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The joint mobile operating system: A risible idea

There is nothing worse in this industry than a mobile operator that thinks it knows what it’s customers want. Time and time again, the market keeps on having to correct the mobile operator’s misguided attempts at trying to evolve beyond a utility bit pipe. In this post, I’m going to explore that issue, culminating in […]

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Vodafone discontinues bespoke 360 handsets; H2 cancelled

If you recall a few weeks ago I posted an exclusive from the Vodafone 360 team announcing the upcoming arrival of the Vodafone 360 Samsung H2. I’d taken a look at the H2 and found it a rather nice improvement on the Samsung H1 (the original top-end 360 handset). Well, I’ve got some news straight […]

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Devices Operators

Exclusive: The Vodafone 360 Samsung H2 roars into view – photos, video

There’s been a lot of inaccurate speculation across the web about the upcoming Samsung H2 handset for the Vodafone 360 service. I’ve been briefed directly by Vodafone and I’m pleased to correct the speculation with these official specifications: Height: 125mm Width: 60.8mm Depth: 11.7mm (smaller than the H1) Weight: 137g Memory: 16GB internal, MicroSD for […]

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Vodafone spurns UK’s Rummble for FourSquare

I saw Vodafone’s FourSquare deal announcement this morning and immediately wondered what the hell had happened to their rumoured deal with UK location-and-recommendation service, Rummble. The word on the grapevine is that Rummble — having worked really hard on a very neat looking Vodafone 360 app — were due to get all sorts of on-handset […]

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Is Vodafone 360 turning a corner? 7,000 apps and counting

This afternoon I bumped virtually into David Marutiak, User Community Ambassador for Vodafone 360. Now, you know I’ve been pretty direct with my comments about Vodafone 360 in the past (and, well, if you click on the Mobile Industry Review frontpage you can see examples of that). And whilst I still have significant issues with […]

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Vodafone 360: The Dire Maps App

This morning I thought it was time to get stuck into mobile oblivion once again and check out Vodafone 360. As I walked down to the tube I recognised the now familiar ‘oh shit’ feeling that greets all users of the Samsung H1 Vodafone 360 device: That is, the knowledge that someone might recognise you […]

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Vodafone 360 – An Absolute Failure?

[This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 28th November 2009. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free.] “360 will be an absolute and total failure… and then in 5 years, they’ll try again.” Discuss. That quote was sent into me this week […]

Vodafone’s Lukewarm 60-degree Offering

[This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 20th November 2009. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free.] If you’re working at Vodafone, you’ll want to look away now. In fact, hit ‘escape’ and press delete. Now. Very quickly. Because this text is […]

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Screencast demo: Vodafone 360 photo sharing limitations

A lot of people have been asking me to demonstrate exactly what the problem is with Vodafone 360’s photo sharing facilities. Or, to be frank, LACK of photo sharing facilities. I created a screencast for you to demonstrate. You can watch it here.

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Notes on the Samsung H1 & Vodafone 360

Now, if you can’t reach me this week by mobile, there’s a simple explanation: I’m using the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 device *all* this week as my primary ‘phone’. Normally my device of choice is a BlackBerry Bold — but I’ve shelved that away (well, I’m still carrying it, just the SIM is in the […]