Vodafone unveils pay-as-you-go mobile broadband

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

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