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R206 Portable Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot + SIM with Preloaded 2x1GB Data. Connect your Fire Tablet to the Internet on the Go

2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

  • Your personal mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the go
  • No contract, no commitments. Comes ready to use with preloaded data of 2x 1GB (valid either for 1GB usage or 30 days, which ever runs out first)
  • Once you use up your preloaded data, you decide when to top up next (and by how much)
  • No installation required. Quick and easy set up. Connect to it like to a regular WiFi router
  • Up to 4 hours of battery life
  • Connect up to 5 devices at once
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.6 x 1.4 cm ; 68 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00EV5KACI
  • Item model number: VFR206WHPL
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Sept. 2013
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Product Description

Use the R206 instead of home broadband
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Portable Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot + SIM with Preloaded 2x1GB of data. Connect your Kindle Fire Tablet to the Internet on the Go

Take the internet with you, wherever you go, with our handy battery powered, pocket-sized Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Ready to use straight from the box - you don't need to worry about installing any software to get started - just switch it on and you're good to go. You can connect your Kindle Fire Tablet to the Mobile WiFi hotspot, as you would connect it to any regular Wi-Fi network.

R206 Features

The Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot will connect you to the mobile phone network allow you to enjoy all your Kindle content and download it straight from the cloud, wherever you go*. Browse and download apps, games, music and more to keep you entertained on the go. You can even use the R206 instead of home broadband. Connect up to 5 devices at once, making it easy for you to connect your Kindle Fire Tablet and be online at the same time as your laptop, games consoles and other Wi-Fi enabled devices like cameras.

  • Your personal Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the go
  • No contract, No commitments. Comes ready to use with Preloaded data of 2x 1GB (valid either for 1GB usage or 30 days which ever runs out first)
  • Once you use up your preloaded data, you decide when to top up next (and by how much).
  • No installation required Quick and easy set up. Connect like regular WiFi.
  • Up to 4 hours of battery life
  • Connect 5 devices at once
  • 3G, HSDPA up to 21.6 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps
  • Dimensions of R206 are 90.5 x 56 x 14.4mm.

Light and portable: only 66grams battery, mains or USB powered – comes with cable and charger

Portable Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot + SIM with Preloaded 2x1GB of data. Connect your Kindle Fire Tablet to the Internet on the Go
Lightweight and compact, slim design
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The mobile Wi-Fi hotspot uses Vodafone Mobile Broadband on Pay as you go – the easy, affordable way to stay connected to the internet without the commitment of a monthly plan. The Vodafone network gives you coverage in 98% of the UK.

Vodafone is the regulated provider of the communications services. Wi-Fi service is subject to availability of Vodafone’s network coverage, which can be viewed here: http://www.vodafone.co.uk/lightbox/check-my-coverage/index.htm

How it Works

The initial set up is easy. Simply switch on your mobile Wi-Fi unit, connect it to your Kindle Fire Tablet, as if you would connect it to a regular Wi-Fi network and you are good to go. More detailed information in the user guide. You’ll find this in the box with your Mobile Wi-Fi device.

The Preloaded Data SIM Card in the box includes 2GB (2 x 1GB - valid either for 1GB usage or 30 days which ever runs out first) The 2x30 days start counting from the time of your first use.

Once your initial allowance is used up you can top up by buying an internet pack. Prices start from as little as £5 for 250MB (for use in the UK). All data options and prices are prepaid.

You can buy an internet pack either, whilst connected, from your Kindle Fire Tablet or from your laptop/computer.

  • TopUp online. Buy credit for your Mobile-Wi-Fi Device hassle free. No need to register, just enter your mobile broadband number (included in the box) and follow the simple instructions.
  • If you have a TopUp voucher you can also TopUp via the Mobile Wi-Fi’s inbuilt web user interface.
  • Out and about – You can top up at every Vodafone store and any store where you see the green TopUp logo
Vodafone R206 Universal Pay and Go Mobile WiFi Unit Dongle
Top up allowances allow for more data
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An internet pack is an additional allowance of megabytes for your Mobile Wi-Fi Device which you can purchase and use to browse the internet, email and download apps and other Kindle content on your Kindle Fire Tablet and up to 4 other connected Wi-Fi enabled devices.

*Vodafone is the regulated provider of the communications services. Wi-Fi service is subject to availability of Vodafone’s network coverage, which can be viewed here: http://www.vodafone.co.uk/lightbox/check-my-coverage/index.htm; Vodafone Mobile Broadband terms and conditions apply: http://www.vodafone.co.uk/about-this-site/terms-and-conditions/mobile-broadband-pay-as-you-go-price-plan-from-august2013/index.htm; download limits and additional fees may apply.

Help and Advice
  • Call Vodafone’s customer services team on 191 (25p a call) from a Vodafone mobile or 08700 776 655 from a landline (calls from landlines are charged at your service provider’s standard rate).
  • Vodafone Customer Services ... From a Vodafone mobile, 191 (Calls to this number are free), 191*. From another UK phone, 08700 700191, 08700 776655


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
201 of 213 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a no broadband area! 5 Feb. 2014
By Kaz
Living in a rural area, broadband isn't really an option, as a carrier pigeon would be faster. So, as I'm fed up with having to take my Kindle with me when I go out at lunchtime / weekends, this was a good option. Ok - I admit it's not as easy as it looks to set up - as I'm using this with my Kindle 4, I had to get it linked to my main PC, which was surprisingly fast, and then get a datapack linked to my device.

