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Mobile Broadband Threatening Fixed Line?

One in eight says dongle over landline…

By Natasha Lomas

Mobile broadband is encroaching on the business of fixed line ISPs, market research company YouGov is claiming. But not everyone is happy with the dongle experience.

Results from YouGov's DongleTrack report show while the majority (64 per cent) of mobile broadband users are buying dongles or datacards as an accessory to fixed line fat pipes, a significant minority (12 per cent - or one in eight mobile broadband users) has either ditched their fixed line connection or opted to use 3G modems instead of having a landline put it.

Broadband from A to Z Click on the links below to find out more... The YouGov survey also found a lucky four per cent of mobile broadband users have datacards provided by their work.

A recent state of the digital nation Ofcom report found UK dongle sales nearly doubled between February and June this year, rising from 69,000 to 133,000 per month.

The regulator has also charted the rise of homes without landlines in the UK - as more people opt to rely on mobile phones for voice calls - and puts the figure at 12 per cent of homes.

But with the rise in popularity of mobile broadband gadgets, the landline is under attack on two fronts. Not least because UK households seeking to install or reconnect a landline can face a BT connection charge of almost £130.

Lack of access to a landline was cited as the reason for adopting a dongle or datacard by 13 per cent of respondents to the survey.

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