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India Analyst and Investor Day

January 7, 2008

India Analyst and Investor Day

Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) is today hosting an analyst and investor day in London, which will focus on Vodafone Essar, its operation in India.

The day will be introduced by Arun Sarin, Vodafone’s Chief Executive, who will reaffirm Vodafone’s stated financial and operating assumptions for India. This will be followed by a series of presentations led by Asim Ghosh, CEO Vodafone Essar, demonstrating how Vodafone is realising the significant growth opportunity in India. The day will conclude with Paul Donovan, CEO EMAPA Region, highlighting the value Vodafone brings to its emerging market assets.

Today’s event will be broadcast live via a webcast available on the Vodafone website http://www.vodafone.com/india07 beginning at 9.00am (UK time). All presentations and related materials will be available on the website.

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Vodafone, Bharti and Idea announce formation of Independent Tower Company in India

January 7, 2008

Vodafone, Bharti and Idea announce formation of Independent Tower Company in India

New independent tower company – Indus Towers – to propel the mobile sector towards achievement of the Indian Government’s teledensity goals and broader rural coverage
Indus Towers to provide passive infrastructure services to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis
Indus Towers will enable optimisation of future tower rollout and enhanced operational efficiency leading to opex and capex savings for its customers
The Indian consumer will benefit through improved network reach and quality, more choice and significantly greater access to mobile services across the country
This is a major step towards achieving the Indian Government’s vision and TRAI’s recommendations for passive infrastructure sharing and will create a lower cost and more competitive operating environment for mobile operators in India.
Vodafone Essar – a subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, Bharti Infratel Limited and Idea Cellular Limited today announce that they have agreed to form an independent tower company, Indus Towers Limited, to provide passive infrastructure services in India to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis. This follows the infrastructure sharing Memorandum of Understanding signed between Bharti and Vodafone in February 2007.

The three companies will each merge their existing passive infrastructure assets in 16 circles in India. Vodafone Essar and Bharti will own approximately 42% each and Idea will own the remaining 16% stake in Indus Towers. New passive infrastructure rollout in the 16 circles will be undertaken by Indus Towers.

This transaction highlights Vodafone Essar, Bharti and Idea’s commitment to enhancing the sharing of passive infrastructure and takes a firm step towards delivering on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on infrastructure sharing. The primary benefit will be the accelerated expansion of coverage, especially into rural areas, and enables wider access to affordable services for all, helping to meet the Indian Government’s teledensity targets. Indus Towers welcomes all operators to become customers. While these operators will continue to run their active infrastructure completely independently, they will be able to enjoy capital and operating expenditure savings, enhanced operational efficiency and quicker expansion of coverage.

Indus Towers will be an independently managed and operated company, offering services to all telecom operators and other wireless services providers such as broadcasters and broadband services providers. Indus Towers will have approximately 70,000 sites at inception providing it with significant scale benefits, and will undertake a significant rollout of telecom infrastructure to propel the mobile sector towards achieving India’s teledensity and rural coverage goals within the next few years.

The formation of Indus Towers will enable telecom operators to reduce operating costs through economies of scale. The Indian consumer will be the ultimate beneficiary of this initiative through improved network quality and broader coverage especially in rural areas.

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Cautionary statement regarding forward – looking statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our expectations and plans, strategy, management’s objectives and future performance, including statements relating to expected benefits associated with the transactions contemplated herein. Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words as “anticipates”, “aims”, “due”, “could”, “may”, “should”, “will”, “expects/expected”, “believes”, “intends”, “plans”, “targets”, “goal” or “estimates”.

By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive, speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: regulatory approvals that may require acceptance of conditions with potential adverse impacts; risk involving our ability to realise expected benefits associated with the transactions referred to herein; and the continued growth in the market for mobile services and general economic conditions in India.

Notes to Editors

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with over 241 million proportionate customers as at 30 September. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across five continents and a further 39 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.vodafone.com

About Vodafone Essar
Vodafone Essar is the Indian subsidiary of the Vodafone Group and has operations in 16 circles with 37.2 million customers. Vodafone has partnered with the Essar Group as its principal joint venture partner for the Indian market. For further information, please visit http://www.vodafone.in

About Bharti Infratel
Bharti Infratel, is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 53 million customers as of end of October 2007, consisting of over 50 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007. For further information, please visit http://www.bhartiairtel.in

About Idea
Idea has a customer base of over 20 million and covers approximately 60% of India’s telecom population in 11 circles. Idea also has licenses for Mumbai and Bihar. It is part of the Aditya Birla Group. For further information, please visit http://www.ideacellular.com

About the terms of the agreement
In the event that any party to the agreement establishing Indus Towers, fails to contribute some or all of its tower assets in the 16 circles to the company, the shareholding of the relevant shareholder will be reduced.

