Just the travel ticket for staying in touch
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.