Telefonica to Offer Line OTT Messaging App with Firefox OS Smartphones

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Telefonica has announced a deal to offer access to the Line branded OTT messaging app in selected markets where it is selling Firefox based smartphones.

The OTT messaging service, Line has over 330 million registered users worldwide at the start of 2014 with growth of over 58 percent in the third quarter of 2013 alone.

The countries to be launched with Telefonica's Line app include Venezuela, Peru, Spain, Colombia, Uruguay, Brasil and Mexico. Additional markets to be announced shortly.

The Line app is available globally via the Firefox OS Marketplace and will be exclusive to Telefonica subscribers in Venezuela, Peru, Spain, Colombia, Uruguay, Brasil and Mexico. Telefonica will also include the Line application into new OS releases delivered to existing Firefox OS users.

"This agreement marks the start of an exciting partnership between Line and Telefonica. Telefonica is fully committed to bring the value of Firefox OS to our consumers and is already seeing this ecosystem as a fast growing customer base," said Francisco Montalvo, Director of Group Devices Unit, Telefonica S.A.

Since June, Telefonica has launched Firefox OS in seven countries with several other carriers rolling out subsequent launches including Telenor, Deutsche Telekom and TIM.

The Line application is now available in the Marketplace, with devices expected to be launched in early Q1 containing the Line app. Telefonica will also include the Line application into new OS releases delivered to existing Firefox OS users.

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