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Vodafone’s website has listed the Apple iPhone 5 as one of the compatible smartphones for its Sure Signal box, which is a device designed to enhance customers’ 3G signal indoors. This compatibility listing was enough to get everyone excited.
According to the Sure Signal box compatible phones list, the 5th generation iPhone will be available in two colors, black in white. It also reveals that the next generation iOS-powered smartphone by Apple will be available in two versions, 16 GB and 32 GB storage capacities.
When the network operator was asked about the matter, a Vodafone representative said, “Vodafone Sure Signal gives customers excellent 3G coverage in their home or small business. It works with any 3G phone, regardless of manufacturer. We’re looking at how this listing appeared, but in the meantime we won’t be commenting on any rumor or speculation.”
Okay, so they didn’t confirm the impending launch of the iPhone 5, but they didn’t dispel the rumor either. However, regardless of not dispelling the rumor, it will be wise to take this information with a grain of salt.
Apple is said to officially announce the iPhone 5 anytime soon. According to rumors, the smartphone will be released sometime in October. Soon, we’ll get to know if the rumors are true.
If you thought the HP TouchPad was a bargain at £99, this accidental deal by Vodafone tops it all. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was sold for £229 with 12 months of data.
Earlier during the week, the out-of-this-world deal popped up on the Vodafone website. After a number of people took the deal, it was immediately removed from the network operator’s site. To a lucky few, the Tab 10.1 32 GB 3G version was sold for a bargain £229, with a 12 month contract at £15 a month and 2 GB of data. In total, these lucky bargain hunters purchased the tablet for a mere £409, when the tablet is worth £579 alone.
A representative of Vodafone told Electricpig, “We’re aware of the situation, the initial price wasn’t correct. Customers who ordered the device can rest assured that we will honour the deal, subject to customers passing standard credit check. In the meantime we’re continuing to sell the device for £499 including VAT on a 12-month, £15 per month contract, which includes 2GB of UK data and 2GB of BT OpenZone Wi-Fi.”
Does this accidental deal make you wish you logged on to the Vodafone website earlier? Give us your thoughts.
The network operator Three filed a complaint with the European Union against the NFC (Near Field Communication) payment consortium, which include Everything Everywhere, O2, and Vodafone.
The consortium is looking to launch a mobile payment service that will allow their customers to wave their NFC-enabled phones to pay for goods and services. The project has not yet been given the go signal by regulators. However, Three has taken legal action with the EU antitrust authority, seeking to put a stop to the project.
The odd man out’s legal counsel, Stephen Lerner, says the consortium is a “cosy collaboration”, which is why the European Union “should not allow this type of collaboration to go forward under any circumstances.”
Lerner adds,”Excluding the maverick raises serious competition concerns. It has serious implications for both consumers and wider business as the internet continues to move mobile.”
It looks like Near Field Communication is soon to take off. Google has started mobile payments with its NFC chip-bearing Nexus S in the US, and Apple is said to include NFC chips on its 5th generation iPhone. It looks like UK network operators are looking to cash in on this chip, and Three refuses to be left behind.
Do you think NFC is the next big thing in mobile, or do you still think it needs to be further developed? Let us know what you think.