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April 13, 2009

Verizon Wireless to join China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone in creating the largest global platform for mobile developers

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Verizon Wireless to join China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone in creating the largest global platform for mobile developers

Initiative to help developers in creating fun and useful mobile widgets for approximately one billion customers

Verizon Wireless announces that it plans to join the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) established by China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone to help accelerate the uptake of innovative mobile technologies on a mass-market scale.

The addition of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone, would mean that the JIL now has a combined customer reach of approximately one billion consumers.

The JIL will initially focus on creating a single global platform for developers to encourage the creation of a wide range of innovative and useful mobile widgets. These mobile widgets will be capable of enhancing the mobile internet experience on a variety of smartphones as well as mid- and low-cost handsets on multiple operating systems.

As part of this initiative, the JIL plans to launch later this year a range of tools to encourage innovation among global mobile developers. The tools include: a common mobile widgets specification, easy-to-use developer kits, and an online repository, distribution and payment mechanism to ensure developers can roll out their products to customers in more than 70 countries across North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

“This partnership will enable four of the world’s leading mobile operators to pool their combined expertise, innovation and scale for the gain of customers across the globe,” said JIL Chairman Masayoshi Son. “As well as driving innovation in the mobile developer world, this initiative is set to empower consumers by giving them access to a range of easy-to-use and compelling web applications that will enable them to get even more benefits from their handsets.”

Mobile widgets are capable of boosting handset functionality as well as transforming the look and feel of a device to give customers quick and easy access to valued content. They are personalised, always-accessible mini applications that sit on a handset to retrieve relevant information from the web such as weather reports, sports updates, and travel timetables.

The JIL mobile widgets specification is set to enrich these services further by enabling developers to access both handset and network functionality such as the address book, camera, location information and billing in a secure environment.

JIL has been working in close cooperation with a range of industry standards bodies such as the OMTP and the GSMA to outline specifications that will make it easier for developers to create widgets that run on a wide range of handsets, operating systems and networks.

The JIL also welcomes the co-operation of vendors, developers and other operators in the creation of new applications and services.

March 29, 2009

Vodafone Appoints Samuel Jonah as Non-Executive Director

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Vodafone Appoints Samuel Jonah as Non-Executive Director
Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) announces that Samuel Esson Jonah KBE, OSG has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 April 2009.

Samuel Jonah, aged 59, is one of Africa’s leading businessmen. He is currently Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital (Pty) Limited, an investment holding company in South Africa, and is former President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Born and educated in Ghana, in 1977 he obtained a Master’s degree in Management from Imperial College, London, following which he worked for Ashanti Goldfields. He became CEO of the company in 1986.

An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star.

Sam Jonah serves on the boards of various public and private companies, including The Standard Bank Group, and he was formerly a director of Lonmin and a member of the Advisory Council of the President of the African Development Bank. He brings extensive experience of business in Africa, particularly South Africa and Ghana where Vodafone has made important investments recently. He is also an adviser to the Presidents of Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia.

Sir John Bond, Chairman of Vodafone, commented “I am delighted to welcome Sam Jonah to the Vodafone Board. He will make a great contribution to our company and I look forward to working with him”.

March 24, 2009

Mobile Workers Consider Company Laptops Their Own Property

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Mobile Workers Consider Company Laptops Their Own Property

IT departments challenged by changing attitudes and behaviours towards use of company mobiles and laptops outside the office

Vodafone UK has revealed that people view their work mobiles and laptops differently when out of the office, potentially exposing a business to security threats. Personal use of laptops and mobile devices goes unregulated once out of the office and can lead to a change in behaviour from the employee, following research sampling more than 1000 business people.

Nearly half of people surveyed possessed a work laptop with internet access that is used regularly outside of work. The findings suggest that business and IT managers need to balance management, security and use of company property outside of working hours with employees’ increasing expectation that personal use of company mobile devices is acceptable in an always on, always contactable world.

One in two employees consider their work issued laptops or mobile devices their own property once away from the office, with 68% stating that using a work-supplied laptop outside working hours is a ‘fair exchange’ in the work/life balance equation.

Organisations must also consider what potential risks employees expose devices to, during this downtime. With 49.6% of employees using their own mobile broadband connection and 29.6% using WiFi to facilitate use of their company mobile device when at home, businesses are at risk of malware attacks, other security threats, and legal liability. It can also affect performance issues across the company network as devices are used to store personal music, photos, videos and other downloaded content.

