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Cellular Companies Aim to Cut Online Phone Porn
Wireless companies are under pressure to police the services they
carry amid mounting concern that today’s increasingly versatile cell
phones can be gateways to a lot more than football highlights and pop
As governments and parent groups wake up to the problems posed by an
expected global boom in mobile pornography and online gambling, a few
operators are taking action to restrict such content to over-18s.
"We’ve learned from fixed-line (Internet) that if you leave it too
late the genie gets out of the bottle," said Al Russell, head of content
services for Vodafone UK.
Parent Vodafone Group PLC, which has operations in 26 countries,
backed voluntary age checks and content filtering in Britain and is
urging partners and rivals to avoid heavy-handed regulation by
supporting similar moves elsewhere in the world.
Russell was speaking at the annual 3GSM World Congress on the French
Riviera, which ends Thursday. This year, the four-day mobile industry
gathering was abuzz with the arrival of a plethora of third-generation
phones and services offering speedy connections to a widening array of
multimedia content, including online casinos.
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