Vodafone has announced its range of Christmas 2007 consumer handsets offering the widest choice of exclusive and Vodafone branded handsets. The line-up includes the latest premium models from leading handset suppliers, a range of open system devices enabling easy downloads and a compelling set of Vodafone branded handsets.

In the UK Vodafone has also announced MusicStation, a  new music service from Omnifone, the UK based mobile music company. This offers  customers unlimited music downloads direct to the mobile from all the major record labels, as well as leading independents, on a raft of new handsets for Christmas. The service will work on Vodafone UK's new handsets as well as current  2.5 and 3G mobiles.

The Group selection of handsets offers customers further choice of stylish, easy to use mobile phones which deliver best in class internet services as well as the best in music and entertainment at prices to suit everyone's needs. Handsets are also smaller and lighter with longer battery life. By closely working with handset suppliers, platform and application providers, Vodafone is on track to deliver fast and easy access to the internet this Christmas.

Highlights include: Three premium 3G broadband (HSDPA),  handsets - the Nokia N95 8GB,  the  Samsung SGH-F700V and the Sony Ericsson W910i - will offer customers the opportunity to experience high speed internet services, access their online digital communities and enjoy a range of music and entertainment services on a selection of user-friendly and  stylish mobile phones.

Two sleek and slim BlackBerry handsets from Research In Motion (BlackBerry Curve 8310 and BlackBerry Pearl 8100)  now positioned to appeal to consumers as well as business customers,  featuring Vodafone live! services with news, music and entertainment  on the move,  including an exclusive version of the  BlackBerry Curve 8310 with built-in GPS A broad range of open system devices customised for Vodafone will deliver excellent browsing, internet services and message support, including two new Microsoft Windows Mobile handsets as well as a range of six devices based on the S60 platform Six exclusive 3G handsets from leading suppliers, tailored for Vodafone customers looking for value and quality.

Three new Vodafone branded handsets, featuring stylish designs as well as the latest features and services 13 3G broadband (HSDPA) consumer handsets allowing faster access to data services, offered at appealing prices The range of internet ready mobile phones will meet a  variety of customer preferences, from advanced mobile phones such as the premium touch screen Samsung SGH-F700V or the  Samsung SGH-i640V to mid-tier priced handsets in classic ‘candy bar' design such as the Nokia 6120c . 

The Christmas line-up also includes new Vodafone branded 3G phones. The Vodafone 810 is a stylish slider in luxury metallic-silver finishing and packed with latest multimedia features. The Vodafone 720 comes in a modern clam shell design with an innovative hidden display and super flat keypad. For customers looking for some of the best music devices, the Vodafone exclusive Sony Ericsson V640i will be available in a fresh new candy bar design offering 3G broadband (HSDPA) to support faster downloads of music services.  

"Vodafone has one of the widest ranges of the very best internet ready handsets offering  technical superiority, sleek design and optimised services at high 3G speeds for our customers this Christmas," said Frank Rovekamp,  Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. "Customers can simply and quickly get what they want on the internet, communicate with friends and family in whichever way they wish, as well as access their favourite music and entertainment services from a great range of mobile phones, with prices to suit everyone". 

VoluBill's flexible charging platform

Mobile data charging expert, VoluBill,  has announced the latest generation of its comprehensive mobile data charging platform – charge it. This software-based solution is uniquely engineered to control and charge for transport, content and services across any network standard.

In an environment where telecom operators are challenged by Independent Service Providers (i.e VoIP service providers), charge it enables mobile operators to move from a “walled garden” to an “open garden” services charging strategy and to meet the aggressive “time to revenues” required in next-generation networks and 3G environments. VoluBill solutions are in deployment to more than 50 million subscribers worldwide and new customers for charge it include Djezzy from the Orascom group, Caribbean-based  Digicel Group and Watanya in Algeria.

Alain Lefebvre, VoluBill’s VP Marketing & Strategic Alliances said; “We understand the needs of the changing market in which mobile operators now compete – shorter content lifecycles and the need to reduce the time to market for new services requires operators to implement very flexible dynamic control and charging solutions, which will manage the services and content provided by the operator itself and by external independent content and service providers.”

charge it allows forward looking operators to implement advanced and reliable solutions including :

* 3G , IMS and SIP based services charging and control

* Peer to Peer (i.e VoIP) services charging and control

* Fixed/Mobile services charging and control

* M-Commerce enhancements

“In particular, next-generation network services based on pervasive IP infrastructure from independent service providers are currently a challenge to operators. Operators have to move from their current charging and billing straitjackets which restrict their ability to adapt, change and innovate. charge it based solutions provide the flexibility and extensibility to implement successful charging strategies” said Andre Meyer, VoluBill President & CEO.