|Faster mobile broadband for Vodafone customers|
From September 3, Vodafone UK customers who want to benefit from even faster laptop connectivity speeds can invest in a new range of devices that will ultimately deliver the fastest ever Mobile Broadband service – making it possible to both send and receive information over ten times faster than the original 3G service launched in 2004.
The choice of devices will include a new plug and go USB Modem as well as two next-generation ExpressCards; one that is plug and go and another, more suited to corporate customers.
Following the new £25 Mobile Broadband flat rate announced in June, Vodafone UK has experienced an unprecedented demand for laptop connectivity and there’s more good news for customers. Throughout autumn Vodafone UK is upgrading its mobile broadband network to support download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. This will initially be in central London and major airports* and will offer typical speeds of 1.7Mbps to 5.5Mbps. This allows customers to download a 5MB file in around seven seconds, up to 14 times faster than standard 3G and upload speeds are also increasing up to 1.44Mbps, via a technology called HSUPA, which is up to 10 times faster than 3G.
HSUPA or High Speed Uplink Packet Access is a new development to Vodafone UK’s Mobile Broadband service allowing customers to send information quicker than ever before. It is ideal for professional users such as press photographers that want to be able to seize opportunities as they arise and send large files to the office as quickly as possible.
Kyle Whitehill, Enterprise Business Unit Director for Vodafone UK said: “More than ever, the speed of our Mobile Broadband service is helping people make work, work around them, wherever they are. These devices are fast but they are also future-proofed – they are ready for our new upgraded network and they are ready for the latest PCs or laptops.”
The ExpressCard comes in two formats. For the first time a data card will be plug and go, just like the USB Modem, and the other version is more suited to corporate customers. Both formats are also backwards compatible using an adaptor which customers can place over the card so it fits the more traditional PC card slots.
Prices start from £49 with an 18 month contract for both devices and customers buy online, in store or by talking to a business advisor and account manager. For more information customers should visit www.vodafone.co.uk/mobileoffice.
London districts include:
E1, E1W, E14
Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, London City, Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast City, Belfast International, Cardiff and Norwich.
** Roaming with Mobile Broadband customers can connect in almost any country on any network west of Russia, plus promotional countries USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Vodafone Connect Abroad Countries:
Outside these countries customer pay £4.25 per MB. This increases on a weekly basis so customers can check using this link www.vodafone.co.uk/goingabroad.