The term dongle has traditionally referred to any USB device; however, with the rise of mobile broadband and the influence of 3 broadband it has become synonymous with mobile broadband modems.
Mobile broadband dongles are portable modems that plug into the USB port of your laptop or computer providing internet access via 3G signalling. Dongles are popular with business and personal users alike as they offer greater flexibility and increase communication opportunities.
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Mobile dongles are also widely referred to as mobile modems, mobile USB modems and USB modems, though the term dongle is perhaps the most widely used.
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As the idea of the 'dongle' is such a new concept and the word does not exist in many dictionaries, many misspellings of dongle (singular and plural) exist, for example: dongal, dongals, dongel, dongels or even doggle or doggles! We'll stick with the correct spelling of 'dongle' in this guide.