National Geographic Announces Affordable Global Cell Phone Coverage Solution

Jul 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Geographic

    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
     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
     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 or for more information call
 their toll-free hotline at 1-800-287-5072.
     CONTACT: Sarah Schorno
              Corbin & Associates, Ltd
              (212) 246-6515

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