Orange and Nokia are extending their partnership with a new email service for consumers.
The extension to their multi-country agreement will deliver and launch Nokia Messaging by Orange on a range of Orange Signature devices.
The three-year agreement, first announced in February 2008, was formed by the two companies to meet growing demand for multimedia on mobiles, aiming to combine and integrate the best available services from both in the areas of music, games and maps across a range of Nokia devices.
The alliance will expand the portfolio to eight countries and will include up to 30 Nokia devices in the Orange Signature range this year.
Orange customers in the UK will be the first to take advantage of built-in push email on a range of Nokia devices, including the E75. The service will then launch in France and Spain.
Users will be able to manage up to 10 email accounts while on the move via the Orange homescreen, enabling them to read, send, forward and reply to emails, view subfolders, download and read attachments and attach files to email directly on the device.
Orange senior EVP of global mobile business Olaf Swantee said: “This extension to our partnership with Nokia shows how serious we are about bringing mobile multimedia to every customer.
“With our leadership in innovation, proven expertise in convergence across our fixed, mobile is offer will help increase consumer appetite for mobile email.”
Nokia executive vice president Kai Öistämö said: “Orange is the first operator group to announce a European-wide offering of Nokia Messaging to their customers and we are very pleased about this extension to our service collaboration.
“The agreement on Nokia Messaging will boost the adoption of mobile email service and makes it easy for consumers to activate the service on-device and at point of sale.”