The addition of storage space certainly solves the problem many laptop users may experience if they’re running low on available USB ports. It will be especially appealing to anyone with a MacBook Air that only got one port to begin with. Considering the stick ships with a 4GB card, we can only assume it fully complies with the microSDHC standard and will therefore allow you to throw in a 8 or 16GB card if you need even more storage.
Following the recent ASA ruling that gave Vodafone a firm rap on the knuckes for making bold claims about their mobile broadband speeds, we were quite amused to see the following written in the press release: “The Stick Pro is 7.2Mbps compatible (NB 7.2Mbps is theoretical speed, average actual speed 1-5Mbps) and boasts upload speeds of 2Mbps (average actual speed of 1Mbps).”. You have to laugh!
At the end of the day, the speed will vary on a range of factors with the main one being the distance from the base station. As you can’t do much about that (unless you move), it’s not worth worrying about – but it’s good that Vodafone is being more open this time around.
The USB Stick Pro will be available via Vodafone online, in retail stores and – if you’re a business customer – through your account manager.
For a limited time, Vodafone will offer the 3GB plan for £10 per month (for the first three months) instead of the usual £15 – on a 24-month contract. The 5GB plan will be offered for £15 per month for three months, reverting to £20 per month for the remaining 21-months. The Stick Pro is free on 18 and 24-month contracts, and from £29 on a one year contract. There are also 30-day plans available.
MORE INFO: www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband