just subscribed to Geekzone; noticed a thread from June on getting (mobile?) broadband around AKL on the Xandros Eee;


yes, you can install another distro;


but just to report we downloaded the Vodafone software that a division of theirs has developed; (and is active in, and maintains);


software is called VMC: Vodafone Mobile Connect; installs well into Xandros; runs fine;


http://www.betavine.net/bvportal/resources/datacards


I think I should say: well done Vodafone for supporting this; and hopefully others will echo;


a very good forum for support if needed;


http://www.betavine.net/bvportal/forums/index.html


for hardware, one can get a Vodafone vodem off tradme for ......... $50- $80 dollars; and I find their 3G coverage very good: whilst visiting Bay of Plenty recently; intrigued how good it was;


Yes, one can install another distro over the top of Xandros on an Eee; (we run MoonOS and use network manager to configure and drive a Huawei 220 modem; also called Vodafone Vodem); but the Huawei 160 modem will also drive a Vodafone SIMcard;


so; 


whilst Telecom may be the flavour of the month, one can get mobile broadband on an Eee with a vodem;


and start just using the Xandros and VMC: and send txt messages off that software too; 


and progress to a different distro; (like the June posts said, a great way is to put a distro onto an SD card)