Vodafone's no stranger to the mobile broadband scene, but until now, British road warriors have had to rely on Three for a mobile WiFi hotspot solution. Enter the R201 modem -- just as we heard in our exclusive leak last month, said device from Huawei can host a party of up to five WiFi devices, and it'll do HSDPA 7.2 Mbps plus HSUPA 5.76 Mbps for up to four hours on a single charge. Sadly, there's no pay-and-go option just yet, so buyers will have to live under Vodafone's roof for 18 months with a choice of three room sizes: £15 ($23.51), £20 ($31.34) or £25 ($39.18) for 3GB, 4GB and 5GB (with free device) of monthly bandwidth, respectively. It sure is a fair bit of investment here, so before you hit the buy button, be sure to keep an eye out for our forthcoming review later this week.
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Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Launches in the UK

* Up to five people can simultaneously access Vodafone's network through a single mobile broadband connection

Vodafone UK has launched the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi (R201), a mobile broadband device that allows up to five people to simultaneously connect to the internet over the Vodafone network.

Available free on a £25, 18 month price plan including 5GB of mobile data, the new device makes it possible for Wi-Fi enabled products, such as laptops and tablet PCs, games consoles and music players, to simultaneously access to the internet through a single Vodafone mobile broadband connection, making it ideal for staying connected on the move.

The device is designed to be easy to set up and use, incorporating a display screen to provide information about the type and strength of signal available, Wi-Fi connectivity and battery life.

Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi also gives customers great flexibility when it comes to connecting to the Vodafone network, giving them a choice of using either USB or Wi-Fi to get online. Connecting over Wi-Fi allows users to position the device in order to maximise the available Mobile Broadband signal, giving them the freedom to work anywhere within range of the Wi-Fi connection.

Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi offers users a great performance over the Vodafone's reliable mobile network and also has the capacity to support up to 32GB Micro SD memory cards, which can be purchased separately.

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