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ICQ comes to European I-mode mobile phones

ICQ, a unit of America Online, has struck a deal with KPN Mobile to bring its instant messaging service to European I-mode mobile phones.

KPN Mobile offers I-mode on mobile phone networks it owns in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

ICQ will be available immediately on I-mode phones in the Netherlands and soon in Germany, a KPN Mobile spokeswoman said. There is no plan yet for a Belgian introduction.

ICQ on I-mode can be used with the same ICQ number as on the PC and offers similar features, including the ability to see who is online and to send and receive text messages.

The ICQ service in the Netherlands will be offered free for the first month and costs €1 (66p) after that. Users will have to pay for the data transferred in addition to the subscription fee.

I-mode is a mobile Internet service developed in Japan by NTT DoCoMo and brought to Europe last year by KPN Mobile.

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