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A new mobile move from Microsoft, a roaming revolution in Europe... and much more

Podcast - 9th April 2014

This week's podcast starts with news from Microsoft about an update to its Windows Phone platform and a cost-free OS offer to hardware manufacturers.

There's also a new flagship smartphone from Nokia, a roaming announcement from the European Parliament, a UK virtual mobile network from The Co-operative Group, a change at the top for Mozilla, retail expansion for Vodafone and an awkward end to BlackBerry's relationship with T-Mobile in the USA.

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Vodafone plans 150 new UK shops and 1,400 new retail jobs

Vodafone plans 150 new UK shops and 1,400 new retail jobs

Vodafone UK says it plans to open 150 new shops in the next 12 months, with 1,400 new retail jobs being created as part of the process.

The company is describing it as a “£100 million boost to the UK’s high street”.

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Vodafone brings M-Pesa mobile money transfers to Europe

Vodafone has brought its M-Pesa mobile money transfer and payment service to Europe today.

The service, which was launched in Kenya seven years ago, is now being offered in Romania.

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The new iPhone no-one was expecting

Mark Bridge writes:

New Apple products! New Android smart watches!

You’d be forgiven for not having noticed either of those news stories last week. Apple did indeed announce a new iPhone – but it was simply a new iPhone 5c with just 8MB of memory.

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Vodafone celebrates the 30th anniversary of its (misspelled) name

This weekend marks 30 years since Racal Electronics revealed the name of its new mobile phone service as ‘Vodafone’.

The name was announced at a press conference in London on 22nd March 1984, although it wasn’t until 1991 that Vodafone demerged from Racal and became a separate company.

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