Vodafone Group plc (VOD) - NASDAQ
  • Jun. 21, 2012, 1:23 PM

    Sprint (S) is unlikely to follow Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) lead in migrating to shared data plans, execs tell Nomura's Mike McCormack, who maintains a Neutral on the company due to debt and competition concerns. Verizon's plans, which will lead to higher bills for many upgrading users, have faced plenty of criticism. AT&T (T) is expected to make a similar move.

    | Jun. 21, 2012, 1:23 PM
  • Jun. 18, 2012, 5:36 AM

    Vodafone's (VOD) $1.6B takeover of Cable & Wireless Worldwide looks set to move forward after C&WW's largest shareholder dropped its opposition. The news that holders of 59% of C&WW's shares had already backed the takeover prompted institutional investor Orbis to add its 19% stake to the pile.

    | Jun. 18, 2012, 5:36 AM
  • Jun. 12, 2012, 5:21 PM

    AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson says his company is interested in buying the 700 MHz. spectrum Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) has offered to sell in order to win FCC approval of its spectrum purchases from cable providers. Consider this one more example of AT&T and Verizon, increasingly referred to as "duopolists," supporting each other on regulatory matters. T-Mobile and other opponents of Verizon's purchases have questioned the value of its 700 MHz. spectrum. (earlier)

    | Jun. 12, 2012, 5:21 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 12, 2012, 1:35 PM

    "We all live in an ATTizon duopoly now. And they will do with us what they please," writes Tero Kuittinen after looking at Verizon's (VZ, VOD) shared data plans. He sees the plans, which increase the minimum a smartphone user looking to upgrade has to pay to $90/month from a current $70/month, as an attempt to prevent voice/text revenues from being eroded by mobile apps (previous), and thinks they're fueled by a belief "Sprint and T-Mobile are now so weak they offer no effective competition." (also)

    | Jun. 12, 2012, 1:35 PM | 19 Comments
  • Jun. 12, 2012, 9:18 AM

    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) introduces its anticipated shared data plans. The plans, which come bundled with unlimited voice and text messaging, aren't cheap: a user wanting to share 2GB/month between a smartphone and a tablet, for example, will have to pay $110/month. AT&T (T) has hinted it will also offer shared data plans. (PR)

    | Jun. 12, 2012, 9:18 AM | 8 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2012, 11:01 AM

    Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) efforts to promote 4G devices have led Motorola's (GOOG) Droid RAZR MAXX to surpass the iPhone (AAPL) as its top-selling model, claims William Blair's Anil Doradio after conducting checks. However, he believes the iPhone remains AT&T and Sprint's best-selling device, and expects the arrival of a 4G model to act as "an important catalyst" for Apple. (also)

    | Jun. 11, 2012, 11:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 6, 2012, 2:45 PM

    In addition to prepping shared data plans, AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) are considering more complex billing schemes, reports Tero Kuittinen after talking with sources. Among the options being weighed are pricing tiers that vary based on download speeds and peak hour use, and content-specific pricing. He sees these moves causing big changes in corporate spending. Tangoe (TNGO), a maker of enterprise software for managing telecom spending, could benefit. (yesterday)

    | Jun. 6, 2012, 2:45 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 5, 2012, 6:37 PM

    In spite of fears AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) will drastically change their iPhone (AAPL) upgrade policies, Piper's Gene Munster predicts they'll merely require a 20-month waiting period between upgrades, compared with 18 months required for the 4S. As a result, he still forecasts 49M iPhone shipments for Apple's December quarter (+32% Y/Y). Meanwhile, Barclays and Wedge Partners offer previews of what to expect at Apple's upcoming developer conference. (Canaccord)

    | Jun. 5, 2012, 6:37 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 5, 2012, 6:19 PM
    U.S. carriers are desperate to keep ARPUs from falling even as voice usage plummets in the face of growing text messaging and e-mail use. Their solution: phase out calling plans that offer a bundle of minutes in favor of more costly unlimited plans. AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) both reported Y/Y declines in voice revenue in Q1, though this was offset by higher mobile data revenue. AT&T's CEO recently suggested the industry would eventually see data-only plans.
    | Jun. 5, 2012, 6:19 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 1:47 PM

    Data-only mobile phone plans are inevitable, says AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson at a Bernstein conference (webcast). Under such plans, a subscriber would presumably rely on VoIP services such as Skype for calls. Stephenson adds AT&T plans to experiment with app-based data pricing and shared data plans - Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) has already promised shared data plans by mid-summer.

    | Jun. 1, 2012, 1:47 PM | 2 Comments
  • May 30, 2012, 5:12 PM
    Vodafone (VOD), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Telefonica (TEF), and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY.PK) are joining forces to create what would effectively be a common mobile app store, Light Reading reports. The upshot: carriers are trying to take back a measure of the control they lost to Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) over the distribution of mobile content, and perhaps generate some extra revenue along the way. It won't be easy.
    | May 30, 2012, 5:12 PM | 4 Comments
  • May 30, 2012, 1:26 PM

    FCC wireless bureau chief Rick Kaplan, who was responsible for handling the commission's review of the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, is resigning. The resignation, effective mid-June, could have implications for the FCC's review of Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) spectrum purchase deals with cable providers, and perhaps also Dish Networks' (DISH) 4G network plans. Kaplan will be replaced by former bureau chief Ruth Milkman.

    | May 30, 2012, 1:26 PM
  • May 25, 2012, 9:33 AM

    Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) spectrum purchases from cable providers will likely be approved in spite of intense scrutiny and criticism, analysts and industry insiders maintain. Verizon's offer to sell blocks of 700 MHz. spectrum are seen as an adequate compromise (though T-Mobile isn't  interested). However, yesterday, Senator Herb Kohl wrote a letter expressing concerns about the purchases, and the accompanying reseller deals. The FCC's review of the deal is set to end on August 7.

    | May 25, 2012, 9:33 AM
  • May 22, 2012, 1:17 PM
    As Dish Network (DISH) tells the FCC to wait until at least 2016 for a 4G network launch, MetroPCS (PCS) and T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) are calling for the agency to require Dish to sell half of its 40 MHz. of spectrum. Like others, the carriers think Dish will try to sell some or all of its spectrum to Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD and/or AT&T (T), thereby putting smaller rivals at a disadvantage.
    | May 22, 2012, 1:17 PM
  • May 22, 2012, 5:51 AM

    More on Vodafone (VOD) earnings: Takes impairment charge of £4B related to Southern Europe ops vs. £6.15B last year. Forecasts this FY's adjusted op profit at £11.1B-£11.9B vs. £11.5B last FY. Raises dividend 7% to 9.52 pence, excluding Verizon Wireless payout.

    | May 22, 2012, 5:51 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 22, 2012, 5:40 AM
    Vodafone (VOD): FY 2011/2012 EBITDA -1.3% to £14.48B vs. forecasts of £14.5B; revenue +1.2% to £46.42B vs. $46.2B; net profit -13% to £6.96B. Shares +1.85% in London. (PR)
    | May 22, 2012, 5:40 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Vodafone Group Plc is a telecommunications company. It provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data, and fixed communications; unified communication solutions; Vodafone One Net, a converged service, which combines fixed and mobile services for various businesses; carrier voice... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Wireless Communications
Country: United Kingdom