Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot creates WiFi cloud

Vodafone, the international mobile telecommunications company, has announced the launch of the Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot, extending the benefits of mobile broadband from laptop and netbook customers to users of all WiFi enabled devices in selected markets. The device will initially be available in Germany, Romania and Spain.

The Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot enables both consumer and business customers to connect several devices wirelessly either at home or in the office anywhere within the Vodafone Mobile Broadband footprint. It represents a new category of intelligent devices with mobile broadband connectivity that does not require any type of software installation to use.

The creditcard sized, operating system independent, Mobile Broadband Hotspot enables customers to connect quickly and easily to any device that supports the WiFi standard, then connect to the internet using Vodafone’s mobile broadband connectivity. The move is expected to bring the benefits of mobile broadband to a new range of devices such as MP3 players, digital cameras and gaming consoles

With one touch to power on, users will be able to detect the mobile WiFi cloud using any device configured for WiFi and connect up to five devices within a 10 metre radius. An internal battery provides up to four hours of active use on a single charge. The device delivers performance with speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps on the downlink and 5.7 Mbps on the uplink between the Mobile Broadband Hotspot and the mobile broadband network.

“The Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot offers mobile professionals, students and families a one touch connectivity solution that turns WiFi enabled devices such as MP3 players and laptops into connected mobile internet devices,” said Huw Medcraft, mobile broadband director, Vodafone. “This product brings even more flexibility to our customers, and ensures that Vodafone’s market leading mobile broadband can be rolled out to even more devices to give customers greater convenience.”

Expandable memory support for up to 16GB via microSD makes the device a flexible and robust platform capable of storing and sharing personal content such as documents, music, video and pictures over WiFi. Access to the expandable memory is separately available to all devices connected to the Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot. The device is supplied by Novatel Wireless.

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