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29 March, 2008

Vodafone mobile broadband

MacBook Pro and Vodafone Mobile Broadband

Internet in Australia is not a cheap as in the United States of America. It is expensive here, most internet accounts come with quota system. If you live in metropolitan area, it is relatively easy to get broadband installed in your place, but not outside.

Since I don't live in beautiful Boston, and I can tell you that it is very hard to find free Wi Fi spots outside. In order to get connected outside, I decided to join mobile broadband.

After some research online, I decided to go for Vodafone instead of Three. Vodafone's current 5GB Mobile Broadband deal seems to be the best for money. (to Don: I am poor) Another major reason I decide to go for Vodafone is that I know Three's coverage is not very good outside metropolitan area, and outside Three's coverage area, the cost is extremely high.

At Vodafone shop, I insisted on having a data card instead of USB modem. For a simply reason, I will be using it on the road, and USB modem (portable) is simply too ugly to carry around. (I actually asked a few Vodafone outlets, none of them have data card in stock, and the website says its out of stock. But one Vodafone outlet was able to order it for me.) The data card is in the popular ExpressCard/34 format with adapter for older PC laptops (PCMCIA).

The Vodafone Mobile Broadband package and my MacBook Pro:
Vodafone Mobile Broadband contents

The speed of Vodafone is not as fast as the ADSL2 at home, but still faster than dial up.
I ran a few speed tests in my place and around Sydney. Speeds ranging from 265 kbps (0.27Mbps) line speed and 33 KB/s (0.03 MB/s) download speed up to 1.16 Mbps (1159kbps) line speed and 145 KB/s (0.14 MB/s) download speed. Some users in Whirlpool reports even faster speed.

Outside Vodafone's 3G area, the modem will be using GPRS network. Although GPRS is much slower than 3G, but I will be connected at least.

My mobile phone is also with Vodafone (prepaid).

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Posted by Antony on 29 March 2008 7:19 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac, gadget, photos

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I think maybe you misunderstood me. It's not that there are open Wi-Fi access points all over Boston, it's that I never go anywhere other than school and home. When I am somewhere else, I'll either use Wi-Fi (if available) or dial-up.

Does Vodafone let you run that 3G card under prepaid service? My provider doesn't even do GPRS for prepaid; you need a pay-monthly service plan for wireless data and/or 3G.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 30 March 2008 4:42 AM.
Does Vodafone let you run that 3G card under prepaid service? My provider doesn't even do GPRS for prepaid

To best of my knowledge, yes, but it is under mobile phone's prepaid plan. Not internet plan.
Still, there aren't many free Wi-Fi access points to start with.

Posted by Antony Shen on 30 March 2008 7:37 AM.
i want to know about vodafone internet conection
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