The modem itself is a small slab of white plastic with a mini-USB socket on one end. Also in the box – one short, one long with a second USB connector in the unlikely event that the thing needs to draw more power than a single plug can provide. Plug it in and a Windows laptop should install it automatically – rather cleverly, the drivers are in the modem, which is recognised in part as a USB disk (try it on an iBook, though, and you’ll have to download the drivers from T-Mobile’s website. Which is what we had to do too, in fact, since our laptop declined to recognise the presence of any software on the modem).
The big deal is the SIM, of course, and its access to T-Mobile’s Web’n’walk service — HSDPA speeds for a very competitive price. The USB modem is free on an 18-month Web’n’walk Plus plan (contract price £24.68 a month).
The T-Mobile USB Manager software isn’t quite as slick as Vodafone’s, being more geared to performance statistics, but it will do the same kind of thing – make internet connections, send and receive texts, maintain a phonebook, and more.
• The best HSDPA deal on offer in the neatest type of package
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