Yahoo, Sprint Deliver Mobile E-Mail

Thursday Jun 9th 2005 by Colin C. Haley
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The Internet giant becomes more mobile with a cheap e-mail service available through the wireless carrier.

In a move that's bound to make it easier for SMBs to access mail on the road, Yahoo announced that downloadable e-mail client software is now available on Sprint devices.

Compatible with six phones, including Vision Multimedia handsets from Sanyo and Treo devices from palmOne, Yahoo Mail for Mobile, which works through a PC-like interface, costs $2.99 per month. It also lets customers store e-mails.

Subscribers can purchase the service directly from the handset, with charges appearing on their monthly Sprint bill. They can also opt for instant notification of new messages for an additional fee.

Yahoo's Web-based e-mail service competes with Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Hotmail. In recent years, the online players have constantly tried to one-up each other by adding storage, increased security measures and other features.

"Yahoo's products and services have become an essential part of the lives of millions of consumers, and we are focused on extending those services to mobile devices to provide an integrated experience for our loyal consumers whenever, wherever and however they may access the Web," Nicole Leverich, a Yahoo spokeswoman, said.

Yahoo and Sprint signed their first Web content deal in 1999. Since then, Yahoo has put mobile versions of its photo service, instant messaging, search and games on Sprint phones.

Yahoo also works with other carriers, including Verizon Wireless, Nextel and T-Mobile.

For Sprint, the agreement could prevent customers from switching to Blackberry devices for wireless e-mail. Added features could raise revenue and help differentiate it in a competitive market.

Adapted from internetnews.com.

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