Then the fun started. It turns out that you have to register with Vodafone to get the device set up, as well as buying the datapack. That's ok, but the directions for getting the datapack on the web were less than clear, so thankfully a friend was able to assist with that. If you ignore that gripe, this is a good system - and a darn sight cheaper than using other options. £10 per month gets me 1GB of data - more than enough for what I want to do.

So, in essence, provided that Vodafone has a good signal where you are, I would certainly consider this little device - just make sure that you can get help getting the first datapack onto your account!
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166 of 176 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy! 15 Feb. 2014
Verified Purchase
After 3 weeks still unused because of awful customer service from Vodafone. Spent several hours on phone and despite promises to help and call backs that did not happen I am still no further on. Why do they make it so difficult? Amazon should not recommend this for use with kindle fire. My advice is do not buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Gadget, shame about Vodafone 18 Mar. 2014
By Chris
The device works well. A nightmare to set up and most Vodafone staff in their shops and on the advice line have no idea how it works. After five visits to their shops and three calls to the help line it still did not work. Easy to unblock but again I am struggling to connect to my local network.
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362 of 392 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well 26 Nov. 2013
By Mr. Owl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The device is compact and light. It can be charged via USB direct to computer or via the included wall charger plug.

I charged it for the recommended 3 hours, but on unplugging it and beginning to use it, instantly the level on the device dropped to 90% battery charge.

The device has a claimed 4 hours battery life.

There were a few hiccups in getting the thing set up. A call to Vodafone customer care revealed that they had done a software update on the website but that the thing should resolve by next week or so. In any case, with the assistant's help, I got the device set up and working.

The manual was good enough but small print. Tells you most of what you need to know. You can plug the device into your computer to view the status of the device, but in order to use the device, you have to create an account on the Vodafone site, where you can add or view your credit, and other key information.

As this was a promo review device, I had received it with some credit already applied to the included SIM card, to the value of £40.00 which, it turns out, equals 4GB of data for internet use so I can use this device on the go for the next 4 months. £10.00 a month is quite pricey I think, but if you are regularly on the move this might suit you. Most people have internet on their phones; I do, 2GB per month which I don't come anywhere near close to using, plus the reception (Virgin) is patchy and seldom affords a decent performance. On the other hand, this device uses the superior Vodafone network, and in my house and out and about, it performed well, even allowing me to watch Youtube videos.

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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to set up 25 Jan. 2014
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it connects to the hardware easly but registering and getting it to connect to the vodafone network was hell on earth.. it says its easy to get it started but believe me its not. your best bet is to phone vodafone and get them to do it. thats what i had to do in the end. it was a nightmare. but after it was set up. its easy to connect to. only problem is now i have to phone vodafone each time to get them to apply the credit that it came with..
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214 of 234 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kindle fire's... 10 Dec. 2013
By Stella TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a neat little product. The description says it's for kindle fire's but really any gadget that is able to use wi-fi to get on the internet can make use of this. It supports up to 5 devices so handy if there a few friends with internet needs and no way to hook up to a router.

I can think of lots of uses for this and really there are probably lots more where it would be a benefit. Camping, traveling, hotels with expensive wi-fi even when you change provider and have a standard two week wait for transfer. It's very easy to charge up and use with the pre-loaded airtime. Handy thing to have for when you're out and about but I imagine it could get expensive to use as a main supply as it's 1GB (or whatever you load at a later time) or 1 month's time whichever runs out first. If you're internet usage is high you might be loading it up quite a lot and over time it might work out cheaper to just buy a new unit with the loaded time.

It's a great small and portable way of taking the internet with you when you're in situations where wi-fi isn't easy or practical to reach.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless 5 Feb. 2014
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As I live in an area without broadband, I needed to a way to get a conection, friends had a similar device from 3 and it worked fine, as 3 doesn`t work here but Vodafone does I thought I`ll get it.

Despite getting a strong signal, I was unable to register, so I went to an area with 3g and guess what? still no luck, either the site is down for maintenance or I still can`t register the device.

£40 wasted, don`t buy this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars you also need a good quality vodafone signal to gain any
Very handy if there is no wi-fi, however, you also need a good quality vodafone signal to gain any benefit
Published 5 days ago by Peterj
3.0 out of 5 stars ... with it doesnt seem to power the kindle very good.
wasnt any instuctions with it doesnt seem to power the kindle very good.
Published 9 days ago by michael james mangan
1.0 out of 5 stars Instructions missing vital set-up info
If you follow the instructions step-by-step this product will NOT work as it's missing key information required to activate the device. Read more
Published 24 days ago by DJOutkast80
1.0 out of 5 stars Really complicated to top up credit once you have used ...
Really complicated to top up credit once you have used the initial data allowance. Went into the Vodafone shop several times to get more data but each time was told that it would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars so easy great product!
Have no clue what someone wrote "a nightmare to set up ", they must be thick! Put yeah sim in, add credit turn it on and you're now mobile!!
Published 2 months ago by miss d s j driver
1.0 out of 5 stars Could NOT get it working on my Kindle Fire so extremely disappointed -...
Supposed to be supplied with 2 g of airtime.
Nothing on it. Impossible to get hold of Vodaphone - about ten telephone number changes later, finally got them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Galadriel
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy with my purchase but not very happy with the ...
I'm happy with my purchase but not very happy with the price as i could of bought the same item for less than £25. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lindsay buckham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
did the job
Published 4 months ago by jilly duck
1.0 out of 5 stars It worked great with the preloaded credit
It worked great with the preloaded credit, but as soon as I topped it up with £20 it hasn't worked!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Very expensive to use have too keep ringing Vodafone to ...
Very expensive to use have too keep ringing Vodafone to top up as problems with website. Runs a little slow
Published 5 months ago by michelle
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