Gold special editions of smartphones have become a bit of a luxury item for tech-loving consumers in recent years, and Vodafone will add to hype with a gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.
The device will be an exclusive in the region, starting on April 11. If you want your hands on this phone, you’ll have to switch to Vodafone.
Pre-orders will begin March 28. The gold color will make it a total of four color options for consumers: Copper Gold, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue and Shimmering White.
With Apple offering a gold version of the iPhone, as well as the upcoming All New One, it’s no surprise the Galaxy S 5 will as well. A Screenshot of Vodafone’s inventory system confirms it. Unfortunately we don’t know if this will be a limited edition for certain areas or if it will be a wide release.
Let’s not forget that Samsung also offered a couple of gold Galaxy S 4 variants, but not for many months after the initial launch. This time, it should be available right away. So is gold the new black?
Last year, Verizon agreed to buy Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130 billion which will give Verizon full control over its wireless operations. According to FierceWireless, Verizon will finally close the deal on February 21. Verizon Wireless’ long successes in the U.S wireless market has attracted Verizon to acquire them. It might also be due to the pressure from its rivals in the market. T-Mobile is offering to pay customers early termination fees if they switch to T-Mobile, AT&T is providing discounts on its Mobile Share family plan, and Sprint recently started offering the cheaper “Framily” plan. As a result, Verizon is also hoping to profit from its acquisition of Verizon Communications and compete efficiently in the market.
As some of you probably know, part of Verizon Wireless is owned by UK company Vodafone. Vodafone owns about 45% of the company, which has been a pretty lucrative stake considering Verizon Wireless’s massive profits in the past few years. According to a recently proposed deal, however, Verizon will buy out that 45% stake for a whopping $130 billion in cash and stock options. That’s a pretty hefty up-front cost, but it would allow Verizon to keep 100% of their wireless profits.
The Wall Street Journal seems to think the deal will go through without a hitch, simply because it doesn’t really affect customers or violate any antitrust laws, considering Verizon already owns and operates a majority of the business. Vodafone will obviously start to see a massively declined profit without owning Verizon stake, but with $130 billion, it shouldn’t be hard to find something else to invest into.
The deal is expected to close sometime in the beginning of 2014. We’ll keep you updated if anything else pops up or changes.
source: Wall Street Journal
There was a news story circulating the tech world today suggesting that both Verizon and AT&T were working together on an agreement that would split up Vodafone. Verizon would take back the 45% stake in US relations that Vodafone has in Big Red’s company while AT&T would take control of non-U.S. action. The deal would give AT&T a big boost in achieving a foothold in other markets. After the transaction Vodafone at $245 billion. It was confirmed by “usually reliable people” and would be complex to complete. However Verizon took to the internet to squash this rumor. They were quoted to say:
“Verizon Communications Inc. (“ Verizon ”) notes the recent press speculation regarding a potential merger with or purchase by Verizon of Vodafone. As Verizon has said many times, it would be a willing purchaser of the 45% stake that Vodafone holds in Verizon Wireless. It does not, however, currently have any intention to merge with or make an offer for Vodafone, whether alone or in conjunction with others.”
Make of it what you will, but it appears that Verizon and AT&T won’t be playing together. While it could be the standard boiler plate media response to get rid of media attention, Verizon has at least let us know where they stand on the 45% stake Vodafone has. It also looks like AT&T’s big break into other markets will have to come from somewhere else. So at this point in time it appears that nothing’s changed and that these “usually reliable people” weren’t so reliable. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes but don’t hold your breath.
source: Financial Times
Earlier today, EE announced on Twitter that customers would be able to receive free WiFi on the London Underground. There was also speculation that it would also include Virgin Media customers, and also provide free WiFi in 72 underground stations in London. Fast-forward through the day, and tweets were deleted, comments were declined from both parties, and it seemed like EE might’ve jumped the gun on the free WiFi announcement.
What was that? Everybody put your hands over your ears now, especially the carriers. At the Open Mobile Summit conference, Google Ventures General Partner and Android co-founder Rich Miner said that carrers should spend more time and money creating unique interfaces for Android phones. He’s actually surprised that carriers like Verizon and AT&T haven’t put more time into it. He points to the fact that Android is open and that anyone can modify it to their heart’s content. True, but that doesn’t mean they should.
“There’s a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,” Miner said. “I’m a little curious as to why” carriers haven’t done more to customize their Android phones.
After a false start at taking pre-orders last week for Google’s new LG Nexus 4 smartphone, prompting an apology from Carphone Warehouse, it looks like things are back on track for UK buyers to place their order. The pre-order page has reappeared with an expected delivery date of November 13th, the same date Google indicates the device will be available for purchase at the Google Play Store.
Pricing for the LG Nexus 4 via Carphone Warehouse is listed as free for customers signing up for a new line or upgrade starting at £31 ($50 USD) per month for the 16GB version, although adding data pushes the price up. Carphone Warehouse lists the device as being available for O2 or Vodafone subscribers. The LG Nexus 4 will be available for £239 ($383 USD) via the Google Play Store, so you will need to do your math to figure out whether a subsidized phone is the better deal. Hit the source link for more details or to start your order.
source: Carphone Warehouse
UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.
Earlier today Sean Stewert wrote a breaking article on Samsung’s official details of the upcoming Galaxy S III Mini. You guessed it, it’s a miniature version of Samsung’s most beloved smartphone. Unfortunately the South Korean-based company did not talk about any upcoming release dates, but just a few hours later, it looks like the UK is almost ready for the arrival of the Mini.
UK mega-retailer Clove Technology is now taking pre-orders on the Galaxy S III Mini. For just £298.80 (VAT included), you will be able to snatch a blue or white variant, much like its big brother. This translates to around $400, packing some pretty impressive features for the price, including: