Vodafone - Mobile Broadband - USB Modem Stick - £39.00 (£29.00 £10.00 Quidco) inc 1GB of Data. - HotUKDeals
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USB Modem with 1GB of data
Top up anytime - £15 per GB

If like me you only require Mobile Broadband every now and then, this might be a good alternative to 3s excellent contract deal. Plus purchased PAYG data has NO expiry time

Vodafone are listed on the Quidco site, however not sure how much this deal (if any) will track at. Edit : Tracking at £10.00
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#1
why dont you look at T-Mobiles USB mobile broadband it gives 3gb of data allowance and get £73 quid back via quid co plus free hot spot access works out @ £7,67 per month and its voted best network for Mobile Broadband:thumbsup:
#2
pontyboy65
why dont you look at T-Mobiles USB mobile broadband it gives 3gb of data allowance and get £73 quid back via quid co plus free hot spot access works out @ £7,67 per month and its voted best network for Mobile Broadband:thumbsup:


All out of stock though.
#3
pontyboy65
why dont you look at T-Mobiles USB mobile broadband it gives 3gb of data allowance and get £73 quid back via quid co plus free hot spot access works out @ £7,67 per month and its voted best network for Mobile Broadband:thumbsup:


Who has voted T-Mobile as the best for Mobile Broadband?
#4
A bit more info here regards this particular Modem http://www.techradar.com/reviews/computing/networking-and-wi-fi/modem-routers/vodafone-usb-modem-stick-355590/review Would someone please advise as to whether this will work with Linux ?
#5
Thanks mumbojumbo Mini 9 springs to mind :-D
#6
mumbojumbo
I think this is the Huawei E172 and the dash will be Vodafone Mobile Connect...should work ok with Ubuntu.

The selling point here is that the data allowance has no expiry, previously the allowance expired after 1 month.


Agreed this is pretty hot, useful to have on trips away. Im stuck on 3 contract for another 9 months and dont use mine hardly ever. This would have been much better for me.
#7
I work in the IT industry and this Vodafone deal is the best by far - I originally purchased this when it was £49.99 and thought it was good then !!
Having had this nearly a week I can't believe how quick it is.
This deal beats O2's offer as there's comes to £44.99 when you add the first data to the modem.
Yes you can argue they give more data but who uses 3GB a month ?? and if you don't use it you lose it, unlike Vodafones where it never expires !!
I might have to buy some more of these for Christmas gifts !!
#8
BigRedGeoff did you purchase via Quidco, if yes, mind me asking how much (if any) it tracked at ?
#9
Hot. The three deal is excellent, particularly for heavier users, but this is a cracking price.
#10
Just looking for such a deal tonight! I was considering the £2 p/d deal with O2 and T-mobile but this is probably better for me and the modem is cheaper. I'll only use it once in a while when I'm away from home/on holiday etc and the big benefit is that it doesn't expire (unlike Three's broadband)...long live Vodaphone! Mucho H&R added!!
#11
Just checked - you can't use this abroad.
Does anyone know if you can use the T-Mobile / O2 ones abroad?

EDIT: T-mobile you can use in USA & OZ.
#12
Anyone know what the quidco is on this? It's listed on the vodafone site under "mobile broadband" (surprisingly!), and a quick look on quidco states £90 cashback for mobile broadband. Now I'm guessing that's too good to be true?! (alternatively might come under accessories - £1, or PAYT Handset Sales (Per Phone) - £10?)
#13
Hi - mobile broadband newbie question here - would the Vodafone USB modem be compatible with other networks?? (if i was to use another mobile broadband service in future) - tnx in advance - also tnx to OP.
#14
10 GBP cashback from Topcashback on purchase of Vodafone Pay as u Go Broadband
#15
another newbie question here: can i use msn messenger with this?
#16
ukaced
Hi - mobile broadband newbie question here - would the Vodafone USB modem be compatible with other networks?? (if i was to use another mobile broadband service in future) - tnx in advance - also tnx to OP.


Nope, it's basically a mobile telephone but the radio only, no screen and what not. Therefore it's stil locked to a network. They can be unlocked but by software and probably not in your local market for £10.
#17
I currently have the three PAYG dongle, how does this compare in terms of speed realistcally?
#18
dwabo2
another newbie question here: can i use msn messenger with this?


It's the internets, you can use anything (to differing degrees of success - msn? yes, xbox live? stroll on guv'nor!).
#19
gunark
Nope, it's basically a mobile telephone but the radio only, no screen and what not. Therefore it's stil locked to a network. They can be unlocked but by software and probably not in your local market for £10.

