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Vodafone New Mobile Update

Friday, 29 January 2010

Today I managed to view a lot of the latest handsets and mobiles which will be appearing over the next few months. There were demonstrations from Sony Ericsson and Nokia, but sadly HTC were absent due to illness. This was a shame as it was likely that I would have got to see a new handset from them!

Here is a quick run down of some of the handsets I have looked at today:

Sony Ericsson Elm
- Great value handset ~ £100
- Green Credentials - Less packaging
- Sony Ericsson clear voice technology

Sony Ericsson Vivaz
- Great handset for HD video - 720p
- Face detection in video
- Auto-tagging and upload to facebook
- Exclusive colour for Vodafone will be a Red/pinky colour
- Other colour will be silver.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
- This is the daddy - really liked this handset. Would like one of these myself!
- Due out end of March 2010
- Android O/S. Currently v1.6
- Timescape and Mediascape Sony Ericsson software. Timescape has great social media - convergence and utilises and interesting 'infinite content' button. It seems to work quite well.
- 8mp camera, built in MS exchange.

To be honest I am looking for a replacement for my slightly battered HTC magic and would like to stick with an Android mobile, and so far I like the look of the X10!

Expect more about these new handsets once I have digested all of the information I have recieved today and will also grab some high-res images.

Nokia 5230
Entry level device based ont he popular 5800.
Kinetic touch technology. 2mp camera, ~£100 price point. OVI Maps free satnav.

Nokia X6
Flasgship music device
capacitive touch technology
TV Out, 3.5 headphone jack, Ovi Store. Has a great playlist DJ features which is kind of similar to Apple's Genius mixes. But this works in a way where you can select your mood on a slider and it tries to pick songs accordingly. Very interesting!

Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 is like a mini computer. It looks like it is great to use as an internet device, espcially with bluetooth peripherals / tv out all setup. The n900 has one of the most impressive browsers I have seen, which is based on Mozilla and looks full featured. This handset can also multi-task amazingly well with its 1GHz processor.

I have a Nokia N900 to test out. I will write up a detailed review once I have played around with it for a few days!

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By Keith Greywood at 16:43


Nokia 5230 Mobile Contracts on Vodafone

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Nokia 5230 Review

Your social life will be a lot simpler, and more fun, with the striking new Nokia 5230, now available on Vodafone. Its cutting-edge touch-screen has a smart contact block that puts all your best friends at your fingertips, with as many as 20 thumbnails that will instantly bring up their Facebook entries, texts and latest calls, plus you get 10 email accounts.
nokia 5230 review vodafone
Get as much as 33 hours of music on a 16GB microSD card, to add to the 70MB of memory already available on the phone, and create your own play lists, or listen to the FM radio. Edit the stunning videos and photos you can take with the Nokia 5230's 2-megapixel camera right on the phone, then view them on the brilliant 3.2" wide-screen display.
nokia 5230 on vodafone
As much as 432 hours of standby time on a single charge means you don't have to worry about recharging too often with the Nokia 5230, now available on Vodafone. You’ll have access to a huge choice of services with Ovi Maps and Ovi Store, which you can access direct from your home screen and download masses of popular games and apps to make your phone more fun. Ovi Store regularly adds new videos, games and apps so you'll constantly find new stuff to personalise your phone.

The GPS will ensure that you always find your way to the party, no matter where it is, and don't waste your time waiting for downloads when the Nokia 5230 can download at up to 3.6Mbps.

The 5230 is certainly a striking modern handset, with its bold purple styling and social networking features. It is also great value!
The Nokia 5230 is Available Free for £15/mth.

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By Keith Greywood at 11:41


Vodafone Sure Signal Provides Improved Phone Connectivity

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Vodafone Sure Signal - Improve Your Home Mobile Reception

With Vodafone Sure Signal, you'll have a good mobile signal at your house, regardless of where you reside. It boosts your mobile phone signal anywhere in your home for as many as four people simultaneously, and it’s extremely simple to set up. If your home is in a mobile signal blackspot - an area in the UK that lacks a sufficiently strong signal - you need Vodafone Sure Signal. All you require is home broadband with a line speed of at least 1Mbps, and a 3G handset.
Vodafone sure signal
Vodafone Sure Signal

Sure Signal only costs a one-time fee of £50 if you are a Vodafone Customer, or your local Vodafone shop can supply you with it for just £5 per month, depending on the price plan you have. Businesses will also have a good indoor mobile signal with Vodafone Sure Signal, no matter whereabouts in the UK your business is. If your business is in a mobile signal blackspot, where your mobile operator can't provide you with a good enough signal, Sure Signal will solve the problem quickly, easily and affordably.

