The telco's announced that you should be able to get much better speeds in metropolitan areas as part of its ongoing network revamp.
Vodafone's announced today that it's completed the upgrade for its base stations with improved Dual Carrier HSPA+ capabilities, something it had previously flagged as being due to happen in September. Those stations have been switched on, according to Vodafone "in key parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle."
According to Vodafone, if you're a customer you should now get data speeds of between 2-16MBps, or as it states, around "eight times" faster than previously on Vodafone's 3G coverage areas. Which means, at least from a logical viewpoint, that its previous baseline for its 3G services was only 256Kbps. Ouch. In any case, Vodafone says it's updated its coverage maps to reflect the new "3G+" services, which you can find at its web site.