Some time ago I tried out a Vodafone 3G card. I had some criticism regarding how Vodafone
was handling their customers. Now I have been trying out what 3
has to offer. I had the opportunity to try out the 3G surfing experience using two of ther phones. The Nokia 6630 and the SonyEricsson Z800i. It may be that there are problems that could be solved with the help from customer support but quite frankly, there shouldn't even be issues with customer support.Using the SonyEricsson Z800i
Installing went quite well, using the 3 software to set the dialup. After that I was able to use it as a normal dial up connection. It should be possible to install without extra software though.In all the Z800i performed well, maxed out at about 350kbps when pushing it hard with ftp and other downloads. However, while pushing I discovered it was not able to charge at the same rate draining it. Then again, the power need will follow the load. Using it in "idle" state with only mail updates, normal surfing, RSS, etc will keep the charge. Without external power in "idle" state it will last for about 3h.While travelling from Helsingborg to Lund (on an Öresundståg) it disconnected about 2-3 times, as expected on those train. The good thing is it reconnected automatically without problems.Using the Nokia 6630
The installation was more cumbersome, forcing me to install PC Suite to get the connection. I have not tried though; now that I know how it’s done it should be possible to set it up with a normal dialup connection.The 6630 did not perform as well as the Z800i. I had more bad connections (after some time a connection would fail. Seemingly OK but not data is received). Furthermore, I was not able to get the same throughput for the Nokia but after a few resets it maxed at around 250kbps. The 6630 seemed to keep up with the drain a bit better. It may be due to the lower throughput and that's not acceptable. Both phones should be tested with cable connections as well, ruling out Bluetooth flaws.The Nokia was also a bit worse in keeping the connection between Helsingborg and Lund and the annoying bad connection that tricked me into thinking the connection was OK makes this a worse alternative.In total the power of just connecting the computer and if possible getting rid of third party software makes the phone connection alternatives better than using a 3G card. This setup eliminates the need for extra subscriptions for the laptop. However the best solution might be an extra subscription card coupled with the phone subscription.