Yesterday I got hold of Vodafone's latest mobile broadband dongle, a Huawei K4605 model. Its selling point is that it is the operator's first HSPA+ dongle.
That means that it has a (notional) top download speed of 42Mbs. Vodafone itself claims that its peak speed is likely to be closer to 27Mbs, which is still a phenomenal result -- if borne out -- for a mobile broadband dongle.
So far, I've only used it in Dublin's city centre. While I haven't got 27Mbs (or anything like it), I have recorded download speeds of 9Mbs and 14Mbs (see screenshot). Upload speeds have varied between 2.4Mbs and 2.9Mbs.
This is a very impressive result for a mobile broadband dongle.
Vodafone says that its HSPA+ (not to be confused with HSDPA) service is available in Irish cities, with the rest of the country to be upgraded "within 18 months".