Voda takes off with ultra 3G

Tomorrow it’s goodbye 3G, hello blistering fast HSDPA, as Vodafone launches its new mobile broadband card.The card, snappily dubbed the Vodafone Mobil

Tomorrow it’s goodbye 3G, hello blistering fast HSDPA, as Vodafone launches its new mobile broadband card.

The card, snappily dubbed the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G Broadband (aka HSDPA) Data Card, will allow download speeds up to 1.4Mbps, which is faster than some home broadband connections.

Of course, you’ll need to live in the right area to get coverage from the off, but Voda’s geographic spread is quite impressive. Initially, Mockney-speaking Londoners and flat cap-wearing northerners in Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Tyneside will be able to revel in the high speeds; Glasgow’s the only non-English city to get wirelessed up.

If you don’t fancy hogging your laptop’s PC card socket, you can also use Vodafone’s service as an excuse to buy a new laptop. Dell’s D620 and D820, the Lenovo T60 and X60 and Acer’s Travelmate 42060 and Aspire 5660 will all be shortly available with HSDPA either built-in or as an option.

Mercifully, pricing is simple, with the cheapest tariff at £29.38 a month for 250Mb of data and a £100 tag for the card. If you’re expecting to hook up to BitTorrrents and go wild, you can pay £50 for the card by signing for the unlimited data package at £52.88 a month. That sounds like a lot, but compared to signing up for different Wi-Fi hot-spots every day, could save you stacks of cash.

Also new from Voda HQ tomorrow is a business-only 3G Router – a cool Linksys-made gadget that creates a Wi-Fi hot-spot anywhere – and 3G roaming abroad in Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Hong Kong.

We’ll let you know the second the other networks catch up and spring their HSDPA offerings.