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Mobile broadband in the UK is taking off with new figures showing the number of pre-pay dongles being sold is increasing.

According to research from GfK, over 8,000 dongles per week are now being sold across the country.

The statistic represents a significant increase of 7,000 dongles per week compared to the start of the year.

In terms of both pre-pay and contract, the total number of dongles now being purchased every week in Britain stands at 30,000.

Amy Mae-Elliot of Pocket Link has suggested that the reasonable pricing applied to most pre-pay dongles could be behind the surge in sales.

She said: "Although pre-pay mobile broadband offers consumers a flexible and relatively inexpensive way to get mobile broadband on the move, the hardware is not cheap, starting at around the £50 mark."

Vodafone recently slashed the price of its USB dongles by 50 per cent for users on 30 day contracts.

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