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Broadband Dongle War : Virgin, Tesco, Vodafone and Others vie for market share

Mobile Virtual Network Operators are bracing themselves for a baking summer as newcomers threaten to topple the leaders of the nascent broadband dongle market by the end of the year.

According to some reports, more than 100,000 such devices are sold per month and this has attracted the likes of Virgin, Tesco, Asda and others.

Virgin is already looking to use mobile broadband as a way to increase its user base to more than four million and Mobile Today has revealed that T-Mobile, which already provide the network for its Virgin Mobile, would certainly be providing the dongle and the back end technology.

It is highly possible that Virgin Media decides to go forth with UK's first five-play offer combining mobile and landline broadband, landline phone, mobile phone and TV.

In related news, 3 has become the first mobile phone company to bundle a USB modem with a mobile phone package with a £27 1100 minutes Mix and Match offer.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.