Vodafone dials up 7.2Mb/s HSDPA USB dongle
On contract and PAYG
Vodafone has rolled out Pebble - the nickname by which it's latest HSDPA modem is known. Officially the USB Modem 7.2, the Pebble provides 'super 3G' connectivity for PCs and Macs at up to 7.2Mb/s.
Vodafone's USB Modem 7.2: super 3G add-on
That's the maximum download speed - uploads are expected to run to 384Kb/s. Vodafone said it has already started upgrading its 3G network to the 7.2Mb/s.
Vodafone wants £49 for the Pebble if you're willing to sign up for an 18-month £25- or £95-a-month contract. The up-front price rises to £99 for 12-month contract, or £170 if you want pay-as-you-go.
The PAYG deal bills access time on a daily basis: £8.50 for 24 hours' online time.
Inevitable a so-called 'fair usage' policy applies: the cut-off is 3GB for a monthly plan but a mere 500MB if you're a PAYG customer, in a given month.
Vodafone also said will be offering two Pebbles for the price of one to buyers who sign up for an 18-month contract over the Christmas period. Pebble can be purchased at Vodafone's website.