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Topic # 9636 2-Oct-2006 14:25
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Can someone please explain to me in laymans terms the difference between the new Vodem and the 3G Mobile connect card (which I already have).  Is there an advantage in updating to a Vodem.  I travel internationally a lot and in most places the 3G MCC card or my old GSM MCC will work. Thank you.

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  Reply # 47325 2-Oct-2006 14:44
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Vodem supports HSDPA (vodafone broadband) much faster speed when in 3G coverage

Your current card will support round about 384k in 3G coverage

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  Reply # 47326 2-Oct-2006 14:44
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if you want hsdpa, then you will need vodem or at least HSDPA ExpressCard.

All the current 3G VMC card (UMTS band) will not operate at HSDPA speed but still be working fine.

I have 3G UMTS (Novatel U630) and is working fine, and have consider getting Vodem to get faster speed.




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  Reply # 47327 2-Oct-2006 14:45
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The vodem woks with the new HSDPA service from Vodafone, with speeds up to 3.8Mbps, up to 10x the speed of the 3G MCC (max of 384Kbps).

The vodem will work on HSDPA, UMTS and GPRS, while the 3G MCC will work on UMTS and GPRS only.

The vodem is USB and comes with all software built-in. You just need to plug it and use. No need to install software or drivers from a CD.





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Reply # 47331 2-Oct-2006 14:49
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Hope these replys answer your question!

I use a HSDPA card and very happy with the speed



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  Reply # 47334 2-Oct-2006 15:16
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Thank you for the replies. So I would get faster speed but there would be no difference in coverage areas is this right? Thanks again.

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  Reply # 47336 2-Oct-2006 15:22
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No the coverage is provided by the network

Only speed difference

Faster downlink and uplink

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  Reply # 47361 3-Oct-2006 09:23
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This is interesting. Presumably you take the SIM card out of your currrent PC Card and stick it in the Vodem and you're good to go?  How much is a Vodem?




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  Reply # 47362 3-Oct-2006 09:27
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That is a good question. My understanding is that I can use my existing sim card (plus plan) in the new vodem but I stand to be corrected on this. I am off to Vodafone today or tomorrow to see one.

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Reply # 47363 3-Oct-2006 09:30
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Yes, just insert your existing SIM card. But make sure you have a data plan, otherwise you will be charged at casual data rates.








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  Reply # 47365 3-Oct-2006 09:35
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Yes I am on the 1gb plan.

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  Reply # 47372 3-Oct-2006 09:57
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My SIM card is data only - won't work for voice and currently sits in a the 3G card. I have been trying to get myself on the 1G plan but for some reason Vodafone (or in fact TCL who are our telco provider) won't give us that plan. Best I can get is $40 for 200MB which is okay but hardly 1G




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Reply # 47377 3-Oct-2006 10:18
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Well then change providers

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  Reply # 47380 3-Oct-2006 10:24
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Johnr is right. Time to boot TCL and join Vodafone or TNZ then. You can only force companies to move if you show who's got your business.







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  Reply # 47383 3-Oct-2006 11:29
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lchiu7: My SIM card is data only - won't work for voice and currently sits in a the 3G card. I have been trying to get myself on the 1G plan but for some reason Vodafone (or in fact TCL who are our telco provider) won't give us that plan. Best I can get is $40 for 200MB which is okay but hardly 1G


If you want to keep the same number, you can request a transfer from TCL to Vodafone. Check Vodafone's website on the form you need to initiate the transfer. :-)




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