Sunday, February 12, 2012

UPDATED: New Telco Coming in the Philippines, Name is Vodafone?

Most of you have probably heard today about the news that Vodafone will be coming here in the Philippines.

Okay, so here's how it started. I was using Twitter this noon and I noticed a tiny Vodafone logo on the "Who to follow" box below the text box. At first I just ignored that who to follow thing as everyone does and typed what I'm about to tweet. But no, after looking at it again it turned out that it is an account for Vodafone Philippines.

If you visit their Twitter profile you'll see that they have no tweets yet, nor any announcements. The description of their profile reads...

Welcome to Vodafone Philippines’ official twitter account. You can also find us on Facebook and YouTube at /vodafonePhilippines. We are coming soon!

It seems that they are now putting up their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. At the end of the description, they say "We are coming soon!".

Could they be the next big telecommunications company in the Philippines?

Vodafone is the second biggest telecommunications company in the world, basing on their number of subscribers worldwide. They have presence in many countries in Europe (UK, Germany, Italy, etc.), Africa (Egypt, etc.), Asia (India, Turkey, etc.), as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Well, this could be true. Just look at the two photos below.

What isn't clear at the moment is if they will have a partnership with one of the local telcos, specially Smart. I hope not, we need a new independent telco here.

UPDATE: Someone from Smart got back to me regarding the rumors of them having a partnership with Vodafone.

"Thank you for getting in touch with us but unfortunately we don’t have information regarding this at this time--best contact somebody from Vodafone."

It seems they also don't have clues regarding the upcoming - if true - carrier. He also added...

"Our current partnership with Vodafone only covers international roaming."
UPDATE 2: Someone from Vodafone UK has commented on the news...

"As Vodafone UK is a separate company to the Vodafone networks in other countries, albeit under the same Vodafone banner, we don't have any information on overseas expansions or acquisitions at this time."
UPDATE 3: Just found out that if you try to enter the URL (note the different spelling), it will redirect to

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I am using Vodafone service her in Qatar, glad to know that it will come to Philippines soon.

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