Vodafone Smart Tab 4 launched in the UK
May22

Vodafone Smart Tab 4 launched in the UK

Vodafone has added a new own-brand tablet to its roster in the UK today. The Vodafone Smart Tab 4 apparently comes to succeed the Smart Tab III tablets from last year. This time around, though, there aren’t two different sizes offered. The Smart Tab 4 is a single SKU, and it’s an 8-incher. The tablet comes with a 1,280×800 screen, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8382 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 4,060 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 209×122.8×7.99 mm, and it weighs 328 grams. The Smart Tab 4 is available to order right now from Vodafone’s website. It can be had for £29, if you sign up for a 24-month plan that costs at least £20 per month. With that option, you’d get 2 GB of data every 30 days. If you want double that, you’ll have to shell out £5 per month extra. Finally, the most expensive plan is £30 per month and offers you 10 GB of data. On the other hand, you can go lower, as there’s a £16 per month option as well (with 1 GB of traffic included), but this will require you to pony up £79 for the tablet...

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Vodafone Smart 4 Mini now available in the UK for just £50 on Pay as you go
Apr11

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini now available in the UK for just £50 on Pay as you go

In the UK, Vodafone has added a new device to its own-brand smartphone lineup. It’s called the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini, and the “4” in the name probably relates to its screen size, and not it being the fourth iteration of a series – as it’s actually only the second Smart Mini handset to arrive in the UK, following the original from last year. The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini has one claim to fame: its dirt cheap pricing. You can buy one for just £50, in fact, contract-free. You can rarely (if ever) find a cheaper smartphone on Pay as you go. So just how much smartphone are you getting for that ridiculously low price? Well, the Smart 4 Mini comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 3 MP rear camera, no front camera, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 121.6×64.4×12.3 mm, and it weighs 117 grams. Vodafone is offering the Smart 4 Mini in black or white, and you can already order either version online at the operator’s website. It’s certainly not a great performer, but for the price it has almost decent specs. Via...

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LTE-ready Vodafone Smart 4G (made by Coolpad) launched in Europe
Nov11

LTE-ready Vodafone Smart 4G (made by Coolpad) launched in Europe

Vodafone has unveiled a new own-branded smartphone recently, the first to feature LTE connectivity. Called Vodafone Smart 4G, the handset is manufactured by China’s Coolpad, and is obviously an affordable device. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Smart 4G features a 4.5 inch IPS display with 960 x 540 pixels, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8930) processor, NFC (optional), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. The handset measures 134×67.1×10.25mm, weighs 153 grams, and comes with a 1,880 mAh battery. The Smart 4G is already available via Vodafone Spain, offered for prices starting at €0 (zero). Unlocked, the new smartphone costs around €200. In the near future, the Smart 4G should be released by Vodafone in other European markets, including the UK, Italy and Greece (judging by the languages its User Guide is available in). You can check out the Smart 4G here at Vodafone’s global...

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Samsung Galaxy Express 2 with LTE arrives in the UK tomorrow, exclusively at Vodafone
Oct22

Samsung Galaxy Express 2 with LTE arrives in the UK tomorrow, exclusively at Vodafone

Back in January Samsung announced the Galaxy Express for Europe and Asia, which was similar to the handset of the same name that AT&T has been selling in the US since late last year. Now it seems that the Korean company decided it was time for an upgrade, so it unveiled the Galaxy Express 2. It’s headed to the UK first, where it will be available tomorrow as a Vodafone exclusive. At some point in the future, it will be offered by additional retailers, who weren’t named in the official press release though. The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 still features LTE support. Alongside that, it comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Compared to its predecessor, we see a bump in screen resolution, a faster processor, more RAM, and a bigger battery. All welcome improvements, undoubtedly. The original Galaxy Express was all about bringing LTE to the masses, and the follow up should have the same mantra. Look for it in Vodafone stores tomorrow, in white and blue (the latter being a Vodafone exclusive color). Via Android Central and...

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Vodafone Smart Tab III 7 and 10 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean coming soon
Jul15

Vodafone Smart Tab III 7 and 10 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean coming soon

Vodafone is getting ready to launch two new own-branded Android tablets: the Smart Tab III 7 and Smart Tab III 10. Like the Smart Tab II tablets (introduced last year), the new ones are manufactured by Lenovo. Thanks to the Bluetooth SIG (see here and here), we know that both will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean from day one. The Smart Tab III 10 has a 10 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1GHz MediaTek processor (the number of cores isn’t specified). It appears that the Smart Tab III 7 has similar specs, although, of course, its 1280 x 800 pixels display is a 7 inch one. Here’s what the Tab III 7 looks like: And here is the Smart Tab III 10: We don’t know exactly when the new Vodafone tablets will be available, but it should happen pretty soon. Most probably, the UK will be the first market to get them. Prices should be low – as always in the case of Vodafone’s own-branded...

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Vodafone Smart Mini offers Android Jelly Bean for only £50
Jun12

Vodafone Smart Mini offers Android Jelly Bean for only £50

Vodafone has launched a new and ultra-cheap, own-branded smarthpone in the UK: the Smart Mini. This comes not long after the network released the Smart III, which is also pretty cheap (£95). The Vodafone Smart Mini costs only £50 (€58, or $78) on Pay As You Go. It runs Android Jelly Bean (version 4.1 from what we can see), featuring a 3.5 inch display with 480 x 320 pixels, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, single-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 2MP rear camera. The handset measures 115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm, and weighs 118 grams. The Smart Mini should be available at Vodafone UK starting today, in two color versions: black and white. A pink edition will be released in the near future. Vodafone doesn’t say which company is manufacturing the Smart Mini, but it’s probably one of these: ZTE, Huawei, or TCL (maker of Alcatel handsets). Via...

