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The inflated cost of using mobile broadband overseas has been highlighted by one expert.

Horror stories have surfaced in recent times detailing the experiences of some Brits who have been charged over £1,000 to download a TV programme onto their laptop while abroad.

Now Michael Philips of Broadband Choices has advised UK travellers to think carefully before using their dongles for mobile broadband while abroad.

He recommended: "If you plan on using your mobile broadband service abroad, make sure you have an appropriate package with a traveller tariff.

"These can still be quite pricey - you might be better off using an internet cafe."

According to the Sunday Times, EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reading recently stated she would ideally like to texts from UK mobile broadband customers in Europe be priced at between 9p and 12p each, with data-roaming costing less than £1 per Mb.

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