It seems that Vodafone is not about to concede defeat to wireless networking standards just yet. Bowing to the inevitable, it has launched two new flat rate tariffs for its PC 3G cards: 24 hours for £8.50 and one month for £25.
It's not quite as straightforward as that, however, according to tech site the Register. "Naturally there is a hidden maximum use clause. There's a 3GB 'fair usage policy' for the UK, which on the 24 hour version falls to 500MB fair usage policy, while 24 hour roaming sessions are subject to a 50MB limit," it reported.
"The company also claims that there are no restrictions on the kind of application you run," the Register goes on to say. "So it will be possible to use Skype or an alternative VoIP service. Users are meant to guess that these tariffs apply to high-speed 3G access- ie HSDPA. Vodafone claims its 'Mobile Broadband' network can offer 1.8 Mbit/s. Strange, then that its web site rates its own 'broadband 3G card' at only 1.4 Mbit/s."