Shipment data for the cellular modems used to connect laptops and netbooks to the Internet indicate that more than 35 mln of the devices hit the market in 2008. Of that total, the majority were the external USB modems that mobile operators have been pushing for some time. Continued growth has been bolstered as mobile operators have bundled USB modems with netbooks in attractively subsidized price plans. A further 3.5 mln were embedded modems, built into the computers, ABI Research found.
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