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 donâ€™t think the service is exorbitant, and Vodafone has split the charges into bands, depending on your projected usage.
Iâ€™d probably go for the Medium User plan, where Â£23.50 buys you 75MB of downloadable data. Now this might not seem like a lot, but I wouldnâ€™t be using the Mobile Connect for downloading files, I could wait until I was in the office or at home for that. Iâ€™d probably limit my usage to email and necessary Web browsing, not to mention uploading stories to TrustedReviews. Youâ€™d need to regularly click the Usage button to make sure that you donâ€™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. Itâ€™s one of those products that if you need it, like I do, youâ€™ll see it as a god send. But if itâ€™s more of a novelty than a tool, youâ€™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 Iâ€™m not the only one thatâ€™s smitten.
The Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G Data Card is a superb product, and one that I wouldnâ€™t want to be without. It may appear to be expensive on the surface, but if you need to stay connected wherever you are, itâ€™s worth every penny.