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A Swiss first: GPRS roaming now possible in five countries

03 April 2002

Following agreements with local Vodafone network providers, Swisscom Mobile customers can now use GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) data transmission technology in five European countries. GPRS allows fast, instant access to e-mails, information and news via mobile phone.

GPRS has been made possible thanks to new roaming agreements concluded in Germany, Italy, Britain, Spain and Ireland. A precondition is that customers log onto the network of the local Vodafone provider. They can then start using GPRS straight away, without any further alteration to settings. To call up personal e-mails or specific information services, all they need to do is open the WAP browser.

"GPRS roaming demonstrates clearly the benefits to our customers of the strategic partnership with Vodafone," explains Urs Schaeppi, Head of Connectivity Services at Swisscom Mobile. "Our goal is to provide Swisscom Mobile customers with quick and convenient access to mobile data services outside Switzerland as well. Vodafone´s international platform is ideal for this."

With its latest GPRS roaming agreements Swisscom Mobile is also positioning itself as a leader in mobile data business. Further GPRS roaming agreements are to be concluded in the near future.

For further information on GPRS, visit www.swisscom-mobile.ch/gprs

GPRS abroad - an overview
Country Network operator Cost / MB
Germany  Vodafone  CHF 21.00
Italy  Omnitel Vodafone  CHF 21.00
UK  Vodafone UK  CHF 21.00
Spain  Airtel Vodafone  CHF 18.47
Ireland  Eircell Vodafone  CHF 18.47

Provision in the individual countries depends on the level of coverage of the network operator.

Berne, 3 april 2002

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