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The ease with which internet users can now connect to the web for the first time when using mobile broadband has been highlighted by one expert.

Barry Collins of PC Pro has pointed out the stark contrast between setting up a connection using a USB stick supplied by a mobile broadband provider and using more traditional methods of getting online.

He was impressed with the quick installation process which is initiated by dongles, setting up the relevant client software within minutes of inserting the device into a USB port.

"Unlike a home ADSL setup, there's no barrage of ISP settings to enter into your router's configuration menus," Mr Collins commented.

Continuing: "There's no setting up of usernames and passwords or fiddling with security settings. You simply pop the provided SIM card into the device, slot it into your PC and off you go."

Recent figures from GfK reveal that an average of over 30,000 dongles are now being sold in the UK every week.

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