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Verizon, BT, Vodafone, Level 3 'let NSA jack into Google, Yahoo! fiber'

In October, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed Uncle Sam's spies tapped into the optic-fiber cables linking the data centers of Google and Yahoo! By intercepting this flow of information, agents were able to spy on folks' online activities on a massive scale. Google and Yahoo! insisted they did not hand over the keys to …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013
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Mobo monster Vodafone takes £6bn kick down south

Vodafone lost almost half-a-billion quid in the six months to November, its half-year results reveal, but it also had to write down £6bn from the value of its operations in southern Europe. The US is doing OK, and Vodafone will get a dividend payment from Verizon Communications (of which it owns 45 per cent) of £2.4bn, but …
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2012
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Vodafone trials femtocell 3G coverage in Shetlands village

The Shetland village of Walls, population 300, now has 3G service courtesy of Vodafone – but the tech deployed, and the way in which it was done, bodes well for the future. Walls was chosen as a test bed for Vodafone's "open femtocell" project; taking femtocell technology and scaling it up very slightly to suit a small town, …
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2013
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Vodafone cash supply choked as Europe tightens pursestrings

Vodafone Group's UK revenue dropped more than five per cent in its third quarter ended 31 December 2012, demonstrating that Northern Europe just isn't the counterweight to southern losses it used to be. The UK was particularly bad, thanks to intense competition from Telefonica (O2) and EE's 4G monopoly - which stole profitable …
Bill Ray, 07 Feb 2013
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Vodafone slurps MEELLLIONS for redirecting police hotline calls

Vodafone is making more than £2m a year from public reporting of non-emergency crime, and has just landed another three-year contract - charging 15p per non-emergency call to police. Calls made to the non-emergency "101" number are routed by Cable & Wireless to the nearest police authority and dealt with at public expense. All …
Bill Ray, 07 May 2013
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Vodafone deputy chairman to quit amid CWW rows – report

Vodafone's deputy chairman Sir John Buchanan is reportedly exiting the company after taking up a chairmanship post at Cambridge-based semiconductor firm ARM. According to Saturday's Daily Telegraph, Buchanan's close pals have denied claims that he is leaving the mobile giant because of concerns about Vodafone becoming the …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2012

Vodafone Oz taken to court by dealer

Vodafone Australia has something else to worry about besides its dwindling customer base and fragile network, as dealer BD Mobile suing the carrier for unpaid commissions. BD Mobile, also known as Besyl, was one of Vodafone’s exclusive dealers but was placed into voluntary liquidation in February. Boutique insolvency firm …
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Vodafone phone and mobe biz service goes titsup

Vodafone's One Net service has gone down, leaving businesses with no working phones. The service, which merges landlines with mobiles so finger-on-the-pulse folk can pick up their calls anywhere no matter which number customers call in on, has been down for about an hour. A Reg reader told us that the outage had knackered fixed …
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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points. The service will launch in a month or two, so we don't have critical factors like pricing or a detailed breakdown of …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2013
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Vodafone India appoints SECRET SNITCHES

Vodafone India employees could find themselves kicked out of the company if they break a tough new set of safety laws, with specially-designated members of staff granted police-like powers to check compliance. The firm’s global health and safety goal is to “drive a zero fatalities culture, mindset and behaviour”. Although …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Dec 2012
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Vodafone Oz serving ice cream sandwiches by the Galaxy

Vodafone Australia will soon start to serve Ice Cream Sandwiches, Android-style, to owners of Samsung GALAXY Note handsets. The upgrade process starts at 1:00PM AEST today (August 7th), at which time some lucky punters will have the chance to upgrade their handsets. Only those who acquired their Galaxy NOTE handset through the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2012
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Vodafone to let you roam in Europe at UK prices

New European Commission-imposed EU mobile data roaming price regulations kick in on Sunday, and Vodafone has announced a modification of its European roaming package. The new arrangement, Vodafone Euro Traveller, allows Brits to pay no more for calls, messages and data when they're on the continent as they do at home, Extras …
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2012
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Vodafone will rent you an iPhone 5 for 69p* a day

Vodafone has tweaked its Sim-only tariffs and introduced a fresh handset rental scheme which lets customers swap their old phone for a newer model when their 12-month contract is up. Users who fork out £47 a month for Vodafone's "Red Hot" deal will get the choice of either an Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2012
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Vodafone unfurls booster brolly for mobes

