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SIM cards found in USB modem sticks should be easy to take out and use in other devices, one expert has claimed.

Mark Jackson, editor of ISPReview, has highlighted the fact that most 3G broadband-enabling SIMs are not designed to be taken out of their dongles despite the fact that the chips could have multiple uses.

He said that routers, smartphones and laptops were among the devices in which a SIM could be put to good use.

After quizzing the many of the leading mobile broadband providers - Orange, 3, O2, Vodafone and T-Mobile - Mr Jackson revealed none had immediate plans to market dongles with removable SIMs.

He summed up: "If you were hoping to get a mobile broadband SIM by itself then the only way to do that right now is to pry it from a USB Modem (dongle) first.

"Hopefully operators will one day start offering standalone SIMs, much as some already do with pay-as-you-go voice deals."

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