Vodafone Mobile Connect Box

Like a few months ago, and just for the record (so I can gaze back through the years to this sort of thing when it's become the equivalent of the Ford Model T), last Thursday we launched the first 3.6 Mbps HSDPA access product in Portugal.

Yep. 3.6Mbps. Now.

Not that anyone in the US (or the rest of Europe) will take much notice, but like I wrote before, 2006 is going to be a very interesting year mobility-wise for Portugal.

I've been using one of these for many weeks now, and yes, I've been doing so on a Mac (which is the whole point of my writing about it here).

As before, coverage will expand radiating out of Lisbon, Oporto and some places in Algarve (check the press release for more - Portuguese only, sorry).

And, as before, the launch is the result of a great team effort that isn't over yet.

The modem itself was news a few weeks ago in several places, and (as usual) I kept quiet about it until it was public (one of the fun things about using it in the office was that everyone commented on how iPod-like it looks).

Although it currently requires manual configuration to set up under Mac OS X (for now), it won't hurt my Disclaimer to say I will be one of the people involved in making sure things will get easier, or to foster the adoption of the product by the geekier, non-Windows crowd by posting a few notes.

And now, for some rest.

There's a lot more going on that I will look back on with fond memories - but it needs to be finished first.