iPhone fans are seeing red, but not like you might think. In celebration of iPhone 8’s new hue, we explore the world of red and why it’s so much better…

Apple has released iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a stunning red, and it’s already our favourite colour. You can order your (RED) special edition handset in-store or by calling 191 from your mobile to speak to Vodafone UK advisor today. Online orders will begin Friday 13 April, and a portion of all proceeds will go to support the charity (RED) who work to provide testing, counselling and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa…

We’ll be stocking both the (RED) iPhone 8 and 64GB iPhone 8+ in 64GB. Plus, if you continue the red theme with our 16GB Red Extra Plan, you’ll get a whopping 16GB of monthly data for the cost of £4GB – from just £19 upfront when you pay £55 a month. Click here to view all available plan and pricing options.

In the meantime, we’ve been thinking of other things that shine much brighter when they’re red. We’re sure you’re going to like them too. Here are our top 10…

1. Strawberries

Nothing says summer quite like a ripe, juicy strawberry. But how do you know it’s good to eat? That’s right, the colour red.

Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC, and sold in cone-shaped baskets in the 16th century making them one of the first-ever packaged foods.

A completely rosy strawberry is one of our favourite things to savour and luckily April/May is prime strawberry eating season. Dig in!

2. Cars

Red cars go faster – fact. Ok, so they don’t actually. But they certainly look cool. And this global study also found 76% of people say red’s the colour they’d most associate with speed.

Other interesting cultural associations include celebration, success, and prosperity. We can get on-board with that.

3. Roses

A rose by any other colour is nice and all, but red really is the winner. There’s no questioning its meaning as a symbol of romantic love. It’s an association that harks right back to Greek and Roman times when red roses were associated with Aphrodite or Venus, the goddess of love.

They’re a Valentine’s Day classic and never out of style. We’re with the Queen of Hearts on this one – we like our roses red.

4. Hearts

Speaking of hearts, they’re another red delight. We particularly like the heart-eye emoji and we know we’re not alone.

According to Facebook, the heart emoji, heart eyes, and winky heart kissy face are among the top four most popular on Messenger. In fact, the red heart is the second most popular across the board after crying laugh face. It’s also the most popular custom emoji for those who personalise their chats.

5. The sky at night

Oh summer and sunshine, how we love you. And whether you go by ‘sailor’s delight’ or ‘shepherds delight’, it’s long been said a lovely red sunset bodes well for sunny weather.

According to the UK Met Office, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” is often proven true. A red sky at sunset means high pressure is moving in from the west so therefore the next day will usually be dry and pleasant.

6. Carpets

What kind of carpet would you like rolled out? Chances are it’s red. Plush, crimson tapestries have become synonymous with movie stars, royalty and prestige.

The first known reference to the red carpet’s status is found in Aeschylus play Agamemnon. According to BBC information, when the King’s vengeful wife Clytemnestra prepares for the triumphant welcome home of her husband from the Trojan War even the King hesitates to walk on the “crimson path” laid before him, because he is “a mortal, a man” and not a god.

7. Vodafone Red Entertainment Plans

Speaking of movie stars and entertainment, we couldn’t let this list go past without mentioning our Pay monthly and SIM only Red Entertainment Plans. Choose from Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass and you’ll get up to 24 months of the latest and best music, TV or sports included at no extra cost!

Every month we clue you in to everything you need to listen to, watch and cheer for. Check out all the latest entertainment in our April essential entertainment mix.

8. Santa Claus

How many sleeps until Christmas? Ok, we won’t do that to you just yet. But you have to admit it just wouldn’t be the same without the jolly chap in red.

Santa Claus is red as red, from ruddy cheeks to trousers. And while some people believe this is a clever marketing ploy by Coke, his colours are actually more likely to come from the attire of the original Saint Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra in the 4th Century.

9. Flags

The colour red shows up in 14.3% of all national flags, making it the most popular colour after white. Here in the UK we see it in the Union Jack, but it’s also a major feature of the Danish, Albanian, Haitian, Costa Rican flags and many others.

One popular theory for red’s prevalence relates to the ease of creating red dye as opposed to other colours. It’s also common across Commonwealth countries like Australia and New Zealand, thanks to UK ties.

10. Your mobile network

Of course, our very favourite red thing has to be the Vodafone UK network. Red’s been a major part of our identity since we made the very first mobile phone call on 1 January 1985 from London to our Newbury HQ.

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