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Vodafone pay-as-you-go call change could cost you double

Vodafone pay-as-you-go call change could cost you double

Vodafone has warned pay-as-you-go users that it will change its call pricing from August 1, rounding up calls to the nearest minute in a shift that could nearly double the price of some conversations. The news, billed by Vodafone as making its prepay pricing "simpler", sees all voice calls rounded up rather than charged per-second as per the current system (with a one minute minimum). That means a call that just edges over 60 seconds would be automatically charged as if it lasted for two minutes.

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Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

Vodafone phone-charging sleeping bags could pave way to the Internet of Things

It's not quite humans as fleshy batteries, Matrix-style, but Vodafone's latest attempt to coax talktime out of its users is pretty close. The carrier has put together a number of prototype sleeping bags - just in time for festival season - it's calling "Recharge Bags" that convert your body heat while sleeping into electricity for your phone. Eight hours of sleep is good for 24 minutes of talk or 11hrs of standby, though the future could be a phone that recharges simply by sitting in your pocket, and wireless sensors for the Internet of Things that don't require any external power source.

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Verizon and AT&T tipped for joint Vodafone bid [UPDATE]

Verizon and AT&T tipped for joint Vodafone bid [UPDATE]

If you thought yesterday's April Fool's Day mess of rumors was hard to swallow, you're really going to have a difficult time with this tip: Verizon and AT&T have been reported to be jointly buying Vodafone. This absolutely wild possibility comes from The Financial Time's Alphaville where they've got what they say are "usually reliable people" suggesting a "breakup bid" for Vodafone between AT&T and Verizon. It's also been said that such a purchase would include a 40% premium on Vodafone's current stock price, this giving the company an enterprise value of right around $245 billion USD.

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Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon is juggling its options to see how it should proceed with its joint venture with Vodafone. The two companies formed Verizon Wireless around 13 years ago. Verizon Wireless is now one of the top mobile service providers in the United States, and its shares are currently at $47.69 and are still growing. Apparently, since December, Verizon has been considering the future of its company and it's debating whether or not to completely merge with Vodafone, or to buy out Vodafone's share in Verizon Wireless.

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iOS 6.1.1 gets Vodafone all-clear for iPhone 4S problem

iOS 6.1.1 gets Vodafone all-clear for iPhone 4S problem

The iOS 6.1.1 update Apple released yesterday has fixed the iPhone 4S connection problem users of some European carriers were reporting, with Vodafone giving subscribers the green-light to upgrade if they hadn't already. "Please download the latest version from Apple as soon as you can" Vodafone said in an advice statement to customers today, ZDNet reports, "as this will deal with these issues." Vodafone UK users, among others, had complained that since updating to iOS 6.1 late last month, they'd experienced problems with calls, texts, and internet access.

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Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung and a number of global carriers will launch the first Tizen smartphone in 2013, with NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, and France Telecom all expected to jump on board with the open-source alternative OS. While HTC, Panasonic, ASUS, Acer, Huawei and others have all voiced interest in developing Tizen devices, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun's sources it will be Samsung that pushes the first handset running the MeeGo-reborn platform out of the door.

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UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the seven bidders in the UK 4G spectrum auction, with the process itself set to kick off in January 2013 and networks potentially switching on midway through next year. Vodafone, Hutchinson 3G (aka Three), and Telefonica (aka O2), are all among the bidders, as well as Everything Everywhere which is currently the only UK network to offer commercial LTE service through its EE brand.

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Vodafone Sure Signal 2 sheds bulk but fills 3G blackspots for more users

Vodafone Sure Signal 2 sheds bulk but fills 3G blackspots for more users

Vodafone UK has outed its second-generation Sure Signal, squeezing the femtocell down into a wall-wart scale casing to boost network performance in low-signal areas. The new version - considerably smaller than the router-sized first-gen Sure Signal - features a pass-through power socket and can give a full set of bars to up to eight devices simultaneously, by re-routing them over your broadband connection.

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