About passive infrastructure
Includes the towers, shelters, cooling systems, AC and DC power supply, diesel generators, air conditioning, site leases and other electrical and civil works in relation to a mobile telecommunications network that enables a mobile communications operator to install the active infrastructure such as base terminal station equipment, associated antennas and backhaul connectivity to a mobile telecommunications operator’s network at such telecommunications site.

About active infrastructure
Includes base terminal station equipment, associated antennae, backhaul connectivity to a telecom licensee’s network and other requisite equipment and associated electrical and civil works required to provide telecom services by a telecom licensee at a telecom site.

About 16 Circles
16 circles refer to the following 16 service licence areas in India: Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, U.P. (East), U.P (West) and West Bengal.

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Completion of the acquisition of Tele2’s operation in Italy and Spain

January 7, 2008

Completion of the acquisition of Tele2’s operation in Italy and Spain

Further to the announcement of 6 October 2007, Vodafone Group Plc announces that it has today completed
the acquisition of Tele2 Italia SpA (“Tele2 Italy”) and Tele2 Telecommunication Services SLU (“Tele2 Spain”)
from Tele2 AB Group.

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Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

January 7, 2008

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

Single Account Team Structure, Consistent Approach to Products and Pricing and International Contract Among Key Benefits

In a move aimed at giving select business customers an enhanced global communications experience, Vodafone, the world’s leading international mobile communications group and Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless provider in the United States, have announced a new global services cooperation.

The new program allows both companies to meet the needs of global business customers, while providing a consistent approach to products and pricing. In addition, business customers served by a global account team will be able to have one contract to cover their mobile needs – in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world.

“This program combines the power of world-class organizations and exemplifies our commitment to providing a true global wireless experience,” said Lowell McAdam, chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. “Increasingly, enterprise customers are competing in the global market and wireless solutions are integral to their ability to be responsive to their business. By leveraging our Vodafone relationship to create a seamless global program, we are not only providing customers with unmatched wireless service, but unparalleled customer service.”

“This unique Vodafone Verizon Wireless offer delivers more predictability and consistency to the communications needs of international businesses,” said Vittorio Colao, deputy chief executive officer of Vodafone Group. “It provides our customers with a single point of contact that makes it easier to do business with both companies. We are confident that this cooperation will provide immediate benefits to our customers and set a new standard in enterprise account management.”

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Half-Yearly Financial Report for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2007

January 7, 2008

Half-Yearly Financial Report for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2007

Key highlights(1):

Group revenue of £17.0 billion, an increase of 9.0%, with organic growth of 4.4%
Europe: 2.0% revenue growth with outgoing usage up 24.0%, messaging revenue up 8.6% and data revenue up 40.8%, all on an organic basis
EMAPA: revenue growth of 39.9%, reflecting acquisitions in India and Turkey. Organic growth of 16.0%
Group data revenue up 48.8% to £1.0 billion, with organic growth of 45.1%
Group adjusted operating profit increased 1.6% to £5.2 billion, with organic growth of 6.1%
Free cash flow from continuing operations of £2.7 billion, reflecting 8.1% mobile capital intensity for Europe(2)
Adjusted basic earnings per share increased by 7.4% to 6.42 pence. Basic earnings per share of 6.22 pence
Proportionate mobile customer base of 241 million at 30 September
Results reflect rigorous execution against the Group’s five strategic objectives
Increasing returns to shareholders:

Interim dividend per share increased by 6.0% to 2.49 pence, giving a payout of over £1.3 billion
Improved outlook:

Increased outlook for revenue, adjusted operating profit and free cash flow for the 2008 financial year
(1) See page 4 for Group financial and operational highlights, page 35 for definition of terms and page 37 for use of non-GAAP financial information.See page 5 for the Outlook for the 2008 financial year

(2) Includes common functions

Arun Sarin, Chief Executive, commented:

“These results reflect our continuing focus on the execution of our strategy. In Europe, we have performed well in competitive markets by driving strong growth in voice usage and data revenue, whilst improving cost efficiency. In EMAPA, we are capturing the revenue growth opportunities within emerging markets and benefiting from continuing momentum at Verizon Wireless. The increased interim dividend reflects the Board’s confidence in how the business is progressing.”

