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Mobile phones with online functions will not replace broadband as the primary way to surf the web, according to one expert.

Andrew Lim, mobile phones editor at technology news provider CNET, said that despite the reasonable rates offered by firms such as T-Mobile, 3 and Vodafone, mobile phones will never meet all the online needs of internet users in the UK.

He commented: "Certain browsing needs will be met by them, but in terms of your working life, I don't think it's going to get to the point where you'll be able to work in the park with just your mobile."

Research from Internet World Stats found that 40.4 million people in the UK used the internet during December 2007 - equal to 66.4 per cent of the population.

A study by Ofcom found that some 89 per cent of UK broadband users declared themselves happy with the service they receive from providers.

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