Friday, January 27, 2006

Mobile Internet in the UK with Vodafone

Yesterday on my way back home on the tube I saw a Vodafone advertisement - "£25 for 250MB Data" Wow! I didnt realise mobile internet is getting to an affordable level in the UK now. This is £1 per MB and they also have a £45 tariff for "unlimited" data (of course this is subject to terms and conditions, blah blah blah). Only a few months ago, mobile data is still at £3 per MB level.

This is very exciting for me, because I have been dreaming of the day when I could work on my thesis in the 2rd floor Cafe of the Tate Modern and it is now possible! Now I just need to go make sure there is power socket, my dear powerbook wouldnt even last 1hr on battery now :(

What's left for me to do is to find a 3G phone with Windows Mobile 5. Why do I need 3G and why do I want Windows Mobile you may be wondering. 3G because GPRS data rate is just too low for me, 64Kbps, that's going back down to modem speed! 3G has a theoretical download speed of 384kbps which is more than acceptable to me. Nothing against symbian phones but I need Window Mobile because I want to run Skype :) I am getting tired of using headset to make and receive Skype calls.

The only 3G phone with WinMobile5.0 on the market is the O2 Exec, Kirk has been using it for a few months now and he loves it. However he's the kind of person that has a big phone fetish I think :) I can't imagine carrying that brick around with me all day. What I am waiting for now is the Motorola Q, not sure if it will have 3G support, Kirk told me that the trade show model doesnt have it... damn it!!

If you are interested, call vodafone for the Mobile Connect 250 tariff, it's strange because I can't find this tariff anywhere on Vodafone's website.

todo: write a section in tate modern with 3G connection, while enjoying the view.


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