|28 December ||Vodafone's data traffic sees significant growth over Christmas |
In the days between December 24 and 26, 2015, many send greetings to their acquaintances, family and friends in the traditional way, on top of the millions of Internet messages sent using smartphones and tablets. In the Christmas period, Vodafone's customers send 89 thousand MMS and 6.7 million SMS messages, also initiating 9.4 million calls.
|21 December ||300 underprivileged small children and an unusual Christmas celebration |
Vodafone's volunteers celebrate Christmas with close to 300 underprivileged small children in Bálna. Unusually, this time children not only receive, but also give presents. In exchange for the Christmas surprise packages, they sketch beautiful drawings for the volunteers.
|10 December ||The Vodafone Digital School Programme changes the lives of thousands of underprivileged schoolchildren for the better. |
Vodafone launches a wide-ranging programme to improve the digital skills of underprivileged young people, and encourage the digital transformation of education in Hungary. The co-operation agreement initiated by Vodafone is jointly signed by the Ministry of Human Capabilities (EMMI), the Klebelsberg Institutional Maintenance Centre (KLIK), the ‘For the Schoolchildren of Hejőkeresztúr Foundation', which operates the Complex Instruction Programme (CIP) in Hungary, as well as Vodafone Hungary and the Vodafone Hungary Foundation.
|1 December ||Thanks to an initiative by Vodafone and the National Theatre of Miskolc, Joulupukki, the real Finnish Santa Claus gives gifts to several hundreds of underprivileged children in Miskolc. |
|23 November ||Electronic contracting at Vodafone |
Vodafone Hungary fully switches to electronic contracting, allowing the company to close new contracts or extend or amend existing ones much faster and in a much more environmentally friendly way than before.
|11 November ||The latest HTC top model arrives in Vodafone |
HTC One A9, the latest HTC top model, which is the first Marshmallow HTC smartphone in Hungary; i.e. the first handset to run Android 6.0, the most recent version of this op system, is now on offer by Vodafone Hungary.
| 19 November ||Families in focus – research by Vodafone about the Internet and mobile phone usage of families |
A recent survey by Vodafone shows that there is clear demand for services that fit the needs of the whole family, such as the recently launched Vodafone Family package.
|29 October ||Future managers are helped by the co-operation between Corvinus and Vodafone. |
The Vodafone Auditorium is inaugurated at the Budapest Corvinus University, as a result of co-operation between the two parties.
|21 October ||5 000 children are touched by the programme of Szilvia Agárdi, Full-Time Angel. |
Over a period of one year more than 5 000 children and young people from 30 schools participate in the sensitising performances held nation-wide by partially sighted singer Szilvia Agárdi.
|19 October ||Discounted Vodafone Family packages for 4 now available from as little as 6 880 HUF. |
With Vodafone's new Vodafone Family packages junior and senior family members can communicate with each other in Hungary free of charge by choosing the price plans most suitable for the family, from as little as 6 880 HUF/month – announces Vodafone.
|15 October ||The serial production of Velotrack M2M bicycles starts. |
Soon the serial production of bicycles using Vodafone M2M technology and fitted with Velotrack security systems will start - announced Csaba Antal, Head of Business Development at Hargamon Kft., the owner of the Velotrack project.
|5 October ||Budapest metro lines achieve full 4G coverage. |
‘After Vodafone achieved 99% 4G coverage across Budapest, from now on Budapest metro lines can also enjoy full 4G coverage' - announced Diego Massidda, CEO of Vodafone Hungary.
|2 October ||Another award is granted for the co-operation between the Vodafone Hungary Foundation and the Cserhát Rescue Dog Association. |
At the award-giving ceremony of the Social Investments Award held on October 1, the ‘Vodafone for finding missing people' programme wins the Hungarian Donation Forum's (MAF) Joint Value Creation Special Award.
|1 October ||Roaming: Growing data traffic at domestic prices – in more and more countries. |
As of October 1, Vodafone Hungary extends the number of countries that are possible to visit with the World Daily Ticket introduced in the spring by 14 to 36, and announces that its customers can now use 4G services in a roaming environment on at least one local network in 54 countries.
