WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- National Geographic has announced
the consumer launch of the National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone,
designed specifically for the needs of the traveling public, allowing for
affordable calls from over 100 countries, with no contracts to sign and
free incoming calls in most international markets.
GSM cell phone technology experts at Cellular Abroad, Playa del Rey,
Calif., collaborated with National Geographic in a licensing partnership to
provide this service that works seamlessly across international borders,
picking up local cellular networks and providing consumers with the best
coverage available. Unlike other services, the phone number stays the same,
no matter where the consumer travels. As an added benefit, the National
Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone features a dedicated toll-free number
to reach Cellular Abroad's 24/7 customer support service.
"Staying in touch while overseas has proved difficult for travelers;
the majority of overseas travelers have not been able to afford the
security and convenience of a cell phone," said Sebastian Harrison,
president, Cellular Abroad. "With expensive rates and little or no
technical support, international cellular service has excluded the general
public. Now, it is at their fingertips."
"National Geographic is excited to offer the Talk Abroad Travel Phone
to all international travelers. Students, vacationers, business travelers
and our own explorers and photographers can now stay connected with this
affordable travel phone and SIM card, while they seek to understand and
experience our world," said John Dumbacher, senior vice president of
licensing for National Geographic.
The National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel phone will be available
March 2007 at www.Cellularabroad.com/travelphone.
National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel Phone Quick Facts
* Purchase for $199 which includes 30 minutes of free outgoing talk time
or rent at $49 a week.
* SIM card available for $79, which includes 30 minutes of free outgoing
talk time and is available for purchase at select mobile telephone
* Add minutes as you go; no contracts or bills. Pay a low flat rate of
$0.90 per outgoing minute in the most frequently traveled countries.
* Unlimited free incoming calls in the most frequently traveled countries.
* 24-hour, 7-day-a-week dedicated customer service to address questions,
add minutes or order a phone. National Geographic Talk Abroad Travel
Phone users can access customer service, with no fee, directly from the
About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit
scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to "increase and
diffuse geographic knowledge," the Society works to inspire people to care
about the planet. It reaches more than 350 million people worldwide each
month through its official journal, National Geographic, and four other
magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio
programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media.
National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects
and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more
information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
About Cellular Abroad
Cellular Abroad has been operating since 2001 and has become the most
popular choice among international travelers for cellular service. They
have an outstanding record of customer service and they are committed to
making international cellular service available to everyone. You can visit
their website at http://www.cellularabroad.com or for more information call
their toll-free hotline at 1-800-287-5072.
CONTACT: Sarah Schorno
Corbin & Associates, Ltd
SOURCE National Geographic