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Cingular to Offer MySpace on Cellphones

Reuters News Wire (
Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:55:38 -0600

Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless phone carrier, will offer a
version of popular Internet social network MySpace on its phones in an
expansion of their partnership, the companies plan to announce on

For an additional $2.99 per month, customers will be able to upload
photos taken on cellphones, read and respond to MySpace e-mails,
update blog entries and view and search for friends from their

Media and other entertainment services are expected to be a major
areas of growth for the wireless and media industries, analysts have

MySpace, one of the fastest-growing Internet services with more than
130 million user profiles, is also offered on cellphone service
carrier Helios. But Cingular's version will be more expansive, MySpace

Users will need to download a Java software application to their
cellphones. Initially, about 30 cellphone models will be supported,
with another 20 models supported in the coming weeks, which will then
account for about 90 percent of Cingular's cellphone user base, a
MySpace spokeswoman said.

Although online videos from MySpace will not be viewable on cellphones
at launch, it is likely to be a service offered some time in 2007, she

Media conglomerate News Corp. bought MySpace for about $580 million in
2005. Cingular is a joint venture of phone companies AT&T Inc. and
BellSouth Corp..

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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