|28 September ||In Hungary Vodafone also launches its international #BeStrong anti-bullying Internet emoji campaign. |
|25 September ||Vodafone in the service of people living with disabilities: special discounts offered on handsets on the World Deaf Day. |
On the World Deaf Day, the Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SINOSZ), which has over 14 thousand members, and Vodafone Hungary announce the extension of their fleet agreement, which allows the deaf and the hard of hearing, the third largest language minority in Hungary, to exploit the benefits of mobile communication to the full.
|23 September ||A knowledge base, which is unique even in an international context, becomes available thanks to Vodafone's Full-Time Angel. |
ICT and mobile technology can open up the world for children unable to move or speak; allowing them to communicate, learn, and, later in life, even work. Brigitta Miksztai-Réthey, Full-Time Angel at Vodafone was the first in Hungary to devise development games and learning aids required to learn the usage of mobile devices.
|17 September ||The Roma of Bagi are building a lawful and responsible life with a Full-Time Angel. |
Over the past year, close to 50% of the inhabitants of Bagi's Roma community have joined the Law Clinic Programme, which aims to support the social integration of Roma society. Under the project supported by the Vodafone Hungary Foundation, 40 law students give free legal advice to 200 Romas in over 100 matters, who decided to actively participate in the eradication of ‘lawlessness' and take a step on the road towards a responsible lifestyle.
|16 September ||Call+: world-first messaging and dial-in application offered by Vodafone |
After the recent announcement of numerous new handsets, app stores are now also offering Call+, Vodafone's internally developed, free application which makes communication easier – announced the operator.
|11 September ||99% 4G coverage all across Budapest. |
A mere 10 months after starting to use the required frequency spectrum, Vodafone now covers all of Budapest and the largest cities in the country with 4G, the fastest Internet service. Thanks to the high-speed 4G development of Vodafone, by now 4G is available across 99% of Budapest, as well as in all major cities and around Lake Balaton.
|7 September ||Vodafone Big Bike Challenge starts off: Hungarian bikers ride the length of Great Britain. |
Vodafone's 6 Hungarian colleagues also participate in the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain' charity bike ride taking participants along the length of Great Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats. The international Vodafone team, which consists of 115 colleagues from 5 different countries, rides more than 1 500 kilometres in 9 days.
|7 August||100 underprivileged children on the Ferris wheel in Siófok|
Close to 100 underprivileged children are hosted by the Vodafone Hungary Foundation at Lake Balaton. During the full-day programme organised with the co-operation of the Central Beach (Nagystrand) of Siófok, inhabitants of the Foundation for the Protection of Mothers from Budapest and the Primary and Specialist Vocational School of Gyömrő receive close to 400 thousand HUF credited to the Foundation's account from the proceeds of the children's book titled ‘Max is searching for friendship' published late last year.
|3 August||Smart watches offered by Vodafone for 1 HUF|
Vodafone has boosted the domestic smartwatch market with a richer-than-ever watch selection and excellent prices, also lifting some smart watches into the selection that were very difficult to access in Hungary.
|30 July||Now Vodafone customers may browse the net using 4G in as many as 35 foreign countries.|
Most recent data show that one out of every three customers of Vodafone Hungary who travel abroad also use 4G roaming – announces the operator on Thursday. The number of 4G-capable partner countries is continually growing, and, at present, customers of Vodafone Hungary can enjoy 4G, the most up-to-date Internet service currently available, in 35 countries, including in the regions that are most frequently visited during the summer holidays and/or business trips.
|27 July||Unprecedented co-operation between the state and its citizens for finding lost persons.|
A trilateral co-operation agreement is signed between the National Police Headquarters, the Cserhát Rescue Dog, Special Rescue, Voluntary Fire Service and Civil Guard NGO Association and the Vodafone Hungary Foundation. The organisations aims to boost the success ratio of finding missing persons, and develop new methods for the application of GPS and GSM-based tracking systems.
|2 July||It is announced that ‘Ki Mit Tube', the most unrestricted web competition of all times will kick off again this year.|
|21 July||Vodafone M2M Barometer: A quarter of companies already use M2M solutions.|
‘Boosting competitiveness, fast return and changing corporate operation – these are the key benefits of the introduction of M2M technology‘ – highlighted István Király, Director of the Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone when presenting the Vodafone M2M Barometer 2014 report.
