art by Human Statue Bodyart
Statue Bodyart Ferrari
and campaign by Human
Australia is a mobile telephone company, a subsidiary
of Vodafone Plc operating in Australia. Vodafone Australia
is a non-listed, wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone
Plc (which is based in the UK) focusing solely on
providing mobile telephony services.
products include 3G prepaid and postpaid mobile services,
on the GSM mobile network. Vodafone live! is Vodafone's
mobile Internet service.
the company announced it would be selling the iPhone
in Austalia, however details were vague and would
not say whether the iPhone would be sold exclusively
by Vodafone or not. However, it has now been revealed
that both Vodafone Australia and Optus will carry
the iPhone in Australia.
Globalstar integrated satellite/digital service covers
100 per cent of the Australian continent and up to
200 nautical miles (370 km) from the mainland. The
GSM mobile service covers 93 per cent of the population.
As of 31 December 2006, Vodafone has 3.276 million
mobile telephone customers across Australia.
phone saturation in Australia is at 90.1 per cent,
and mobile phones now far outnumber fixed lines. There
is strong growth in pre-paid services: as of June
2005, 47% of mobile users were pre-paid, and is estimated
to grow to 54.4% by 2008
Australia is involved in sponsoring a number of Australian
* Rugby union: the Wallabies and all Australian Super
* AFL: Brisbane Lions, Port Adelaide, West Coast Eagles,
North Melbourne FC
* Motorsports: TeamVodafone (V8 Supercars)
company also holds the naming rights to Vodafone Arena,
a mixed-sports venue in Melbourne.
is a mobile network operator headquartered in Berkshire,
England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications
network company in the world by turnover and has a
market value of about £86 billion (May 2009).
Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries
and Partner Networks (networks in which it has no
equity stake) in a further 42 countries. The name
Vodafone comes from Voice data fone, chosen by the
company to "reflect the provision of voice and
data services over mobile phones."
31 March 2008 Vodafone had 260 million proportionate
customers in 25 markets across 5 continents. ("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). On this measure it is
the second largest mobile telecom group in the world
behind China Mobile. The eight markets where it has
more than ten million proportionate customers are
the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Italy, Spain,
Turkey, Egypt and the United States. In the U.S.,
these customers come via its minority stake in Verizon
Wireless, and in the other seven markets Vodafone
has majority-controlled subsidiaries.
30 May 2006, the company announced a loss before tax
of £14.9 billion for 2005, the biggest loss
in British corporate history. The loss for the year
from continuing operations was £17.2 billion
and the bottom line loss for the financial year was
£21.8 billion. The company was pushed into loss
by impairment charges of £23.5 billion, which
related to the acquisition of Mannesmann several years
earlier, and losses of £4.6 billion in relation
to its discontinued business in Japan. At an operating
level it remained highly profitable, with an operating
profit on continuing operations of £9.4 billion
before impairment costs. (Credit: