The first-ever Orange Business Index, which looks at the previous year's trends in business mobile communications, shows that average data use across all Orange UK business customers increased by over 150% during 2009. The highest increase was among small business, which saw a 290% increase in data consumption to a monthly average of 16.3MB per user. Medium-sized businesses experienced a 226% increase; a monthly average of 10.9MB per user. Much of this increase in mobile data usage has been driven by the rise in popularity of mobile email and web browsing.
Mobile payment service ImpulsePay has launched an age verification service for online content, enabling content owners to sell products and services to users aged over 18. Unlike other services that require a credit card to confirm the user's age, ImpulsePay checks the user's mobile phone account with their mobile operator to make sure they're old enough to buy the content.
In The Fonecast this week we're talking about acquisitions and departures, mobile virtual networks, mobile giving, mobile gaming… and the almost-inevitable mention of Apple.