We’re three years old in April, and to celebrate we’ve got surprises, prizes and a few special guests lined up. Read on to find out more...


We’re inviting everyone to don a party hat and celebrate with us all this month. Why? Because Vodafone Social is three years old this April, and we’re partying the only way we know how – every day!

When Vodafone Social launched three years ago, we were still waiting with baited breath for the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5 to appear. Carly Rae Jepsen was about to smash the UK music charts to pieces. London 2012 was waiting just around the corner, ready to send Britain into a feel-good frenzy. It feels a long time ago, doesn’t it?

We’ve come a long way…

We may only be three years old, but we’re thrilled to say that Vodafone and Vodafone Social have each made huge strides in that short period of time.

We’ve brought you news and exclusive backstage access about how we’re providing mobile signal in a number of previously off-the-grid communities thanks to the Rural Open Sure Signal programme. 13 of the country’s most rural not-spots were connected to Vodafone’s mobile network in our initial trial, and the programme is now moving full steam ahead to bring the same freedom to 100 more villages around the UK with #ROSS100.

We’ve sent signal to the looming heights of The Shard and to the depths of the EuroTunnel, and brought WiFi to the vast expanse that is the London Underground. And we at Vodafone Social have been there – with unprecedented access – every step of the way.

We’ve also launched our 4G network within our blog’s humble lifespan, securing the widest spectrum range in the initial Ofcom auction before launching our ultrafast 4G network in August 2013.

We’ve sent signal to the looming heights of The Shard and to the depths of the EuroTunnel…

Since then, millions of Vodafone customers have begun enjoying ultrafast 4G across the UK, along with our groundbreaking entertainment offerings from Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify and NOW TV Entertainment, bringing you the best in live sport, music and TV straight to your mobile at no extra cost. And bringing Vodafone Social behind the scenes exclusives, too.

More recently, we’ve debuted the #MyTechFamily hub – helping parents and kids use technology better together. The latest generation of children are more tech-savvy than ever before, and #MyTechFamily – like all of our Family Zone content – encourages more communication about mobile and the web between families, with the hub itself providing educational activities and digital resources to help families access all the benefits that mobile and the internet can offer.

On top of all of that, Vodafone Social continues to bring you exclusive access to some of the world’s biggest names in the mobile; Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG, and not forgetting our very own Vodafone Branded Devices!

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We’ve also hung out with Spotify muso’s Gary, the man in charge of Spotify Labs, Rob, the man in charge of Spotify’s Browse function; and Will, the man in charge of 2015’s Spotlight Artists selection, and chatted to Sky Sports’ Matt Le Tissier and Alan Smith about the best Boxing Day clashes of the last 20 years. Not to mention grilling NOW TV on a monthly basis for the advice on the best TV boxsets to watch each month, because we love being able to quiz the experts behind the scenes and bring you the inside track on all things mobile and entertainment!

Let’s celebrate!

It’s been a big three years then, but as far as we’re concerned Vodafone Social is just getting started! So to celebrate where we’ve come from, where we’re at and all the great things that are still to come, we’ve got lots in store for you over the next month. Check out our ever-growing list of birthday content below, starting off with the first of two massive giveaways:


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Fancy winning a huge haul of prizes? Just find the links in each story and follow the trail. There are five of our favourite posts to enjoy before you get to the end, where you can then enter our biggest competition ever…
Click here to get going.


Guest Blog: The future of your mobile life, according to Microsoft
To help celebrate Vodafone Social’s third birthday, Microsoft’s Dave Coplin is taking over for the day to explain how your future smartphone and computer might be one and the same…
Click here to read all about it.


SAMSUNG CSCGuest Blog: Samsung talks mobile, smartwatches and the future
We chat to Samsung Marketing Director Ines van Gennip about the future of the smartphone, and why she thinks smartwatches have so much potential…
Click here to read all about it.


JNoble-vodafone-large-thumbNOW TV Guest Blog: Is on-demand broadcasting the future of television?
NOW TV’s Jecinta Noble discusses whether on-demand broadcasting is the future of television, and all the great TV we have to look forward to this year…
Click here to read all about it.


10c1557Guest Blog: How a trip to Vodafone Egypt changed the way Jon Buckthorp uses mobile
Vodafone’s Jon Buckthorp takes the reins for this guest column, as he explains how a trip to Vodafone Egypt completely changed how he used his mobile…
Click here to read all about it.


We’ve also got a few fantastic guest columnists lined up for you, providing their own personal take on tech, along with some interesting insider stories. It’s going to be a big month.

Stay tuned… Frankly, we can’t wait to reveal all. So sit back, relax, and be sure to check back regularly with Vodafone Social as we celebrate our birthday month! In the meantime, you can check out our raison d’etre right here.