Vodafone unveils pay-as-you-go mobile broadband

Vodafone unveils pay-as-you-go mobile broadband

Summary: The operator is the first in the UK to offer pay-as-you-go mobile-broadband usage without time limits, albeit at a higher per-gigabyte charge than rivals

TOPICS: Networking

Vodafone has launched a pay-as-you-go mobile-broadband modem.

The modem is capable of 3.6Mbps, but the operator clarified that the data-transfer speeds people will realistically see will lie between 1Mbps and 2Mbps. The modem went on sale in stores and online on Wednesday. Dubbed 'TopUp and Go', the modem also doubles as a 4GB memory stick.

The modem costs £39, but that price includes £15 credit — representing 1GB of usage. By comparison, O2's pay-as-you-go mobile-broadband plan provides 3GB of usage for £15, but that data has to be used up within 30 days of purchase. Vodafone's gigabyte has no time limit on it.

T-Mobile, 3 and Orange offer similar, time-limited versions of pay-as-you-go mobile broadband to that provided by O2.

Vodafone's mobile broadband modem is capable of speeds between 1Mbps and 2Mbps

Topic: Networking

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  • Very handy for the business traveller - but shurely shome speed mistake?

    PAYG Mobile Broadband may sound bonkers to people used to all you can eat tariffs - but I reckon this could prove very popular with regular international travellers who want cheaper domestic rate data charges. Buy one of these at the airport on arrival, use for a few days whilst abroad and save a packet on your data charges...

    Anyone who has tried using mobile broadband whilst travelling is likely to have encountered the bill shock when you have returned to the UK. Even though I don't pay my own bills, even our financial controller pulled me up after a trip to France where I had incurred over
    James B-c7f32
  • Thanks for the nitpick

    Hi James,
    Thanks for the interesting comment and for the keen-eyed spot of the error. You're completely correct: The incorrect measurement was introduced in the edit process, and we've now fixed it. We appreciate your keeping a close eye on our stories and for helping us keep them straight.
    Karen Friar
  • Future Thinking Needed

    Which one of our mobile operators will be first to realise the opportunity in front of them to really compete and beat fixed line broadband services. I am sure that the majority of users would be very happy indeed to switch their broadband and phone services completely over to a mobile operator - IF.
    The big IF!! IF . . . the mobile operator improved service conditions for speed and bandwidth to be comparable to a landline operator in all respects and to match the price. In other words to become competitive completely - whoever gets there first will steal most of the market and become a very dominant and successful player.
    It is progress and not stagnation and the mobile telcos should really be getting their teeth into it now rather than trying to fleece their users with high prices. Although there are masts and cell points to maintain there is not the expensive cabled network to keep in working order.