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Reports have emerged that certain mobile broadband dongles are not supported by Apple's Snow Leopard operating system for the Mac.

According to Electricpig.co.uk, it appears that a number of mobile broadband providers and dongle manufacturers have not managed to update software on the USB devices, meaning many people cannot still use them with their computers.

The website has claimed that dongles offered by several providers – including 3, T-Mobile and O2 – are affected by the problem. However, while many responded to the claims, only Vodafone and Orange offered solid solutions.

The former is making an update available which will fix such issues for its mobile broadband subscribers, while the latter is developing its own connection manager.

Recent research published by mobileSQUARED found that the number of mobile broadband connections in use across the UK will exceed fixed line services by 2011.

It is believed 42.7 million mobile broadband connections will be active within the next two years.

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