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BizReport : Internet : November 30, 2006

Yahoo! Goes Walkabout

Several models in Nokia’s new mobile phone range will enable users to access more Yahoo! services.

by Helen Leggatt

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Nokia’s CEO and President, predicts the internet will be the key driving force in the mobile market, which he expects to reach 4 billion global subscriptions during 2010.

"The internet has transformed the way we live our lives and communicate with each other, and we expect it to play a key role in the next phase of Nokia's growth," he said in a speech at the Nokia World 2006 conference. "The next wave of the internet will be to make it truly mobile, creating new ways for people to connect to others and find information from wherever they are."

Nokia is the world’s foremost mobile phone manufacturer, and a global brand.

Both companies have been working together since April this year to provide an internet experience for Nokia users. In January "Yahoo! Go” services were established to enable customers to access a wide range of popular Yahoo! services on some Nokia phones.

"Yahoo! Mail is the No. 1 Web mail service in the World, and Yahoo! Messenger is one of the most popular Instant Messaging services on the Internet. Our extended partnership with Nokia will allow tens of millions of people to access their favorite Yahoo! services on the move," said Marco Boerries, Senior Vice President of Connected Life, Yahoo!.

On Thanksgiving Day, a start up called Berggi launched a service that makes accessing e-mail and sending instant messages easier on low-cost mobile phones.

Tags: IM, Internet, Mobile phones, Nokia, Yahoo

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