It’s a bitterly cold winter’s morning and I’m trapped, stuck in an old farmhouse style hotel by heavy snowfall following last night’s business trip into the local town. I haven’t bothered to ask the receptionist about Internet access, it’s clear from the pungent smell of mildew (three stars hay?), rotting wood and apparent lack of a working phone line that the online revolution has somehow gone unnoticed here.Article Index:
There was a time when such a situation would have ended all hope of getting any work done, but no longer. Thanks to the affordable Mobile Broadband revolution, which allows you to hook your computer up to a high speed link delivered via the wireless cell (radio spectrum) network of mobile phone operators, a bit of heavy snowfall and a downed land line are no longer an obstacle.
Today the UK is filled with a plentiful array of Mobile Broadband choices, which are simple to connect via Plug'n'Play USB Modems (dongles) and offer strong multi-Gigabyte data allowances at an affordable price. So where’s the catch? ISPreview grabbed a swanky new Vodafone Mobile Broadband package and set about to find the answer.
The Vodafone Pay As You Go (payg) Mobile Broadband service we picked, much like many other pre-paid packages from rivals, included a sleek white Huawei USB Modem with a spare slot on the side for a microSD storage card. The SIM card was also easy to extract via a holder just above the USB connector, although we didn’t attempt to try it in other devices. Vodafone also included a small USB extension cable (not show below).