Train WiFi - 100 Kbps if you're lucky

I was a bit miffed to discover that the WiFi take-up on GNER's trains on the popular East Coast Main Line between Scotchland and London is rising rapidly.

So rapidly, in fact, that I measured a data throughput of between 40 and 100 Kbps on a train out of Kings Cross last week.

That's pretty pathetic when you consider I'm paying for the WiFi service, since I travel in standard class (First class peeps get the service for free -Ed).

The pedestrian WiFi speeds were so low, in fact, that I wasn't able to load up my Steganos Anonym anonymous Web surfing software to check a few, ahem, copyright-free music and movie Web sites.

This started me looking at 3's new mobile broadband service, which pumps data at speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps second and costs from a tenner a month for a fairly hefty one gigabyte of data transfer.

A pal of mine has been testing the 3 service in Glasgow and Ireland, and reports it works quite well.

The killer, of course, is that even when it falls back on to a GSM/GPRS network when outside of 3's network coverage, it still belts data along at around 60 Kbps, which is not bad considering you get national coverage.

When within range of a 3G network base station, of course, you'll typically get between 300 Kbps and 1 Mbps in the real world, which is perfect for accessing VPNs and secure Web surfing services.

And if you sign up for the new 3 mobile broadband service via the www.quidco.com cashback site, you'll get 55 notes rebate after a couple of months, which is rather tasty...