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Nokia is launching a content filter which will let adults stop their kids from accessing porn by way of mobile phone. The filter can bar user access to services based on the content service category, but also restrict access based on price or file size.

The technology won't be hardwired into Nokia handsets; instead, the company is flogging it to mobile operators to incorporate into their own services. The filter, part of Nokia's "Intelligent Content Delivery" package, will be available during the last quarter of this year. No pricing yet.

Access control will inevitably become more of an issue as mobile content services increase in number, according to Olli Oittinen, Nokia veep, who says the "ability to safely and securely control access is important for both operators and their subscribers. For example, most parents would like to control which services...their children access,"

In the UK, mobile operators are working towards an end-of-year deadline to implement content-filtering for their mobile services. Vodafone launched its filter in July this year, to a somewhat mixed reception. ®

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