Just the travel ticket for stay­ing in touch

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Voda­fone R208 mo­bile wi-fi ($ de­vice only)

199, still-in-Christchurch daugh­ter. Its con­nec­tion re­mained steady even if her en­thu­si­asm for chat­ting to us didn’t.

Back in Christchurch, I was in­ter­ested to see how the R208 fared in a more con­nec­tion-sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment, so tested the con­nec­tion us­ing my smart phone from our in­ner Christchurch CBD of­fice us­ing Ookla’s speed test an­droid app. It av­er­aged a ping time of 57ms, a down­load speed of 3089kbps and an upload speed of 2535kbps. Voda­fone tells me the R208 will also make the most of the com­pany’s high-speed DCHSPA net­work, which is avail­able in Auck­land, Welling­ton and parts of Christchurch.

The R208 has an LCD screen that dis­plays a va­ri­ety of statis­tics in­clud­ing how long you’ve been con­nected, sig­nal strength, data us­age, bat­tery sta­tus and how many de­vices are con­nected, and there’s also an iOS and An­droid app that pro­vides the same in­for­ma­tion, but in a much more vis­ually pleas­ing for­mat.

Though I used the R208 mainly for web brows­ing and check­ing emails (and the Skype call), I also used it to down­load a size­able game patch – I wanted to see how it han­dled a large down­load – so prob­a­bly used more data that a nor­mal user would dur­ing an av­er­age month but even with a weak con­nec­tion in Queen Char­lotte Sound it down­loaded the 400Mb patch com­fort­ably (it was slow but it man­aged it).

I loved the R208, not only be­cause of its portablity and size (it fit­ted nicely into my PS Vita’s carry case) but be­cause it was easy to set up and con­nect de­vices to, and had great bat­tery life.

It seems per­fect for peo­ple who want a con­stantly re­li­able 3G wi-fi con­nec­tion when they’re trav­el­ling, be that for work or for a hol­i­day. Ac­tu­ally, it seems just the ticket for mo­tor home own­ers or at the camp site when you want to get con­nected eas­ily while you’re away.

Voda­fone’s R208: Turns a 3G con­nec­tion into a wire­less hotspot that you can con­nect sev­eral de­vices to at once.

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