Carriers are leaving HTC without support worldwide

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The HTC 10 was officially announced earlier today, and so far at least, the reception has been quite positive. While it’s a little early to say that HTC has the ball out of the park with its latest flagship, it’s definitely off to a good start. Unfortunately, it seems like the carriers in both the UK and the U.S. aren’t quite on the same page, with two major carriers confirming that they won’t offer the HTC 10 (specifications here) and others seemingly non-committal. Read more

BlackBerry CEO confirms Priv for Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint

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BlackBerry’s Priv was launched as a device resurrect the brand and make it mainstream once again. The issue is that the Priv can only be bought from a limited number of places, which is actually a massive issue in the United States. Two months after BlackBerry started selling the Priv, AT&T is still the sole carrier in the United States offering the handset. It actually turns out, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise, that AT&T had an exclusive deal with BlackBerry to be the exclusive U.S. seller of the Priv for sixty days. BlackBerry was also required to not comment on carrier availability. Now, with the deal expiring, BlackBerry is ready to send its flagship to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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Hackers strike UK telecom again, steal sensitive data of 1,827 Vodafone customers

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In yet another attack on a British telecom company this week, hackers have stolen account details of as many as 1,827 Vodafone customers. A Vodafone U.K. spokesperson revealed that sensitive data such as victims’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, bank sort codes as well as the last four digits of their bank account numbers may have been compromised.

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Vodafone Red Hot offers new pricing twist for smartphone buyers

Vodafone UK has come up with a new twist for potential buyers of smartphones on their network. Dubbed Vodafone Red Hot, users sign up for a pair of 12-month contracts. The first is for a typical data plan that includes unlimited voice and text and up to 2GB of data. The second contract is to “hire” the device you select. Effectively, the plan is like an auto lease as you have to turn the phone back in to Vodafone at the end of the year unless you decide to pony up and pay for the device or switch to a month to month plan with continuing “lease” payments. Read more

Vodafone Begins Shipping The Samsung Galaxy S III Phones To Customers

Despite the well-known delays plaguing the anticipated arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the UK, the superphone is one step closer to arriving in owners’ hands thanks to Vodafone UK. The mobile wireless carrier has announced through its Twitter page that it has received a shipment of Galaxy S III phones and have begun rolling them out to customers who preordered the device. More specifically– customers who ordered the device on or before May 29th will receive the phone from today, June 8th. While you can’t help but smile, there is a major catch to the smartphones being shipped— actually two catches. The first is the only version being shipped is the Pebble (Metallic?) Blue version of the smartphone. The second is the 16GB model is the only one in stock… this means those of you who are expecting the white 16GB model or 32GB blue/white models are out of luck for the time being. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take too long before we see the other versions make its way out to customers’ hands.

source: Eurodroid

Vodafone UK To Carry 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III Model Exclusively At Launch

It’s only a few weeks before we see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone in Europe, so it’s safe to run out to your local mobile carrier to grab the 32GB version, right? Wrong. Most carriers will likely carry a 16GB version of the device at launch, but there’s one carrier that has an exclusive model that will be available. Vodafone UK announced through its Twitter page that it will indeed carry the 32GB model exclusively, in addition to the standard 16GB model. It looks like Vodafone is trying to have the leg up on attracting customers to its network thanks its newfound exclusivity.

The 16GB and 32GB versions of the smartphone will be available on May 30th. Feel free to start drooling in the meantime.

source: Vodafone UK Twitter
via: Eurodroid

The Next Galaxy Coming To Vodafone UK

The Samsung Galaxy S III… or should we say the “Next Galaxy”, has not even been officially announced yet (that will happen May 3rd), and Vodafone UK is already confirming it will be getting the device. It’s certainly unusual for any carrier to announce it will be carrying a handset before it even has an official name, but it’s most likely going to most carriers in the UK anyway, so why not start hyping it up?

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“Data Test Drive” Launched By Vodafone UK For Smartphone Users

Huge applause to Vodafone on this one. They are launching a program called “Data Test Drive” which will give new and upgrading customers unlimited data access for three months. The purpose of this program is to let users test dive their data network, and at the end of the trial period, be allowed to reconfigure their contract to best suit how much data they are using. The Xperia Arc S was the first new phone, released on Sept. 30th, to launch on this new plan and monthly pay customers can choose from any of Vodafone’s current smartphone lineup. Nice job Vodafone for offering something extra to help customers. Hit up the break for the full press release.

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