British telecommunications group Vodafone, plans to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile operator in the U.S. to receive 115 billion dollars (about 88 billion euros) from Verizon Communications, American telecommunications company that holds 55% of Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg. Vodafone owns 45% stake of American operator.
Following this transaction Verizon Communications will wholly owns the most profitable division of the company. In the last quarter of 2012, Verizon Wireless has made a record 2.1 million customers, surpassing the rival operator AT&T and other competitors.
“Verizon wants to control the world’s best asset“, said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at research firm New Street Research in New York.
In December last year, the two companies, Vodafone and Verizon Communications discussed a possible merger, said sources close to the situation. However, negotiations were intrerupte because of disagreements about the appointment of new management companies and headquarters location. Vodafone stake sale to Verizon Wireless became more likely. Talks will resume this year, said the immediate situation.
Verizon’s share price rose yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange for the 12 consecutive day by 1.2% to $47.69 (36.58 euros) per unit. Vodafone share price rose by 5.2% to $ 26.68 (20.46 euros), according to Bloomberg.
BlackBerry Bold 9790 is heading to Vodafone and O2 in UK.
One of the newly announced smartphones from RIM, BlackBerry Bold 9790 is already set to join two mobile carriers from UK, O2 and Vodafone. Word on the street is that it will be available to everyone on O2 starting January next year and to enterprise customers from Vodafone. What we don’t know yet is the price of the new Bold 9790 but I’m sure it won’t be long until the information will come out.
If you don’t know what’s the deal with Bold 9790, let me bring you up to speed: it packs a 1GHz processor with internal memory of 8GB, 768MB of RAM and possibility to extend the memory up to 32GB using a microSD card. Also, it has a 2.45-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 480×360. Of course, the traditional QWERTY keyboard is present, the accelerometer and proximity sensor also along with the multitouch feature.
It has a 5MP camera with 2592×1944 resolution, autofocus and LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1, a microUSB slot , a 3.5mm audio jack and runs the BlackBerry 7.0 Operating System.
The HTC Sensation also known as Pyramid has been spotted on Vodafone UK’s site and it might be officially announced by HTC today.
The phone is currently listed as “coming soon” and there’s no price revealed but it does confirm some specs that we’ve only heard as rumors so far. One of the features confirmed for HTC Sensation is a qHD screen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, measures 4.3 inch and uses S-LCD technology, and it seems that the Sensation’s screen is more appreciate than the Desire HD screen.
The second confirmation is about the processor, which is a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon and it will run on Android OS. Also an 8 megapixels camera on the back and a 1.2 megapixels front-facing camera, the main camera can record HD video. More HTC Sensation specs will be announced at the HTC’s event in London.
This new Samsung gadget will be announced and revealed this September at the IFA 2010 event, that will take place in Berlin between 3 and 8 September.
Samsung Galaxy Tablet P1000 features a 7 inch touchscreen display, a 3.2 megapixels camera and also a front camera, 1 GHz ARM11 S5PC110 processor, FlashPlayer and runs Android 2.2.
It seems that the first carrier that will launch this phone is Vodafone, but this is just a rumor because Vodafone doesn’t have yet a release date for this device. We don’t know anything about the price but assuming that this device has almost the same features as the Galaxy S, the price should be about the same.
Vodafone announced that during next week it will incorporate Android 2.2 Froyo into Nexus One. Even though Google oficially released Android 2.2 a long time ago, the Nexus One bought from Vodafone still runs Android 2.1.
This Android 2.2 Froyo will hit all handsets in a few days. Although it doesn’t come with the Amazon MP3 store and Google Goggles in the ROM, both of them are available for download in the Android Market.
An important feature of Froyo is Wi-Fi tethering hotspot which is set to open but you’ll have to secure it.
The QWERTY Nokia C6 is now available at Nokia Online Shop UK and the price is 289 pounds/340 euro for the SIM free handset and 229 pounds for the Pay As You Go version available at Vodafone or T-Mobile.
If you want to buy it for free, you can pick O2 or Vodafone contracts from £25.00/month.
This Nokia Symbian-powered C6 has similar features as N97 mini, but is missing the huge internal storage and digital compass.