Racal Telecom Public Limited Company (Now Vodafone Group ) - England 1988

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Beautiful engraved Specimen ADR certificate from the Racal Telecom Public Limited Company . This historic document was printed by United States Banknote Corporation and has an ornate border around it. This item has the printed signature of the Company's Vice-President. Vodafone Group Public Limited Company operates as a mobile telecommunications company primarily in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and the United States. Its products and services include voice services; short messaging service; Vodafone live! portal, an integrated communications and multimedia proposition, through which customers access various online services, such as games, ringtones, news, sports, and information; Mobile Connect data card, which provides access to existing business information systems, such as email, corporate applications, company intranets, and the Internet; and wireless, roaming, and other business services. The company distributes its products and services directly, as well as through third-party service providers, independent dealers, and agencies. As of March 31, 2006, the company served approximately 170.6 million customers worldwide. It has a strategic partnership with Telecom Egypt; and a strategic alliance with Yahoo!, Inc. to create mobile advertising business. Vodafone Group was founded in 1984. It was formerly known as Racal Strategic Radio Limited and changed its name to Racal Telecommunications Group Limited in 1985. Further, the company changed its name to Racal Telecom Limited in 1988; to Vodafone Group Public Limited Company in 1991; to Vodafone AirTouch Plc in 1999; and subsequently to Vodafone Group Public Limited Company in 2000. Vodafone Group is headquartered in Newbury, the United Kingdom.
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