Not quite as fast as the speed of light

Product: Vodafone Performance Pro mobile broadband service.

24th September, 2011

Price: e35 per month based on an 18-month post pay contract Speed: ‘‘up to’’ 42 megabitsper- second (Mbs); tested speed of 15Mbs Data cap: ten gigabytes monthly The phrase ‘‘3G mobile broadband’’ often elicits raised eyebrows, for few other forms of Irish internet access give rise to as many gripes about performance, speed and consistency.

In this vein, when a service promises ‘‘up to’’ a certain speed, it...

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