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The Mi-Fi model represents the future of mobile broadband, one technology commentator has claimed.

Writing for Business Week, GigaOM's Kevin Tufel explained that mobile Wi-Fi - which uses a 3G signal to access the internet and then creates a wireless broadband hotspot - has continued to gain in popularity since its emergence two years ago.

As a result, he suggested that it may be time for the embedded mobile broadband model to be killed off.

Mr Tufel said that device manufacturers may still view internal mobile broadband ratios as "a product differentiator", however from a consumer's standpoint such options are likely to find less favour over time.

This is simply because they do not want to pay for multiple connections, he noted.

"We're carrying a range of devices that want to be connected to the web - notebooks, iPads, smartphones, even cameras and portable media players," Mr Tufel commented.

"A single device such as a Mi-Fi, or a smartphone that offers Wi-Fi/USB tethering, can act as the internet on-ramp for any and all of our gadgets."

Earlier this year, broadband provider 3 launched a new in-car Mi-Fi device, which allows car passengers to create their own mobile hotspots. 

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