20% of young Brits use mobile broadband

More young Brits use their mobile phones to get online than in any other European country, new research has revealed.

20% of people aged 15-24 use mobile broadband to get online in the UK, revealed research company Neilson.

However, the UK was behind the US and China, where around 84% of young people have embraced mobile broadband.

The study followed forecasts released by mobile phone manufacturer Ericsson last week, predicting that mobile broadband use through smartphones and other devices would hit one billion around the world in 2011.

This is double the number of users in 2010.

Michael Phillips, Broadbandchoices.co.uk product director, said: "The flexibility of mobile broadband makes it a great choice for young people on a budget. With a huge range of pay-as-you-go and one-month contracts, everyone can get online without having to fork out huge amounts of cash or make a long-term commitment."

But Phillips advised that anyone looking to make the move to mobile broadband should remember to check their coverage before signing up. "Mobile broadband coverage can vary depending on where you live so it's always a good idea to use your new provider's postcode checker before taking out a contract or buying a dongle," he said.

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