Nokia and Yahoo have signed an agreement to pre-install Yahoo mobile services, such as e-mail, search facilities, and news and entertainment, on Nokia’s Series 60 smartphones.
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Pre-installing the applications allows users to avoid the often tricky task of successfully downloading the applications they need. Yahoo will also generate a wide audience for the internet advertising that comes with its applications.
Yahoo is rapidly expanding its user services and Nokia is the first handset manufacturer to widely install them in the Symbian-based operating system used by the Series 60.
Juha Varelius, vice-president and managing director of Yahoo Mobile, said, "This new international relationship is a great way for people to have the Yahoo internet experience on their Nokia phone and benefit from a range of essential services on the go."
The agreement covers the UK, Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Spain.
The first Nokia devices equipped with Yahoo internet services are the Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and the 6630. More devices will be announced later this week.