Vodafone has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Desire from August 23. The update was initially expected to be rolled out on August 12. However, the good news is that Vodafone has removed most of their bloatware/crapware from their Android 2.2 update. Earlier, Vodafone was heavily criticized for loading the Desire with their Vodafone 360 crapware. Now, along with the announcement of the Android 2.2 update, the company has also mentioned the steps on how to remove Vodafone 360 for users who have already installed it.
According to the news from Vodafone forums, the Android 2.2 update will be based on the HTC open market visionwith the software optimized for Vodafone’s network settings.
Here is the full press release :
HTC Desire: Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Update to Android 2.2
The Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire will start to be available to Vodafone customers from Monday 23 August.
Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.
Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period.
If you did not download the Vodafone 360 update, follow the first set of instructions below to download the Android 2.2 update when prompted to.
If you did download the Vodafone 360 software, once you have the 2.2 update, these guidelines also explain what you need to do to remove that content from your device, depending on the current software configuration of your HTC Desire.
Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services can visit the Android Marketplace, where a number of 360 apps are available. We will also be issuing an optional Vodafone 360 update for HTC Desire users at a later date.
*Please note: The following steps will only work once you have downloaded the 2.2 Android update*
Finding out which software your HTC Desire is running
To check the current software version of your HTC Desire, go to Settings->About phone->Software information and look for the entries Android versionand Software number.
Your software should either be 126.96.36.199 if you haven’t downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or 188.8.131.52 if you have accepted the update.
The launch of VF 247 solar powered phone is in keeping with Vodafone’s aim to increase mobile technology accessibility for millions in India. With an extended solar powered battery, the solar powered phone addresses the problem of unstable electricity supply in many rural areas. VF 247 solar powered phone charges by itself, by exposure to ambient light. Sun Boost, the special in-built hardware and software ensures that the phone charges also in a room, under normal daylight.
The new handset uses a solar powered solution to benefit users in areas with adequate sunlight and is priced at Rs. 1300 approx ($32). Given the fact that Vodafone’s rural network coverage of 65 per cent is the second highest in India, the launch of a solar charging handset will definitely make up for the unavailability of electricity in the rural areas of the country, making it really easy to charge mobile handsets.
Vodafone recently launched an innovative Campus pack, that will allow youngsters to enjoy reduced call rates in their college campus. Currently this pack is available only in Delhi circle and only valid in select colleges. With this pack, all local calls will be charged at 1p/2sec and all STD calls will be charged at 2p/2sec. All local and STD calls outside the college are will be charged at 1.2p/sec. This pack comes with a validity of 1 year.
Validity: 1 year
Inside Campus – Local calls @ 1p/2sec and STD calls @ 2p/2sec
Outside Campus – All Local and STD calls @ 1.2p/sec
SMS @ 60p
List of Colleges:
- Acharya Narendra Dev College
- Aditi Mahavidyalaya
- Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College
- Ayurvedic & Unani Tibbia College
- Bhagini Nivedita College Miranda House College
- Bharati College
- Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences
- Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
- College of Art Delhi Administration
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Vocational Studies
- Daulat Ram College
- Dayal Singh College
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
- Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
- Delhi College of Engineering
- Deshbandhu College
- Gargi College
- Hans Raj College
- Hindu College
- I. G. Institute of Physical Education and Sports sciences
- Indraprastha College for Women
- Institute of Home Economics
- Janki Devi Memorial College
- Jesus & Mary College
- Kalindi College
- Kamala Nehru College
- Keshav Mahavidhyalaya
- Kirori Mal College
- Lady Harding Medical College
- Lady Irwin College
- Lady Shri Ram College for Women
- Maharishi Valmaki College of Education
- Maitreyi College
- Mata Sundri College for Women
- Maulana Azad Medical College
- Motilal Nehru College
- Nehru Homoeopathic College
- Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology
- P. G. D. A. V. College
- Rajdhani College
- Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing
- Ram Lal Anand College
- Ramjas College
- Satyawati College
- School of Correspondence Courses & Continuing Education
- Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
- Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science for women
- Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies
- Shivaji College
- Shri Ram College of Commerce
- Shyam Lal College
- Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College
- Sri Aurobindo College
- Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce
- Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College
- Sri Venkateswara College
- St. Stephen’s College
- Swami Shraddhanand College
- The Institute for the Physically Handicapped
- University College of Med. Sc. andG. T .B. Hospital
- Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute
- Vivekanand College
Good news for users who are waiting for the iPhone 4 to be launched in India. There is confirmed news that the iPhone 4 will be launched in India on September 2010 with the 16GB iPhone 4 costing Rs. 35,500 and the 32GB iPhone 4 costing Rs. 41,500.
A few days ago we had also told you that Vodafone will be launching iPhone 4, however, the iPhone 4 might also be launched by Airtel, the major telecom player in India. However, considering the high demand for the iPhone 4 in US and UK, which has delayed production of new units, so expect the September date to be pushed a little ahead.
Unlike other versions of the iPhone, iPhone 4 has a front facing camera and an amazing retina display. You can read the full iPhone 4 Specifications and Features to know more about this device.
Coming back to the Indian launch, Apple has not seen much success with the iPhone in India thanks to the cost of the phone, and the iPhone 4 may see a same fate. Most of the iPhone 4 buyers are usually Apple fans, with general public being less inclined towards buying the phone.
