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.
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.
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
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?
source: vodafone uk
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.
Vodafone UK is offering up the Xperia Arc S at the awesome price of free on a 2-year contract. You’ll need to be on a plan costing £31 ($48) or more and Vodafone currently has the midnight black version up for grabs. This 4.2-inch BRAVIA screen beauty is packing a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android 2.3.4, a high performance 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R and adds 3D sweep panorama technology. Anyone else looking to get their hands on this sexy little device? Let us know right down there in the comments. The source link will take you right over to Vodafone to check out this killer deal as well.
The HTC Runnymede (aka HTC Bass) Beats Audio branded phone has been caught on camera for your viewing pleasure. There isn’t much information here other then a peek at the home screens and the front and back of the phone, but it’s worth a peek (the person who’s using this leaked phone is a Lamb of God fan if that makes a difference). You can also see the carrier branding is Vodafone UK on the home screen as well. Check out the video after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Y, that’s ‘Y’ for youth, as in paper route money low-priced, has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the Vodafone UK mobile network. I was able to quickly find a plan for this device at £15.50 a month for a 2 year commitment that includes 200 minutes and 500 texts with an extra 100 minutes included if you pre-order before 12 September.
The device runs on Android 2.3, has a 832MHz processor, a 3-inch (320 x 240) TFT display, 2MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi capabilities. Any interested youths or likewise price conscience old folks should hit the break for a link to this Vodafone UK offer.
T-Mobile UK is joining British networks O2, Orange, Three, and Vodafone in offering the white Samsung Galaxy S II. While no release date is set, T-Mobile UK does let us know it is due in September 2011.
While the color of the case is new, the phone still carries a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, full HD video capture, and Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in a slim design with great battery life. In short, it’s everything that makes the Samsung Galaxy S II so popular and the addition of the new white case only intrigues us more.
If you are interested in more details, hit the source below and sign up for information at T-Mobile UK!
After HTC had a HUGE day at MWC in Barcelona, we now have several UK carriers jumping on the HTC train. Three and O2 announced on their Twitter pages that they’ll be launching the HTC Desire S, while Orange and Vodafone will be adding the Desire S, Wildfire S and ChaCha (a facebook phone) in Q2 of this year.
Three in the UK will also be carrying the HTC Flyer tablet, and thus far is the only carrier to announce the launch. Surprising we haven’t heard anything from T-Mobile UK yet.
[via O2 on Twitter, ThreeUK on Twitter, conorfromorange on Twitter, VodafoneUK on Twitter, Three Media Centre]