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Vodafone Australia targets business travellers with new 5-zone international roaming tariffs

  • 03 June, 2004 10:45

<p>Vodafone Australia today broke new ground in international roaming with the launch of Vodafone World and announced a new push to target business travellers. Vodafone World simplifies the process of making and receiving calls overseas by dividing the world into five international zones, with each call charged in Australian dollars at one flat rate and no peak or off peak rates.</p>
<p>Currently, travelling overseas with a mobile phone can be confusing and expensive, with most carriers charging multiple tariffs for separate countries, with widely varying peak and off peak rates. Vodafone World’s innovative 5-Zone international roaming cuts through the complexity of understanding international roaming charges.</p>
<p>Vodafone customers are also rewarded with a 10% discount on calls made in more than 30 countries, when they use the Vodafone network for calls made within that country and back to Australia. Plus, Vodafone customers have access to services such as 121 for voicemail, 123 for information and 1555 for customer care when roaming in select networks, just as they do in Australia.</p>
<p>Chantal Walker, General Manager of Business Marketing, Vodafone Australia said: “With our massive global network, Vodafone is in the best position to take the lead on international roaming services for Australian business travellers. Vodafone World makes international roaming simple, with a clear 5-zone, flat rate approach in nearly 80 countries that is transparent, easy to understand and use when travelling.”</p>
<p>International roaming is a massive growth area, with almost a fifth of the Australian population travelling overseas every year . A recent study undertaken by Vodafone UK found almost half of all business travellers claimed their mobile was the number one item they couldn't manage without when travelling for work.</p>
<p>Chantal continues, “The business market is an important part of the Vodafone Australia growth strategy. Vodafone World offers flat rates for both voice and data services, so it fits well with our Vodafone Mobile Connect and Vodafone Blackberry offerings - we’re making it easy for customers to stay connected while they travel overseas on business.”</p>
<p>“With Vodafone World we’re committed to driving down the cost of being mobile and providing a seamless customer experience, so customers don’t have to change the way they use their mobile when travelling. Only Vodafone can provide customers with this unique travelling experience by leveraging our global scale and scope.”</p>
<p>Vodafone Australia joins 12 other Vodafone countries, which have previously launched the innovative Vodafone World 5-zone tariffs – Vodafone UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Switzerland and Japan.</p>
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Notes to Editors:-
To activate global roaming, customers need to contact Customer Care on 1555 (free from your Vodafone mobile when you call within Australia) or their Account Manager 72 hours prior to departure. A security deposit may be required.</p>
<p>Data roaming is charged at the one flat rate of 3 cents per kilobyte. Minimum 75 kilobyte charge.</p>
<p>Data roaming is available in 16 countries. For more info visit www.vodafone.com.au</p>
<p>TXT and some other services may not be available in all areas</p>
<p>Both Call and Data coverage are subject to availability and limitations of partner networks</p>
<p>Available from 1st June 2004.</p>
<p>Roaming is only available to Pay Monthly customers.</p>
<p>All prices are subject to change</p>
<p>For more information, including more details about zones and prices, please contact:
Kelly Smith, Vodafone Australia on 0414 208 386
John Gardner, Savage &amp; Horrigan on 02 8281 3232</p>
<p>About Vodafone</p>
<p>Vodafone Group Plc is a leading mobile communications company - 25 per cent of the world’s mobile phone users are connected to Vodafone. Vodafone has equity interests in 26 countries, and partner networks in a further 13 countries - leaving an unmatched network footprint. The company provides quality services to 2.5 million Australian customers, 1.6 million New Zealand customers and 114,000 Fijian customers. Vodafone has more than 133.4 million proportionate customers worldwide.</p>
<p>© Vodafone Pty Limited 2004: VODAFONE and the Vodafone logos are trade marks of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trade marks of their respective owners.</p>

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