‘Dongles’ to revolutionise mobile web access

In the super-fast, super-mobile age in which we live, having to remain in one place to get full internet access has become an anachronism. If we can call and message our friends, check emails and even access our entire music collection from the top of a mountain, why shouldn’t we be able to surf the internet and download files too?Luckily for all those wishing to download an episode of Friends from the top of Ben Nevis, or more realistically, while travelling on a train, the mobile broadband “dongle” (a sexy name for a modem on a USB stick) is here and it’s getting cheaper all the time….Vodafone, claims the product “is flying off the shelves”, which is why it has hired an extra 450 frontline staff to help sell mobile broadband at the same time as laying off staff at Vodafone HQ. Mobile provider 3 has also seen this shift towards USB modems, with more than 20 per cent of new customers to their monthly packages purchasing dongles.A report by Arthur D Little and Exane BNP has suggested half of all consumers in Europe will have mobile broadband access by 2012.To read the rest of this story, see www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/04/02/cmdongle102.xml.

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