Has Apple finally managed to work out the kinks that it had been facing with the white iPhone 4? Last month we wrote about an obscure footer message on Apple Store posters that hinted at a possible spring launch for the white iPhone 4. It now looks like these speculations could turn out right.
A Vodafone Germany employee has now leaked a screenshot of a back-end inventory system that contains listings for the 16GB and 32GB variants of a weiß (white) iPhone 4. No more information is available. But considering that the Verizon iPhone 4 is soon on its way, we expect a CDMA iPhone variant to make its way into other parts of the world by spring – with high chances for Apple to launch both a CDMA and a white iPhone model at the same time.
What this means is that we might also expect Apple to bring the white iPhone 4 to its primary market in the United States earlier than that. Can we expect a February launch of the white iPhone in the US? We will have to wait and watch.
Vodafone users in the United Kingdom can now get hold of the latest smartphone from the Finnish technology giant. The new Nokia N8 will now be available on Vodafone UK at zero upfront cost. But that is along with a two year contract where you will pay £30 a month. There are also higher monthly plans for £35, £40 and £45 for the same contract period where you will get commensurately higher data limit and voice minutes. If you are looking at a smaller monthly expenditure, you should check out the £25 per month plan. This comes with 100 minutes of talktime, 500MB of data and 500 free texts. But to subscribe to this plan, you will have to pay a £99 upfront cost.
Vodafone enjoys exclusivity on the new Nokia N8 in UK at the moment. So if you want a slice of this Nokia fun, head over to the Vodafone store in your neighborhood or to the website here and make your purchase.
Vodafone India has issued a short media statement announcing that Apple’s newly unveiled smartphone, the iPhone 4 shall be launched in India “in the coming months“. That’s pretty much a no-brainer given the subjective nature of the announcement. Nevertheless, indications are that this could mean that a September launch of iPhone in India is likely.
Why? Because Apple has indicated that the iPhone 4 will launch in over 80 countries in that period. Also, Apple may have already stopped the distribution of iPhone 3G worldwide. Nevertheless, the company had only recently introduced iPhone 3GS in India and so yet another launch may get a lot of these new iPhone 3GS users frustrated. It is possible that Vodafone offers an easy upgrade offer to these users. But the modalities that may be worked out are mere speculations at this point.
There is no word from Airtel, the other iPhone carrier in India on when they plan to launch the iPhone. But considering the statement from Vodafone, expect another from Airtel pretty soon.
A new Samsung phone has been caught in the wilds and it is purported to be the Samsung I8330. This is also believed to be the phone that Vodafone shall market as Samsung H2. While there is still not enough clarity on the rumors, we have however managed to get a little information on the technical specifications of the device.
Here is what we expect
Platform : LiMo R3
Resolution : 800×480
Processor : 1 GHz Cortex-A8 MSM6290
Camera : 8 megapixel with HD video recording
Networking : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA
The device is expected to be put up on sale in time for the FIFA World Cup – which is another two weeks from now.
Vodafone UK has announced that the new Samsung Wave S8500 Bada phone shall be available on their stores starting June 1. What’s more the carrier is already taking pre-orders. Price of the device begins at free with contracts of 2 years.
Here are the notable features and technical specification
118 x 56 x 10.9 mm
3.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display
5 megapixel autofocus camera
1 GHz processor
2GB Internal Memory
Built in GPS
This new phone from Samsung may be procured free of cost on a 2 year contract. Popular pricing plans are between £25 per month to £40 per month.
Samsung Galaxy S, the Android powered smartphone is coming to the UK market, Vodafone has announced. The device is not yet available for pre-orders, but users may register for updates from the Vodafone UK website currently.
Here are some tech specs and features about the Android OS Samsung smartphone
Dimension : 4 inches
Display : 800 x 480 SUPER AMOLED touch screen display
OS : Android 2.1
Camera : 5-megapixel camera
Connectivity : Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS
microSDHC card expansion
3.5mm headphone jack
Regarding the price, the 8GB version of the device may be available at a price of £499.99 ($738) in UK. The corresponding price for the 16GB version is not yet known.
With O2, there are three different data plans on offer – 500MB per day, 1GB per month and 3GB per month. These plans come at a cost of £2. £10 and £15 respectively.
On the other hand, Vodafone has offered only two data plans and none of them are on a daily access basis. Vodafone’s 250MB per month plan is priced at £10 while its 5GB per month plan is available at £25.
Here is a comprehensive listing of all plans on offer. Personally, I find Orange the most attractive among the three
The Vodafone UK website, for a brief while, had the page for the upcoming Blackberry Pearl 3G opened. The page which is not presently accessible reveals one major change on the new Blackberry 3G – it no longer comes with a SureType keyboard. Instead, it has replaced it with a more conventional numeric keypad.
That besides, the phone includes many of the features available on the more advanced Blackberry handsets like GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. It also comes with the touch sensitive panel that is now observed on most Blackberry phones.
The Blackberry Pearl 3G page did not have any mention of the release dates though you may sign up to receive updates on the same.
Network carriers launching their own budget phone seems to be the flavor of the season. After T-Mobile launched their Pulse budget phone, it now appears that Vodafone too could be launching one of their own.
AllAboutPhones, a Dutch based website has revealed sources as telling them that the new Android 2.1 based handset will come with a resistive 2.8? QVGA screen, a 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, 3G, GPS and an accelerometer. And the cost? €150.
We are not sure if these rumors hold water, but it could definitely turn out to be interesting. What do you say?