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Vodafone and Nokia agree to launch Integrated Vodafone Services on Nokia Handsets

January 7, 2008

Vodafone and Nokia agree to launch Integrated Vodafone Services on Nokia Handsets

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue and Nokia the world’s largest handset manufacturer, have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi Services on a range of Nokia handsets. These services will offer customers a greater choice of communications, Internet services, content and browsing through a range of premium handsets on high speed 3G and 3G broadband networks. Vodafone and Nokia also have agreed that a number of these handsets will be exclusive to Vodafone.

Customers will get faster and easier access to all of Vodafone’s Internet and entertainment services as well as all of Ovi from Nokia services on a wide range of handsets. Vodafone customers will be able to access the widest and most attractive choice of Internet services.

Vodafone and Nokia will make it easier to access the Internet quickly at the click of a button. Customers will get the full suite of communications, content, Internet services and browsing, through seamlessly integrated Vodafone services on Nokia handsets.

Vodafone and Nokia will also deliver greater choice in music for customers, by making both the Vodafone music service and the Nokia Music Store available on Nokia’s 2008 handsets.

“We’re pleased do be working with Nokia in leading the industry to bring customers a complete suite of Vodafone communications, browsing, content and Internet services” said Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. “This is a logical step for Vodafone to make, further improving our customer experience with many of the services already launched with leading Internet partners.”

“Web2. 0 is all about social networking and enabling people to connect with each other in new ways. Bringing location and context awareness to web2.0 services is the next stage in the web development and Nokia multimedia computers enable people to participate to their favourite internet services on-the-go”, said Executive Vice President and General Manager Nokia Multimedia Anssi Vanjoki. “We’re excited to work with Vodafone to provide consumers with internet services like navigation, music, games and communities to make their life richer and more enjoyable, independent of time and place.”

About Vodafone

Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with over 232 million proportionate customers as at 30 June 2007. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across five continents and a further 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.vodafone.com

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks. http://www.nokia.com.

About Ovi by Nokia

Ovi, meaning ‘door’ in Finnish, enables people to easily access their existing social networks, communities and content from a single place, as well as acting as a gateway to Nokia services. Accessible from a computer or compatible Nokia device, Ovi includes the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps and N-Gage, with more services to follow. For more information, please visit http://www.ovi.com.

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Vodafone commits $10 million to establish Foundation in India

January 7, 2008

Vodafone commits $10 million to establish Foundation in India

Vodafone Group Plc today announces that it is establishing the Vodafone India Foundation, with an initial commitment of $10 million. This step signifies a further landmark in the development of Vodafone’s presence in India and confirms the Group’s commitment to invest socially in the communities where it operates. This activity will be supported by The Vodafone Group Foundation which has developed a unique network of 23 Foundations around the world during the last five years.

The principal aim of the Vodafone India Foundation will be to make a positive contribution to Indian society by providing direct grants to locally registered charities and global NGOs with suitable social investment aims and objectives. The Vodafone India Foundation will initially focus on projects associated with providing education for young people across India, enabling the development of higher skill sets.

The Foundation will commence work as soon as the formal registration process has been completed in addition to compliance with tax and foreign contribution legislation and the appointment of Trustees.

Arun Sarin, Vodafone Chief Executive, will be the first Chairman of the Foundation. He said: “As someone who was born and raised in India, I recognise the urgent need for our youth to be empowered from a knowledge perspective. We believe the Foundation will become an effective catalyst in this regard.”

Vodafone has previously contributed to social investment in India by providing emergency response to the recent floods. The Vodafone Group Foundation has allocated a total of £150,000 to assist victims across the country through International relief agencies including Oxfam.

In addition, in partnership with the UN Foundation, Vodafone plans to contribute a further £1 million to support expansion of the Measles Initiative* into the region. Since 1999 this global initiative has immunized over 372 million children, aged 9 months to 15 years, against measles and has resulted in a reduction of measles related deaths by 60% in the same time period. Vodafone is the largest corporate contributor to this programme.

For more information on Vodafone’s unique network of Foundations go to http://www.vodafonefoundation.org.

