I bought one of these to take with me on holiday to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. You feel as though you've gone back in time in Ryde, an effect which is in no way diminished should you have a Vodafone Mobile Broadband dongle in your possession. It takes you back to the days of dial-up... that's if you are very lucky.
When it works, it works fairly well. But it has more than a few problems with its attitude. There is some kind of parental filter which makes it 'illegal' to look at pub websites, somewhat irksome when you have bought the thing in order to become mobile and to perhaps have a pie and a pint somewhere as well. There is some room for negotiation apparently, the freedom to look at any website you see fit, but it does require you to go cap in hand to the Vodafone website, if and when you ever manage to connect to it. Believe me, if you get a signal with this baby, the last thing you want to be doing is wasting it on the Vodafone site.
You'll run through most of the emotions in your repertoire with this product. The excitement as you ponder the possibility of perusing Amazon from some remote location; The exultation as you see your dongle respond to outside stimulation; The joy of discovering three bars of coverage, quickly followed by the disbelief of being told that Internet Explorer has absolutely no interest in you. Then frustration and then anger as you lurch from one room to the other in search of even the briefest glimpse of the Google homepage.
Fortunately, I have done a good bit of yoga in my time, which does enable me to get my body into a wide variety of weird and wonderful positions (a secret I managed to keep successfully hidden from my ex-wife, thank God). In fact I am sending this review from Ryde, where I am presently facing north, thrusting my laptop towards the heavens, standing on one leg, crossing some vital parts of my anatomy and hoping for the best. Well... I guess it worked!