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Near as I can tell, this rebadged Vodafone T-Mobile USB modem will work on both Windows and Mac for HSDPA access in the UK. Stuff is hot for the accessory thanks to T-Mobile UK’s pricing: free with an 18-month contract and 30 pounds with a 12-month […]

Tmobile_usb_hsdpa_modemNear as I can tell, this rebadged Vodafone T-Mobile USB modem will work on both Windows and Mac for HSDPA access in the UK. Stuff is hot for the accessory thanks to T-Mobile UK’s pricing: free with an 18-month contract and 30 pounds with a 12-month deal. Even better is the monthly access through T-Mobile’s Web-n-Walk plan: 29 pounds monthly nets you the 1.8 Mbps download speeds.

To be fair (lest some folks think the plans are unlimited), the T-Mo terms of service are quite explicit and dare I say, helpful, to understanding what happens if you use large amounts of monthly bandwidth. It looks like a three-strikes program with plenty of warnings. Also interesting is how T-Mobile positions the service as a replacement for your home Internet connection.

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  1. I read a review of the Vodafone version of this device which suggested it might be capable of second generation hsdpa speeds too if and when the networks roll out this service in the UK. T-mobile’s coverage isn’t as widespread as Vodafone’s here in the UK but at the price, it looks sweet. Perhaps a happy compromise between PCMCIA and express cards?

  2. Hi there, i am using the german Vodafone- Version of this USB-HSDPA Modem from “Huawei” (Model:E220), and the store told me that it will get a firmware update to support the 7,2mbps Downlink. Btw. The software works flawlessly on my mac and for the Window-side of things you don´t have to install anything, since this is kind of “dual-mode” USB and has sone flash in it where the driver is stored and installed automatically upon connecting to the USB port (as long as you´re under 2k, XP, Vista)
    Sincerely
    Markus
    P.S.:I chose that over a expresscard for my MBP so that i can use it with my OQO as well and works great as well (even in trains or on the road;) )

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