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Telcos Will Bring Free Mobile Broadband Soon Says Expert

2008 has already been hailed as the year of the mobile broadband and it is not surprising that tens of thousands of those little USB dongles have been sold since January.

Jessica McArdle from Top 10 Broadband reckons that free mobile broadband could become commonplace as early as 2009 as Internet Service Providers and Mobile phone companies battle to grapple their rivals' customers.

Just like Talktalk and Tiscali are offering free landline-based broadband when purchasing their phone services, mobile phone packages could also be flanked with a free dongle.

Mobile Phone Provider Three is already offering a free mobile broadband dongle on some deals and charges customers on a Pay as You Go basis.

Prices in the mobile broadband sector have fallen faster than their landline counterparts - packages normally start at £15, down from £45 only two years ago.

Speeds have improved markedly with the introduction of HSDPA and better national coverage.

The next step would also mean that a new generation of phones should be able to function as 3G modems and connect to laptops wirelessly.

McArdle is also betting on Mobile broadband Long Term Evolution (LTE) to improve mobile spectral efficiency, improve quality and most importantly reduce data handling costs.

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 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.