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Vodafone's corporate logo is the outline of a SIM card

Vodafone is a multinational mobile phone operator with headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom and D�sseldorf, Germany. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world, with equity interests in 26 countries and Partner Networks (networks in which it has no equity stake) in a further 14 countries.

At 31 March 2005 Vodafone had 154.8 million proportionate customers in 26 markets. ("Proportionate customers" means for example that if Vodafone has a 30% stake in a business with a million customers that is counted as 300,000). Vodafone is listed on the London Stock Exchange as Vodafone Group (LSE:VOD.L) and New York Stock Exchange, symbol VOD.

Vodafone stands for VOice-DAta-FONE.




Vodafone in Europe

Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the European region:



  • 1985-01-01: First phone call on Vodafone United Kingdom's Analogue network. This event was staged, due to a network failure; the first calls actually being made the next day. The first call was made to Vodafone head office - which was at that point above a curry house in Newbury, where the company remains today.
  • October 1991: Racal Telecom is demerged from Racal Electronics and becomes Vodafone Group.
  • June 1992: Vodafone Germany's (still as "Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH") network went live.
  • July 1992: Vodafone United Kingdom's GSM network went live.
  • September 1992: Vodafone Sweden's network went live.
  • October 1992: Vodafone Portugal's (still as "Telecel, Comunica��es Pessoais, SA") network went live.
  • July 1993: Vodafone Greece's network went live.
  • July 1993: Vodafone Ireland's GSM network went live.
  • September 1995: Vodafone Italy's (still as "Omnitel") network went live.
  • November 1995: Vodafone Spain's (still as "Airtel") network went live.
  • 2000: Vodafone took over German mobile network operator Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmBH & Co KG. The deal is one of the largest in European history.
  • 2001-04-16 First 3G voice call on Vodafone United Kingdom's 3G network.
  • 2001: Vodafone took over Eircell, then part of Eircom in Ireland and rebranded it Vodafone Ireland.
  • 2001-2002: Vodafone acquired Japan's third largest mobile operator J-Phone, which had introduced camera phones first in Japan.
  • 2002: Vodafone rebranded Japan's J-sky mobile internet service as Vodafone live!™ as its mobile customer portal
  • 2004: Vodafone introduced 3G services into Europe.
  • 2005: Vodafone increased its participation in Romania's Connex to 99%. Vodafone also bought Czech mobile operator Oskar.

Vodafone in Asia-Pacific

Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the Asia-Paficic region:




Vodafone in the Middle East and Africa

Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the Middle East and Africa region:



  • May 1998: Vodafone Egypt network went live under the name ClickGSM.

Vodafone in the United States

In the United States, Vodafone owns 45%1 of Verizon Wireless, the country's second largest mobile carrier. However, the phone company (Verizon) owns a majority of Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's branding is not used, nor is the network compatible with GSM phones.

1 Vodafone Group Plc. Annual Review & Summary Financial Statement. For the year ending 31 March 2005.


Corporate sponsorship



  • ECB dials up �12m deal. BBC Sport (11. December, 2000).
  • Ferrari extend sponsorship deal. BBC Sport (16. December, 2004).
  • Man Utd rings up �36m shirt deal. BBC News (1. December, 2003).

External links

  • Vodafone's global website
  • Reports on Vodafone


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  • Vodafone’s network battler - Financial Times
  • Vodafone chief sees growth left in mobile industry - Reuters.uk
  • London to get Vodafone HSDPA network - ZDNet UK
  • The CEO of Vodafone Greece - Kathimerini
  • Vodafone Jumps On UK HSPDA Bandwagon - Telecomweb
  • Vodafone Will Concentrate Japan, Not France - newratings.com
  • Local Council Election coverage from Vodafone - Maltamedia Daily News
  • Globe Talk: Vodafone's sayonara problems - United Press International
  • Vodafone CEO Clears Out Old Guard - International News Service
  • UMTS Broadband: Vodafone showcases notebooks with built in UMTS ... - noticias.info
  • ... more news

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