Vodafone, Europe's largest mobile phone operator, posted a strong increase in subscriber numbers and usage in the first quarter of the group's financial year.
The network operator saw its customer base rise to 122.7 million customers at the end of June from 119.7 million at the end of April, including 2.5 million new customers and 500 million additional customers from changes in stakes in other network operators.
Average revenue per user in the quarter rose £5 to £297 in the UK, this, however, remained flat in Germany at £248 and fell £5 to £444 in Japan.
Data revenue increased to 15% of total revenue in the first quarter from 14.6% in the previous quarter.
Vodafone said its Live mobile internet service, which allows customers to send pictures via MMS and download games, had more than 1.75 million customers at the end of June.
The service, launched in late October, has been able to capture a much larger share of the nascent market for mobile internet services than the rival I-mode service, pioneered by Japan's NTT DoCoMo.
Sales of Vodafone's Mobile Connect Cards topped 80,000 at the end of June.
Vodafone has rolled out a variety of cards that allow mobile enterprise users to connect easily to the Internet and their corporate intranets.
Chef executive officer Chris Gent said that the group is on track to achieve more than 10% growth in average proportionate customers and to have a similar growth in revenue.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service