Don't assume - the old vodafone cards (aircards) were unlocked (I bought a pay & go aircard & it was unlocked) - yes it could be locked, but I wouldn't bet on it. I believe I read somewhere that the 3 dongles may be unlocked, it is just a matter of getting a driver (Linux may be an easy way) - the software from 3 is locked. Kindly in the past, the vodafone software with the aircards wasn't!
#20
mumbojumbo
Yes, but it's not straightforward. See:
http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=4563&hl=MSN

Oh yeah, do these still have a parental block on content?


thanks for that its a bit clearer! :thumbsup:
#21
#22
gunark
It's the internets, you can use anything (to differing degrees of success - msn? yes, xbox live? stroll on guv'nor!).


Hmm I have heard some people have trouble with using these and Xbox Live actually. For whatever reason the users were being restricted to limited NAT (restricts the games you can join)
#23
Thank you for a great deal
I have been looking for something like this to buy my daughter for Christmas and was almost about to buy just a dongle for the same price. Heat added :-D
#24
Hi, what does 1gb actually mean? Say, I check mail, go on ebay, play.com , general sports/games websites, youtube, etc; does this 1gb allowance decrease with such browsing. I dont plan on downloading anything like music/games on my laptop (that's why I have a pc). I might use this for studies, can I stay connected on a particular site for good couple hours and not worry about it taking from my allowance per min?
#25
red hot

Didn't even know a pay as you go type deal on these existed
#26
BigRedGeoff;3702463
I work in the IT industry and this Vodafone deal is the best by far - I originally purchased this when it was £49.99 and thought it was good then !!
Having had this nearly a week I can't believe how quick it is.
This deal beats O2's offer as there's comes to £44.99 when you add the first data to the modem.
Yes you can argue they give more data but who uses 3GB a month ?? and if you don't use it you lose it, unlike Vodafones where it never expires !!
I might have to buy some more of these for Christmas gifts !!


[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][COLOR=blue]Veering off topic slightly, do you know, (as you work in IT!!) if you can purchase antennas for dongles? I have a Huawei dongle from 3, which I use in Italy but get poor connection, i.e. can view web pages, msn etc.,but films and TV progs take a very long time to load. There is a slot on the side for an antenna, but no-one in the 3 shops knew that the slot existed, let alone whether you can purchase something for it!!!!!!!:?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
#27
Just a word of warning...

Vodafone's customer support for mobile broadband is terrible, and the signal and speed quality is pathetic.

The best speed I got with a 7.2mb dongle was less than 56k and that was after trying 2 different dongles, 3 sim cards, and tested in store with their booster aerial on the roof!

Three mobile broadband is far superior in my opinion.

Steve
1 Like #28
nothing2say2
Hi, what does 1gb actually mean? Say, I check mail, go on ebay, play.com , general sports/games websites, youtube, etc; does this 1gb allowance decrease with such browsing. I dont plan on downloading anything like music/games on my laptop (that's why I have a pc). I might use this for studies, can I stay connected on a particular site for good couple hours and not worry about it taking from my allowance per min?


In this case the 1GB refers to the total amount of data you are allowed to transfer before you need to top up. The Vodafone website roughly outlines what you can download to stay within limits. Although in my opinion their website estimate is a bit conservative.

Staying connected costs you next to nothing in terms of used data.(minus some networking overhead, but you shouldn't worry about that). The only potentially data-hungry thing you mentioned is YouTube. Video is notorious for size and so is voice, (coincidentally). So it all depends on what proportion of your surfing is YT...

I guess from what you said that your "PC" has a broadband connection and you need broadband "on the go". This (providing it all works as advertised) seems ideal then. (I am much the same as you on this although I need Terminal Services access and no YouTube).

The beauty of this deal is no expiry date on allowance = no recurring costs. Ideal for lightweight users who already have broadband and only want occasional use..

Hope that helps.
#29
lindalee13
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][COLOR=blue]Veering off topic slightly, do you know, (as you work in IT!!) if you can purchase antennas for dongles? I have a Huawei dongle from 3, which I use in Italy but get poor connection, i.e. can view web pages, msn etc.,but films and TV progs take a very long time to load. There is a slot on the side for an antenna, but no-one in the 3 shops knew that the slot existed, let alone whether you can purchase something for it!!!!!!!:?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


There are several companies that sell antennas with varying strength/size. An O2 one I had over a year back came with an external antenna as standard.
#30
from plan info...
How much usage do I get in the box 1GB included
Costs when abroad Not for use abroad
Cost per GB £15 purchased in £15 increments
Text message (per message) 12p
** you can visit the Vodafone live! home page and My Account for free. Up to £1 for 15MB in a day. £2 for every additional MB. More Info
+ up to £1 for 15MB in a day. £2 for every additional MB. More Info
#31
freebiehunter
Just a word of warning...

