Following suit with its competitors at 3 Mobile and Optus, Vodafone has released a USB drive-shaped mobile broadband modem to replace the old "soap on a rope" style modems we saw last year. This new style modem is now about the size of a tube of lipstick and features a sliding USB connection which can be retracted for safer transportation.
Vodafone has again employed Chinese manufacturer Huweii to deliver the hardware for its modems, the same as all the other network operators; however, this latest Vodafone model has one nifty trick up its sleeve; a microSD memory card reader hidden under the SIM card cover. This means that not only does this USB modem look like a mass storage device it also has the capacity to be one, unlike the same sized modems from the competition.
A new feature of this new modem from Vodafone is that all the necessary software, for either a Mac or PC, is pre-installed on the modem's memory, so it automatically installs all the necessary drivers and interface software the first time you plug the modem into a USB port.
The associated software is very easy to navigate and offers all the information you need including most importantly your remaining data credit for the month. The software also has an SMS feature, common to this kind of service, allowing you to send SMS messages from the interface on your PC to any mobile.