You can get a full 3G mobile signal for four people simultaneously at your business premises, and your employees can use it at home, too, should they need to work after hours or on weekends, thereby increasing productivity outside the office. All you'll require is one or more 3G mobiles and a broadband line speed of at least 1Mbps. In order to have more than four phones on a boosted signal, you just need to buy several Sure Signal boxes.

A standalone Sure Signal is priced at £120.

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By Keith Greywood at 11:31


Samsung N130 Review

Monday, 25 January 2010

Vodafone Replace Samsung NC10 Netbook with N130

The latest netbook offering from Vodafone is the functional and light-weight Samsung N130, a plain but punchy workhorse which replaces the NC10. Although it may not boast the streamlined build or pacy finesse of the netbook thoroughbred, the N310, it does offer an incomparable battery life of up to six hours and astounding usability for its diminutive size.

samsung n130 review

The N130 is usually available in matt black or white, with the future promise of trendier colours, but Vodafone currently only offer black. The Samsung N130 is powered by the Intel Atom 1.6 GHz N270 processor, which proves energy efficient for longer battery life. Available storage is adequate, with a 160GB hard drive and a 3-in-1 card reader as part of the deal.

n130 netbook vodafone

The overall user functionality of keyboard and screen is excellent. The large tapered keys are easy to access but silent and firm to the touch. The 10.1-inch screen has LED backlighting, offering a range of benefits including additional brightness and lower power consumption.

LEDs are mercury free, so by buying and owning a Samsung N130 you're doing your little bit to save the planet. The non-gloss feature is an imperative, guaranteeing the elimination of irritating reflections. It also features a 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio, ensuring that movies are displayed at their full potential.

Additional features include an integrated 0.3-megapixel webcam fitted above the screen, three USB ports for peripheral connections and an 802.11n Wi-Fi facilitating high-speed wireless connectivity. With only 1GB of RAM, the Samsung N130 is never going to sprint to the finish, but rest assured it has all the features that really matter, including a competitive price*.

* Available Free with Built-In Vodafone Broadband on Business Contracts. Monthly prices are from £21.27.

* Ultra Portable 10.1" widescreen netbook
* Large 160GB Hard disk drive
* Built in Vodafone Mobile Broadband makes surfing simple and easy

Technical specifications:

* 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600), Non-Gloss, LED Back Light
* Intel ® Atom™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
* Windows 7
* 1GB Ram
* 160GB hard drive
* 0.3 Mega pixel web camera
* Standard 6 cell battery
* Weight 1.2 kg

Samsung N130 with built-in mobile broadband
£21.27/mth - 1 GB Mobile Broadband
Free n130 laptop

£25.53/mth - 3GB Mobile Broadband
Free n130 laptop

£30/mth - Unlimited GB Mobile Broadband
Free n130 Laptop

View More Information Here

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By Keith Greywood at 18:17


Samsung Genio Touch Slide on Vodafone

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Samsung Genio Touch Slide Arrives on Vodafone UK
The new Samsung Genio Slide (Also known as the b5310 CorbyPRO) has just been launched, and this latest Genio Touch offering is now available from Vodafone in the UK. Exclusive to Vodafone for the next month, the Genio slide, as with other Genios, is intended for the youth marketplace. With its easy to use operating system software, 2.8” touch-screen, Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, HSDPA 3G, GPS and microSD slot that supports cards up to 16GB, the Samsung Genio Touch has everything today's youth could wish for.
samsung genio slide touch
Features that are bound to make the Genio slide from Vodafone popular are that it's compatible with iPlayer and has access to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This mobile is available from Vodafone free on a £15 per month, 2-year plan, and an 18-month, £25 a month plan.
samsung genio slide vodafone
The Samsung Genio slide from Vodafone lets you type texts and emails in super-quick time with its comfortable slide out QWERTY keyboard, and the touch-screen means you can surf your favourite websites with just a tap on one of your three personalised home-screens. The camera’s smile recognition will ensure that your snaps are always of happy faces and this mobile comes with three slick covers so you can change it according to your mood or to match your outfit, depending on whether you're at the office, on a weekend getaway or out on the town.

