Mobile company 3 is set to launch a new service which will allow laptop users to have broadband access for as little as £10 a month.
From 4 September users will be able to access the net at download speeds of 2.8Mbps by simply plugging a USB stick, or dongle, into their laptop.
The company says that its broadband will be fast enough to use at home and on the move, and will also remove the need for a landline.
There will be a phased roll-out of the service.
At first it will only cover Londoners inside the North Circular, England north of Birmingham, Scotland, and Ireland.
However, by December the firm estimates that 85 per cent of the UK population should be covered.
There will be a choice of Lite (1GB), Plus (3GB) or Max (7GB) for £10, £15 or £25 per month, with 10p per megabyte charges over their allowance.
3 estimates that 1GB will give you around 40 hours surfing, plus 280 text e-mails, 80 music downloads and 20 hours of video streaming.
The price of the USB dongle varies depending on your contract length, tariff and whether you’re an existing 3 customer, although it can be bought outright for £99.
John Penberthy-Smith, Marketing Director at 3UK, said: ‘Mobile Broadband from 3 means you can take the internet with you wherever you are. We’ve priced it to make it outstanding value for money; accessible to everyone, not just men in grey suits.’
Which? technology expert Lisa Barber said: ‘3’s new service will give laptop users the freedom to surf the internet anywhere. However, don’t forget that being able to access broadband means your laptop is now at risk from viruses, spyware and hackers.
‘To keep yourself protected, we recommend that anyone who uses this service has anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a firewall installed on their laptop, and keeps them up to date.’