One consequence of Vodafone’s recent launch of a USB 3G broadband stick modem that I didn’t immediately realise was that it means that its older cabled USB modem is being taken off the market. Indeed, Vodafone’s own site says
that the device was no longer available as of August 11, but you might still be able to track down an older model if you visit a Vodafone store.
Why does this matter? For Windows or Mac users, not having the cable is a definite advantage. However, if you want to add mobile broadband to the Eee PC, the older E220 model is a better choice, because you can make it work out of the box, as I’ve detailed before on Lifehacker. Getting the E169 to work is trickier, because its dual-mode function confuses the standard Xandros install. Blogger Liam Green-Hughes has detailed one approach to solving this problem, but it’s a tad fiddly.
Of course, Vodafone isn’t the only choice in town — Optus and 3 both offer 3G packages using the U220, although they’re also increasingly promoting the stick-only option. Each has price complications you need to be aware of too: Optus’ new prepaid option has a hefty 10MB minimum download, and 3 users need to be careful about roaming charges, though that may change in the near future. What’s your preferred approach to keeping your Eee PC connected? Let’s hear about it in the comments. [Thanks Alex and Kaydo!]
Reassessing mobile broadband options for the Eee PC
Trending Stories Right Now
Last week, it was found that a malware called XcodeGhost had infected a number of apps on Apple's App Store in China. Considering Apple's stringent app vetting process has kept the App Store relatively safe in the past, this outbreak was particularly alarming. Popular apps including WeChat were infected, potentially affecting hundreds of millions of users not just in China, but globally. Here's how to detect if your iOS or OS X device is infected.
Public health campaigners, scholars, dietitians, journalists, politicians, filmmakers, celebrity chefs and the public frequently lambaste fast food corporations for causing and exacerbating the global obesity "crisis". It is hardly surprising then that the global food and drink industry (also described by critics as "big food") is keen to promote itself as "part of the solution".
Today's best deals include My Mixtapez on Android, FlowPlus on iOS and Real Bowling Star on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!