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Vodafone has launched two new cut-price mobile broadband dongle offers and added a new Acer laptop to its array of broadband laptop packages, as the company looks to secure its share of the UK market.

Under the terms of the new laptop offer, consumers can get a free Acer Aspire 5535, as well as a dongle and 3GB of monthly mobile broadband usage for £40 per month over a 24-month contract. According to Vodafone, the usage limit is enough for 100 hours of browsing, 2000 e-mails, 200 music downloads and 100 short video clips.

The Acer Aspire 5535 laptop, meanwhile, features a 15.6-inch LCD screen, to bring HD movies to life, as well as 3DSonic stereo speakers for cinema-style panoramic sound. The Aspire range is aimed principally at casual household users as well as small businesses.

The launch of the deal coincides with two new mobile broadband dongle incentives from Vodafone. The first of these offers three-months free broadband and 3GB of monthly usage when customers sign up for 24-month contract. Pricing reverts to £15 per month once the three-month introductory period has expired.

Alternatively, Vodafone is also offering the chance to sign up for an 18-month mobile broadband contract, also with a 3GB monthly usage limit, with an introductory charge of £10 per month. After the initial period, customers pay £15 per month.

Vodafone stands out among rival mobile broadband companies for supplying the UK’s fastest broadband connection speeds. The firm’s customers can expect a download speed of up to 7.2Mb, compared with a maximum of 4.5Mb on rival networks.

The changes to its broadband packages come amid signs that competition for market share of the UK mobile broadband sector is becoming more cut-throat.

Last month, BT, the UK’s largest home broadband supplier, launched mobile broadband products for the first time. Previously, the telecommunications giant’s absence from the market had allowed rivals such as Vodafone, Virgin Media, T-Mobile, 3 and Orange to dominate.

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