Statistics from the Mobile Data Association also show that five years after launch picture messaging is starting to take off. Roughly half the mobile phones used in the UK are capable of sending a picture message and although it became possible to send a photo to a user on another network only a few years ago, more than 448m were sent in the UK last year. That is equivalent to 19m rolls of film.
The figures also show that making it easy - and cheap - to access the internet on a mobile phone has greatly increased usage.
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