65% of senior managers surveyed agreed that it is acceptable for employees to use work-supplied laptops for their own purposes outside of work. Managers feel that, as recession bites and traditional forms of reward such as pay-rises and bonuses are harder to deliver, small ‘perks’ become more important in retaining key staff.

Mike Banwell, Head of Business Services, Vodafone UK explains: “Whilst it is right that businesses need to keep a close eye on company assets such as netbooks, laptops and other mobile devices to prevent inappropriate, illegal or irresponsible use, we don’t want to get to a situation where attitudes change to such an extent that policies and procedures become so restrictive that employees actively circumvent them, or that the devices become so unfriendly that the benefits employees and businesses are obtaining from mobile working are severely reduced.”

Vodafone addresses issues identified in this latest research with Vodafone Secure Remote Access (VSRA) – a comprehensive, managed service that brings a specific mobile perspective to securing information, devices and connectivity and enforcing IT policy for today’s flexible workforce.

VSRA limits users to pre-authorised, approved networks (including 3G, Wi-Fi and fixed line broadband), ensures that users can only access appropriate content, and provides a range of security options including preventing company data being downloaded to USB drives or CD. It enables the flexibility that meets the personal requirements of the user as well as security and management requirements of the organisation.

The research was conducted by Opinion Matters in June 2008 from a sample of 1,116 UK workers.

About Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK has 19 million customers and is part of the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications Group, offering a wide range of voice and data communications. The company is committed to providing mobile solutions that allow both consumer and business customers to make the most of now. In addition, Vodafone connects customers across the globe with roaming agreements worldwide. It provides 3G roaming in 29 countries and offers great roaming value with Vodafone Passport. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.co.uk.

odafone UK selects Ericsson to provide maintenance and operational support on its network, delivering cost savings

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odafone UK selects Ericsson to provide maintenance and operational support on its network, delivering cost savings

odafone UK and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announce a seven year agreement which will see Ericsson provide maintenance and operations for Vodafone UK’s 2G and 3G radio access networks. The contract includes the transfer of approximately 350 employees from Vodafone to Ericsson, scheduled for the beginning of May.

Jeni Mundy, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, says: “We see this as a strategic long-term relationship, offering real operational and financial benefits allowing us, over time, to reinvest savings in delivering new products and services for customers. Ericsson is the specialist in this area and will be critical in helping maintain our high quality network – which customers expect from Vodafone.”

Mats Granryd, Managing Director, Ericsson UK, says: “We are honored that Vodafone has chosen Ericsson as its Managed Services partner for its UK network. We believe Ericsson’s experience in Managed Services and the skills and experience that the transferring staff bring will combine positively with our scale advantage to significantly benefit Vodafone with improved quality and superior cost structure. In this contract we are ideally positioned to deliver value to Vodafone UK and it also offers us the opportunity to build on our strong relationship and develop our collaboration further to deliver future business benefits.”

Through economies of scale, best practice tools, methods, processes and efficient resource allocation, Ericsson’s Managed Services supports its partners to improve network performance and end-user experience whilst reducing operational costs. With 15 years experience, Ericsson is the global Managed Services leader. In the UK Ericsson has multiple Managed Services contracts with fixed and mobile operators.

Ericsson’s standard multimedia content is available at the broadcast room:

www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 250 million subscribers. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of ‘communication for all’ through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27 billion (SEK 209 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ

For more information, visit www.ericsson.com or www.ericsson.mobi.

About Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK has 19 million customers and is part of the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications Group, offering a wide range of voice and data communications. The company is committed to providing mobile solutions that allow both consumer and business customers to make the most of now. In addition, Vodafone connects customers across the globe with roaming agreements worldwide. It provides 3G roaming in 29 countries and offers great roaming value with Vodafone Passport. Vodafone UK is in the top 20 Best Big Companies to Work For in the Sunday Times Best Companies List, March 2009. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.co.uk.

About Ericsson’s Managed Services offering
Ericsson has the telecom industry’s most comprehensive managed services offering. It ranges from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer’s network, including end-user services and business-support systems, to hosting service layer solutions as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 contracts for managed services with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 250 million subscribers worldwide.

