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Vodafone Germany strikes deal with Fujitsu and Toshiba

Vodafone, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Toshiba Europe are to offer mobile products and services for business users with easy connection to Vodafone's GPRS network in Germany.

"The process is a little bit like ordering a car," said Vodafone D2 spokesman Heiko Witzke. "You go through the list of features you want and tick them off on the list. Our mobile office service is one of the features that corporate procurement officers can add to their list when they purchase wireless devices."

Vodafone D2, which has spearheaded the group's assault on the emerging market for mobile data communication service in Europe, has launched a handful of products over the past few months. 

At the CeBIT trade show last month, the company announced the availability of two new Vodafone Mobile Connect Cards. While one card offers subscribers online access via GPRS, the other provides online connectivity via GPRS or wireless Lan.

Each card contains software that lets users choose between access to their company intranet with the necessary security or access to the public internet for browsing and e-mail.

Vodafone D2 has also signed global agreements with Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Psion Teklogix, although  Witzke declined to comment whether these suppliers would also provide the one-stop connectivity service in Germany.


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