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Vodafone blocks access to mature content

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Vodafone is barring its customers from logging onto adult websites through their handsets. Vodafone users will need to prove they are over 18 before firewalls are lifted on pornographic websites or chat rooms dealing with adult themes. To remove the electronic filter, Vodafone customers will have to provide their credit card details either online, over the phone or by visiting a high street outlet.

It claims to be the first mobile phone operator in the world to launch a system to control internet access.