Why pay for five mobile data cards when one will do? A new device launched Monday in Spain by Vodafone Group PLC, Europe's largest mobile phone operator, allows up to five people to share one card.
Users connect to the device, the 3G/UMTS Router, via the WLAN (wireless LAN) capability built into their notebook computers, or a Wi-Fi card. The device contains a slot for the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS data card, which, in turn, allows for access to the company's 3G (third-generation) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) high-speed cellular networks.
"The new product is designed to help companies connect a group of employees at a trade show or building site with one card instead of having to invest in individual cards," said Vodafone spokeswoman Janine Young. "It's a cost-efficient service targeted primarily at smaller companies."
Vodafone Mobile Connect cards cost around