Vodafone launches compact broadband dongle

Combined dongle and flash drive is launched alongside a new low-user price plan and discounts for long-term contracts.

Vodafone 3G Dongle

Mobile network Vodafone has unveiled the latest USB mobile broadband dongle to join its range.

Called the USB Modem Stick Pro, the 7.2Mb/sec dongle features a retractable USB connector rather than a slide-on end cap and has a 4GB microSD flash card pre-installed, allowing it to be used as a USB flash drive as well as a modem at the same time.

In an unusual and welcome move, Vodafone pointed out that the 7.2Mb/sec service is a theoretical maximum download rate, and that in reality, most users will experience between 1-5Mb/sec in day-to-day use.

The network is joining the likes of T-Mobile and 3 by offering discounts on its mobile broadband service, knocking 5 a month of its 3GB service - reducing the price from 15 to 10 - for the first three months of a two-year contract. Its 25 a month 5GB service will be reduced to 15 for the first three months on the same terms.

A new non-contract monthly price plan for low-traffic users was also announced. The 1GB a month plan has just a 30-day commitment and costs 15 a month, compared to 20 a month for the existing 3GB-a-month, 30-day plan.

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