|13 July||A silver medal and many useful learning points at the Vodafone Cup – Vodafone remains the team's communications partner all through the World Championship.|
|9 July||The Vodafone Cup, organised for the 5th time, kicks off on Margaret Island. |
|7 July||Red Mozi: Liza, the Fox-Fairy arrives|
In the second week of July, a real delicacy is added to the Vodafone Red Mozi selection: the first local premiere film, one of the most successful movies of the past few years, a production by Károly Ujj Mészáros: ‘Liza, the Fox-Fairy'.
|4 July||Vodafone is the world's leading M2M operator.|
Vodafone has been the world's leading M2M (machine-to-machine) operator for the past 4 years – as shown by the most recent M2M scorecard survey of market research company Analysys Mason.
|1 July||Vodafone offers an extra data allowance of 3GB to new customers.|
From July 1 Vodafone offers a one-off data allowance of 3GB to new customers.
|30 June||This year the 5th Vodafone Cup is organised on Margaret Island.|
‘Vodafone Hungary has extended its sponsorship agreement with the Hungarian Water Polo Federation (MVLSZ)' – announces Dr. György Beck, President of Vodafone Hungary and Dr. Dénes Kemény, President of MVLSZ. They explain that the traditional Vodafone Cup will be organised between July 9-11, as part of their successful co-operation scheme stretching back many years.
|22 June||School goes to refugees from Kenya|
On the occasion of the UN's World Refugee Day, Vodafone Group deploys the first two Instant Classrooms in the Kakuma refugee camp of Kenya, in co-operation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
|8 June||Full 4G coverage at Lake Balaton|
At the beginning of the summer season and at the end of the school year Vodafone welcomes holidaymakers to Lake Balaton with almost 100% outdoor 4G coverage. The good news is delivered by CEO Diego Massidda in Siófok, at the opening of Vodafone's latest shop.
|29 May||The much awaited LG top model arrives! |
Vodafone announces that it will soon launch sales of LG G4, LG's most recent top model.
|28 May||Red Mozi: Rich offering for Children's Day|
Vodafone prepares for the approaching Children's Day with films offering real family entertainment. The Red Mozi selection, which spans several thousands of hours includes many Hungarian and foreign films also appreciated by children.
|27 May||Renovations to the Hungarian Interchurch Aid's temporary home in Miskolc are completed.|
The temporary home run in Miskolc for families by Hungarian Interchurch Aid undergoes renovations and improvements in the value of 150 million HUF. The comprehensive renovation is completed using funds that include subsidies from the European Union, co-funding by the European Regional Development Fund, as well as donations from businesses and private individuals. The ceremonial inauguration of the building is attended by László Lehel, President-Director of the aid organisation, Katalin Novák, Secretary of State for Family and Youth Affairs, as well as Péter Major, Director of Customer Services representing Vodafone Hungary Foundation, which supports the development and the organisation as strategic partner.
|12 May||Vodafone adds three new own-branded handsets to its product offering: Smart First, the successor of the extremely popular Smart 4 Mini and two 4G-enabled devices: the 10-inch Vodafone Tab Prime tablet and Smart Prime, which comes with a 5-inch, HD display.|
|6 May||Vodafone Hungary launches Vodafone Wallet, its fast, convenient and safe mobile wallet application in co-operation with its partners, OTP Bank and MasterCard. At the time of its launch it was already possible to pay at 45 thousand terminals throughout Hungary, by touching the terminal with a mobile phone.|
|5 May||In its Budapest head office Vodafone Hungary officially opens a Visitor Centre, presenting the most important innovations in mobile technology, along with current and future developments. Visitors can observe the operation of one of Vodafone's most important control centres, and get to know the operative and surveillance processes of the broadband network, which covers 98.4% of the country.|
|30 April||Red Mozi presents a dual premiere. This time new films include Last Vegas and Walking on Sunshine – a romantic comedy full of hits from the 1980s.|
|30 April||Vodafone continues the abolition of roaming charges. From May 1st pre-paid customers can also use their phones at domestic prices in the EU and in a number of other European countries.|
|29 April||Vodafone's specialists arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of earthquake-stricken Nepal to deploy the portable mobile network named ‘Instant Network Mini'.|
|29 April||Vodafone Hungary suspends the advertisements it plans to run on TV2. The company, which, in close co-operation with NANE (the NANE Women's Right Association) actively participates in defending women's rights under the programme titled ‘Vodafone for the Safety of Women', publicly objected to the scenes seen in the episode of Eden Hotel, TV2's reality show, broadcast On April 24th, and the channel's response to events.|
