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Vodafone’s international cell data roaming: The European carrier will offer 24 hours access across several countries for €12 as a flat rate. Customers in 13 countries, including the UK and Ireland, are initially covered, but Vodafone expects to sign up 32 roaming partners by the end of next month, according to this report. This rate also includes just 50 MB of downloads during the 24-hour period. Seems rather steep, especially compared to monthly plans that include unlimited usage. Still, it’s a start.
The HP Compaq nc6400 features worldwide UMTS, HSDPA: Cingular’s card allows the device to work on US 3G frequencies and others worldwide. Some PC Cards are quint-band; this one, tri-band. The laptop will run about $1600 and ship in late December. Cingular’s DataConnect Global plan for $110 or $140 per month includes a certain amount of cell data access and reduced metered pricing in many countries outside the US, while including “unlimited” domestic US access.