Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Vodafone CEO Says 4G LTE is for 'Technofreaks'

By - Source: Mobile News | B 21 comments

Well, that's not very nice.

Folks in the UK have been waiting for 4G LTE for a long time. Prayers were somewhat answered when UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom gave EE permission to repurpose some of its existing spectrum for 4G service. This gave EE a headstart on its competitors, which were left waiting for Ofcom's spectrum auction. However, it seems Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao believes the majority of people aren't that interested in 4G.

Mobile News reports that while speaking during a media conference call, Colao said he hadn't heard anyone mention that they needed the service and that it was 'of a limited interest to the majority.' That's not all, though. Colao went on to say that when he visited one of competitor EE's branches, it was filled with "technofreaks."

"I haven't seen any figures but when I visited an EE store to see how fast it was all I saw was technofreaks in there," Colao is quoted as saying.

 

Of course, EE has jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting the picture you see above with a message that reads, "In case you were curious, everyone is welcome on #4GEE...including "technofreaks."

Despite the CEO's statements, Vodafone UK does plan to enter the 4G market later this year. The company was listed as one of the parties bidding for 4G spectrum in Ofcom's auction. We imagine the CEO might change his tune when it comes time to launch the company's own 4G service. Something about being on the bleeding edge of technology, no doubt.

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback                 

Display 21 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 24 Hide
    merikafyeah , February 12, 2013 10:15 AM
    Finally a CEO who speaks sense. Dial-up is plenty fast enough. Now I haven't seen any figures, but when I went to see just how fast this "broadband internet" was all I saw were technofreaks everywhere.

    They frighten me so.
Other Comments
  • 24 Hide
    merikafyeah , February 12, 2013 10:15 AM
    Finally a CEO who speaks sense. Dial-up is plenty fast enough. Now I haven't seen any figures, but when I went to see just how fast this "broadband internet" was all I saw were technofreaks everywhere.

    They frighten me so.
  • 4 Hide
    virtualban , February 12, 2013 10:21 AM
    merikafyeahFinally a CEO who speaks sense. Dial-up is plenty fast enough. Now I haven't seen any figures, but when I went to see just how fast this "broadband internet" was all I saw were technofreaks everywhere.They frighten me so.

    LOL!
  • 4 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , February 12, 2013 10:56 AM
    ankit0x1here in India, 10GB plan is for $50 (1100rs) FOR DAMN 3G.....2Mbps ...LTE is beyond dream.....


    That's $20, not $50.

    Quote:
    "I haven't seen any figures but when I visited an EE store to see how fast it was all I saw was technofreaks in there," Colao is quoted as saying.[/]

    I hate people who think that an interest in technology is something "freaky".
  • 1 Hide
    ps3hacker12 , February 12, 2013 10:59 AM
    homiedontrightclickPoor UK guys. Horrible teeth, broken, half aborted version of the english language, and now they get 4G late. Whats next, they have to suffer camera's on every corner? I'd rather be a "colonial" any day. Its the 4th of July all year long fools!


    Don't know what to say to this really, there is too much i want to say in response to this, the first part of your comment is plain racist, we in the UK currently ALREADY have 4G, we don't have "horrible teeth" we get free healthcare including dental care from the government.

    I can't be asked to explain why I would much rather live in the UK than the USA anyday, heres a list of a few:
    http://cagematch.dvorak.org/index.php?topic=202.0
  • 1 Hide
    virtualban , February 12, 2013 11:17 AM
    ps3hacker12Don't know what to say to this really, there is too much i want to say in response to this, the first part of your comment is plain racist, we in the UK currently ALREADY have 4G, we don't have "horrible teeth" we get free healthcare including dental care from the government.I can't be asked to explain why I would much rather live in the UK than the USA anyday, heres a list of a few:http://cagematch.dvorak.org/index.php?topic=202.0

    Not racist. Kidding. Just like telling women to go to the kitchen.
  • 0 Hide
    Non-Euclidean , February 12, 2013 11:48 AM
    That it, Vittorio Colao! You can stop the future, just keep trying.
  • 4 Hide
    Non-Euclidean , February 12, 2013 11:51 AM
    ps3hacker12 we get free healthcare including dental care from the government.


