"Vodafone beats market expectations in launching the first 3G datacard service in the UK"
Ahead of its original schedule, Vodafone UK announces the launch of its Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard service for its corporate customers. From Monday 16th February, Vodafone UK will launch Europe’s first high-speed laptop datacard with the start of targeted marketing activity to its key corporate customers.
In keeping with its leadership position, Vodafone’s Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard is the first product in the UK market that integrates 3G and GPRS functions, enabling transmission at speeds of up to 384kpbs. Customers will be able to access all their usual office applications like email, calendar and Internet at up to ten times the speed of GPRS, improving business productivity.
"Today’s businesses are more and more dependent on mobilising the workforce and keeping real-time access to corporate databases, as well as access to the Internet," says Bill Morrow, CEO of Vodafone UK. "Building on our already highly successful GPRS capability, the unique 3G service is yet another step towards making the mobile virtual office environment a true reality."
Vodafone was the first operator in the UK to commence 3G datacard trials. Feedback on the trials to-date has been extremely positive, with both corporate and business customers impressed with the high-performance, high-quality and high-speed service. Trial customers confidently expect the 3G datacard application to greatly increase workforce data productivity and flexibility.
From February coverage is available throughout London and along the M4 corridor, and will rapidly roll out to other major urban areas, including Birmingham and Manchester to reach 30 per cent of the UK population by April.