Vodafone UK will unfurl a “booster brolly” at summer music festivals, to give concert-goers a chance to charge their phones and shout at absent friends even at events staged in muddy fields where reception is thin. Designed by Kenneth Tong of University College London, the umbrella has solar cells sewn into its canopy (the black …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012
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Cable & Wireless Worldwide shareholders OK Vodafone takeover

More than 99 per cent of voting shareholders have approved the takeover of Cable & Wireless Worldwide by Vodafone, despite suggestions that one of the largest was holding out for more money. Vodafone put £1,044m on the table at the end of April, but Orbis Investment Management threatened to vote its 19 per cent holding against …
Bill Ray, 19 Jun 2012
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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

Vodafone has urged iPhone 4S owners to not upgrade to iOS 6.1, the latest available, because it believes the software jams 3G and phone connections. Vodafone claimed that the bug is Apple's fault and that it affects Voda's rivals as well as its own UK network, although it only named Three Austria* as another impacted telco. The …
Anna Leach, 11 Feb 2013
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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

Vodafone's femtocell offering, Sure Signal, is up the spout again. The UK's third largest operator said it was investigating and has recommended that disconnected punters try power-cycling the kit. Vodafone reckons the problem, which surfaced last week, is only hitting a small number of customers, but it's more than enough to …
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012
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Vodafone UK web titsup blamed on 'holiday maintenance'

The entire Vodafone.co.uk website was down for 60 minutes this afternoon and online account access was out of action for 24 hours - but the blackouts were due to planned maintenance, Voda said. Between 3pm and 5pm today, the telco displayed the message: "We are making some changes to the site." A Reg reader told us he had not …
Anna Leach, 14 Aug 2012
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Vodafone agrees to Cable and Wireless buy

After many weeks of negotiations, Vodafone Europe has agreed to acquire Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for a sum that values the latter company at £1,044m, or £0.38 per share. The deal comes after Tata last week dropped out of a bid for CWW, which then gave Vodafone a deadline of Noon GMT today (April 23) to make a bid …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012
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Vodafone in bed with Gemalto in bonking-for-money transaction

Gemalto will be providing trusted services for Vodafone's customers around the world, including NFC payments, in a multi-year contract between the two companies. The deal will see Gemalto providing the end-to-end infrastructure necessary to secure mobile applications, including pay-by-bonk and ticketing, utilising a secure …
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2012
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Vodafone loses access to punters' records in IT cock-up

Vodafone is investigating a glitch with its billing system that left its workers unable to access UK customer accounts today. Punters contacting Voda to chat about their accounts were told that was impossible because the computers that host their details were down. Voice calls and data on the mobile operator's network carried on …
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012
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Vodafone NZ swoops on TelstraClear

Telstra is shedding its struggling investment in New Zealand, TelstraClear, for $NZ840 million ($AU660 million) to rival Vodafone New Zealand. In one of the worst-kept corporate secrets in the Kiwi market, the transaction will see Vodafone acquire a robust voice and data network and evolve into a full service carrier to meet the …
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Vodafone Oz slims down as customers flee

Vodafone Australia is to shed an estimated 500 staff as it continues to leak customers and struggle with network quality issues. Following a detailed business review and the loss of 178,000 customers in the six months to July, Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow said that the company was “prepared to think and act differently in everything …
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Vodafone inks deal with Zain to fly its flag across Middle East

Roaming in the Middle East should get easier as local mobile operator Zain will carry Vodafone's traffic and sport Voda's brand across the region. Travellers taking in the sights and sounds of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq can access Vodafone's services, as part of a deal between the two companies to carry each …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2012
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Vodafone jumps into bed with Three in Ireland

Vodafone and Three will be sharing cell sites and support infrastructure in Ireland, reducing costs to both parties while each operator maintains its network independence. The operators aren't sharing networks, only the supporting infrastructure, but that's how Vodafone and O2 started in the UK before finally taking the plunge …
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2012
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Vodafone fights India's retrospective tax grab

Vodafone is asking for international arbitration on its claim that the Indian government's attempt to retrospectively apply changes in tax law is illegal. The law concerned would, if it were retrospectively applied, cost Vodafone dearly as it managed to avoid paying capital gains tax of £1.4bn on its acquisition of Hutchison …
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012
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Vodafone knocks over £120 off iPhone 4S

