Vodafone K.K. announces today that from 25 May 2006 it will expand international roaming service areas in which customers can use their Vodafone K.K. 3G handsets abroad. With this expansion, roaming will be available to Vodafone K.K. customers traveling to Armenia, Gambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Alaska, enabling them to make voice calls in a total of 151 countries and regions.
To further improve customer convenience, Vodafone K.K. is progressively increasing the number of roaming partners in countries and regions where international roaming is available. As of 25 May, Vodafone K.K. will have tied up with multiple operators in 61 of the 151 supported countries and regions, allowing customers to roam on a total of 214 networks.
Since launching international roaming services in December 2002, Vodafone K.K. has expanded its lineup of 3G handsets that can be used abroad. Currently customers can choose from 11 models*2 capable of international roaming in the latest Vodafone K.K. catalogue (for May 2006).
Vodafone K.K. will continue to expand roaming service areas to offer even richer global communication to customers.
*1 Some 3G handsets such as the Vodafone 802N and Vodafone 703N are for use in Japan only.
*2 Including the Vodafone Connect Card VC701SI.