Surprise! The tiny little Vodem arrived today, without my having to hand over my first-born as a hostage for the review period.
And this is what it looks like:
It really is small as you can see, with the USB cable (two connectors, one for additional power if needed) being almost incongruously big for the Vodem.
Installation on XP is plug and play as promised, but I'm having SIM issues at the moment so will have to try out the Vodem performance after that's sorted out.
The Vodem shows up as a CD Drive in Explorer:
and this is what the software client for connecting to the network looks like:
Not sure why it's wonky like that - could be the 1680*1050 screen on this Lenovo N100 that I'm using.
Now to fix the SIM issue.