The Genio slide from Vodafone downloads at up to 7.2Mbps, so it's great for big attachments, videos or whatever you want! It is a great value, modern handset which is rated highly by its owners.

View Pay Monthly Deals on Vodafone

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By Art Vandelay at 09:51


iPhone 3GS Vs Nokia N900

Monday, 18 January 2010

iPhone v N900 - How does Nokia's latest model compare to the market-leading iPhone?

Comparing the Nokia N900 and iPhone 3GS is a clash of giants. Both handsets are high end and expensive. The iPhone 3GS is twice as fast as the 3G, allowing you to launch applications, browse websites, take photos and open attachments at super quick speeds. It has a 3-megapixel camera with auto-focus and tap-top-focus, plus you can take and edit videos, but the N900 has a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a Carl Zeiss lens. It is clear that when it comes to mobile photography, the Nokia N900 is the winner.
iphone 3gs on vodafone
Nokia N900 v iPhone is a tougher choice when it comes to media. The iPhone lets you copy, cut and paste pictures and text from the web and between applications, and the spotlight search lets you search your emails, notes, calendar, contacts and iPod, plus it has a voice memo feature for audio recordings. The Nokia N900 has a 600 MHz processor and as much as 1GB of app memory, an operating system based on Linux, and 3D graphics. It comes with speedy broadband, WLAN and 3.5G connectivity, Quadband GSM with EDGE and GPRS, 10/2Mbps cellular and 54Mbps WiFi data transfers, a 3.5-inch touch-screen display and GPS.
Nokia n900 vodafone
When it comes to software features. The N900 doesn’t have iPhone’s Voice Control feature, which allows you to dial a number, call a contact or play a tune with a voice command. While they both have inbuilt GPS, I think it depends on which software you buy to use for the best sat-nav operation in a car. The iPhone 3GS is available with 16GB or 32GB of memory, whilst the N900’s has 32GB of internal storage memory is expandable to 48GB with a MicroSD card. The Nokia N900 is cheaper and has more storage space as standard. The iPhone has a wide-screen iPod, and you can download thousands of applications from the App shop. I think if you are going to use it as an iPod with iTunes and use the apps then the iPhone should be the winner, but the Nokia still has all the main features you need, maybe without the sometimes gimmicky apps. If you are going to be typing lots of emails or word processing then the slide out keyboard on the N900 will make it much easier.

So overall: iPhone v N900, the iPhone has more user-friendly features, while the N900 has massive memory and a better camera. The N900 is touted as a mobile computer, and certainly has the power to prove it, while the iPhone 3GS is more geared towards fun features and ease of use. They are both great mobile phones, it all depends on what you want from a mobile!

View iPhone 3GS 16GB on Vodafone - Free from £40/mth

View Nokia N900 on Vodafone
- Free with £40/mth contracts

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By Keith Greywood at 11:46


iPhone 3GS Vs Google Nexus One Phone

Friday, 15 January 2010

Apple iPhone 3GS vs. Google Nexus One Phone - Has the iPhone Met It's Match>?

Details of Google's new Nexus One smart phone are now surfacing, and it has several extra features and advantages that iPhone doesn't. For starters, when it comes to Nexus v iPhone, Nexus has 512MB RAM, and you can add as much as 32 GB of Micro SD memory as well. The Nexus One has the Android mobile technology platform 2.0 operating system, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, mechanical auto-focus and 2X digital zoom, a 3.7-inch screen plus a trackball and soft-keys.

