Laptop users will have a reliable and competitively-priced alternative to WiFi starting this summer, when from 2 July Vodafone drops its laptop data roaming prices to e12 per day (excl. VAT) for wireless roaming across Vodafone subsidiaries in Europe, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, and with partners in France, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium (see Notes to Editors).
With 'Vodafone Connect Abroad' customers will be able to use their laptops when overseas to surf the internet, check emails and access their company intranet, whether they are sitting in a hotel room, in a cafe or on the beach. The new tariff ensures the comfort of straightforward pricing combined with a familiar and reliable service.
In countries where there is an HSDPA network, Vodafone Connect Abroad customers using a Vodafone Mobile Connect USB modem or a Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G broadband data card will be able to connect just as they do in their home country and benefit from download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Any Vodafone customer who uses a wireless data product, uses their mobile handset as a modem or has a laptop with an embedded SIM card, can sign-up for Vodafone Connect Abroad free of charge.
Customers will pay nothing until they choose to connect abroad for a 24hr session. They can access the internet, emails or business network as many times as they choose for e12 (excl. VAT) in the same 24 hr period on any Vodafone or partner network included in the offer.
The move to introduce Vodafone Connect Abroad, which was first announced in March 2007, builds on the success of the company's innovative voice roaming tariff, Vodafone Passport, which since June 2005 has brought lower, reassuring prices to over 12 million European customers' mobile phone bills when travelling overseas.
Commenting on the new tariff, Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone, said: "With Vodafone Connect Abroad, customers can now access internet services on their laptops for a simple, daily rate, competitive to hotel WiFi and DSL services."
Tariff details: The Vodafone Connect Abroad tariff replaces complex 'per Megabyte' tariffs with a simple flat fee for practically unlimited data usage. The daily tariff structure 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 e12 (excl. VAT). The fixed fee covers consumption within either a 24 hour period or a calendar day, of 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 on 2 July. It will be introduced into the remaining European markets soon thereafter. There is no activation charge for opting into the Vodafone Connect Abroad tariff. The e12 (excl. VAT) flat rate tariff is applicable when a Vodafone customer is roaming on a Vodafone network in Europe, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, and partner networks in France, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium (see Notes to Editors).
If customers use their Vodafone Connect USB modem or Vodafone Connect 3G broadband data card on other networks, other costs are incurred for international roaming.
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