Vodafone and Tango sign Strategic Partnership in Luxembourg

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Vodafone and Tango sign Strategic Partnership in Luxembourg

Vodafone and Tango, one of the leading Telecom operators in Luxembourg, today jointly announced that they have signed a Partner Market agreement. This partnership further strengthens the existing relationship between Vodafone and Belgacom, Tango’s parent company.

Under the terms of this Agreement, Tango will have access to specific Vodafone knowledge and expertise in supply chain management, benefit from the acquisition of enterprise customers from multi-national companies, and gain from superior inter-working between networks together with technology development.

As part of a phased roll-out, the partnership with Vodafone will provide Tango customers with improved voice and data roaming access across Vodafone’s global network. In turn, Vodafone will be able to use Tango’s advanced 3G network to offer its customers a number of services, which utilise ‘home’ network capabilities.

Furthermore, the Agreement provides for the introduction by Tango of a range of Vodafone branded Products and Services in addition to its current product portfolio.

Commenting on the Agreement, Hatem Dowidar, CEO, Vodafone Partner Markets, said:

“This strategic partnership with Tango further strengthens our successful relationship with Belgacom and enables us to continue to promote our brand in the Luxembourg market. The new agreement delivers considerable roaming benefits and our Global Enterprise customers will enjoy a full integrated offering.”

Didier Rouma, CEO, Tango Mobile S.A. said: “We are very pleased that Vodafone is extending its partnership with Belgacom through the deal with Tango in Luxembourg. Vodafone’s international presence will allow Tango to offer new Vodafone products and services to its local market while enhancing our international roaming proposition throughout Vodafone’s global footprint. Furthermore, using Belgacom’s new Enterprise Business Unit in Luxembourg, Vodafone will be able to rely on Tango’s expertise to welcome their both existing and new Global Enterprise customers.”

Vodafone’s agreement with LuxGSM, its previous partner in Luxembourg, has recently come to an end.
About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of 31 December 2008, Vodafone had approximately 289 million proportionate customers worldwide. For further information, please visit www.vodafone.com.

About Tango
Tango Mobile SA Luxembourg, member of the Belgacom Group, is a well established mobile network operator in Luxembourg, with a fixed line presence. With 238,000 mobile customers and 39% share of the mobile market, Tango Mobile SA Luxembourg is the first mobile alternative player in Luxembourg. For further information, please visit www.tango.lu.

About Belgacom
The Belgacom Group [Euronext: BELG]. Combining its strong background as the national telecoms operator and the multiples talents of its teams, Belgacom Group is the principal supplier of integrated telecommunications services in Belgium. As a result of our continuous investments in leading-edge technology, we are able to offer our clients high-capacity solutions on all networks, fixed or mobile. At the forefront of technology, we provide our clients, private or professional, with telephone, internet and television services, at every moment of the day, wherever the place, and whatever type of equipment is being used.

For the fiscal year ending 31 December 2008, the Group posted a total revenue of €5.97 billion and a net operating profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of €1.99 billion.

More info: www.belgacom.com

Vodafone Launches Standard Global Performance Guarantees for Multinational Customers

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Vodafone Launches Standard Global Performance Guarantees for Multinational Customers

Global service level agreement (SLA) offers:

* greater transparency and predictability for multinationals’ communications spend and management
* consistent performance levels in managed mobility services in selected countries around the world

Vodafone Global Enterprise – the division of Vodafone which manages the communications needs of the largest multinational companies worldwide – is launching a standard global Service Level Agreement (SLA) to guarantee performance levels across the globe.

As the economic downturn makes multinational enterprises even more reliant on effective communications, the global SLA is designed to give managers greater transparency and predictability.

The SLA will give customers globally consistent and guaranteed performance levels for a range of key communications services including device delivery and incident response, as well as access to reports on network performance and spend management trends across diverse markets.

The first standardised SLA in the mobile industry to cover a multiple country footprint, the initial rollout will include 15 countries, covering 80 per cent of customers’ connections with further expansion determined by demand.

