Back in September, Vodafone announced Vodafone 360 - a brand new set of Internet services for mobile phones and the PC - which gathers all of a customer's friends, communities, entertainment and personal favorites (like music, games, photos and video) in one place. At its heart, Vodafone 360 has a very personal address book, bringing together all of the contacts from the mobile phone, social networks and other Internet accounts. It works across a range of mobile phones, including the new exclusive Vodafone 360 LiMo phones (two tailor-made Vodafone 360 mobile handsets by Samsung, give the best customer experience of the services including the unique 3D contacts display (see the Flash demo bellow) bringing the most frequently contacted people closer to the front) and synchs automatically with the PC.
The heart of Vodafone 360 is the connected address book called Vodafone People. It's open to everyone on any network across over 100 popular mobile phones and platforms and automatically synchs all contacts from a user's phone with Facebook and the ability to chat through Windows Live Messenger and Google Talk. Other popular services like Twitter, Hyves and studiVZ will be supported soon. The ability to create different contact groups across social media networks allows users to organize their contacts the way they want and manage how they share different information with different groups.
The new suite of Internet services accessible on multiple handsets as well as PC or Mac, includes a wide range of apps, games, music and mapping services including a catalogue of over one thousand apps at launch available to different handsets, downloadable through the Vodafone Shop.
At launch the full Vodafone 360 experience will be available on two exclusive handsets built to Vodafone's specification by Samsung. The Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung boasts a 3.5" multitouch, high definition OLED touchscreen, 16 GB memory, WiFi, and a 5 megapixel camera. The second Samsung handset, the Vodafone 360 M1, offers customers a range of colors and price points.
Also available are two Nokia Symbian smartphones (Nokia 6730 and Nokia N85) which come pre-loaded with Vodafone 360.
Vodafone 360 is now available in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK. These countries will be followed by launches in a number of other countries in 2010 - including India, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand and Romania; as well as in in France through SFR, in Russia through MTS and in Australia through Vodafone Hutchison.
Vodafone spent the last few months working on a series of projects with some of their most talented friends, making short films, flying planes, building high-fashion wendy houses - that sort of thing. Obviously they brought cameras along to film everything and you can watch and interact here, http://heroes.vodafone360.com.
Furthermore, Vodafone would like to hear what you - the user and possible Vodafone 360 customer - think. Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments bellow (no registration required).