

Mobile News: Today’s Top Highlights

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Skype has announced that it will be updated for the Android mobile platform –and the Samsung Galaxy S will finally be compatible with the VOIP service. This little bit of good news comes as another reason to go for Samsung’s already impressive Android handset. The Skype app is often hard to get for many users as not a lot of phones can support the feature –and the fact that local networks are not too happy about it either. In any case, the app is now officially available on the Android market.

Vodafone UK is certain that the Froyo update for the HTC Magic is certainly the way to go. The announcement yesterday was that the update will be selective and will not provide the ancient Android with all the new features of version 2.2, but will still be delivering an impressive array of new features that diehard fans of the older phone will certainly appreciate.

HTC has confirmed that they have several devices fully equipped with both NFC, dual core CPUs and 4G technology already in the works. LTE or long term evolution hardware changes standards a lot, and HTC wants to keep on top of the trends. HTC CEO Peter Chou also confirmed that he wants to pursue the use 4G technology.

3 UK, a local virtual network operator, has been confirmed that the unlimited browsing scheme is now back. Despite previous complaints by other network operators about the heavy consumption of bandwidth slowing down services to many users, 3 UK is offering the service to anyone subscribed to the 35 Pound monthly tariff –which is certainly quite tempting to many folks who consider the 500MB limit a little too low. Should we expect to see the returns of unlimited browsing on other networks as well? –that possibility is quite unlikely as 3 UK is a specialized 3G network.

Vodafone’s Impressive Line Up: Pre-Christmas

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

With the holiday season just a few short weeks away, many network operators are already beefing up their handset lineup to bring in some of the most intriguing and impressive mobile devices of the year. Mobile network operator Vodafone UK has just announced several new devices that they will be offering in tariffs and plans.

Motorola’s Defy is certainly getting two thumbs up from us for being the toughest little touch screen smart phone around. Technically, this handset is the only true tough smart phone that we have seen. With its Gorilla glass screen from Corning and its IP7 certification, this is one smart phone for those with semi active lifestyles –we still would not recommend bringing this to a rough and tumble hiking trip.

Samsung’s Galaxy Europa has also been confirmed to be part of the new lineup. This Corby-Galaxy mash up handset brings in the best of both worlds. The Android OS delivers the most impressive Corby experience to date and the aesthetic style is certainly a lot fresher and hip compared to the more serious models.

Even the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 has been added in the Vodafone listing. This update to the already successful 9700 makes you wonder what else RIM can improve on the BlackBerry handset. Aside from being updated, the phone still retains many of its most important assets, such as the physical QWERTY keyboard.

Already part of the list is the HTC Desire HD, which brings a new high end Android experience to all users. With the larger touch screen and super LCD technology, video playback on this updated Desire handset is certainly something to look forward to.

Nokia’s newly launched Nokia N8 Symbian^3 smart phone also joins the Vodafone line. Expect to see an all new OS from the ever familiar Symbian platform brand.

Network Watch: Windows Phone 7 Devices

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Many would know the basic facts about the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform by now, and considering the vast number of leaks and rumors that have circulated in the past couple of months, the specs and other important details about the new WP7 handsets are no longer that surprising.

But knowing where all these new phones are –that is the big question of the week. These new WP7 handsets are due to be released by October 22, and here’s a quick rundown of the various networks and all the phones they offer.

Mobile virtual network operator 3 UK has actually managed to snag a couple of handsets. The Dell Venue Pro, which has been renamed from Dell Lightning, is confirmed to be heading to the network. The QWERTY keyboard toting handset is going to be an interesting choice for buyers.

Samsung’s Omnia 7 is also heading to 3 UK which means that this super AMOLED touch screen smart phone will serve as the main media centric WP7 handset under 3 UK.

Vodafone UK has got two major handsets under their flag. LG’s Optimus 7 and HTC 7 Trophy will both be heading towards the UK network operator. The Trophy seems like an interesting choice over the Optimus 7 –simply because it is an HTC device. The addition of HD video and SRS surround also makes it a compelling media playback device.

O2 will be offering the HTC HD7. While initial reports indicate that there might be some sort of exclusivity going on, no specific details have been confirmed. O2 has priced the handset at 379 GPB on a pay as you go scheme; the device is also being offered on a wide range of 2 year tariffs.

Lastly, Orange Mobile UK will be offering the HTC Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7 (aside from 3 and Orange, the Omnia will be out on T-Mobile as well). The Mozart’s 8 mega pixel snapper and Xenon flash technology is certainly getting plenty of attention for those who love their camera phones.

Mobile Quick News: Vodafone’s New Phones and More

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Vodafone UK has confirmed that it will be launching three new devices for the holidays and considering the line up, we cannot help but think that they should be releasing the phones as soon as possible because plenty of people will certainly be interested in the new phones.

First up the list is the Miss Sixty version of the Vodafone 543 handset. The device is a basic touch screen device, but it certainly has that unique factor and style. While the look does get old after a while, it still provides users with a refreshing change of pace every once in a while.

The Vodafone 553 on the other hand, is a direct update to the 543. Vodafone has given this handset a 2 mega pixel camera, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8 inch resistive touch screen and more. The phones’ biggest features are the integrated Vodafone 360 access apps and the Opera Mini 5 browser.

Lastly, Vodafone will be offering the Android running Vodafone 945. The handset is, as expected, the next device to follow the previously launched 845. While the processing speed on this handset has not been confirmed, we do know that it packs a 3.2 inch WQVGA capacitive touch screen display, a 5 mega pixel snapper and about 300 MB of internal storage –not to mention all the other features that one would expect from a modern day smart phone.

In other news, Dell has announced that they will be coming up with two new tablets to follow the 5 inch Dell Streak. The new Streak devices are confirmed to be 7 inch and 10 inch tablet gadgets, though it has yet to be confirmed if making and receiving calls is a feature that is present in the new tablets. Expect to hear more about Dell’s new toys in the coming weeks.

Massive News Wrap Up: Everything Mobile

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For those of you who have little time to spare but still need to get up to date with the latest, here’s the quick wrap up of everything that’s happening in the world of mobile phones.

First up, the BlackBerry Storm 3 has been leaked in images again. While the name is unconfirmed, the close resemblance to the Storm 2 and the fact that it is running the BlackBerry OS6 on a full touch screen handset is hard to argue with.

In more BlackBerry related news, Vodafone UK has confirmed price plans for the BlackBerry Torch –the device is available on two year and 18 month plans starting at 40 Pounds monthly. The Torch also sports the BlackBerry OS 6 which is a very media based platform while waiting.

Chip manufacturer Marvell has confirmed that they now have a 1.5 GHz ‘tri-core’ CPU for mobile handsets. The only question now is how much power will these things drain and how long before Qualcomm or another manufacturer solves the issue. In any case, expect to see the Armada 628 in more highlights in the days to come.

Mozilla, creators of the highly successful Firefox browser, has hinted at the possibility of having their own self branded device. While this is all just in concept images, it would actually be interesting if there was a Mozilla branded handset that could actually do better browsing and other Mozilla features. The device is said to be named Seabird.

Dell will also be jumping into the large screen devices market with their confirmed list of Android devices. So far, there is no word yet if this is simply the Dell Streak on steroids or if the new 7 inch tablet would not be able to take calls. For now, all we can do is to simply wait until the supposed January unveiling of the device.