Vodafone has released billing details for GPRS, its next-generation, high-speed cellular phone network.
Subscribers will pay $30 a megabyte for data downloaded to their handsets. GPRS is a so-called 2.5G network; users are always connected to the network, meaning emails can be received by the user without having to log on.
“A megabyte equates to roughly 16 web pages downloaded or about 100 normal emails,” says Vodafone spokeswoman Alison Sykora. By “normal” she means a text-only email without attachments.
Sykora says the number of websites viewable on a GPRS phone increases dramatically if the sites are optimised for WAP.
“Then you could see about 100 sites per megabyte.”
The full pricing schedule is available from the Vodafone website.
Telecom has yet to announce its pricing for CDMA, the competitor to GPRS. Both services are set to be launched in July with second-iteration, higher-speed services promised toward the end of the year.