Vodafone K.K. announced today that it will expand global roaming service areas for Vodafone live! and mobile data communications to 51 countries and regions as of 30 March 2005. Since launching its 3G service in December 2002, Vodafone K.K. has tied up with operators outside Japan providing W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS network services. In addition to offering voice roaming, Vodafone K.K. has also enabled its customers to access mobile data communications services abroad with the same Vodafone K.K. handset* that they use in Japan.
While in countries and regions that support Vodafone live! global roaming, customers can send their favourite photos to friends and family in Japan, as well as access web content.
At the time of service launch in December 2002, voice roaming was available in 49 countries and regions, with mobile data communications in 9 of them. Since then Vodafone K.K. has worked on expanding its global roaming network so customers can use their mobiles in even more areas. With the expansion on 30 March 2005, customers will be able to make voice calls in 116 countries and regions and access Vodafone live! and mobile data communication services in 51 of them.
To offer even richer global communication, Vodafone K.K. will continue to work on expanding roaming coverage overseas.