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A growing number of laptops being targeted at the UK market are produced with built-in mobile broadband support, one expert has highlighted.

Stuart Torton of PC Pro says that laptops are becoming more mobile broadband-friendly and used the example of the new Advent 4213 being marketed by high-street retailers Dixons.

The device comes with built-in HSDPA support, with users able to plug in their SIM card to access mobile broadband services, negating the need for a dongle.

"Mobile broadband is a feature that has been increasingly creeping into netbooks of late, with Dell announcing a tie-up with Vodafone to offer the service on its new Mini9," said Mr Torton.

He added: "Previously Asus has hooked up with Orange to offer a similar package."

Vodafone has indicated it could be dropping its 3.5G mobile broadband dongles in favour of in-built SIM cards in the future, reports Tech Radar.

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