Vodafone today announces the launch of a high-speed datacard that enables customers to access business applications, E-Mail and the Internet from their laptop whilst on the move/inbound international roaming in the United States.
Launched in partnership with Verizon Wireless, the new PCMCIA datacard uses Verizon Wireless' EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network to provide customers with access to the largest national wireless high-speed, broadband network currently available in the United States.
Across Europe, Japan and New Zealand, Vodafone customers access the Vodafone 3G network, with data rates of up to 384kpbs using the award-winning Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard. When traveling in the United States, the service is just as easy to use. Customers simply need to remove the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard and replace it with the Vodafone Mobile Connect EVDO datacard, then use the existing Vodafone Mobile Connect software to access Verizon Wireless' EVDO network.
"With 25% of all business customers traveling and working in the United States, today's announcement demonstrates Vodafone's commitment to deliver services that customers need," said Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone. "With the introduction of the Vodafone Mobile Connect EVDO datacard, the Vodafone Mobile Connect range makes life even easier for our business customers on the move, through a winning combination of easy to use services, simple and predictable data pricing and superior network coverage across Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the United States."
The Vodafone Mobile Connect EVDO datacard will be sold as a package, containing both the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard and the new Vodafone Mobile Connect EVDO datacard, or separately for customers who already own a Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G datacard. Data roaming usage of the Vodafone Mobile Connect EVDO datacard will be charged to the customers Vodafone account at the same predictable data roaming rates currently offered by the local Vodafone operator.
The datacard will initially be available to corporate accounts through VodafoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s direct sales force in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, with other markets to follow next year.
Cheers ~ Arne