Considering that the average cost of handsets in India is Rs. 2000 or a little bit higher, the Rs. 35,500 price tag looks a bit of a hard sell.
iPhone 4 will launch in September 2010 and we will keep you updated on the exact release date and availability as more information becomes available.
Vodafone has announced that they will be enhancing Vodafone’s 360 services with the launch of a 360 Shop for Android. Earlier, 360 environment just showcased the Joint Innovation Lab platform apps. So from coming summer Vodafone’s 360 environment platform will have both Android apps and JIL apps.
For the uninitiated Vodafone’s 360 environment is an attempt to build a cross-platform development community to promote apps and widgets that Vodafone can then have them deployed across a range of mobile platforms and not just the smartphones. Now it is to be seen how successful Vodafone might get with this strategy. But if you look around the stats, Android Market place has about 50,000 apps available while Vodafone’s 360 environment has just 8000+ apps. So if the Android developers also submit their apps to Vodafone’s 360 environment, their apps might get better exposure. Surely, Vodafone won’t leave any stone unturned to promote those apps.
Besides that, Vodafone’s platform also offers pricing visibility, transparent app review process (which Android Market or even Apple’s app store do not provide) sales assists such as user reviews and carrier billing. With carrier billing, users won’t have to pay for the apps from the store using their credit cards but can pay via carrier bill, which is much safer in my opinion. All these amazing features might attract developers.
Vodafone’s 360 Shop on Android will launch this summer on the HTC Wildfire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.
Vodafone offers an amazing night calling pack that allows you to call any local Vodafone number for free. This packs helps you to stay connected with your friends and family at night. The special night calling pack comes with a validity of 15 days.
Validity: 15 days
Benefits: Unlimited calling to local Vodafone numbers at Night
Since this pack comes with a validity of 15 days, you will need to recharge this pack twice in a month to enjoy the benefits throughout the month. Indirectly you will have to shell out Rs.44 every month. Night calling starts from 11pm to 6am. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments.
Vodafone has announced an affordable Android powered smartphone- The Vodafone 845. The phone will be launched in the middle of May this year.
The handset features the Android 2.1 version and sports 2.8-inch TFT touchscreen display. It also boasts of its 3.2 megapixel camera, which comes with autofocus.
Check out the full specs of Vodafone 845
Vodafone 845 Full Specs
Display: 2.8-inch TFT touchscreen (240 x 320 pixels)
Operating System: Android 2.1 OS
Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100, GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
Camera: 3.2MP with autofocus
Secondary camera: VGA
Internal Memory: 512GB
Memory expandable up to 16GB
GPS with A-GPS support
Battery: Li-Ion 1200 mAh
The price of Vodafone 845 is yet to be officially announced.
Vodafone has recently launched Vodafone 150 at a very low price of Rs 700. The handset comes with the basic features of calling and messaging. Initially, the device is launched in India, Turkey and 8 African countries. The complete specifications of the device are as follows.
Vodafone 150 Full Specs
â€¢ Dual-Band GSM
â€¢ Alarm Clock
â€¢ Vibrating Alert
â€¢ Currency Converter
â€¢ Polyphonic Ringtones
â€¢ Lithium ion 500mAh battery
â€¢ Talk time: 5 hours
â€¢ Standby time: 400 hours
â€¢ Phonebook capacity: 100 entries
â€¢ Specific Caller tunes.
â€¢ Colours Available: Black
â€¢ 1 year warranty
At the launch of Vodafone 150, Marten Pieters, MD and CEO, Vodafone Essar said,
The average user in rural India does not spend as much as mobile consumers in Delhi or in Mumbai. Though the majority still make a revenue stream for mobile operators, the idea is to make mobile phones affordable and achievable for everyone.
On the eve of the Bengali New Year, Vodafone has launched a plethora of Value Added Services for it’s Bengali subscribers to help them celebrate the Bengali New Year in a much better way. Here is a list of the Value Added Services:
- A Voice Portal – Poila Baisakh’ which is a mash-up of various utility services such as customised bengali caller tunes, ring tones, recipes of popular Bengali cuisines, mobile greetings, song dedications and trivia around the Bengali New Year. These services can be accessed by dialing <567450> and the call is chargeable at Rs 6 per minute.
- A WAP Portal for animated wall papers based on the theme of the Bengali New Year. The wallpapers can be downloaded from a link which the customers can get via SMS from Vodafone after sending a text-message: <Poila> to <111> toll free from GPRS enabled phones
- Vodafone has also made available personalized picture messages on the same theme and can be sent by Vodafone customers to their friends and loved ones by messaging <PB name of the subscriber> to 53636. This SMS will be charged at Rs 3 per SMS.
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Looks like Vodafone is on a long run for pleasing it’s customers to any extent. We have already told you about Vodafone launching an App Store in India and Vodafone’s new customer support on Twitter. Now Vodafone has launched an unique scheme by which Vodafone subscribers can now enjoy latest music content on their phones almost for free.
This exclusive music download service is accessible on your GPRS mobile phone via Vodafone Live (Available to Vodafone customers). Songs are available in various categories such as Bhajans, Ghazals, New Age, current and more external hits. Customers will be charged Re.1 Per song download. But only 5 songs can be downloaded on one day. All your customisations will be saved on the Vodafone Live website for you to download later.
This service can be accessed by sending an SMS message LIVE to 111. The catch is this service is currently available to only the prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Mumbai however we may expect this service to be launched in other cities soon.
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