Vodafone are busy preparing its 4G mobile launch.
A report from The Times on Tuesday claimed that Vodafone plan to launch their 4G network on or before the 29th of August. That’s the day that O2 are set to turn on their 4G network and is sooner than we’d expected Vodafone to launch.
Presumably Vodafone are launching early to avoid losing any ground to O2, though that will also mean that like O2 the network won’t be able to offer an iPhone on 4G from day one.
The other news to come out of the article with The Times is that Vodafone plan to buy-back certain smartphones from customers, such as the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, allowing said to customers to get a new 4G-ready phone on a new contract. It sounds a lot like the plan that Vodafone have had for a while now, whereby the company will knock 75% off the remaining charges for any iPhone 5 bought between 12th September 2012 and 30th June 2013, any Samsung Galaxy S3 purchased between 26th October 2012 and 31st March 2013 or any Samsung Galaxy Note 2 bought between 12th September 2012 and 31st March 2013, it’s unclear whether there are any changes to that or whether Vodafone were just re-iterating their existing plan to The Times.
Assuming it is the same plan it should amount to a substantial saving for any lucky Vodafone customers who did purchase one of the aforementioned handsets between those dates.
If this buy-out plan is something other than the one that’s long been detailed on Vodafone’s site then it becomes a lot more intriguing as it will presumably present even better value for customers, since it’s unlikely that Vodafone would replace their existing plan with an inferior one.