ACCORDING TO Broadband Genie smartphone users are swallowing up mobile data allowances leaving mobile dongle users in the connectivity poor house.
Broadband Genie said that it has been following the broadband allocations provided by the main service providers and found that over time contract data limits have fallen.
The firm said that providers are struggling to live up to demand that they cannot meet and are shaving the data allowances of their monthly contracts. For example, it said that average dongle contracts have an allowance of between 5GB and 10GB, while some are as low as 3GB.
Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said, "It seems mobile broadband service providers can't keep up with the demand for data, which is being fuelled by advances in smartphones alongside the desire for mobile broadband via dongles and embedded in laptops."
Marling said that the devil's gadgets (our words) including the Iphone are hogging all the bandwidth with their fancy applications, gaming, and email attachments, thereby ruining the "Oh. I'm in a coffee shop writing my novel" experience for dongle users everywhere.
"It will be interesting to see how Vodafone and Orange hold up under the extra data strain Apple's iconic device clearly brings," he added. µ
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