According to Omnio, in a newsletter to its affiliates, Vodafone will no longer have the iPhone 4S 32GB, the iPhone 4S 64GB, the grey version of the HTC One X, the grey version of the HTC One V, the Blackberry Curve 8520, and the Vodafone Smart in stock.
With the arrival of the iPhone 5, it’s understandable why Vodafone is getting rid of the 32 and 64GB versions of the iPhone 4S. It’s also understandable why the network operator is still planning to keep the 16GB version in stock, since it will be a good budget iPhone. However, we not sure why the network will no longer have HTC’s high-end smartphones in stock. We’re guessing that the smartphones aren’t selling very well. Although they are only getting rid of the grey versions, this doesn’t look to good on HTC’s part. This doesn’t help the ailing Taiwanese firm at all.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) has recently rolled out to the One X. This is another reason why we don’t understand Vodafone no longer stocking up on the handset, since customers are likely to get their hands on a smartphone that runs a more updated version of Android. The latest version of Android is version 4.2.
The HTC One X was the Taiwanese firm’s former flagship, but has now been replaced by the One XL (the 4G version of the One X) and the One X+ (a beefed up version of the former flagship). Vodafone, however, does not offer the two.
No longer stocking up on the One V is another surprise, since it is a budget phone.
Are you surprised Vodafone will no longer be stocking up on the iPhone 4S 32GB or the iPhone 4S 64GB, or are you more baffled the network operator will no longer be stocking up on the grey versions of the HTC One X and the HTC One V? Share your thoughts through a comment on our Facebook page.
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has already rolled out to Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation XE. It has also rolled out to unlocked versions of the Sony XPERIA S, but what about handsets locked to a network?
If you purchased an XPERIA S from O2, Orange, and T-Mobile, these network operators are yet to announce when they will be rolling out the ICS update for the handset. Vodafone is the only network that does not offer the handset. The only network that has rolled out the ICS update for the XPERIA S is Three. The update is available via PC Companion software, which means you’ll have to plug the phone into your PC.
Wondering when Ice Cream Sandwich will be rolling out to your Sony XPERIA S locked to a network other than Three? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.
Vodafone has responded to the report by Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile), which discusses the impact of 4G LTE networks on the economy. According to the rival network, the figures quoted on the report assume all networks will provide 4G, which they claim is misleading.
The research claims that 125,000 jobs will be created and investments amounting to £5.5 billion would initially pour into the UK.
Vodafone points out that not all networks will be able to provide 4G, since Everything Everywhere currently owns 83% of the spectrum. Rival networks would have no choice but to wait for the 4G spectrum auction, which is scheduled to kick off towards the end of the year.
Vodafone sent Know Your Mobile an email saying, “Everything Everywhere’s [EE] claim that today’s operators can also launch 4G services [subject to a willingness to invest and a variation to their licence] conveniently forgets that EE controls over 83% of all mobile spectrum in the frequency band that Ofcom is considering to vary.
“Other operators are using their more limited spectrum holdings to serve current customers so they cannot clear it as quickly as EE. Therefore, we believe the introduction of 4G should be linked to the availability of suitable amounts of cleared spectrum for other players.”
In other words, Vodafone is contesting Everything Everywhere’s 4G plans, because it claims the biggest network in the UK will be off to an unfair head start.
Vodafone also explains why it has rejected to join Everything Everywhere’s plans of a 4G Britain. It says, “Thank you for your offer [Everything Everywhere] to become involved with 4G Britain but as [Vodafone] have only just been informed of it we’ve not been given the detailed information needed to fully understand the intention behind it.
“Rest assured that Vodafone is very excited by the prospect of bringing 4G services to Britain not least because we have already launched this technology in several other markets. We have made it clear on many occasions that we believe a competitive market for 4G services will bring real benefits to consumers, businesses and the wider British economy.
“We’re already asking the Government and regulator to make sure that everyone can launch this technology as soon as possible. We strongly believe that a competitive market for 4G services – as exists in other European markets – is in the best interests of everyone.”
What do you make of Vodafone’s response to Everything Everywhere’s 4G plans? Do you think Orange and T-Mobile will be off to an unfair head start, or do you just want to experience lightning-fast 4G speeds on device such as the 4G Samsung Galaxy S2 and the new iPad? Give us your thoughts.