    Ah, yes, that famous UK National Health System

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/uk-doctor-claims-state-hospitals-killing-elderly-patients-to-free-up-beds-77052/

    Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9591814/Patients-starve-and-die-of-thirst-on-hospital-wards.html

    Now that IS a model for the world to emulate.

  • 2 Hide
    catfishtx , February 12, 2013 12:24 PM
    Of course he is going to say that. His company does not offer the service yet. When Vodafone has 4G LTE, I bet he says it is the greatest thing ever.
  • 0 Hide
    howard69 , February 12, 2013 12:49 PM
    we're all over 4G here in our USA firm.
    users, not many technofreaks among them, LOVE THE HECK OUT OF IT.
    a big winner in the normalfreak market.
    even cloud work benefits from faster bandwidth.
    maybe Vodafone is going there...?
  • 0 Hide
    antilycus , February 12, 2013 12:52 PM
    To give people an idea how fast it is. Verizon's USB hotspot gets 30Mbps up and 30Mbps down. Yes that's both ways and faster than almost anything commercially availalble all for 80 bucks a month. Unless you want to spend 1500 a month for slower speeds and no caps.
  • -4 Hide
    soo-nah-mee , February 12, 2013 1:58 PM
    Non-EuclideanAh, yes, that famous UK National Health Systemhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/ [...] eds-77052/Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/ [...] wards.html
    You lost me at Christian Post. The second you quote the Christian Post you lose all credibility.
  • 1 Hide
    soo-nah-mee , February 12, 2013 1:59 PM
    Quote:
    Of course, EE has jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting the picture you see above with a message that reads, "In case you were curious, everyone is welcome on #4GEE...including "technofreaks."
    Awesome comeback. This should be a billboard.
  • 0 Hide
    hate machine , February 12, 2013 2:01 PM
    antilycusTo give people an idea how fast it is. Verizon's USB hotspot gets 30Mbps up and 30Mbps down. Yes that's both ways and faster than almost anything commercially availalble all for 80 bucks a month. Unless you want to spend 1500 a month for slower speeds and no caps.


    I pay the same amount for 30 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up. What is your latency on that and how reliable is it. Whenever I tried using my GS3 as a Tether it pulls fast data but it is unusable for gaming due to latency and connection consistency issues.
  • 2 Hide
    Non-Euclidean , February 12, 2013 2:44 PM
    soo-nah-meeYou lost me at Christian Post. The second you quote the Christian Post you lose all credibility.


    Nice try, but fail. That is why I put up a Telegraph Article. There are more that any simple google search would pull up. If you cared to look.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 2:52 PM
    congrats vodafone, you've just lost yourself some customers
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 3:27 PM
    LoL land of the lost. Guess ill just be a technogeek then wuth my 36mbs down 16 up LTE speeds on AT&T a phone company people actually have heard of.
  • 0 Hide
    frank_drebin , February 12, 2013 3:41 PM
    yea, why do you peeps need fast internet, it is so much fun to wait for the stuff to load. what a douche
  • 1 Hide
    blubbey , February 12, 2013 3:46 PM
    Non-EuclideanAh, yes, that famous UK National Health Systemhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/ [...] eds-77052/Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/ [...] wards.htmlNow that IS a model for the world to emulate.

    Considering that the USA spends 2.4x what the UK does on healthcare per person - http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=average+healthcare+spend+uk+usa - yes, it is. Better all over healthcare, no people who can't afford healthcare..... Oh no such a shame, let's just have healthcare run as a business. I'd much rather spend only 40% of what I do on healthcare. That'll save me thousands per year. I don't know about you but I WANT THOSE THOUSANDS.
  • 0 Hide
    anti-painkilla , February 12, 2013 8:55 PM
    I don't really think any country is in a position to call themselves better than anyone else. So please keep your awesome opinions to yourselves.

    Unless you are Australia, they have a amazing economy and the women aren't half bad. (Accents are terrible though).
Display more comments