Is it only 3 who get what users want from dongles?

I would have believed that by now that mobile broadband is pretty much done and dusted.

For the last year or so there has been an exponential rise in the use of laptops with dongles, and in many cases mobile networks replacing fixed broadband.

This is especially true as CPW and PC World are selling free (if that’s the word) laptops to students and small businesses.

There are loads of deals available, but what surprised me is that only Three are offering pay as you go mobile broadband.

So as was the case yesterday, up and down Kensington High Street no other network would offer an occasional visitor to the UK anything other than a normal contract, or monthly rolling contract (which is useless as you have to give a month’s notice; what do you do sign up then terminate on the same day!).

So as Three was the only option, we checked the Three signal and low and behold, very low in-fact, only GPRS is supported, this in the centre of London!

So O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile you lost a customer, and Three lost one because of it’s lousy signal.

iPhone 3G feature wish for the day –

Battery life is appalling (6-8 hours max), as bad as Three’s A925 handset of a few years ago. At least with that one you could swap batteries. I only hope the rumour of a bigger battery is true as battery life trumps weight any day.