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Vodafone and Google team up on mobile Google Maps

Vodafone and Google have teamed up to announce joint development of a location-based version of Google Maps for mobile phones.

The two suppliers made the announcement at the 3GSM conference this week. They said that Google Maps for mobile, a downloadable Java application, will offer customers in selected markets easy-to-use maps and local listings as well as local search and navigation capabilities.

Users will be able to enjoy unlimited use of Google Maps for mobile, subject to Vodafone data tariffs. Google and Vodafone are working together to ensure the service provides customers on selected handsets with an automatic user-location capability.

Michael Ransom, research director for wireless at analyst Current Analysis, said, “Vodafone is on a mission to revise its data services offering to complement its existing Vodafone live! portal and it is making full use of off-portal services to do just that.

“For end-users, this represents an exciting new wave of mobile services featuring all of the current hot content from Google, Yahoo, MySpace, eBay and YouTube.”

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