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(Pocket-lint) - A couple of years ago 3G was going to be the be-all-and-end-all to our communication world. However times changed, Wi-Fi was introduced and all of a sudden 3G didn't look so attractive.

Of course this was too late for the operators who have spent billions building an infrastructure. So its come to the point where phone operators rather than merely getting us to sign up because we have nothing better to do, have to make applications and therefore reasons for us to go with the new package. Three's option has been to sell video calls via the phone. Vodafone however see the use of 3G as an application for business.

Taking the mobile connect card, Vodafone has added 3G functionality to it, offering the faster connection speed from the comfort of your laptop when on the move. One quick install of the accompanying software and you're ready to go. Everything is controlled from one panel (just as before) and you are offered SMS, email, Web and access to Vodafone's instant messenger program.

The connect button sends you internet-bound. No settings have to be entered by the user since the card does it all for you and it's nice to know that you don't have to have worry about access codes or the local dialling numbers.

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The SMS control panel allows you to access your text messages when your card is in the machine and from here you have control over sending and receiving text messages and general contact administration. Importing your SIM card's address book is simple enough and likewise you can do the same with your contacts on your machine as long as they are in .txt. or .csv format. Like before you can't get MMS messages, even from the Vodafone network itself and this perhaps shows that Vodafone are aiming this product at the business user rather than the leisure picture buff.

To recap

Sadly the price has to be this high at present but the speed is highly tempting for portable business users- so it can’t be totally ignored.

Writing by Stuart Miles.