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ROAMING: Vodafone announces new flat-rate data roaming tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 15.03.07 - 06:24:05 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10137x
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That's definitely something not only business travelers will enjoy but also European tourists, roaming around through Europe in the summer holidays. At its CeBIT press conference, Vodafone today announced that customers in Europe will be able to surf the internet, check E-Mail and access their business network when roaming abroad for a flat rate fee of only 12 Euro (excluding VAT) for every day of use. The tariff will be available to Vodafone customers with mobile-enabled laptops from 1 July 2007 and will significantly lower the cost of data roaming for business customers and consumers alike.

This move is the latest development in Vodafone's drive to simplify roaming prices, making them more predictable and understandable for customers. The initiative draws upon two years' experience of the voice roaming tariff - Vodafone Passport - which has already attracted over 12m customers. Following the introduction of daily data tariffs in a number of Vodafone markets last year, Vodafone is now seeking to extend these benefits to customers throughout Europe who wish to use their laptops when traveling.

Besides the clear consumer advantages of reducing prices, Vodafone is continuing to invest in its networks to ensure customers also benefit from rapidly escalating data access speeds. Building on the strong platform of 3G, Vodafone has recently been rolling out faster technologies, such as HSDPA, which is now available in 11 European markets.

Commenting on the new tariff, Arun Sarin, Chief Executive, Vodafone, said: "Following the success of our Passport service, which has made it cheaper and simpler to call home over the past two years, we are now applying the same principles of value and simplicity for customers who need to access their corporate intranets, business E-Mail or surf the web when they are abroad.

"With high speed 3G networks already deployed in many European markets, ongoing investment in new technologies to increase download speeds and clear, effective tariffs, Vodafone should be the network of choice for those seeking to use their laptops when traveling."

The new tariff replaces complex 'per Megabyte' tariffs with a simple flat fee for practically unlimited data usage. The daily tariff enables Vodafone customers to send or receive data at ease within a 24 hour period or one calendar day (depending on the Vodafone market) for a fixed fee of 12 Euro. The fixed fee covers consumption within either a 24 hour period or a calendar day, up to 50 MB of data, after which the customer's standard per-megabyte rate applies.

Vodafone will launch the tariff across the majority of its European footprint, including its principal European markets, on 1 July. It will be introduced into the remaining European markets soon thereafter.

As with Vodafone Passport there is no activation charge for opting into the daily roaming tariff. The 12 Euro flat rate tariff is applicable when a Vodafone customer is roaming on Vodafone subsidiary networks in Europe. Should a customer roam onto another network then standard per megabyte charging will apply.

Cheers ~ Arne

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