The standard offering, available free of charge for Vodafone’s Global Enterprise customers, includes:

* Committed dispatch times for SIM cards and mobile devices
* Fault/incident response commitments
* Guaranteed handset repair times
* Monthly SLA performance reporting
* Monthly network performance reporting for voice and data
* Proactive notifications of major incidents
* Access to a basic version of Vodafone Spend Manager for cost interrogation and control

Customers are able to customise the standard offering for an additional cost to meet specific needs such as:

* Enhanced service levels for key executives, business critical functions or mobile workers
* A centralised interface for billing enquiry and resolution

The importance of effectively managing corporate communications to an agreed standard on a global scale has never been more critical for multinationals.

The recession is obliging companies to reduce travel costs through deploying more innovative communication solutions. At the same time, modern workforces are becoming less office based, meaning that employees expect to be able to work whenever and wherever they want.

“Recessionary times are a strong catalyst for multinational corporates to take action and reinvent the way they buy and use communications services,” said Nick Jeffery, Director of Vodafone Global Enterprise. “To get the most from their global scale and to simplify their operations, multinational corporates are placing more of their communications services in our hands. The launch of global SLAs recognises the importance of these customers and our commitment to meeting their needs for greater transparency, consistency and predictability.”

“Our customers have told us that there is a need for consistent global service levels in the delivery of devices, performance reporting and incident handling,” said Walter Kok, Director of Customer Service Operations. “We are setting a new industry standard through our commitment to a standardised global SLA, putting the CIOs of multinational corporates firmly in control of their communications services.”

March 17, 2009

Vodafone’s Music Catalogue Switches to Digital Rights Management Free MP3 Format from Universal Music, Sony Music and EMI on Mobile and PC

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Vodafone’s Music Catalogue Switches to Digital Rights Management Free MP3 Format from Universal Music, Sony Music and EMI on Mobile and PC

First global mobile network operator to offer DRM free music across both mobile phones and PCs
Customers are free to play their downloaded music on any of their digital devices
Over a million tracks to choose from including a huge selection of today’s top artists such as Britney Spears, Coldplay, Duffy, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and The Fray
Vodafone announces today that it has signed deals with the world’s largest record companies Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music to offer their tracks and albums DRM free (without digital rights management) across Vodafone markets for both mobile phones and PCs.

The new deals are the first of their kind for a mobile network operator enabling dual delivery of DRM free music to a wide range of mobile phones and PCs with no need to sideload or synchronize. With over a million tracks available from every music genre, for the first time customers will be able to play and enjoy music bought from these three labels via the Vodafone Music store* without any limit to the type of device provided they belong to the customer.

In addition, those customers who have already bought tracks or albums from Universal Music, Sony Music or EMI in WMA format (with DRM) will be able to upgrade them to MP3 at no extra charge within the existing download allowance. DRM free music will be available through a number of Vodafone countries by the summer and will complement Vodafone’s current music offerings.

“Music is central to many of our customers’ lives,” said Pieter Knook, Vodafone Internet Services Director. “By Vodafone pioneering DRM free on mobile and offering MP3s on PC, they will now have the freedom to download tracks from their favourite artists without any device restrictions allowing them to experience their music however they want it, wherever they are.”

“Vodafone has been a business partner of Universal Music for six years,” said Rob Wells, SVP, Digital, at Universal Music Group International. “This new deal shows how serious Vodafone is about music, and opens up new opportunities for both companies - but, more importantly, for consumers and artists.”

“We are thrilled that this agreement will provide Vodafone’s millions of customers in Europe with access to music by our popular local artists and global superstars,” commented Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “Vodafone’s convenient mobile and PC solution gives fans another great way to integrate music into their daily lives and forge an even stronger connection with the artists they love.”

“EMI has long been a proponent of DRM free music because of the benefits it brings to fans and so we are very supportive of this initiative from Vodafone,” said Douglas Merrill, EMI Music’s COO of New Music and President, Digital Business. “With its international reach and commitment to music, Vodafone is taking a major step forward for our industry by offering consumers more flexibility and choice.”

For further information please contact:

Vodafone Group
Media Relations
Tel: 00 44 1635 664444

Notes to Editors:

* Vodafone Music store is powered by RealNetworks.

DRM free services will be available in Germany, Italy, UK, Spain and New Zealand by the summer. Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Turkey will follow in due course, along with services provided via Vodafone’s partner networks in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Slovenia and Switzerland.

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of 31 December 2008, Vodafone had approximately 289 million proportionate customers worldwide. For further information, please visit www.vodafone.com.

