A new Mac-friendly version of the Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem goes on sale in the UK today.

It's the latest version of the 3G broadband data card for Macs and is designed to work over USB. It lets Mac users access the internet using Vodafone's 3G network. The modem offers download speeds of "around 1.4Mbp", the company explains.

Kyle Whitehill, director of Vodafone UK's Enterprise Business Unit said: "Following our first-to-market launch of 3G broadband services in June this year, this device is a direct response to demand from users of the latest generation of laptops, who'd also like to be using 3G broadband."

Vodafone offers its 3G broadband service in the UK, Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. When outside of 3G broadband coverage, customers will automatically be able to access the web using Vodafone's existing 3G and GPRS services.

The device ships with software for Mac OS X and Intel Macs.

The Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem costs from £49, depending on service agreement.