A flat-rate 3G data tariff is being introduced by mobile operator Vodafone Ireland, providing unlimited data usage for subscribers in Ireland for a fixed 49-euro-per-month fee.
In a statement, Vodafone said it also planned to launch its HSDPA upgrade later in 2006, in Dublin to begin with, then throughout the country.
It said this would enable users to access the Internet at up to 1.2Mbps, as part of the Vodafone Unlimited Data package.
The new technology will use Vodafone's 3G network, which is already used by the operator's 250,000 3G customers.
The operator has, however, prohibited the use of VoIP services on the unlimited tariff and includes a fair usage policy in its terms and conditions, reserving the right to withdraw service from users exceeding this.
Vodafone also intends to introduce a range of laptop computers this year, from companies such as Dell and Lenovo, incorporating 3G/3G broadband Vodafone SIM cards and GPRS/3G/3G broadband radio.