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty–First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

About EMI
EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin.

Vodafone to Offer Microsoft Online Services with Voice and Data

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Vodafone to Offer Microsoft Online Services with Voice and Data

New package will make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to communicate and collaborate.

REDMOND, Washington and Newbury, England — Feb. 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. and Vodafone Group Plc today announced an agreement under which Vodafone will offer businesses a single communications and collaboration solution composed of fixed and mobile voice and data, customer equipment and handsets, and Microsoft Online Services. Hosted by Microsoft and available through Vodafone in this offering, Microsoft Online Services deliver enterprise-class communications and collaboration software as subscription services to businesses of all sizes, including the following:

Microsoft Exchange Online for e-mail and calendars through the PC, phone and browser
Microsoft SharePoint Online for portals, collaboration, search and customized team sites
Microsoft Office Communications Online for instant messaging and presence
Microsoft Office Live Meeting for webconferencing and videoconferencing

Videos:
Tom Craig, Global Business Services Director, Vodafone Group, and Giovanni Strocchi, Director of Product Management for Global Business services, discuss what the service will deliver to customers and the importance of the agreement with Microsoft .

Microsoft Online Services are available today in the United States and will be available in other markets in the first half of 2009. Vodafone will initially offer the combined solution in Germany and Spain beginning later in 2009. Following the German and Spanish launches, Vodafone will offer the solution in additional markets.

“The demands on our customers are changing dramatically in today’s complex business and economic environment,” said Tom Craig, Global Business Services Director, Vodafone Group. “By combining Vodafone’s fixed and mobile communication services with Microsoft Online Services we can provide all the elements of a fully hosted communications solution, delivering the real benefits of agility, flexibility, productivity and choice that our customers are demanding.”

With the Microsoft and Vodafone offering, business customers will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Online Services and Vodafone’s voice and data services in one easy-to-manage solution. The fully hosted Vodafone and Microsoft services will help reduce routine maintenance and management tasks, allowing IT staff to concentrate on more business-critical objectives. Customers will be able to take advantage of the range of services offered, with one bill and one provider, making the experience fast, easy and effective.

Vodafone will support the customer directly, while Microsoft will host Microsoft Online Services in its datacenters.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in our partnership with Vodafone,” said Martha Béjar, corporate vice president of the Communications Sector at Microsoft. “Through our work with Vodafone, we’re aiming to provide solutions for a growing number of businesses that are looking for new ways to control costs and do more with less, without impacting the productivity of their people, their most valuable asset.”

Microsoft and Vodafone intend to continue to grow the partnership through future collaboration and development that will yield business solutions and capabilities that integrate Vodafone Voice Services and Virtual PBX, which will ultimately provide a fully converged fixed and mobile communications solution for businesses.

More information on Microsoft Online Services is available at http://www.microsoft.com/online and in the software plus services virtual presskit for the Microsoft Business Division at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/Officesoftwareplusservices/default.mspx.

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with approximately 289 million proportionate customers as of 31 December 2008. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 27 countries across five continents and over 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.

March 3, 2009

China Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Trials Confirm LTE as a Next Generation Candidate for Seamless Global Mobile Services

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China Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Trials Confirm LTE as a Next Generation Candidate for Seamless Global Mobile Services

China Mobile, Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone, and Vodafone announce that they have taken significant steps in developing the next-generation technology LTE as a truly global radio access technology, following yesterday’s LTE FDD/TDD Convergence Summit at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

As part of their ongoing three-way trials, the operators have successfully demonstrated in laboratory conditions the time division version of LTE (TD-LTE) showing that the technology is capable of operating effectively in both unpaired as well as paired spectrum.

In addition to these initial results, a range of chipset suppliers including ST-Ericsson and Qualcomm are developing equipment capable of supporting both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) flavours of the LTE technology in a single device.

The trials are a step towards the goal of developing a single device capable of operating on TD-LTE technology in the case of unpaired spectrum or LTE FDD technology in the case of paired spectrum

The availability of a converged LTE FDD and TD-LTE system is set to enable an effective solution for both paired and unpaired spectrum. This also raises the prospect of providing greater interoperability between different global operators offering customers greater levels of convenience.

