Vodafone New Zealand reduces prices for data roaming
Posted on 5-Aug-2005 10:16
Filed under: News
Vodafone New Zealand will reducing its pricing structure for international data roaming from Monday 8 August 2005. The new rate is available for users when utilising data roam on Vodafone's global data network and will be reduced by two-thirds to NZ$10 per megabyte - the same amount it costs casual users to access the data network in New Zealand.
Vodafone Data Products Marketing Manager Fraser King said the reduction from NZ$30 per megabyte to NZ$10 per megabyte was fantastic news for customers who travelled regularly and accessed email and the internet through their wireless laptops or handheld devices.
"These changes are designed to make it as easy and cost effective as possible for Vodafone customers to do business overseas," he said.
"We think our customers would rather be doing business than calculating how much it's going to cost to access email, the internet or company networks from their hotel room or in an airport lounge. These changes will provide them with greater certainty and transparency."
King said the initiative was part of Vodafone's Group's commitment to providing unbeatable international voice and data roaming services to its customers around the globe. Vodafone Group recently introduced the Travel Passport to both simplify and bring more predictability to the cost of using roaming services
The new pricing applies to New Zealand customers using data roaming on Vodafone networks in the following countries - Australia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The majority of Vodafone customers - around 75% - travel to Australia, where they have been able to roam on Vodafone since 2003.
Vodafone New Zealand offers 3G data roaming to six countries today and will have all the above Vodafone networks available for 3G voice and data roaming in the next few months.
King said business travellers were increasingly choosing wireless options as a seamless and convenient way of accessing information such as email and the internet and keeping in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Vodafone customers' desire to do business in this way had led to a rapid growth in mobile data usage in New Zealand.
According to the company, one megabyte of data indicatively equates to customers being able to access around 200 text based emails, or 40-70 word documents; 30-50 excel documents; 15-20 PDFs or 70-120 web pages.