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The sales of US modem sticks needed for mobile broadband continue at a healthy rate in the UK, new figures suggest.

According to market analyst GfK, the number of dongles sold in Britain during September was over 149,000.

This compares favourably with data from January of this year, which puts the amount of devices sold at just 55,000.

Although not reaching the 163,000 sold during the height of summer in July, the figure shows that dongle sales have not dramatically slowed and bode well for the mobile broadband market's future with Christmas in the pipeline.

It is noted that 76 per cent of dongle owners are on contract, while 24 per cent are pay-as-you-go users.

Commenting on the figures, ISPreview believes that there could soon be an upsurge in the number of non-contract mobile broadband users.

The broadband news provider says: "It is worth pointing out that the uptake of true payg (pay-as-you-go) has only recently taken hold after T-Mobile and 3 launched a range of better priced options with fewer constraints, causing a significant rise in uptake."

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