The TD-LTE portion of the trial, which involves seven vendors, will progress to full field trials in the second half of 2009. The locations for these field trials have been agreed in China, Europe and India.

The corresponding LTE FDD trials are progressing as planned and are now well into the final field trial stages where peak download speeds of up to 50 to 60 Mbps using 10 MHz bandwidth have been demonstrated. These field trials, which will also be introduced for the TD-LTE trials, create real-world loaded network conditions by using multiple base stations and terminal devices.

LTE’s potential as a flexible global technology with a strong eco-system was the core theme presented at yesterday’s LTE FDD/TDD Convergence Summit. The event attended by regulators, operators and vendors, was jointly hosted by China Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone with an endorsement from the GSMA and TD Alliance.

LTE technology is designed to deliver a range of customer benefits including higher speeds and enhanced throughput performance and lower latency thanks to improved spectral efficiency.

LTE is an evolution of existing 3G (WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA) cellular networks and has the advantage of offering inter-working with existing 3G technologies.

For media enquiries please contact:

China Mobile Public Relations:
Tel: +86-10-6600-6688
Email: lijun@chinamobile.com

Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications:
Tel: +1-917-968-9175
Email: Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com

Vodafone Group Media Relations:
Tel: +44-1635 664444

About China Mobile
China Mobile has been playing a leading role in the development of the mobile communications industry in China and holds an important position in the international arena as well. After over ten years of efforts, China Mobile has established a comprehensive network with large coverage, high quality, rich variety of businesses and first-class customer services. With more than 360 thousand mobile base stations and more than 450 million subscribers, China Mobile ranks first in the world in terms of network scale and customer base.

For eight consecutive years, China Mobile has been listed in Fortune 500 with a latest ranking of 148. For more information, please visit www.chinamobile.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of 31 December 2008, Vodafone had approximately 289 million proportionate customers worldwide. For further information, please visit www.vodafone.com.

Vodafone UK lets you say IOU

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Vodafone UK lets you say IOU

Vodafone UK is introducing Vodafone IOU, an out of credit service for its Pay as you talk customers, to make sure that they can always use their phone when they can’t Top Up. Customers can set up the IOU service by texting ‘IOU’ to ‘468’ or by calling 468 from their handset.

Once a customer adds the Vodafone IOU service to their account, they’ll receive an additional £2 of calling credit to use until their next top up. From then on, the ability to borrow £2 of IOU credit will always be there. Customers can use their IOU credit for voice, text or data services, including mobile internet browsing and music track downloads. The amount of IOU credit the customer has used will then be deducted from their next Top Up, along with a small service charge of 30p.

Customers can check their balance at any time to find out how much IOU has been spent and how much IOU credit they still have available to use.

Ian Haynes, head of product and pricing for Vodafone UK, says: “We know there is nothing more annoying than not being able to do something as simple as make a phone call because you’ve not had a chance to top up. We’re really excited about being able to offer the Vodafone IOU service - £2 can go a long way with our Vodafone Simply price plan and it’s a really convenient service for our customers.”

Vodafone customers can top up online or in around 150,000 outlets across the UK including ATMs convenience shops, supermarkets and petrol stations.

Notes to editors

IOU is available to all Pay as you talk customers who have been with Vodafone for more than 30 days and have topped up at least £5.

Text Unlimited is free to opt-in to for new and existing PAYT customers and can be activated by calling 2345. A customer’s total top-up value is calculated each month and a customer’s account is credited the corresponding text reward to use in the following month. There are three tiers to the plan and the more a customer tops up the more they will gain:
Top up £5 during the month and receive unlimited texts weekday evenings in the following month*

Top up £10 and receive unlimited evening and weekend texts the following month

Top up £30 or more and receive unlimited texts to use at any time the following month

Text Unlimited is the first plan in the UK mobile market to give rewards to customers who top up as little as £5 each month.

About Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK has 18.5 million customers and is part of the world’s leading international mobile telecommunications Group, offering a wide range of voice and data communications. The company is committed to providing mobile solutions that allow both consumer and business customers to make the most of now. In addition, Vodafone connects customers across the globe with roaming agreements worldwide. It provides 3G roaming in 29 countries and offers great roaming value with Vodafone Passport. Vodafone UK is in the top 20 Best Big Companies to Work For in the Sunday Times Best Companies List, March 2008. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.co.uk.

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