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Mobile net has 'best ever month'
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Game downloads and ringtones are popular on mobiles
More people accessed the net on their mobile phones in November 2003 than any other month, said analysts.

A record 947m Wap (Wireless Application Protocol) pages were hit, said the Mobile Data Association (MDA).

Large numbers of users went online to download polyphonic ringtone versions of music hits, according to the MDA.

November's huge figures mean the MDA's prediction for total downloads via mobiles for 2003 was topped, before December's figures were included.

Popular net

Earlier in 2003, it was estimated that mobile owners would look at about eight billion Wap pages across all four main UK mobile networks by the end of the year.

But November's numbers meant the total for 2003 already stood at 8.2 billion, and that should increase when figures from the festive period have been counted.

NOVEMBER RINGTONE TOP 10
Where is the Love? - Black-Eyed Peas
Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle
Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan
P.I.M.P - Snoop Dogg & 50 Cent
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Baby Boy - Beyonce feat. Sean Paul
Hole in the Head - Sugababes
Superstar - Jamelia
Hey Ya! - Outkkast
Slow - Kylie Minogue
Source: MDA 2004
Increasingly more services and applications are being made available to those with Wap/GPRS-enabled mobiles, enticing people online on their phones.

These include better sounding polyphonic ringtones, games, news, gossip and information services about cinemas, restaurants and pubs.

Newer phones with crisp, colourful screens and user-friendly icons have also encouraged mobile owners to do much more with their handsets.

As people get more confident with newer handsets and technologies, the demand for such services looks likely to grow.


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