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Quick Start Guide
Vodafone Mobile Broadband
USB Modem Stick
Designed
for Vodafone
Welcome
to the world of mobile communications
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Welcome
2
Set up your USB Modem Stick
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Start the software
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Software overview
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Connect
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SMS text messaging
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SMS contacts
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USB Modem Stick LED light
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Signal strength
10 Hints and tips
12 Glossary
Welcome
Your new Vodafone Mobile Broadband USB Modem Stick lets you
connect your computer to the internet over the Vodafone highspeed mobile phone network.
Browse the web
You can now access the web and any other internet service
wherever there’s a mobile phone network.
Pick up emails
Keep up to date with your emails, wherever you are. You can
also access your personal email accounts – even web-based
accounts like Hotmail.
Send and receive SMS text messages
You can send and receive SMS text messages straight from
your computer. Vodafone SMS provides an easy way to view
messages, write new ones, and manage contact details.
System Requirements
To use this USB Modem Stick and the Vodafone Mobile Connect
software, you need:
– A computer – running Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista™
(SP1 recommended), or Windows® XP SP3, or an Apple Mac
running Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Intel®) or 10.5.8, or above. 10.6.2
or above recommended - 10.4.11 not supported on PowerPC.
– At least 100 MB free disk space and 256 MB RAM memory
– A USB socket
– Administrator rights on your computer.
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Set up your
USB Modem
Stick
• Insert your SIM as shown.
• If you are using a MicroSD memory card with your Stick (to
allow your Stick to behave as a flash memory drive), insert the
card as shown.
• Plug the USB Modem Stick firmly into your computer’s USB
port.
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Start the
software
On Microsoft Windows computers
The first time you plug your USB Modem Stick into a PC the
software setup should start automatically, and proceed to
set up your USB Modem Stick. If for some reason the setup
does not start, right click on the VMC Lite 9.x.x.x drive in ‘My
Computer’ (Start Menu, Computer for Vista machines), select
Explore and double-click the file called setup_vmc_lite.exe
on the USB Modem Stick. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Setting up your USB Modem Stick may take a few minutes,
but once the setup is finished, the Vodafone Mobile Connect
Lite software should start automatically. If for some reason
the program does not start, select Vodafone Mobile Connect
from the Windows Start menu.
The first time you run the
application, your USB
Modem Stick will usually be
set as the current device. If
it is not, open the ‘Devices’
view, and select your USB
Modem Stick there.
On Mac OS X computers
The first time you plug in your USB Modem Stick, it will show
up on your desktop as a Vodafone Mobile Broadband disk.
Drag the Vodafone Mobile Broadband icon from the disk
window into the Applications folder on your hard disk.
Double-click the Vodafone Mobile Broadband icon in your
Applications folder to start the application. The application
will start, identify your device, create the correct mobile
connection settings and select a mobile network. Once the
application is ready to connect, the Connect button will be
enabled.
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Software
overview
The first time you run
the software, your
USB Modem Stick will
usually be set as the
default device. If it
is not, click ‘Manage
Devices’ and select your
USB Modem Stick there.
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Connect/Disconnect
Connect via the mobile phone network
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Views
View data usage, and additional software settings
3
Start SMS program
Send, receive and manage SMS messages and contacts
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Status
Check the status of your connection
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Help
Help Topics, plus internet and hotline support.
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Connect
If a mobile network has been found, the Connect button
in the Mobile Connections panel will be enabled. Clicking
Connect connects to the internet across the mobile phone
network. Now you can browse the web or use email.
When connected, the Connect button text changes to
Disconnect and a green ‘Connected’ indicator appears below
the button.
The radio waves on the
Mobile Connections icon
are animated whenever
data is being transferred
over the connection.
No radio waves are shown
when nothing is being
transferred.
The radio waves are
shown static when no
connection is open.
Clicking the Disconnect button will close the connection –
and the text on the button will revert to Connect.
To open a mobile connection, you need to be within
coverage of a mobile network. As a rule, anywhere you can
make a call on your mobile phone, you should be able to
connect.
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SMS Text
Messaging
Click Vodafone SMS on the navigation bar in the main
window of the Vodafone Mobile Connect Lite software to
open the SMS program.
To send an SMS
Click New at the left-hand end of the SMS toolbar to
create a new SMS text message.
The number displayed to
the person who receives
your message will be from
your data SIM, not your
mobile phone. Use a short
‘signature’ to make sure
people know you sent
them a message: Settings/
Messages/Signature.
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Address
Enter the recipients here, or choose them from Contacts
2
Message
Write your message here
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Send
Click on the Send button to send your message.
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After your SMS has been sent, it will be stored in the Sent
list.
Receiving SMS
When you receive a new message, an SMS Notification
is shown briefly so you can respond to it directly.
The received message can also be read from the Inbox
in the main Vodafone SMS window.
The Vodafone SMS software
will receive text messages
whenever you have mobile
network coverage.
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SMS Contacts
Click Contacts on the SMS navigation bar to open the
Contacts list, in which you can save SMS numbers that you
use frequently as contacts with names.
New SMS Contact
Clicking the New button on the SMS toolbar opens a new
contact window.
Enter the name and
number of your contact
using the international
format for the number, eg.
+447774477000.
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USB Modem
Stick LED lights
The LED light on your USB Modem Stick shows which
kind of mobile network has been found, and whether the
USB Modem Stick is connected to that network.
