SOME PEOPLE can't even say the word without suppressing a giggle, but Virgin Media has launched a new dongle.
The dongle is designed to boost mobile broadband speeds up to 7.2Mbps, or as Virgin would have it, making them "super fast". The proof is in the surfing, of course, and we have not managed to get our hands on one yet, but Virgin claims that the new speed, twice that of its previously released 3.6Mpbs dongle, will give its users improvements in their email checking, streaming media and Internet browsing experiences.
Other options include a data allowance of either 1GB or 3GB per month. Speed improvements will let users catch up on their favourite TV shows and Youtube clips with "less buffering and stuttering", according to the firm.
Users get the choice of one month rolling contracts or an 18-month one. Users that take the rolling contract have to commit to two months of use before moving onto the more flexible tariff. This costs £8 per month for the 1GB version and £12 per month for 3GB. The 7.2MBps USB modem costs an additional £35. The same prices apply for the 18-month contract, except those lucky punters get to snap up the modem for just under a tenner. People who are not already Virgin Media customers have to pay a couple of quid extra per month.
Graeme Oxby, executive director of mobile at Virgin Media, said, "We're thrilled to be offering this faster mobile broadband to our users. If you're not at home or near a wireless connection, mobile broadband is the best way of staying connected on the move and we're delighted to be making this a speedier, more pleasant experience for our customers." µ
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