NEWBURY, ENGLAND and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the leading US wireless service provider, and Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone"), the world's largest mobile community, today announce their intention to develop a dual branded 'Verizon Vodafone' laptop data card service for business customers working and traveling between the US and Europe.
The data card will be based on Vodafone's successful data card service, Vodafone Mobile Connect Card, which Verizon Wireless will develop and market under license from Vodafone. The service will enable Verizon Wireless and Vodafone business customers to seamlessly access their e-mail, the Internet and corporate applications on their laptops within Vodafone's territories and Verizon Wireless' network in the US, with customers experiencing their same service environment when traveling abroad.
To support the service, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone intend to cooperate on data card hardware, service inter-connectivity, roaming and inter-operator billing.
"As Verizon Wireless and Vodafone work toward a seamless wireless data experience for business people on both sides of the Atlantic, our customers will look forward to the high-quality services and products that we've become known for in the wireless marketplace," said Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless.
"Today's announcement demonstrates the potential of the Verizon Wireless and Vodafone partnership to lead the global mobile market in delivering genuine customer value. By combining our product and marketing knowledge with Verizon Wireless' excellent quality CDMA 1xRTT data Express Network® and Vodafone's GPRS networks, our partnership will deliver mobile e-mail access, the Web and corporate applications, all key business services. This will allow Verizon Wireless and Vodafone customers to work effectively whilst traveling in the US and Europe," said Julian Horn Smith, chief operating officer, Vodafone.
About Vodafone Group Plc
Vodafone is the world's largest mobile community with over 122.7m proportionate customers worldwide and equity interests in 28 countries and Partner Networks in a further 9 countries. www.vodafone.com
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 34.6 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.