Vodafone's customer support for mobile broadband is terrible, and the signal and speed quality is pathetic.

The best speed I got with a 7.2mb dongle was less than 56k and that was after trying 2 different dongles, 3 sim cards, and tested in store with their booster aerial on the roof!

Three mobile broadband is far superior in my opinion.

Steve


TBH When you read most Mobile Broadband reviews/forums regards 3Mobile they all invariably say 3s customer support for mobile broadband is terrible, and the signal and speed quality is pathetic.

You cant win really :roll:

Must admit I've never had any probs with Voda myself (ok its no 20meg :-D) It all mainly depends on where your situated (geographically) at the time and also the time of day at which you use it, ie busy periods.

Don't get me wrong, the 3 deal is very attractive however I personally don't want to be tied down for 18 Months worrying that 3 might sneak a little extra from my a/c (a lot can change in that time)
#32
Quidco is tracking at £10.00 :thumbsup:

08 Dec 2008 21:41:07 Vodafone 0.00 10.00 tracked ~ Feb 2009

Nice bonus :-D
#33
zermattbusby
TBH When you read most Mobile Broadband reviews/forums regards 3Mobile they all invariably say 3s customer support for mobile broadband is terrible, and the signal and speed quality is pathetic.

You cant win really :roll:

Must admit I've never had any probs with Voda myself (ok its no 20meg :-D) It all mainly depends on where your situated (geographically) at the time and also the time of day at which you use it, ie busy periods.

Don't get me wrong, the 3 deal is very attractive however I personally don't want to be tied down for 18 Months worrying that 3 might sneak a little extra from my a/c (a lot can change in that time)


Yes, it's each to their own opinion, and location / time of day does make a difference.

I'm in Northampton in a full 3G area and Vodafone was totally useless, and when the town store couldn't get it any better it summed it up for me to be honest.

Three mobile broadband for me always gives speeds of 1.2mb and above on HSDPA and has been perfect. I've been on £7.50 p/month for a few months now and never go anywhere near the 5gb limit so no worries regarding extra payments, and long term works out financially a lot better than a pay as you go option for me.

Steve
#34
If I used the internet for surfing for 1-2 hours per day (no music or video downloads), how long would this last me?

Would be using it on a Acer Aspire netbook.

Thanks

x
#35
Treacle44
If I used the internet for surfing for 1-2 hours per day (no music or video downloads), how long would this last me?

Would be using it on a Acer Aspire netbook.

Thanks

x


The Voda website claims: 30 hours surfing and 650 emails from 1 GB. Therefore with some basic maths, 15 days to a month on average it would last you. You'd have to be a bit more specific in terms of "surfing" though as someone has rightly said things like youtube eat internet GB's.

This dongle will run on an Acer Aspire netbook running Windows but I don't think it will under Linux.

Hope this helps. ;-)
#36
good deal, heat added. clincher has to be the non-expiry of the 1GB bought. However I am starting to dislike hotukdeals despite my addiction, it is costing me too much money
#37
I notice at work we have Dell D630's and they have 'Mobile Broadband Network (WWAN) Card ' although it does say "Mobile Broadband network cards may not be available in certain regions."

I know it sounds fussy but it would be cool is these mobile manufactures could integrate there modems into new laptops. Surely cant be that hard for them to all use the same 3G modem.

Don't like the idea of a USB stick modem sticking out my laptop so easy to brake :) but yes good deal
#38
This is just what I have been looking for.

One quick question though - when you are using it, is there any way to tell how much usage is left before you would need to top up?
#39
Probably or you could always install DU Meter :thumbsup:
1 Like #40
balltheheed


This dongle will run on an Acer Aspire netbook running Windows but I don't think it will under Linux.


It will work with Linux on AAO, as long as you have Mobile Partner installed (which was bundled into the system updates a while back). Also, there's heaps of advice (including Vodafones own Linux beta s/w info) on http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/. Should be no problem.

I took the three deal and had the Huawei E169i up and running within minutes on the AAO with Linux.

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