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Mobile broadband connections are more popular among consumers than public Wi-Fi services, a study has indicated.

Research conducted by found that 63.3 per cent of survey respondents would rather use 3G or 4G services to get online when out and about, as opposed to Wi-Fi.

Some 26.1 per cent claimed public Wi-Fi was their preference, while the remaining 10.5 per cent of consumers said they use neither service.

The security of public Wi-Fi connections was cited as being the single biggest problem, identified by 34.4 per cent of respondents as their main worry.

Fiddly sign-up forms (25.1 per cent), sporadic coverage (17 per cent) and performance (13.4 per cent) were also raised as key concerns with public Wi-Fi.

Mark Jackson, Editor of, commented that mobile broadband services "are improving all the time", especially since the advent of faster 4G networks.

He said many consumers now see related connectivity as "a better and more readily available option" for internet access than public Wi-Fi.

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