Vodafone has unveiled its own smartphone, the Vodafone Smart, which will be on sale in Germany, Italy and the U.K. within a few weeks for just €90 ($127). The Android device has been designed with "first-time smartphone users in mind." (See Vodafone Unveils Its Smart Phone.)
The French government hopes to raise at least €2.5 billion ($3.5 billion) in the upcoming 4G auction for spectrum suitable for Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 800MHz and 2.6MHz frequencies, according to a Reuters report, which cites an interview with French industry minister Eric Besson in Le Figaro. The 800MHz spectrum would have a minimum price set at €1.8 billion ($2.5 billion), while the 2.6GHz would have a minimum price of €700 million ($988 million). France would be the next significant European market to auction 4G spectrum after Germany in May last year raised €4.4 billion ($6.2 billion) from its 4G auction. (See German Spectrum Auction Ends, Raises €4.4B and EC Dismisses French 3G Operator Complaints.)
It's been a significant week for the Eurasian republic of Azerbaijan. News that mobile operator Azerfon, a strategic partner of Vodafone, is to upgrade and expand its network for LTE with Nokia Siemens was followed by the country's success in the poptastic spectacular that is the Eurovision Song Contest. They'll be a-boppin' in Baku.