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Mobile Phone Gambling Up

21 September 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Independent: "Gambling by mobile phone has rocketed, with the number of betting pages downloaded expected to approach three million this year, a rise of 367 per cent on 2004.

"The conclusion of research by Mintel has sparked concern that the almost unlimited access to gambling provided by mobile phones will fuel a rise in addiction.

"…Ring-tones for phones account for a third of downloads. Arcade-style games are also popular (26 per cent), as are screensavers and wallpaper (13 per cent), and music (8 per cent). But the biggest growth area has been in gambling, which now accounts for 9 per cent of all downloads…"

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