MWC: Yahoo launches new mobile service


Yahoo! has announced its new Yahoo! Mobile service, an offering which the company calls “a highly-personalised mobile starting point to the internet”.

The service will be available on the mobile web, as an application developed for the iPhone or for smartphones from Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola, as well as those powered by Windows Mobile.

It will enable consumers to stay connected through access to their email and social network accounts from popular web providers, as well as instant messaging, address book and calendar tools, and stay informed by bringing together favourite content into a single location.

The mobile web and iPhone versions of Yahoo! Mobile will include the company’s mobile search service oneSearch and oneConnect, which provides consumers with access to their personal email accounts.

The smartphone version will also include oneSearch with Voice to allow users to launch searches by speaking.

Yahoo! executive vice president Marco Boerries said: “We believe the new Yahoo! Mobile will transform the way millions of mobile users around the world will interact with the internet. It will enable users to create their own Internet starting point on their mobile device so they can better discover, connect to and stay informed about the people and things that are important to them.”

The mobile web version, which includes devices running WebKit-based browsers (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile devices with Internet Explorer Mobile, a majority of Nokia Series 60 devices and the BlackBerry Bold and Storm browser) will launch in March.

Yahoo! added that the service on hundreds of selected models from RIM, Windows Mobile, Nokia S60 and 40, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola will launch in May.