Ministry Of Sound Australia has notched the country's first gold certification for a mobile download.

Ministry Of Sound Australia has notched the country's first gold certification for a mobile download.

The independent dance label says users of national telecommunications network 3 have downloaded "Call on Me" by Swedish artist Eric Prydz more than 35,000 times. Subscribers paid A$3 ($2.30) to download the track, which was released here last October. The Australian Record Industry Assn. certifies gold status for shipments of 35,000 singles.

"Call on Me" has shipped 70,000 units (platinum) across all formats in Australia, according to the label.

"Reaching 35,000 downloads for one of our artists is a great benchmark for the development of mobile music in our industry and a great indication of where it's headed to from here," says Tim McGee, Sydney-based managing director of MoS Australia, which will present a gold record to 3 during a function next Thursday (April 14).

Sydney-based 3 was the first local network to provide Australians with third-generation phone capabilities. The company claims that its customers downloaded 1 million full-length music videos, audio tracks and master ringtones in the last 12 months.

ARIA CEO Stephen Peach says growth in 3G mobile services will create "a very substantial distribution channel for music" and confirms that the trade body is considering including mobile-phone download sales data when it launches its download chart in the coming months.