EE introduces 4G dongle for cars

EE has unveiled a 4G Wi-Fi device called Buzzard 2, which aims to bring high-speed connectivity to vehicles.

The modem plugs directly into a car's cigarette lighter (12v connection) and builds on the design of EE's original 3G dongle. The Buzzard 2 sports a USB port to connect and charge up additional devices. It also features an array of lights to alert the user when the device is switched on and connected to 4G.

EE said business users would be able to use the device to get online before or after meetings from the car park, or provide in-car connectivity for their passenger. It said the device would also be useful for taxis and limousine companies to keep their customers connected while on the move.

The Buzzard 2 is available to business users and consumers and will cost 79.99 on pay as you go. Customers buying the device before 31 January 2015 will also get 100MB of data free each month.

The device will also be available on a range of 4GEE pay monthly mobile broadband plans starting from 10, and is free on plans from 15 (3GB) per month and above. The device can also be added for free on a customer's 4GEE mobile Shared plan for 8 per month.

Christopher Traggio, director of PAYG & connected products at EE, said that high-speed internet connectivity has "become second nature for many families both inside the home and on the move so it can come as shock on car journeys when the children can't access their favourite games or TV to entertain themselves."

"Buzzard 2 creates a powerful 4G Wi-Fi connection without battery drain providing a great solution for passengers young and old, so they can check their newsfeeds, stream music, play online games or catch-up on TV in the car," he added.

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