Phonestar News

New Pay by Phone service

by Jo Stone.

We have replaced our SMS top-up service with an exciting, new, Pay by Phone service, which can be used from any phone. You simply dial our top up number, 090 4446 7575 to purchase your international calling credit and receive a PIN. (The charge will appear on the bill for the phone you are using.) […]

Vodafone wins required support for Kabel Deutschland takeover

by Jo Stone.

Vodafone has managed to secure 76.48% of shares in Germany’s largest cable company Kabel Deutschland. Having recently sold their stake in Verizon wireless, Vodafone have invested in Kabel Deutschland to allow them to offer mobile phone services as part of a package with fixed line broadband and Pay-TV.  Such a deal will also reduce Vodafone’s […]

The EU moves ahead with it’s plan to abolish roaming charges

by Jo Stone.

The EU has moved forwards on their plan to cap roaming charges within Europe by proposing a choice for mobile operators. According to a leaked draft of legislation, which will be presented to the European Commission next week, mobile operators will be given the choice of either abiding by new regulations or abolishing charges all […]

Vodafone sells stake in Verizon Wireless

by Jo Stone.

British mobile provider Vodafone has recently announced one of the largest deals in corporate history yesterday as they declared the sale of their stake in Verizon wireless for $130bn (approximately £84bn). Verizon Wireless Vodafone sold a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to the US telecoms collective Verizon Communications. The two businesses have previously held disputes […]

Competition in the Canadian Telecommunications Market

by Jo Stone.

The Canadian Government has begun a push to promote competition in the telecommunications market however a recent study from the Fraser Group (an independent Canadian public policy think tank) has argued that they are going about it the wrong way. Current plans would appear to handicap the big three telecoms providers in Canada (Bell, Telus […]

The EU discusses plans for a single regulatory telecoms body

by Jo Stone.

The EU Commission is currently debating a planned proposal for a single telecoms regulatory body to cover all 28 current member states. Such a body would take over some, if not all of the responsibilities faced by current national watchdogs like Ofcom in the UK. The news comes from the contents of a report leaked […]

The Rise of the Cheap Smartphone

by Jo Stone.

New study from ABI Research has suggested that shipments of cheap (defined as $200 or less wholesale price) Smartphone’s are currently on the rise. Currently as many as 238 million cheap handsets are shipped per year, this is set to rise to as much as 758 million by 2018. The increasingly proliferation is primarily fuelled […]

Vodafone Italy is sues Telecom Italia for €1Billion

by Jo Stone.

The court of Milan received a case from service provider Vodafone Italy against Italian firm Telecom Italia, the case argues that they allegedly abused its dominant market position. Vodafone Italy is primarily (77%) owned by Vodafone, the remaining share is owned by Verizon Communications, a US partner. Vodafone claims that the Italian company used its […]

World broadband increases but the USA moves slowly

by Jo Stone.

Cloud computing company Akamai recently released their “State of the Internet Report” and the results are interesting to say the least. It suggests that despite an overall 4% increase in average global connection speed, reports from the United States are currently lagging. The key issue for the US is that fast-speed Internet connectivity is becoming […]

Asia will represent half of all new mobile phone connections by 2017

by Jo Stone.

Mobile phone connections have been increasing at a steady rate around the world and now according to the GSMA there is going to be a surge in Asia. The GSMA is a body set up to represent the interests of various mobile phone operators around the world. It is comprised of nearly 800 mobile phone […]

What you say

BT can keep their international services – from now on and I’ll be using phonestar to dial abroad.

Shaun Crowther