Mobile phone spam is on the increase across the EU, new figures have shown.
A study from Airwide Solutions shows that over the last 12 months the number of people in Europe who received unsolicited text messages was up 21.3 per cent year on year.
The problem was revealed to be especially prevalent in France, where mobile phone owners have experienced a 60 per cent rise over the period.
News of the findings is set to spark fresh concerns over the security of mobile phones, with some spam messages now housing viruses and mobile worms.
Jay Seaton, CMO at Airwide Solutions, said: "Mobile security is a threat that is continuously growing: pretending it is not an issue does not address the problem. With significant increases in the use of mobile phones both for personal and corporate use, mobile subscribers, parents and corporate organisations will need guarantees that their phones and data are secured.
Other findings from the study included the fact that Britons spend more of their money on downloadable content such as ringtones, wallpapers and games than any other nation in Europe. The average spend annually for UK users is £5.90.
Finally, the study indicated the extent to which users now use phones for more than thus just communication, with more people than ever taking picture and capturing videos on their handsets.