* The Measles Initiative is a partnership of the UN World Health Organisation, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cross, the UN Foundation, and UNICEF.

About The Vodafone Group Foundation

The Vodafone Group Foundation is a UK registered Charity established by Vodafone Group Plc in 2002. It has invested over £100 million in projects since its creation and currently receives £24 million per annum from the Vodafone Group Plc which it distributes between projects globally and its unique global footprint of 23 Vodafone Foundations. Vodafone is committed to making a difference in the communities in which it operates. For more information go to http://www.vodafonefoundation.org.

Vodafone to acquire Tele2’s businesses in Italy and Spain

January 7, 2008

Vodafone to acquire Tele2’s businesses in Italy and Spain

Vodafone announces today that it has agreed to acquire Tele2 Italia SpA (“Tele2 Italy”) and Tele2 Telecommunication Services SLU (“Tele2 Spain”) from Tele2 AB Group for a cash consideration of €775 million (£537 million) on a debt free basis.

Tele2 Italy and Tele2 Spain provide nationwide fixed-line telecommunications and broadband services. Tele2 Italy had over 2.6 million customers as at 30 June 2007, including over 400,000 broadband customers, Tele2 Spain had 550,000 customers as at 30 June 2007, including over 240,000 broadband customers.

Key highlights of the transaction are:

Enables Vodafone to benefit from the attractive, high growth broadband markets in Spain and Italy, as penetration is increasing rapidly

Immediately delivers the infrastructure and broadband expertise necessary for a competitive broadband offering in two of Vodafone’s key European markets

Capital expenditure requirements of Tele2 Italy and Tele2 Spain are not expected to materially impact the Group’s ongoing capital intensity ratio in its Europe region

Meets Vodafone’s stated financial investment criteria and is expected to be broadly neutral to adjusted earnings per share in the first full year after acquisition, excluding the impact of acquired intangible asset amortisation

Commenting on the transaction, Arun Sarin, Chief Executive of Vodafone, said:

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of meeting our customers’ total communications needs. It will generate substantial time to market benefits in Italy and Spain, where low broadband penetration and the market structure make ownership of fixed broadband assets attractive. We have now established a clear route to delivering fixed broadband services in each of our major European markets.”

Principal benefits

The principal benefits of the transaction are:

Enables Vodafone to benefit from the attractive, high growth broadband markets in Spain and Italy:

Approximately 44% of households in Italy are expected to have broadband services by the end of the year, up from 30% two years ago

Approximately 57% of households in Spain are expected to have broadband services by the end of the year, up from 33% two years ago

Acceleration of Vodafone’s total communications strategy in Italy and Spain by immediately delivering the infrastructure and broadband expertise necessary for a competitive DSL offering in two of Vodafone’s key European markets

Exploits strong existing platforms in Spain and Italy:

The acquisition of unbundled networks enables Vodafone to benefit from the scale benefits and improved economics of asset ownership

In both countries, Tele2 offers local loop unbundling coverage to major cities, with the remaining nationwide coverage available through resale services

Vodafone plans to substantially increase local loop unbundling coverage within the next 12 months

Integration with existing Vodafone operations will significantly enhance Tele2 Italy and Tele2 Spain through:

Cost synergies arising from the use of existing network operations and infrastructure

Revenue synergies arising from cross-selling existing Vodafone products to the current customer base
Financial impact on Vodafone

The transaction meets Vodafone’s stated financial criteria.

The capital expenditure requirement of the acquired businesses is not expected to have a material impact on the Group’s ongoing capital intensity ratio in its Europe region.

The transaction is expected to be broadly neutral to adjusted earnings per share in the first full year post acquisition, excluding the impact of acquired intangible asset amortisation. Including this impact, the transaction is expected to be approximately 1.5% dilutive to adjusted earnings per share in the first full year post acquisition.

The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on the Group’s 2007/08 outlook statement and will have no impact on the Group’s expectations for modest dividend growth in the near term.

Further transaction details

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, following the receipt of regulatory approval.

For further information:

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Notes to Editors

About Vodafone

Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with operations in 25 countries across 5 continents and 232 million proportionate customers at the end of June 2007, as well as 40 partner networks. For further information, please visit http://www.vodafone.com

About Tele2

Tele2 is an alternative telecom operator and has 29 million customers in 18 countries. Tele2 offers fixed and mobile telephony, broadband, data network services and cable TV. In 2006, Tele2 had operating revenue of €5.6 billion and reported an EBITDA of €0.6 billion.

