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The cost of mobile broadband means it may not yet be seen as a viable business option by many firms, an expert has suggested.

Dave Bailey of Computing.co.uk has admitted that the technology has made great strides in recent years, with enhancements such as HSPA+ making for a better user experience.

But Mr Bailey has still questioned whether the cost may outweigh the benefits for some businesses, especially considering the add-ons which can make 3G broadband use expensive.

He explained: "Most of the mobile operators impose a 3GB per month download limit on their mobile broadband services, and punitive fees for exceeding that limit are likely.

"Similarly, if users go abroad, charges can ramp up fairly quickly - charging more than £4 per megabyte is not unknown."

Motorola recently announced the commencement of testing on 4G long-term evolution technology which could result in higher mobile broadband speeds.

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