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Vodafone joins Wireless Broadband Gang

Mobile Telephony firm Vodafone (opens in new tab) has released a new USB modem that allows faster-than-broadband speeds to be reached without the burden of a landline thanks to HSDPA.

The average broadband connection speed in UK is amongst the slowest at 2.6mbps (opens in new tab) according to a report published in October 2007 by the Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Vodafone's new high speed USB Modem 7.2 promises speeds of up to 7.2mbps for downloads and up to 1.4mbps for uploads.

At GBP 25 (opens in new tab) for a 3GB fair usage allowance per month, it should be enough for most casual users and a GBP 8.50 per 24 hour access in the EU makes it an altogether more rounded deal.

T-Mobile and 3 have recently announced that they would merge their mobile broadband services in a bid to increase UK coverage and to cut operating costs.

Vodafone claims that the USB modem is the smallest and slimmest yet and supports all the major operating systems on the market except Linux.

No PCMCIA or Expresscard versions of the modem have been announced yet although Vodafone does have data cards for laptops.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.