Voyager has joined the exclusive club of New Zealand Internet service providers that offer their customers global roaming.
It has done a deal with the i-Pass Alliance, a California-based company which has established a network of ISPs in more than 150 countries. Under a reciprocal arrangement, each alliance partner provides Internet access to each other’s customers at local calling rates.
Voyager marketing manager Phill Dagger says the alliance, whose ISP partners provide points of presence in more than 1000 cities, enables travelling Voyager subscribers to check email and surf the Net for US$10 an hour. In those cities with a point of presence, the Voyager subscriber need merely dial into the alliance ISP, provide their user name and Voyager code, then enter their password. Billing is handled by Voyager.
Dagger says the service is available to all Voyager subscribers, has no joining fee and has been successfully in use since November. He says subscribers have been using the service at a rate of about five a week, from locations as far afield as Brazil, London, Bangkok and Baltimore.
According to i-Pass, the alliance offers about 125 points of presences in 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Similar capabilities are available to subscribers of Compuserve New Zealand and the IBM Global Network.