Thanks for all the replies from different people.

Yep, my feelings exactly - it is just a modem so it should work. 

I know areas (e.g. right outside the Vodafone shop in Falmouth - where they
have a booster aerial) where the Vodafone will work on Windows, so I think
I'll go that route and give it a try by running Windows from Boot Camp. It
is only for a few days backup usage, so hopefully I can get it to work.

Cheers




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From: owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk
[mailto:owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk] On Behalf Of Peter Bowyer
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 9:56 AM
To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk
Subject: Re: [backstage] OT - Mobile Broadband

When these people say 'doesn't work with Mac/Linux', they mean that
the auto-install control software on the dongle doesn't work there. My
3 (Huawei) dongle, for example, works better under Linux than it does
under Windows - but you have to mangle the settings yourself (trivial
under Ubuntu) and you don't get 3's fancy client. Bonus!

Dunno about Mac, though, but almost certainly the same. It's just a
modem, after all.

Peter

2009/1/26 zen16...@zen.co.uk <zen16...@zen.co.uk>:
> Many thanks, Fergus
>
> Vodafone say their PAYG dongle doesn't work on Macs:
>
> "This product is not Mac compatible" (from their website - and confirmed
by
> the Vodafone store).
>
> T-Mobile dongles are Mac happy, but have no coverage at all in Falmouth
> apparently.
>
> 3 are Mac happy, but I'm told the service is patchy at best ... was hoping
> that someone with some local knowledge might have some experience they
could
> share.
>
> I can run XP on the Mac via boot camp or VMWare fusion, but the Vodafone
> shop say the dongle still won't work with Mac hardware even if I have
booted
> into Windows ..... this seems strange to me ... would have thought a usb
> dongle would work with Windows drivers irrespective of being on top of Mac
> hardware ... wondered, as well, if anybody has a Vodafone dongle and is
> using it under boot camp/fusion on a Mac.
>
> TIA
>
>
>
>
> On 25 Jan 2009, at 19:56, Fearghas McKay wrote:
>
>>
>> On 25 Jan 2009, at 17:43, <zen16...@zen.co.uk> <zen16...@zen.co.uk>
wrote:
>>
>>> Needs to work on a Mac – MBP.
>>
>> All of the USB dongles should work with a Mac, but you will probably need
>> local knowledge to identify which networks have usable coverage down
there.
>> They should all have maps that show network availability.
>>
>> The T-Mobile PAYG lasts 90 days now apparently and the Three one might do
>> - but that may just be you have 90 days to use the voucher and it then
lasts
>> for 30 days, which was the scenario. Both of them should sell you a
dongle
>> for ~£40 if you shop around.
>>
>> HTH
>>
>>        f
>>
>>
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