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Microsoft and Sprint, have announced a strategic alliance through which the companies will develop and deliver a range of innovative new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration enables Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search for mobile on their wireless phones to conveniently search location-based content from the Internet, such as nearby stores and restaurants, as well as Sprint’s catalog of ring tones, games, screen savers and related services. The service also provides new opportunities for highly relevant and targeted local advertising, which will benefit businesses and consumers alike. “Microsoft and Sprint share a vision that mobility is about helping customers access the information they need while on the go. The new alliance will deliver on that vision for consume... (more)

Mobile Music Gets Boost From New W600 "Walkman Phone"

"Like all Sony Ericsson handsets, the W600 is a phone first with superb functionality and easy access to digital content and applications that allow consumers to do more, hear more and experience more," said Miles Flint, global president of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, as Sony Ericsson yesterday announced a second Walkman phone with the introduction of the Sony Ericsson W600, a unique all-in-one compact device. The W600 is the second in a series of Walkman phones. "Sony Ericsson led the way with high quality photos from a mobile phone, and now consumers can use their mob... (more)

Java Edition of Windows Live Messenger for Mobile Launched

XCome Technology, a mobile services provider and global technology partner of Microsoft Taiwan announced today the launch of the Java edition of Windows Live Messenger for mobile on Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's number one mobile operator. This service is distinctive from other mobile IM offerings in that it spans handsets (from low-end to high end) and crosses platforms enabling mobile to mobile as well as mobile to PC communications. In XCome’s partnership with Microsoft Taiwan to launch the Java edition of the Windows Live Messenger for mobile service to mobile carriers such ... (more)

DIRECTV Integrates SMS Into Katrina Disaster Relief

DIRECTV has launched a dedicated 24/7 “Hurricane Katrina Information” channel that is providing vital information concerning hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts to evacuees in shelters across the Gulf Coast as well as to DIRECTV viewers nationwide. Since it went live, The Hurricane Katrina Information channel has been providing viewers with the ability to send text messages to family and friends separated by the hurricane and its aftermath – messages are scrolled across the bottom of the television screen on DIRECTV channel 100. To place a message on ... (more)

Verizon Foundation & Katrina: More Than $1.2M Raised in First Day

"Verizon employees are always quick to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of tragic events. Matching disaster relief funding encourages employees' instinctive kindness, but it also triples the net amount going to some of the most needy areas," said Patrick Gaston (pictured), president of the Verizon Foundation, as he announced that the Foundation has started a 2-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in New Orleans and sections of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More t... (more)