Vodafone unveils pay as you go mobile broadband

Mobile broadband for those who want a flexible service but don’t want lengthy contracts

In a bid to bolster the reach of its mobile computing customer base, Vodafone has launched a new pay as you go mobile broadband service, ‘TopUp and Go’.

The TopUp and Go mobile computing bundle comprises a 4 Gbyte USB modem which costs £39 and which is pre-loaded with 1 Gbyte of data.

Vodafone says that this offers 30 hours' worth of web surfing, 650 emails or dozens of downloads and is the  equivalent of £15’s worth of mobile broadband data allowance. Additional blocks of 1 Gbyte of data can be purchased at £15 a time.

The product is being marketed by the telecoms operator as an ideal tool for mobile computing users who want a flexible service but don’t want to be tied down to lengthy contracts. Vodafone says that users will be able to enjoy download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps and uploads at the standard 3G speed of 384 Kbps.

The 29g USB modem will work in the UK and not on Macs. It will however support laptop and PCs that are based on Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems. Those who require speeds up to 7.2 Mbps or who want to use the product outside of the UK will need to opt for Vodafone’s monthly contract mobile broadband service.


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