We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
78,713 News Articles

And then there were two…

Vodafone launches GPRS, halves BT cost

Mobile phone operators BT Cellnet and Vodafone went head-to-head today in a price war over their almost-third-generation mobile phones.

In a move towards 3G technology, GPRS (general packet radio service) provides users with always-on data transfer of speeds up to around 56Kbps.

BT Cellnet launched its GPRS service back in April, selling the Motorola Timeport 260 phone at £199.99 with a monthly contract of £7.99, almost twice the price of the same phone made available from today from Vodafone at £99.99.

"Vodafone is just trying to challenge our lead," said a spokesperson at BT Cellnet. "We launched the service first and decided it would not be subsidised as it is against the current backdrop of the market. With the current downturn we are moving away from subsidies."

Vodafone would not confirm whether its service and phones were being sold at a loss until a market foothold was assured.

"Of course we want to challenge BT's lead," said a spokesperson at Vodafone. "BT's pricing policy is not offering the best value for service to its customers. To get some benefits from high-speed access people must be able to afford it."

"We review prices all the time, but have no announcement to make for the time being about the price of the Timeport," said a BT spokesman.

Vodafone's GPRS Timeport handset goes on sale tomorrow costing £99.99 plus £7.49 a month, 50p cheaper than BT.

IDG UK Sites

LG G Watch review: Android Wear smartwatch is the best around, so far

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular

IDG UK Sites

See Glasgow 2014 in UHD as history is made