A child holds a newly released mobile phone called "Mo 1" which is produced by a Spanish toy brand during a news conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. The mobile phone "Mo 1" is designed exclusively for children, to meet the needs of children and their parents. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

London - Almost three-quarters of children in Britain have their own mobile phone by the age of ten.

The 73 percent figure compares with less than a third in the US and 10 percent in France, research by The Marketing Store found. Only Poland has a higher proportion – 83 percent.

Siobhan Freegard, of parenting website Netmums, said the findings could be due to the UK being less child-friendly. “We are early adopters of technology but we are also perhaps not so family focused as other countries,” she said.

The study involved 4,000 children of between six and 12 in 12 countries. - Daily Mail