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ROAMING: Vodafone Germany enables roaming for mobile data transmission via UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 29.04.04 - 13:01:10 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8872x
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Vodafone is the first network operator in Germany to offer UMTS roaming for German Vodafone customers to Intranet, Internet and E-Mail in six European countries.

Dusseldorf, April 29, 2004. Notebook users with Vodafone's new "Mobile Connect Card UMTS" can also gain high-speed access to the Internet, Intranet or E-Mails when they are abroad. Vodafone has become the first German mobile telecommunications operator to enable UMTS roaming using a datacard or UMTS handset in Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. There is no additional basic fee, and there is no need to reconfigure the card or notebook.

Business travelers and holidaymakers can now also transfer their data in European Vodafone networks at speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second – which equals six times the speed of ISDN. This means that convenient online work via E-Mail and easy Internet surfing are now also possible internationally, regardless of whether you're on the move in the City of London or on a beach in Barcelona. Vodafone's global footprint makes this possible. With this offering, the Dusseldorf-based mobile telecommunications provider, following the successful launch of UMTS, has passed another milestone on the path towards worldwide usability of the third mobile generation service offering.

UMTS usage abroad is charged for in line with the conditions already applying to GSM and GPRS. Thus, data transmission in the West European Vodafone networks is charged at EUR 0.59 per 100 KB for customers with the Vodafone Time and Vodafone Volume tariff options (plus EUR 0.40 per connection, prices including VAT).

Good to hear that UMTS roaming also started now. While the GPRS roaming is still limited, compared to GSM romaing I already feared it takes longer to see first 3G roaming in place.

Cheers ~ Arne

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