Vodafone has launched a mobile Wi-Fi device designed to let five users connect Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the internet through a mobile broadband connection.
The Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi R201 offers the ability to connect a Wi-Fi-enabled device to a 3G network to increase the connectivity options, the firm explained.
"With an increasing number of mobile phones, laptops, tablet PCs and music players requiring access to Wi-Fi to get online, the device is ideal as it supports five users and the connection can be shared," said Vodafone spokesperson.
"Because it can run over battery or be plugged in, it gives more flexibility than a mobile dongle and, although we don't see this as replacing mobile dongles, the flexibility will make it an attractive offering for many customers. "
Vodafone claimed that battery life is four hours, and said that users can also connect directly to the device through a USB connection.
The unit provides speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/s on the downlink and 5.76Mbit/s on the uplink, according to the firm, and can support MicroSD cards of up to 32MB.
The device is free on a £25 18-month contract with a 5GB allowance per month, then costs £29 on a £20 contract with 4GB, and £49 on a £15 contract with 3GB.
Vodafone confirmed that the device is available to existing and new customers.
The device is similar to Three's MiFi product which the firm launched around a year ago.
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