UK Mobile Firm Picks Yahoo for Internet Services

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According to Reuters, UK-based mobile company 3 said yesterday it had chosen Yahoo to provide several Internet services for its network.

3, a division of Hutchinson Whampoa, said the offering would include Web access, email, and Yahoo Instant Messenger.

“This relationship isn’t just about us buying more content to put on our portal, its about a deep engagement between our two companies to bring some of the world’s most popular Internet services and content to 3’s networks,” said Christian Salbaing, 3’s European managing director, in a statement.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but 3 revealed that the service would first see a UK launch in July, with plans to roll out to Italy, Ireland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Australia later this year, along with Hutchison Telecom International in Hong Kong and India.

While 3 signed an exclusive partnership deal with Yahoo, the company assured that Web access would be universal, with free browsing access granted to Yahoo’s main rivals, Google and MSN, as well.

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