Vodafone may have only rolled out their 4G services in the UK six months ago, but the company have hit the headlines twice in the last 24 hours with both domestic and international news. Considering that Vodafone UK offer more BlackBerry 10 devices than any other network, I suspect that a reasonable proportion of their new 4G business to be BlackBerry users - both personal and business.
First up is that here in Great Britain Vodafone have signed up half a million new 4G subscribers - more than EE upgraded in their first six months. I suppose that was to be expected though as more people are now aware of 4G LTE and the additional data speeds that it allows for. With all major networks in the UK now offering 4G (although in limited areas) it's pretty much common knowledge that 3G is old technology in comparison - yes, we have been lagging behind many other countries for some time.
Vodafone are also going to be offering their 4G customers roaming services in 18 countries from this summer, at no extra cost compared with 3G - sweet. The company currently offers 4G roaming on its own network in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain, but the following countries are to be added to the list - Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. In addition, Vodafone will be teaming up with other networks across the globe to offer the service in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland - a nice selection for starters.
Vodafone Group chief commercial and operations officer Paolo Bertoluzzo said: “Much faster, simpler to use and often less expensive than typical, hotel wi-fi connections anywhere in Europe, 4G roaming will give our customers high-speed connections for video, music streaming, web surfing, working and much more anywhere, from the airport to the cafe.”
Could this make you switch your BlackBerry to Vodafone from another network? Let us know in the comments. Nice work Vodafone.