HSDPA for Free

1:05 PM -- South African mobile operator Vodacom Pty. Ltd. , which is jointly owned by Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG), is offering its "HSDPA 3.6" mobile broadband service for free for three months. (See Vodafone Soups Up HSDPA, Vodafone Rakes in Data Revenues, and Enterprise Data Drives Vodafone.)

Subscribers need an HSDPA 3.6-capable device like the Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem, Vodafone Mobile Connect Express Card, or an Embedded HSDPA 3.6 laptop. Access to the 3.6-Mbit/s network will be free until April 30, 2008, but users will still have to pay their existing data tariff packages.

After May 1, the HSDPA 3.6 service will cost 49 South African Rand (US$7) per month, on top of subscribers' data tariffs.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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