Nexus One weighs just 130 grams and is more compact, and users can tag their pictures with GPS co-ordinates. It also has HSUPA of 2Mbps up to 5.76Mbps, HSDPA of 7.2Mbps, and A2DP stereo Bluetooth 2.1 plus EDR, as well as cell tower and WiFi positioning. A few of the extra features include physical power and volume keys, haptic feedback, a Teflon-coated back cover, dock pins, stereo headset, earpiece, two microphones, a SIM card, light sensor, proximity sensor, a tricolour charging and notification indicator LED and 512 MB of flash memory.

iPhone 3GS has a 3-megapixel camera with tap to auto-focus, no flash, geo-tagging and a 3.5-inch screen with 16M colours. It weighs 135 grams, has 16GB or 32 GB of flash memory, 256MB of RAM, no Micro SD card, A2DP Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA of 7.2Mbps, and the superb iPhone 3.0 operating system.

In the Nexus v iPhone stakes, it's clear that the list of features the Nexus has and the iPhone doesn't is a long one. Nexus One also has a host of audio decoders that iPhone 3GS lacks, and it supports numerous image formats, including JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and H.263. In fact, in the Nexus vs. iPhone battle of the phones, iPhone only has a single feature on paper that's superior to Nexus, which is the standard size of the memory. Of course the iPhone has the legendary design and support of iTunes and the other multitude of apps which even Android cannot compete with at present.

It is great that this competition exists in the marketplace as I see the Nexus with it's Android O/S as the only true competitor at the moment. 2010 is set to be an interesting year for the trendy touchscreen smartphone market!

My opinion: The Nexus One has certainly raised the profile of the impressive Android operating system which has deserved a better handset for some time.

It still has some way to go before it topples the iPhone 3GS Empire, especially in the 'I WANT ONE!' stakes. Now the mobile phone network is no longer such an important factor in iPhone ownership it should increase Apple's market share, which will worry other large mobile phone manufacturers. Google certainly has the necessary muscle to make a success of it's entry into the mobile market, so it will be interesting to see what it does next.

View iPhone 3GS on Vodafone.
View Google Nexus one on the Google Store.

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By Keith Greywood at 10:50


Google Nexus One Phone Now Available

Thursday, 14 January 2010

The Google Nexus One phone is available in the US (You can ship to the UK). It will only be sold online through the Google store, and promises to match up to the best 2009 smart phones such as Blackberry, Nokia and LG, and in 2010 the competition is going to heat up even more. The super-phone, as Google has dubbed it, has a wide variety of great features that are bound to win you over, such as its lack of user locking. Instead, Google has joined forces with chief operators such as Vodafone.

It’s the first handset to use the Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 operating system, and is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Google Phone on Vodafone features noise reduction to remove background interference during calls, and HTC Corp partnered with Google to design the exceptional touch-screen. With the Nexus Vodafone, you don’t have to type emails or texts, you can simply dictate them, and the phone's voice-enable keyboard will write it for you.

The Google Nexus One phone has a Teflon-coated back that repels dirt and dust, and weighs in at a mere 130 grams with battery included. The 3.7-inch touch-screen has 800x480-pixel resolution, and the 5-megapixel camera comes with auto focus, LED flash and 2X zoom. The Nexus Vodafone can capture video at 20 frames per second or more at 720x480 pixels, depending on conditions, and also features 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA, 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth and WiFi.

Google Phone on Vodafone is set to launch in early spring, and, since Vodafone's UK network is specifically designed to support smart phones, it's the perfect network for Nexus One users, ensuring that they get the most out of their mobiles. Google and Vodafone will provide customer support, Google assisting with technical problems and queries, while Vodafone deals with billing, tariffs, network queries and services.

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By Keith Greywood at 13:25


iPhone Out Today on Vodafone UK

Well it's January 14th 2010 - and that means you can now take delivery of an iPhone from Vodafone!

iPhones Available on Vodafone

Apple iPhone 3G Black

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Black

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB White

Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB Black

Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB White

If you have taken delivery of your iPhone and are setting it up then Vodafone have provided a convenient guide online for iPhone setup.

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By Art Vandelay at 10:42


Best Mobiles for Snow Photography

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

It has snowed again today!

So what phone takes the best snowy photos? I predict it is the Sony Ericsson Satio with its 12.mp camera.