Vodafone has lowered its upfront iPhone 4S fee by up to £120, in a move that brings the provider's pre-order pricing down to the level of its competitors. The 16GB version has been lowered to £239 on the Vodafone's most inexpensive price plan, a drop of £120. It's down £80 to £359 for the 32GB version, and a £70 shaving has …
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2011
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Vodafone admits giving C&W the eye

Vodafone has admitted eyeing up Cable & Wireless Worldwide, but says the relationship is still at the coy-glances stage with talks of a quick merger being premature. Responding to press speculation, Vodafone says it would be prepared to pay cash for Cable & Wireless, should the company prove attractive enough. Rules governing …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2012
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Vodafone swaps in new VHA boss, denies sellout rumours

Vodafone has moved to settle its troubled Australian joint venture with Hutchison, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, installing Bill Morrow as CEO while denying rumours that the business is for sale. In addition, Hutchison Whampoa GMD Canning Fok has been named chairman of VHA. The venture has had difficulties in the Australian …
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Vodafone told to shape up or face mega fines

Vodafone Australia is facing $AU250,000 fines from the ACMA if it does not continue to lift its game on network performance, customer care and privacy issues. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued directions to Vodafone and its Vodafone Networks subsidiary requiring them to comply with the …
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Vodafone releases Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone

Confirmation - if it was really needed - that Vodafone was holding back the Samsung Galaxy Nexus because of the infamous volume drop glitch: the day after Google and Samsung fix the bug, Vodafone starts selling the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset. The operator is offering the dual-core smartphone free on a £41-a-month two …
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2011
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O2, Vodafone allowed to hop onto each other's towers

The UK Office of Fair Trading has formally approved O2 and Vodafone sharing infrastructure for their 2G and 3G networks, and probably upcoming 4G networks too. The plan to share network infrastructure was announced back in June, but had to be assessed by the Office of Fair Trading, which has now announced that it can go ahead. …
Bill Ray, 01 Oct 2012
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Ice Cream Sandwich phone a no-show on Vodafone

Vodafone has been disappointing punters today by failing to release the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as hoped Officially on sale for the first time today, and released by O2, Phones4u - with a Vodafone Sim even - and the Carphone Warehouse, the 4.7in, dual-core Galaxy Nexus has, however, been a no-show over at Vodafone. The cellco says …
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2011
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Vodafone signals low-cost Facebook ringer

Vodafone is tapping into the social network generation by offering its own-brand budget Facecrack blower for Pay As You Go customers. The Vodafone 555 looks fairly similar to HTC's ChaCha, but doesn't nearly pack as much under the hood, running on Vodafone's proprietary OS and running a 200MHz processor. It features a 2.4in …
Caleb Cox, 16 Aug 2011
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Vodafone: Do you take Visa?

Vodafone and Visa have joined forces to push an international payment brand, using NFC for pay-by-bonk functionality and a Visa prepaid card to carry the credit. Pay by bonk – aka NFC transactions authorised with a tap of the phone – won't be available across all the 30 countries where Vodafone operates and where the wallet will …
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Vodafone silences punters in mini-mast upgrade bungle

Vodafone customers relying on Sure Signal boxes for mobile connectivity have been hit by an update that left them less connected than ever. The boxes are femtocells – small cellular base stations – hooked up to punters' broadband connections to boost Voda's phone network in areas with patchy coverage. Not every Sure Signal box …
Bill Ray, 19 Jul 2012
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Operators shackled to GSM, so Huawei ties GSM to LTE

Huawei and Vodafone have run a trial in Spain that demonstrated GSM and LTE transmissions co-existing on the same spectrum. The idea behind Huawei's GL DSS (GSM-LTE dynamic spectrum sharing) is to let operators roll out their shiny new LTE infrastructure without restricting the spectrum available to the (currently) larger …
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Vodafone's small, controversial tax bill validated by UK.gov

The National Audit Office, asked to look into Vodafone's negotiated tax bill of £1.25bn, has decided it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company. Back in 2010 Vodafone was accused of owing £6bn in tax, and the company had reserved £2.2bn to meet it's UK tax obligations, but George …
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2012
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Vodafone India in the middle of government probe