|21 April||The ‘From Page to Sound' read-out application developed through the co-operation of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation and the IT Foundation for the Visually Impaired, which aims to support the work of volunteers reading out news and newspaper articles for the visually impaired, is launched. In addition to kicking off the application, the IT Foundation for the Visually Impaired also signed one-year co-operation agreements with three outstanding and highly recognised educational institutions in Hungary, whose students and employees have volunteered to read out and upload over 300 news articles over the next year to the ‘From page to Sound' website, created for the visually impaired. Eötvös Loránd University, the GNM Theatre School and the Komlósi Education Studio almost immediately said yes to the co-operation, which is a unique initiative even in an international context, aiming to expand the options available to the visually impaired to access information, culture or entertainment.|
|3 April||Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge may be pre-ordered from Vodafone.|
|1 April||From April 1st Vodafone Hungary restructures its residential and business Red packages, abolishing European roaming charges, which represents a unique step not only in Hungary but also in an international context.|
|27 March.||Only a few days after is debut, Vodafone Red Mozi gets into the pool of preferred Hungarian applications in app shops.|
|23 March||Under the Skool educational and inspirational programme, Vodafone Hungary hosts 15 schoolgirls for a whole day, to show them the world of technology using playful programs. In the workshop children develop on-line games with the help of an experienced trainer and a volunteer team. Later they have the opportunity to peep into the company's day-to-day work, getting to know about the basics of communication, as well as the underlying technology. They can also view a real-life base station, ad meet female managers working in ICT.|
|17 March||Starting from April 1st, subscribers of all currently available post-paid residential packages that also contain mobile Internet access may use VoIP; i.e. Internet protocol-based voice and messaging applications freely, without any limitations, via Vodafone's mobile broadband network offering 98.4% coverage.|
|12 March||Red Mozi arrives! Until the end of May all Vodafone residential and business Red subscribers have the opportunity to use the company's Red Mozi service, which was launched with a selection of films several thousands of hours long and still gradually expanding, free of charge. |
|11 March||Pre-registration for Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets starts at Vodafone.|
|6 March||The company introduces a unique remuneration system in Vodafone Group's 30 international subsidiaries, including Hungary, which allows pregnant women to go on maternity leave and later to return to work subject to much better conditions than what's required by the country they live in. Under the new system each female employee of Vodafone Group is granted maternity leave of at least 16 weeks, subject to full pay, and if someone returns to work within the first 6 months, they may choose working up to 30 hours a week, again for full pay.|
|2 March||The international Vodafone Foundation presents Instant Classroom in Barcelona, at the Mobile World Congress professional exhibition. With the help of the device that can be carried in a box and set up in almost just a few minutes, children and adults can continue their studies even in the largest and worst-equipped refugee camp. The Instant Classroom was specifically designed for areas that do not have reliable power and Internet supply, or none at all. The mobile device is implemented in co-operation between Vodafone and the Innovation and Education Unit of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). |
|23 February||Vodafone Hungary extends the Vodafone Office service introduced in the autumn of 2014 with a virtual switchboard and an interactive vice menu service (IVR) for its corporate and Government customers. |
|10 February||Vodafone Hungary's device selection is extended with new and exciting solutions from Samsung that are remarkable both on the inside and outside: the Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones. |
|4 February||Vodafone Hungary presents Instant Network 3G; a unique solution in an international context as well, which is the advanced version of the portable mobile network already deployed in a number of international disaster situations. The currently introduced prototype of the base station that is much smaller than the original model but has several times its capacity was designed and built by Csaba Pervai and Róbert Tóth, Vodafone Hungary's radio network operation experts.|
|23 January||Vodafone Hungary wins a number of awards in the ‘3 Good Deeds' application scheme. The Portable Mobile Network programme gets into 1st position in the ‘Most Generous Good Deed' category and second in the ‘Most Creative Good Deed' one, while the Internal Full-Time Angel project receives silver medal in the ‘Greenest Good Deed' category.|
|21 January||Vodafone's ‘Pitch Your First' programme is closed. With Vodafone's help, Zsolt Wiesner, the Hungarian winner of the programme can participate in the very first New York Marathon run of his life.|
|5 January||In just 2 years, mobile data traffic on New Year's eve grows by 130% at Vodafone.|