Man faces jail after admitting setting fire to Vodafone’s phone mast in Liverpool, UK #Vodafone #PhoneMast #Liverpool #UK
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A number of attacks on phone masts across the UK are thought to be linked to false claims the 5G network is spreading coronavirus.
A man has been warned he is facing jail after admitting setting a telephone mast on fire in Merseyside.
A number of attacks on phone masts across the country are believed to be linked to false claims that the 5G network is spreading coronavirus.
Emergency services were called to Coopers Lane, Kirkby, on 5 April following reports the Vodafone-owned telephone mast was on fire.
Nobody was injured, but the structure was damaged.
Michael Whitty, 47, pleaded guilty to arson at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday via videolink from HMP Altcourse.
Andrew Alty, defending Whitty, of Kirkby, asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared to provide further details of his client’s reasons for committing the offence.
He said: “There is more of an explanation behind this that he would like to give.”
The court heard material from the defendant’s mobile phone was being assessed by the prosecution.
Judge Andrew Menary QC adjourned the case until 8 June and warned Whitty: “You must recognise that it is inevitable there will be a custodial sentence in this case.”
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Coronavirus: Vodafone is giving 500,000 customers and vulnerable people free unlimited internet data for 30 days #Vodafone #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic
VODAFONE is giving 500,000 pay-monthly customers free unlimited internet data for 30 days during the coronavirus crisis.
In addition, it will also upgrade vulnerable customers to an unlimited data plan for free, also for 30 days.
The offer will help Vodafone users stay connected if they don’t already have an unlimited data plan.
Vodafone says customers can access the deal through the mobile network provider’s VeryMe rewards scheme available on the My Vodafone app.
Any pay-monthly customer, whether on a consumer or business contract, can apply if they’re registered with VeryMe and don’t already have unlimited data as part of their package.
Vodafone says it will make the offer available to 500,000 customers to begin with.
It will then look at the possibility of extending the deal or offering other help to customers.
If you’re a customer who is classed as vulnerable, you won’t be included in this pool of 500,000 customers and will be guaranteed the upgrade.
The offer will expire after the first 500,000 people redeem it, on a first-come, first-served basis.
We’ve asked Vodafone how it will determine who is a vulnerable customer and we’ll update this article when we find out more.
However, it has said all vulnerable customers will be contacted automatically.
The Sun is also checking if the mobile provider is planning on offering money off for pay-monthly customers who are already signed up to unlimited data, and if it plans on offering any perks to pay-as-you-go users.
Vodafone has around 19.5million UK customers.
Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “Our role in these difficult and worrying times is to keep the UK connected, even while we have to stay apart.
“If our network capacity allows, we would love to be able to offer this to even more customers and will be monitoring the feasibility of this.
“In short, if we have more to give, we will.”
The My Vodafone app can be downloaded for free on the App Store or by Google Play.
You’ll then find the free data deal on the VeryMe section of the app.
The free data deal comes after all major network providers, including Vodafone, announced they wouldn’t charge customers, or take away from their data allowance, when accessing NHS websites.
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Vodafone customers worldwide have faced disruption to their mobile internet and broadband services because of a glitch.
Users in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Italy took to social media – despite connectivity difficulties – to say there were problems just before 3pm UK time.
The company later confirmed the failure of an international link also meant disruption further afield – in Australia and India.
A spokesperson said: “We aware that some customers are experiencing issues with their mobile data and broadband services.
“Our engineers are working hard to fix the issue and services are now being restored.
“This could take some time before they are working as normal. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
It is understood the company was initially re-routing internet traffic to get around the problem.
Vodafone will be desperate to avoid PR disasters at a time when it is looking to recover from a big annual loss and invest in the 5G future at the same time.
The glitch happened just weeks before Vodafone in the UK is due to launch of its first 5G services.
The 5G fanfare – slated for 3 July – will be limited to seven cities initially.
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