Posts Tagged ‘Vodafone’

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.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play up for preorder on Vodafone and Orange UK

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has been announced and detailed way before its official unveiling last week at Mobile World Congress. However, said phone became official and it was announced that Orange UK as well as Vodafone would be putting the device on their shelves in due season. That has now become true as the XPERIA Play is up for preorder on both networks and should eventually hit all the major UK carriers.

The Android powered device is set to hit both carries for no money up front if prospective buyers are willing to sign their lives away to a 2 year contract of £30.00/month. Orange is set to bundle the device with 500 anytime minutes and unlimited text as well as 500GB of data while Vodofone has decided not to be as aggressive and is handing over only 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

When the device launches on the 28th of March, it is expected that there will be a lot of cheaper deals available that will include a wide variety of service providers as well as phone retailers and price points.

The Sony XPERIA Play will pack Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will sport a 1GHz processor as well as a 4 inch screen. The device is not is listed as just a regular cellphone but rather one that is geared towards gaming. The device will be launch with 30 game titles featuring publishers such as Activision, EA and others with many more titles to come on board in the coming months. Better yet, the games will also work on Sony’s Next Generation PlayStation Portable which is set to be released sometime in the holiday season of this year and will ditch the UMD drive for solid state storage.


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.

Round Up of Today’s Mobile News

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Vodafone is currently working very hard to push the limits and improve their services –more particularly, their network coverage. With many locations in the UK still lacking proper network connectivity and access, the mobile network operator has made it a major goal to enhance their area of coverage as soon as possible.

In London alone, it has been reported that Vodafone has been spending about 1 million Pounds each day in order to maintain and improve their network. This project has started since September 25 and is expected to finish by the end of the year. For those in closed locations, the Femtocell Sure Signal booster is also available.

3 UK has confirmed that they will also be offering the Apple iPad under subsidized contracts. T-Mobile and Orange UK have been the first to make the announcement regarding the touch screen tablet from the Cupertino based company. The announcement from the virtual network operator is going to be a major source of happiness for those hoping to get great 3G deals for the web browsing tablet.

BlackBerry’s Playbook touch screen tablet is reportedly going to be price a lot cheaper than its two biggest competitors: the iPad and the Galaxy Tab. Reports state that the 8 GB version of the QNX tablet is going to have a 189.84 GBP price tag while the 32 GB version will be priced at 380.32 GBP.

Samsung has confirmed that not only are they working on the next Nexus branded handset (the Nexus S), but they are also going to release a new non-Galaxy Android phone, the Stealth V. This new handset will be featuring high end specs and media streaming capabilities.

Lastly, new rumors about the PSP phone have popped out announcing that the device might get an official unveiling this December 9. However, due to the lack of credibility from the source of the leak makes us all doubt that the news is believable.

Mobile Digest: Today’s News in Quick Bites

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Samsung is being linked to two major Android related rumors. While the Nexus S rumors are already spreading out thanks to the recently leaked images, a new handset which is rumored to have next generation specs is said to be in the works for the Korean Phone maker.

Eyebrows are being raised as O2 UK has confirmed that the Palm Pre 2 will not be part of their lineup. Despite the fact that O2 UK has an exclusive deal with Palm regarding the distribution of the handsets locally.

HTC’s newest handset is supposedly a Verizon exclusive. Since the device mainly features 4G support, there is very little chance that the device will ever make it to UK shores. Still, one cannot help but hope since the same thing happened with the Motorola Milestone (known as the Motorola Droid in the US) which received a new name and eventually got distributed locally.

BlackBerry’s Facebook application is finally getting an update to support the new GPS Maps and Facebook Places feature for all RIM smart Phones.

RIM has also recently launched the BlackBerry Playbook. However tablets seem to be on the not-in-demand list for the UK gadget market. According to a recent study, many people are interested in having a touch screen tablet, but find the current prices too expensive to be practical. After all, many recognize the convenience of having a web browsing and media playing tablet, but with the Apple iPad and Galaxy Tabs’ current price tags, most would prefer to stick to their mobile devices instead. There are budget tablet devices that are available, but like the eTouch units, most only use older platforms like the Android 1.6 Donut.

Lastly, Vodafone UK is now offering the HTC Desire Z to its subscribers. The new Android from HTC sports a slide out QWERTY keyboard that will certainly delight smart phone users who rely heavily on messaging and social networking.

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.