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THOUGHT: What does Vodafone think their customers uses GPRS on International Roaming?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 09.08.02 - 11:11:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 7344x
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As you know I was in Paris yesterday and again I tried to use my Vodafone D2 SIM card with my non SIM-Locked xda for GPRS roaming. While it doesn't worked 2 weeks ago, when I was in Paris; yesterday it worked - at least on a route of around 4 kilometers. :-(
When I've arrived at CDG airport I took a Taxi to downtown Paris. On the Taxi I've tried to dial-into the SFR GPRS network and what a surprise - it worked! I was connected to SFR GPRS using my Vodafone D2 settings - great, I thought! Finally the summer started, even for Vodafone.

Well at least it was on one part of the city highway only. When I'm reached Paris, GPRS was forbidden for me, doesn't matter which device I've tried. Well, back in the Taxi, it worked again - in the same area it does before but not on the airport anymore! I had a 2 hours stop-over on CDG and was not able to connect the Internet, not for E-Mail nor for Web...

Ahhh - sorry? Vodafone? Can you hear me!? What do you think where your International Roaming customers wants to use GPRS? Maybe on the city highway also (if you are in a Taxi) but for sure mostly on the airport and in cities like Paris!

Well, how we should talk about future technologies like MMS if the operators (it's not only Vodafone, it was just an example) are not able to enable GPRS International Roaming - 1 1/2 year after the introduction into the networks! Maybe the operators should do first their basic homework's before they try to launch new products... :-(

Cheers ~ Arne