It certainly isnt the HTC Magic, although I was probably shivering as I took this on the way to work:

I think it is quite difficult with touchscreen phones to take photos, there should always be an extra button. I would like to test out the new Google Nexus One, to see if there is an improvement. Send me one please! :)

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By Keith Greywood at 09:46


Nokia N900 Out Now on Vodafone UK

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

New Nokia N900 32GB from Vodafone Impresses!

The new Nokia N900 is out now on Vodafone, and this cutting-edge mobile has unrivalled speed and user friendliness. Its large 32GB memory and big screen ensure that it’s easily customisable with a mere touch and zips through apps, websites and emails. You can open loads of websites and switch between them with a tap on the screen, while also listening to music, downloading an application and editing a document.

Have your email delivered directly to your mobile, and use the full QWERTY keyboard to quickly type out your reply. Create as many as four home-screens that have all your contacts, websites and the applications you’ve downloaded on them. The new Nokia N900 now out on Vodafone has a 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, and even lets you view Flash animations and films with its innovative browser, similar to Firefox. You can read reviews on Vodafone for more information from users. It is currently causing quite a debate!

For more information and prices: http://bit.ly/6RGico

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By Art Vandelay at 10:05


Vodaphone Promotional Codes

Monday, 4 January 2010

Vodafone have released details of brand new Vodafone e-vouchers for 2010.

Both the 'freecinema' and 'freenokia' vouchers have now expired, but don't worry they have some great replacements!

As people start to think about their holidays in January, Vodafone have decided to reinstate the popular 'onenightfree' e-voucher, nice.

Code: onenightfree
Live from: 4th January 2010
Expires: 4th February 2010
Offer: A free hotel break for two (more details at www.onenightfree.co.uk on the following purchases:

1). All 18 month mobile phone contracts £35 and over per month
2). All 24 month mobile phone contracts £30 and over per month

Try using with Vodafone’s top handsets, including the iPhone, Sony Ericsson Satio and Nokia N97.

FREE Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Voucher Code

Vodafone are also pleased to offer a new e-voucher, offering free Pay-As-You-Go mobile broadband on selected plans:

Code: PAYGMB (please note this code is case sensitive)
Live from: 4th January 2010
Expires: 4th February 2010

Offer: Free PAYG mobile broadband dongle with on the following purchases:
1). All 24 month mobile phone contracts £30 and over per month

2). All 18 month mobile phone contracts £35 and over per month

3). £20 and £25 12 month Sim Only plans

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By Art Vandelay at 15:26


Vodafone Bestsellers & Highly Rated Mobiles

Happy New Year!

It looks to be an exciting year for Vodafone, which starts with the iPhone being released.. Nice!

Can other manufacturers respond to the iPhone's sheer dominance? Only time will tell but I wouldn't expect anyone to back down without a fight!

It will remain competitive at the lower end of the price spectrum, as people may still be looking to cut down on their contract costs or do not feel the need for a fancy mobile with all the bells and whistles we have come to expect these days.

apple iPhone - bestseller

Current bestselling pay monthly handsets, in no particular order, are:
Nokia 5800Sony Ericcson Satio

Blackberry 8520

iPhone 3GS 16GB Black
Vodafone 3G 8GB Black
LG Viewty Lite
iPhone 3GS 16GB White
Nokia N97 Mini
Blackberry 9700

Blackberry 9700 - Highly Rated

Top-rated handsets at Vodafone
These ratings are by Vodafone customers:
4.9 stars (out of 23 reviews) - BlackBerry Bold 9700
4.9 stars (out of 23 reviews) - Nokia E72
4.8 stars (out of 28 reviews) - Samsung Genio Touch Pink
4.8 stars (out of 25 reviews) - Samsung Genio Touch White
4.6 stars (out of 36 reviews) - HTC Magic with Google
4.6 stars (out of 29 reviews) - Samsung Tocco Lite PAYG
4.5 stars (out of 10 reviews) - BlackBerry 8900 Curve
4.4 stars (out of 11 reviews) - Sony Ericsson W595 PAYM
4.4 stars (out of 5 reviews) - Vodafone 541 Red
4.1 stars (out of 30 reviews) - LG Vewty Lite

Don't forget you can now review your favourite mobile phones on Vodafone Discounts!

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By Art Vandelay at 15:26