About Tele2 Italy

Tele2 Italy has a customer base as at 30 June 2007 of more than 2.6 million, of which over 400,000 are broadband customers, 33% of these on its unbundled network. Tele2 Italy has approximately 4% of the Italian broadband market based on number of customers and has been gaining market share over the past 18 months. The company reported revenues of €546 million and EBITDA of €(6) million for the year ended 31 December 2006. In the six months ended 30 June 2007 revenue grew 8.5% to €298m, driven by direct access and broadband, which grew over 200%. EBITDA reached break-even in the period. Tele2 Italy has approximately 100 employees.

About Tele2 Spain

Tele2 Spain has 550,000 customers as at 30 June 2007, of which approximately 240,000 are broadband customers, 81% of these on its unbundled network. Tele2 Spain currently has approximately 3.5% of the Spanish broadband market based on number of customers and has been gaining market share over the past 18 months. The company reported revenues of €253 million and EBITDA of €(21) million for the year ended 31 December 2006. In the six months ended 30 June 2007 revenue was overall constant year-on-year at €133m, but broadband revenue grew over 100%. EBITDA was €(8) million in the period. Tele2 Spain has approximately 400 employees.

Cautionary statement regarding forward – looking statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our expectations and plans, strategy, management’s objectives, future performance, costs, revenues, earnings and other trend information, including statements relating to expected benefits associated with the transactions contemplated herein, expected capital expenditure requirements associated with the transaction, the effect of the transaction on our adjusted earnings per share, our expected realisation of cost and revenue synergies, and levels of broadband penetration in Italy and Spain in the near term.. Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words as “anticipates”, “aims”, “due”, “could”, “may”, “should”, “will”, “expects/expected”, “believes”, “intends”, “plans”, “targets”, “goal” or “estimates”.

By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive, speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.

There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: regulatory approvals that may require acceptance of conditions with potential adverse impacts; risk involving our ability to realise expected benefits associated with the transactions referred to herein; our ability successfully to integrate the operations of Tele2 Italy and Tele2 Spain with our own operations, the continued growth in the market for broadband services in Italy and Spain and general economic conditions in those regions.

In addition to the factors noted above, please refer to documents Vodafone Group Plc has filed with, or otherwise furnished to, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 March 2007 and subsequently furnished Form 6-Ks (which are available at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov), for additional factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from the expectations disclosed or implied within the forward-looking statements made herein. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this release will be realised. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Vodafone Group Plc, any members of Vodafone Group or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the factors referred to above. Vodafone Group Plc does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Vodafone Group Unveils its Handset Range for Christmas 2007

January 7, 2008

Vodafone Group Unveils its Handset Range for Christmas 2007

Widest choice of internet ready mobile phones with high speed 3G broadband (HSDPA) access
Exclusive handsets from top tier suppliers
Increased choice of Vodafone branded handsets
Majority of devices support an extensive range of easy to find and use internet services including eBay, Google™ search and Google Maps™ mapping service, MySpace and YouTube.
New messaging services including email and Instant Messaging available to stay in touch with friends and family as well as a wide range of music and entertainment services
Vodafone Group today announces its range of Christmas 2007 consumer handsets offering the widest choice of exclusive and Vodafone branded handsets ever. 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. (For full details on the range, please see below).

In the UK Vodafone has also announced its range of handsets for Christmas as well as MusicStation, a new, unique and exclusive 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”.

Earlier this year, Vodafone launched internet services on the mobile in five countries, bringing millions of customers internet services on their handsets, in the same way as they had been used to on a PC. From updating their MySpace profile, through sending and receiving emails, to buying and selling on eBay, Vodafone customers experience a significant improvement in the way they access the internet from their phones, coupled with the confidence and freedom to surf whenever and wherever they want through easy-to-understand, great value pricing.

For further information:

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Put Option

January 7, 2008

Put Option

Vodafone announces that it has decided not to exercise its rights under its agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) to sell to Verizon up to US$10 billion of Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless (“VZW”). This was the final such option available to Vodafone.

VZW is a market leading business with strong growth prospects and the Board of Vodafone continues to believe that retaining its full 45% interest is in the best interests of shareholders.

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