WEB’N’WALK DATA CARD

One data card is much like another, right? They’re mostly made by the same manufacturer (Option of Belgium) and they do much the same thing – allow a notebook PC to send and receive SMS texts and data using a cellphone connection.

The differences come down to whether they double for WiFi (not so useful now that so many laptops come with built-in WiFi), how good the accompanying control software is, and how appealing the accompanying tariff is.

The Web’n’Walk card scores in all departments. It is a quad-band 3G card, has WiFi, comes with the best-looking business tariff – unlimited use, flat-rate of £19.99 (the card is free with 18- or 24 month Web’n’Walk Professional contracts).

It also comes with T-Mobile’s excellent Communications Center (sic) software, which will automatically connect you via the fastest available T-Mobile network – which in descending order would be WiFi hotspots (users get 12 months free access to hotspots), then 3G HSDPA, then 3G UMTS, then GPRS.

And the HDSPA is a big plus. T-Mobile plans full-scale launch for its HDSPA network later this year.

So is it a good buy? Well, it’s certainly a solid product – and it’s definitely a good deal. And an HSDPA-ready connection at no extra charge is an attractive option.
 – It works, it’s fast, it’s inexpensive

 

FEATURES 80%
SALEABILITY 90%


SPECIFICATION
Connectivity  
 
Quad-band
Multimode:
WLAN speeds up
to 54Mbps,
HSDPA and UMTS
up to 1.8Mbps,
EDGE/GPRS/GSM
up to 384Kbps
Transparent
handover
between 2.5G
and 3G networks
Features   
Communications
Center software
for automatic connection to the fastest available
T-Mobile network,
one-click access to Internet, email, SMS

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