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Vodafone Mobile Connect

Of course all of this mobile freedom comes at a price, and many may be put off by the cost of the Mobile Connect. Personally I don’t think the service is exorbitant, and Vodafone has split the charges into bands, depending on your projected usage.

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I’d probably go for the Medium User plan, where £23.50 buys you 75MB of downloadable data. Now this might not seem like a lot, but I wouldn’t be using the Mobile Connect for downloading files, I could wait until I was in the office or at home for that. I’d probably limit my usage to email and necessary Web browsing, not to mention uploading stories to TrustedReviews. You’d need to regularly click the Usage button to make sure that you don’t stray too far over your quota and end up with a huge bill though.

But as a corporate tool, the Mobile Connect is a pretty awesome piece of kit. If you have a lot of workers out on the road that need to have constant access to the company infrastructure, or even just their email, this little card is a miracle.

The Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G has been around for a while now, and the service seems solid and robust enough, even for someone like me to use it for mission critical website updates. It’s one of those products that if you need it, like I do, you’ll see it as a god send. But if it’s more of a novelty than a tool, you’ll see it as expensive. That said, since Orange and T-Mobile have both recently released similar 3G Data Cards, the competition will hopefully bring costs down.

And one final note. A couple of weeks ago I found myself early for a meeting in London Bridge, so I nipped into a hotel to grab a coffee and check my email. After booting up my laptop I looked around the bar and noticed that four out of the five notebook users all had red Vodafone Mobile Connect cards sticking out of the side of their machines. So I guess I’m not the only one that’s smitten.

Verdict

The Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G Data Card is a superb product, and one that I wouldn’t want to be without. It may appear to be expensive on the surface, but if you need to stay connected wherever you are, it’s worth every penny.

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