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Vodafone USB Modem - Pay As You Go - Mobile Broadband Internet PAYG Dongle

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  • ASIN: B0062MXK8E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,820 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars at times barely better than dialup 13 Nov. 2011
I've had one of these for a while and wouldn't recommend it except as a recipe for frustration. The only reason I opted for it was I am in a newly built flat and didn't want to pay BT a fortune to connect a landline for ADSL. If you really have no other option it might work for you, but there is no way I would recommend it. I think to call it "broadband" is somewhat misleading and mine often doesn't even provide 3G, reverting to superslow GPRS despite choosing the "3G only" option in the software. I live two minutes away from a big mobile mast! Actually the software itself is particularly terrible and impossible to update it seems.
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By Hal Marshall TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars wasted a lot of my time 31 Oct. 2012
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I ordered the Vodafone USB Modem - Pay as You Go Dongle which arrived well within the order delivery time. Problem was that Vodafone sent me a mobile phone SIM card instead of a mobile broadband SIM card. Spent long 'phone time trying to sort this out but in the end had to travel to a (very) helpful Vodafone shop in Scarborough, when on holiday from home in mid Wales. The 3G reception in the areas that I have tried to use it, north Yorkshire and Angus, has been very poor. Vodafone need to improve their act if they are to continue to be a player in the future
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging 29 Aug. 2012
By Sam
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Found packaging rather large box for the item in question otherwise performs very well would recommend to friends and family.
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