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Nokia and Yahoo Confirm Mobile Internet Services Partnership

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After a couple of leaks at the weekend, Nokia and Yahoo have confirmed they are to work closer together in mobile web services. As part of the alliance Nokia will be the exclusive provider of Yahoo's maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo properties, branded as "powered by Ovi." In addition, Yahoo will become the exclusive provider of Nokia's Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as "Ovi Mail Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!"

Nokia and Yahoo also plan to make it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo services in the near future.

"Delivering great user experiences -- both online and on your mobile - is what this alliance is all about," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia. "We're enabling millions of Yahoo! customers in key markets including North America to discover the unique capabilities that Ovi Maps brings. Similarly, Yahoo!'s online expertise will bring exciting mail and messaging enhancements to millions of Ovi Mail customers across almost every country around the world, many of whom will have their first Internet experience on their mobile."

"What a combination," said Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!. "We're excited to expand the reach of our best-in-class Mail and Messenger services, bringing personalized experiences to more people across the mobile web, particularly in emerging markets where we are seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users. At the same time, we believe Nokia's strength and continued investment in maps and navigation will greatly enhance our existing products, enabling us to focus on areas that are core to our business."

Select, co-branded service offerings are expected to become available from the second half of 2010, with global availability expected in 2011.

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