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Earlier this year Orange announced a staggering 500 per cent increase in take-up for its mobile broadband services. Top 10 Broadband takes a look at what’s driving the broadband provider’s success.

1 Orange mobile broadband network coverage is excellent

Orange boasts the largest 2G/3G network in the country. That means that you’ll be able to get online in more places than any other network.

2 It’s easy to set up.

Once you’ve bought an Orange dongle, configuring your computer is easy. All you need to do is connect the device to your PC, Mac or laptop via the USB slot and let the automated set-up wizard take of everything. The entire process takes a matter of minutes.

3 Orange mobile broadband is fast

Currently, the company’s 3G mobile broadband network is capable of delivering an impressive connection speed of up to 3.6Mb - which is the same as the average fixed line broadband connection.

4 It’ll get faster. And soon

Under plans to improve the network, Orange is rolling out speeds of up to 7.2Mb this year. Looks like the future really is bright for Orange customers.

5 Peace of mind

Customer surveys show that Orange is very well regarded by their subscriber base. But in the event that customers are not totally satisfied with the standard of coverage they receive, Orange pledges that it will “happily cancel the contract and refund any upfront device costs (if customers return the dongle in the first two weeks)”.

6 Orange is fair and responsible over excess usage charges

Under the terms of Orange mobile broadband contracts, customers are promised that as of August 2009 their bills for exceeding their data allowance will never be over £40. As a result, the days of scary, unexpected bill shocks are a thing of the dim and distant past - for Orange subscribers at least.

7 2 for 1 cinema tickets

Orange Wednesdays aren’t just for mobile phone customers; mobile broadband subscribers benefit from 2 for 1 entry at participating cinemas every week, too.

8 Pink dongles

Fed up of bland mobile broadband dongle design? Then why not take a look at Orange’s natty pink versions. They’re limited-edition, too, for maximum collectability.

9 Orange’s broadband laptop deals are some of the best around

For just £24.47 per month over 24 months, Orange is offering a free Asus Eee PC 901 with built in mobile broadband and 3GB of usage per month. That’s a great deal whichever way you cut it.

10 Free texts

Orange mobile broadband laptop deals allow users 100 free texts per month, so you’ll save money on your phone bill as well.

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