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UK: Vodafone Smart III gets you Android Jelly Bean in a £95 package
May17

UK: Vodafone Smart III gets you Android Jelly Bean in a £95 package

Each year in May Vodafone launches a new own-brand smartphone called Smart. At least that’s been the case for the past two years, and here we are in May and there’s a new Vodafone Smart up for purchase. Following in the footsteps of the original Smart from 2011 and the Smart II from last year, the Vodafone Smart III is cheap. And that’s almost certainly going to be its main appeal. The Smart III has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and all the usual connectivity options. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Vodafone Smart III can be yours right now for just £95 on Pay as you go. Alternatively, you can get it for free if you get a 24-month contract. The cheapest option is £13 per month and offers you 100 minutes, unlimited texts, and 100 MB of mobile data. Obviously you can pair the Smart III with many other plans, but you’re probably not going to use it too much anyway since it’s not the highest-end device out there. Not even a midranger. For this day and age, this is a low-end offering, but one that will suit many (perhaps as a second handset) just fine. If you’re interested in getting a Smart III, head over here at Vodafone right...

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Cheap Huawei Ascend G510 with Android Jelly Bean announced by Vodafone UK
Apr11

Cheap Huawei Ascend G510 with Android Jelly Bean announced by Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is launching a new and affordable Android smartphone manufactured by Huawei. Called Huawei Ascend G510, the handset is the first in the UK to come with Huawei’s own Emotion UI – which sits atop of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Since it’s affordable, the G510 is not a high-end device. Its features include: a 4.5 inch IPS display with 854 x 480 pixels, HSDPA, NFC, Wi-Fi, DTS surround sound, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, dual-core 1.2GHz processor (apparently a MediaTek MTK 6577), 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory. There is also a MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB) – in case the internal memory doesn’t satisfy you. The smartphone measures 134 x 64.7 x 9.9 mm, and comes with a 1,700 mAh battery. The Ascend G510 should be available at Vodafone UK starting tomorrow, April 12. It’s going to cost £130 on Pay As You Go, but customers can also get it for free on contract, on plans starting at £13 per month. We don’t know if Vodafone will offer the G510 in other color versions than the black one seen above. In any case, I assume the British network will sell lots of these – just like it did with the 4 inch Huawei Ascend G300 launched last year. Via...

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Windows Phone 8 now available at Vodafone UK: Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 620, HTC 8X, 8S
Feb06

Windows Phone 8 now available at Vodafone UK: Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 620, HTC 8X, 8S

Vodafone UK has officially hopped onto the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon today, as it started to sell no less than five devices running Microsoft’s latest mobile platform. The five WP8 devices that you can find in Vodafone stores starting today are the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, and Lumia 620, and the HTC 8X and 8S. Full pricing details have been released, so let’s dive in. If you’re interested in the Nokia Lumia 920, you should know that you can get it for £42 per month using the Red Data plan for no upfront cost. That offering includes unlimited calls, unlimited texts, and 2 GB of data each month. The midrange Lumia 820 can be yours for free on a £33 per month contract, bringing you unlimited calls, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data. The low-end Lumia 620 can be had for free for a £21 cost per month, which comes with 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data. The HTC 8X is offered on the £33 per month plan for free upfront, with the exact same benefits as those listed for the Nokia Lumia 820. The midrange HTC 8S is obviously even more affordable, being free on a £21 per month contract, which includes everything listed above for the Lumia 620. All of these are 24-month agreements, mind you. It’s interesting to note that HTC’s devices are slightly more affordable than Nokia’s competitors. Then again, the Finns are most associated with Windows Phone, so maybe they want to milk that branding advantage as much as possible. Anyway, if you’re interested in WP8 hardware, Vodafone is now...

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You’ll be able to order a BlackBerry Z10 from Vodafone UK tomorrow at 5 pm
Jan29

You’ll be able to order a BlackBerry Z10 from Vodafone UK tomorrow at 5 pm

So who’s excited about the BlackBerry 10 launch tomorrow? What was that you said? Oh, it’s you? You are? Are you in the UK too? Well, then, you should probably get even more excited. That’s because all signs point to the fact that you’ll be able to order a brand new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone from Vodafone starting at 5 pm tomorrow. That’s exactly two hours after the grand unveiling event gets started. What’s more, Z10s will be in stock in Vodafone stores on Thursday. The cheapest contract with which the Z10 will be free will cost you a pretty hefty £47 per month, but that will get you 3 GB of data each 30 days as well as unlimited talk and texts. And starting with the Z10, new BlackBerry devices won’t need you to pay separately for any BB-specific services. Clearly then, RIM has seen the growing influence that consumers, not businesses, now have on smartphone sales. The Z10 will initially only be available in black, with the white version coming in mid-February. At launch, the device will only be offered with Pay Monthly contracts, and not on Pay as you go. This information comes from someone who claims to be a Vodafone employee, and who sent The Verge the picture you can see above. This purports to be an internal communication from the operator, aimed to let its employees know the minute details of the BB10 launch. So it definitely looks like Vodafone will keep its promise of launching the first BB10 device as soon as possible. Previously we thought the Z10 would make its debut on February 5, and even that seemed like a great thing because of how close it was to the unveiling. But having it available on the same day, within hours of the announcement – that’s something not even Apple has done yet. So kudos to RIM if this turns out to have been...

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