There'll be no more mobile phones made exclusively for the Vodafone 360 service.
The network revealed two exclusive phones when the service was launched in September last year – the Samsung-produced H1 and M1 – but no more will be made. Instead, the network will focus on the service itself.
Vodafone has agreed to pay £1.25 billion to HM Revenue & Customs, settling a tax dispute that dates back ten years. The dispute arose with Vodafone's Luxembourg business and HMRC's Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC) rules, which were intended to prevent UK businesses from setting up foreign businesses to avoid UK tax.
Vodafone will pay £800 million in the current financial year; the rest of the tax bill will be paid in instalments over the next five years. Vodafone had already set aside £2.2 billion after losing a Court of Appeal case last year.
Vodafone has published quarterly results for the three months ending 30th June 2010. In the UK, service revenue was up 0.7%, contract churn had dropped to 15.5% and 245,000 net contract customers had been added.
Vodafone, which bought navigation service Wayfinder in early 2009 and closed it down just over a year later, is now giving away the software. Wayfinder's location and navigation software can now be found on github.com and via Vodafone’s open source portal at www.betavine.net.
Mobile information and entertainment company WIN plc has announced it's working to improve Vodafone's services to mobile virtual network operators. Current UK MVNOs include Asda, Talk Mobile, BT Mobile, Truphone and Lebara.
The partnership enables new customers on Vodafone-hosted MVNOs to request a SIM by simply sending a text to a shortcode. WIN's SMS platform then manages a short dialogue with the consumer, obtaining and recording their name and address before the SIM card is posted directly to them.