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Yahoo and Motorola to Feature New Web Phone Service

Eric Auchard (
Thu, 20 Jul 2006 12:24:27 -0500

By Eric Auchard

Yahoo Inc., the world's largest Internet media company, and Motorola
Inc., the second-biggest maker of mobile phones, said late on
Wednesday that Motorola will embed Yahoo services on tens of millions
of phones.

The new multi-year deal calls for new mid-priced and high-end Motorola
phones to run an integrated set of services known as Yahoo Go for
Mobile that includes Yahoo e-mail,
search and address book in a single place.

"We are looking at a broad range of phones," Bruce Stewart, vice
president of business development for Yahoo's Connected Life's
business unit, said in a phone interview.

He declined to disclose names of the specific Motorola models

Yahoo's deal with Motorola is the second agreement with a major
handset maker to use the Yahoo Go platform -- a software system it
introduced earlier this year designed to make Yahoo services as easy
to use on mobile phones and TVs as they have become on computers.

In January, Yahoo announced a deal with Finland's Nokia, the world's
largest mobile handset maker, to begin installing Yahoo Go on millions
of Nokia phones worldwide.

The new deal builds on an existing partnership signed last July
between the two companies in which Motorola has installed a version of
Yahoo Mail locally on certain Motorola phones, enabling connection to
Yahoo e-mail by the press of a button.

The Nokia-Yahoo deal covers certain mid-priced and high-end phones in
Nokia's Series 60 and "N" class multimedia phone categories, a Yahoo
spokeswoman said.

A single Yahoo Go Nokia model went on sale in the United States
through wireless service provider Cingular in February. Five to 10
such Nokia models are available in several European and Asian markets
now, Stewart said.

As part of the latest deal, Motorola will pre-load and prominently
feature Yahoo Go for Mobile on handsets it sells, worldwide, starting
in the first half of 2007.

The new ties between Internet companies and hardware makers promise to
give consumers quicker access to personal Internet information than is
possible on most current phones. Existing phone models require users
to make several clicks and wait for a period of time before the phones
can connect to the Web.

Yahoo initiated its partnership with Nokia in March 2004 and first
signed up Motorola as a partner in July 2005.

Yahoo rival Google Inc. is racing to win similar positioning for its
Web services through deals with handset makers and mobile carriers.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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