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Mobile broadband has now become the UK's favourite internet access technology while on the move, according to new research.

A study from Point Topic has found that 3G technology has now overtaken Wi-Fi as the most popular way to get online when away from the home or office.

Some 47 per cent of those quizzed now favour mobile broadband when out and about, while the proportion of broadband users opting for Wi-Fi stands at 42 per cent.

Commenting on the prospects for the two technologies, Point Topic chief analyst Tim Johnson predicted: "We see dual-mode operation, with mobile broadband users defaulting to WiFi where it’s available, as the way of the future."

Further data from the research shows that 26 per cent of those mobile broadband users questioned were O2 subscribers, with Orange and Vodafone users taking 20 per cent each.

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