Vodafone signs ‘world phone’ deal

Vodafone has signed an agreement with eight wireless telecomms providers in the US and Canada which will allow New Zealanders to "auto-roam" in 1049 cities in 29 states while keeping their own mobile number.

Vodafone has signed an agreement with eight wireless telecomms providers in the US and Canada which will allow New Zealanders to “auto-roam” in 1049 cities in 29 states while keeping their own mobile number. Customers can either hire a 1900MHz phone and insert their own SIM card or buy a newly launched Bosch 718 World Phone which operates on both 1900MHz and the 900MHz used by Vodafone in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. The phone will be cost around $900.

Ericsson also plans to launch a “world phone” by the end of 1999. The Ericsson product will work on several different digital modes: GSM 900 and 1800/1900Mhz, D-AMPS 800 and 1900Mhz and analogue 800MHz AMPS systems.

Along with the Bosch world phone, Vodafone is offering Bosch’s 608, a consumer phone and the top-of-the range 908 mobile. The 908 weighs 109g and will sell for around $1500 in New Zealand.

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