Vodafone India’s Mumbai and Delhi offices have been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over a government investigation into the allocation of excess spectrum. The office of Airtel and the homes of former Department of Telecom (DoT) Secretary and ex-BSNL director Shyamal Ghosh were also raided in the …
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Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid

Vodafone's acquisition of Hutchison Essar is not liable to Indian taxation, a court has ruled, as the 2007 transaction took place outside the sub-continent - despite Essar being based there. Vodafone and Hutchison successfully argued at the Indian Supreme Court that as neither company is headquartered in India they don't have to …
Bill Ray, 23 Jan 2012
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Crooks haul Vodafone NZ's ENTIRE Xperia Play stock

New Zealanders will not be getting Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play - aka the PlayStation phone - at least not from Vodafone. Why? The carrier's entire shipment of handsets has been nicked. So says Vodafone New Zealand's official Tweeter, who today posted: "Regret to advise the Xperia Play launch will be delayed. Major security …
Hard Reg, 17 May 2011
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Vodafone coughs to Galaxy S II GPS glitches

Vodafone has acknowledged complaints from Samsung Galaxy S2 owners who claim their handsets' GPS functionality was adversely affected by a recent firmware update. Dozens of customers wrote to Reg Hardware last week, flagging the issue that their GPS services were taking a long time to lock onto satellite signals - if they get a …
Caleb Cox, 28 Nov 2011

Crikey! Three can buy O2, EU regulator says

The European Commission has approved Telefonica’s sale of O2 in Ireland to mobile network operator Three, in a deal originally proposed in June. This makes the network the second largest in the country behind Vodafone, but, as ever in these deals, the Hutchison Whampoa-owned Three - which paid €850m for the network - claims …
Simon Rockman, 02 Jun 2014
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Vodafone and O2 to merge mobile networks

O2 and Vodafone will pool their mobile phone masts and antennas to slash costs and reduce the number of physical networks in Blighty to two. The pair will compete as separate operators, using different radio frequencies, but by 2015 those signals will be received by jointly-owned antennas and backhauled over shared cables. The …
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2012
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Vodafone using 'partners' to help it penetrate global markets

Vodafone is increasingly adopting local partners, rather than buying up local operators, to push its brand and services into new markets around the world. The company isn't new to partnerships; today marks 10 years since the company's creation of a special division for such agreements, and an increasing focus on partnerships as …
Bill Ray, 10 Jan 2012
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Vodafone and pals can't kick the habit of cheap mobe prices

Three Spanish operators have been trying to get rid of handset subsidies, which reduce the upfront prices of mobiles provided punters take out not-inexpensive contracts. But according to Strategy Analytics, the telcos' resolve is weakening in the face of falling subscriptions. Based on retail pricing, which Strategy Analytics …
Bill Ray, 10 Aug 2012
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Vodafone squirrels cash into Blighty nightly as Europe falters

Vodafone's numbers for the tail-end of 2011 show the network doing pretty well, though it admitted husbanding cash back to the UK nightly just to be on the safe side. It won’t surprise anyone that trading in Italy and Spain has been a bit grim lately, and Vodafone hasn't broken the figures out for Greece but it has pulled out of …
Bill Ray, 09 Feb 2012
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Vodafone turns its back on '360

Vodafone will be pulling the plug on its Vodafone 360 brand at the end of 2011, giving up on the dream of being a one-stop shop for customer services and identity aggregation. Vodafone 360 was launched just over two years ago, and since then has been downgraded from a hardware platform to a software app, been pushed out to …
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2011
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Vodafone touts 'new concept' smartphone

You'd have thought Vodafone had low-cost Android smartphone a-plenty to sell, but it still feels it needs another, this one an own-brander aimed at folk who haven't used a smartphone before. The Vodafone 858 Smart only runs Android 2.2 Froyo, but comes with the usual array of Google apps, plus 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth …
Tony Smith, 16 May 2011
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Vodafone's cash mountain rocked by eurozone emergency

Vodafone is rolling in cash thanks to a healthy year in the US and stability in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. However the telco is still only drawing 14.5 per cent of its £43bn service revenue from mobile data, despite the fact that it represents the majority of traffic carried. Total revenue across the group over the …
Bill Ray, 22 May 2012