4 Days To Christmas: Vodafone's Unlimited Expiry Top Up Mobile Broadband

21 December 2008

If thanks to your procrastinating alter-ego you've missed Saturday's deadline for getting your pressies out in time for Christmas, Vodafone's new pre-pay mobile broadband modem may be worth a last minute look.

The new Vodafone USB modem is gift-friendly at £39, cutting 3's Pay As You Go Modem by a tenner. 1GB of allowance will cost £15, which does cost a fiver more than on 3...

The upside is this: unlike 3's 30 day limit, the 1GB topup has no expiry date. So for low web usage people, the 1GB top up may last them through to Easter and generate some late christmas cheer.

In addition, if you order by tomorrow Monday, you should get it before the big day.  According to the Vodafone site:

We'll always try our best to deliver everything the next working day. If we can't manage that, your order should arrive within 2-4 working days. Buying a present? Order by 22 December and we'll aim to have everything with you before Christmas Day.

Vodafone reckons a £15 1GB top up will provide close to 30 hours of solid web surfing.   What about speeds?  Apparently, it should be around the same as 3, at an official 3.6Mbps (1-2 Mbps in the real world).

You can top up with a voucher, or by calling 08080 101238. The TopUp and Go modem is also available in store, and you can also order online via the link below.  In fact, I wish I could cancel my 3 mobile broadband contract now and swap over!



  • Pizza_D_Action
    Good deal, hopefully others will follow suit. However might be better to go for the Three 12 month deal = £99 for modem and 12 GB allowance good for 12 months 12GB on the above deal would work out £30 + 12 x 15 = £210
  • andy y.
    Beware suburbanites and rural dwellers that you can get 3g.Otherwise you are GPRS which is shat.
  • dissie_x
    I got one of these instead of a phone 'upgrade' when my Vodafone contract expired. Use it with my normal sim card which allows use overseas but I believe this is not able to be used overseas for some reason? Also yet to find an area where I can receive the 3g speeds so it's hardly been used to be honest. Still a handy piece of kit and at a good price. Shame about not being able to use it overseas??
  • H
    T-Mobile has better HSDPA coverage. Avoid 3 if you can. Its a hit and miss. If you are unlicky, you will be wasting £99 leave alone getting a good deal. I'm stuck with 3 for another 15 months. The place I used to live earlier was fine coverage wise but the place I moved to now doesn't have any coverage. So its a waste of money. Try to activate internet on your existing mobile and use it as a modem instead. Atleast you don't have to carry two things and you will know whats best for you. It doesn't matter how many reviews you read on the internet, its all subject to the place where you would be using your phone/modem hence the suggestion to try before you buy.
  • Joff
    That'll do. Saves me paying over the odds for Costa's disgusting WiFi charges whilst I'm already paying £2 for a cup of hot water and a squirt of coffee.
  • Graham
    H - I wouldn't worry too much about 3. T-Mobile and 3 are merging their 3G network so the coverage will be very good to say the least. This will happen over the coming months.
  • Chris
    Get £10 cashback as well! - http://www.quidco.com/
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