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U:fon operates no GPRS/UMTS network but CDMA united 1x and EVDO (Rev. A, one carrier) network in 410 - 430 MHz band.
- The prepaid service is called "Předplacený 3G internet" (Prepaid 3G internet). You can find it also under somewhat silly name Hobby Internet
- Currently you have two options
A/ prepaid package for 1390 CZK. It includes USB modem Vertex VW-110L + omni-directional external antenna and no initial credit. CDROM with drivers (the drivers on CDROM are not needed because they are present in flash memory of the modem and they are self-installable in Windows). Surfing for free until March 2010.
B/ prepaid package for 2900 CZK. It includes USB modem Vertex VW-110L + omni-directional external antenna and credit 2900 CZK. Surfing for free until March 2010.
- The modem is usable in Linux too (small tweaks of udev rules are usually needed, unless you've got up to date udev) and Mac OS. There is no SIM card needed - each individual piece is locked to U:fon and to the service (IOW it is not portable among operators without unlocking. Also note the non-standard frequency).
- Only the days when connection to internet happened are charged, the cost is 29 CZK per day (flat) or 9.90 CZK per hour (available since Apr 2010). You need to switch the tariff manually (best in your profile on www.ufon.cz). The first tariff switch is for free, 10 CZK is deducted on the next one.
- FUP is 1 GB per day.
- You must recharge the credit (using MC/VISA card or wire transfer) every 6 months and use the service at least once in 6 months. The minimum recharge unit is 29 CZK.
- The usual speed is 400 / 150 kbps or 1200 / 400 kbps in good conditions, the ping times (rtt) vary from 70 ms up in good conditions.
- The coverage is not excellent so far (update Dec 2010: Ufon has lowered its coverage recently).

Ufon is not suitable for true mobile or nomadic use because the signal vary a lot and the network is heavy loaded. Optimal usege is during weekends at the cottage, best with external directional antenna (the included external antenna may help a lot too).

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