Vodafone UK launches an industry-first initiative offering customers battery replacements for three years and continued coverage for manufacturing defects. This ‘lifetime service promise’ extends to both new and refurbished handsets, provided an active Vodafone Pay Monthly Airtime Plan is in place. Innovatively eliminating inconvenience, a battery diagnostic tool within the Vodafone app allows customers to easily confirm if their device requires a battery replacement.

To improve emergency services and to better locate callers, The European Commission has approved a regulation that will require new smartphones to include satellite and Wi-Fi location. The integrated chipset with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) must deliver access to the EU’s satellite system Galileo, which provides accurate positioning and timing information. Currently, most emergency services are faced with the challenge of only being able to locate troubled mobile callers within an area of several kilometers. However, the proposed use of satellite and Wi-Fi systems will enable 112 emergency number callers to be located within a range of less than 100 meters. Galileo-enabled devices receive signals for positioning, navigation and timing. This satellite system has been servicing around 400 million users, and this summer the system was supplemented by four more satellites, which were successfully launched from the European spaceport. Every additional satellite steadily improves Galileo’s performance, and,…