Green blinking
A GPRS network has been found – you could connect
Light blue blinking
indication may not
appear on some
networks (even where 3G
Broadband is available).
You will still be able
to connect to the 3G
Broadband network.
Green solid
Connected via GPRS
Blue blinking
A 3G network has been found – you could connect
Blue solid
Connected via 3G
Light blue blinking
A 3G Broadband network has been found - you could connect
Light blue solid
Connected via 3G Broadband.
Signal strength
The strength of the mobile network signal is shown by the
symbol to the left of the Connect button, and by the icon in
the Windows Notification area.
The more bars that are filled in, the better the mobile
network signal quality. At least one bar must be filled in order
to connect.
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Hints
and tips
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If you don’t see your USB Modem Stick in the list of devices
– Remove the USB Modem Stick
– Re-start your computer
– Re-insert the USB Modem Stick.
If no network can be found
– Change your physical location: in a building, move closer to a window, move
higher up, or go outside
– (Windows) Select ‘View/View Available Mobile Connections’ and see if you
can connect to a particular network in the list shown
– (Mac) Select ‘Connections’, open ‘Mobile Connections’, double-click the
top-most settings, click ‘Select Networks’ and see if you can connect to one
of the networks listed
– Contact Support, and check that data services and roaming are enabled on
your account.
If no connection can be opened
– Wait a few minutes and try to connect again. This is most often a temporary
problem, especially if an ‘Error 631’ or ‘Error 619’ is referenced. If it persists
please call Vodafone Support on the number on the next page
– Select ‘File/Exit’ to exit the Vodafone Mobile Connect Lite software
completely, and then re-start it again
– Re-start your computer
– (Windows) Click ‘Manage Devices’, select your device, click edit and then
select a different network preference on the Network Preference tab page,
eg. ‘3G Only’
– (Mac) Click ‘Devices’, select your device, and then select a different network
preference in the drop-down menu, eg. ‘3G Only’
– If you are using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), contact your company IT
administrator.
If you have problems when roaming
– (Windows) Select ‘View/Available Mobile Connections’ and try opening one
of the connections shown
– (Mac) Select ‘Connections’, open ‘Mobile Connections’, double-click the
top-most settings, click ‘Select Networks’ and see if you can connect to
one of the networks listed
– Contact Support, and check roaming is enabled for your account
Vodafone Ireland
– Check the name of the current network in the Mobile Connections panel.
customers
If it is not Vodafone or a Partner, (Windows) select a different network
If you’d like to use our
from ‘View/Available Mobile Connections’; (Mac) select ‘Connections’,
data services while
open ‘Mobile Connections’, double-click the top-most settings, click
abroad FreeFone
‘Select Networks’ and see if you can connect to one of the networks
1800 22 55 88 to get
listed.
set up. Check out
www.vodafone.ie for
If the connection keeps switching between GPRS and 3G
data roaming rates at
– (Windows) Click ‘Manage Devices’, select your device, click edit and then
your destination.
select a different network preference on the Network Preference tab
page, eg. ‘3G Only’
– (Mac) Start the Vodafone Mobile Broadband software, click ‘Devices’,
select your device, and then select a different network preference in the
For further help, please
drop-down menu, eg. ‘3G Only’
visit www.support.
vodafone.com, or call
– Switch back to your normal preference when you move locations.
Vodafone Support as
(Windows) If the software does not install, or the install progress bar keeps
follows :
looping
You can contact Vodafone
– From the Windows Start menu, select Settings>Control Panel>
UK Customer Care: 191 or
System>Hardware>Device Manager
08700700191
– Expand ‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers’
Vodafone Ireland
– Right-click ‘USB Mass Storage Device’ and select ‘Uninstall’
customers should contact
– If your devices are not reloaded, select ‘Scan for Hardware changes’ from
the Data Customer Care
the ‘Action’ menu.
team on 1850 287 000,
Check software update preferences
if you are using the
– Set your operating system and other programs to notify you of software
Vodafone network, or
updates instead of downloading them automatically– otherwise they
+353429331999 if you
may slow down your mobile connection, or exceed your data usage limit.
are calling from outside
of Ireland.
Usage indication
– The usage window only displays an indication of your data usage. Please
refer to your invoice for the actual amount of data transferred.
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Glossary
Built-in Mobile data card built into notebook computer. Enables data
data card connections over the mobile phone network.
Data card/ A device for a computer that is used to open a data
USB Modem stick connection over the mobile phone network.
EDGE An enhancement to GPRS networks offering higher
speeds, although not as fast as those provided by 3G, or 3G
Broadband.
GPRS Stands for General Packet Radio Service, which is based on
GSM, but allows higher transmission speeds for data.
GSM Short for Global System for Mobile Communication. This is a
standardised, open, digital mobile technology.
3G Another name for UMTS (Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System), 3G stands for third-generation
mobile phone service and provides higher data speeds.
3G broadband An enhancement of 3G, bringing even higher speeds.
3G Broadband devices are already offering speeds of up to
14.4 megabits per second.
Roaming You can use your mobile device for connections on any other
mobile network that has a roaming agreement with your own
mobile operator, whether in your country or abroad.
SIM The ‘Subscriber Identity Module’ is the small, postagestamp-sized chip that you will have received together with
your mobile subscriber contract. The SIM has gold contacts
on one side.
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The term Mobile Broadband together with the ‘birds’
design is a trademark of GSMC Limited.
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the Vodafone Group. Any product or
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